Tech&Culture’s Key to Startup Success is Vulnerability, Stories & Community @ SXSW

A special SXSW event brings celebrity-filled panels & performances to explore the future of tech & culture while emphasizing connection in a competition-fueled world.

Tech&Culture is an official SXSW special event (sponsored by Microsoft for Startups) that explores the evolving relationship between technology+culture.


15+ speakers from technology (Bonin Bough, Bea Arthur), sports (Al Harrington), arts (Dayna Isom Johnson, Alex Wolf), music (DJ Hapa) and other industries give you a peek behind the curtain with candid, inspiring stories about their challenges & breakthroughs. Come for the practical advice from big names & thought-provoking discussions. Stay for the unforgettable musical performances, insane prize giveaways, & unicorn piñatas.


Event is free for SXSW badge holders. RSVP and full schedule at



Tech&Culture (sponsored by Microsoft for Startups) is powered by Inflection, a founders-focused event series that that leverages community and storytelling to uplift startup companies. Currently based in New York City, Inflection is growing its national presence with the goal to make entrepreneurship accessible to underrepresented populations with game-changing ideas and talent. Learn more about Inflection and its community resources at

Attendees will experience:

Conversations with industry leaders
Hands-on technology activations
Unicorn piñatas
Meditation battles
Musical performances


Conversations (Starting at 5pm):

Hosted by Bea Arthur, Music by DJ Whitney

Bellwether Culture Podcast: How does Bonin Bough shift culture with tech?
(Bonin Bough, Pavan Bahl)

Hacking Culture: How do you gain mindshare in a crowded world?
(Kaitlyn Barclay, Alex Wolf, Gabriel Whiley, Sam Hysell)

Technology for Creativity: How can technology make us more creative?
(DJ Hapa, Jacob Gordon)

Cultural Legacy: How does technology affect the legacy of art?
(Kat Mustatea, Dayna Isom Johnson)

Fueled by Culture: How will culture be affected by technology?
(Rich Antoniello, Al Harrington, Marcus Damas)


Alesia Lani

DJ Hapa


DJ Kayper

Venue: Empire Control Room (606 E. 7TH STREET AUSTIN, TX 78701)

Date: Friday, March 8th, 4pm-2am

Produced by INFLECTION & Fueled By Culture


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