We the People of Washington, DC


MARCH 12, 2016

Washington, DC Office Hours 
10AM to 5PM
From technology to film, learn more about working with, starting a project in, or expanding your company to Washington, DC while at SXSW. 
WeDC Startup Lounge
10AM to 5PM
Official SXSW Lounge
Join the people of Washington, DC at the WeDC Startup Lounge for a chance to recover and recharge.

Meeting booths and charging stations provide guests the chance to experience Washington, DC without leaving SXSW.
Startup Breakfast with United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
9 to 11AM

Join Washington, DC, the cities of Alexandria & Arlington, Va., and the USPTO to discuss how intellectual property protection can fit into a startup strategy and available resources with key startup community leaders and U.S. government officials.

Ingrid Vanderveldt
EBW2020 (Moderator)
Neha Sampat, CEO
Josh Baer, CEO
Capital Factory
Frank Gruber, CEO
Elizabeth Dougherty
Office of Innovation Development, USPTO

Featured Guest

Michelle K. Lee
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property 


Future Government: Market Creator or Destroyer? 
12:30 to 1:30PM
Official SXSW Panel Discussion
An increase in tech-based solutions to improve governance and address urban challenges has led to a growth of companies focused on CivicTech and SmartCities technologies. 
Join us to explore creative solutions cities employ to help startups work with local government.

Mark Walsh, Head of the Office of Investment and Innovation
US Small Business Administration
Krista Canellakis, Deputy Innovation Officer
City of San Francisco, Calif. 
Sascha Haselmayer, CEO
Archana Vemulapalli, Chief Technology Officer, Washington, DC
City of Washington, DC
Drinks, Diversity, and Dreams: Pathways to Startup Success for Inclusive Tech Entrepreneurship
2 to 3PM
Join Washington, DC and inclusion leaders from around the nation as we share ideas, best practices, and resources to advance opportunities for women and underrepresented minorities in today’s entrepreneurial environment.  

Xina Eiland, Founder, President & CEO (Moderator)
Aaron Saunders, CEO & Founder
Luma Lab at Howard University Innovation HUB
Mrim Boutla, Co-Founder

Anna Consani, Community Manager
Springboard Enterprises

Nadia Gathers, Development & Communications

Erin Horne McKinney, Tech & Innovation Sector Manager
Government of the District of Columbia

The Politics of Art in the
Global Digital Space
3:30 to 4:30PM
Official SXSW Panel Discussion
Is there any power left in music and film in today’s user-driven and user-generated content world? 
Speakers discuss the policy behind licensing and distributing media, the relevance of radio in today’s millennial lifestyle, protection of the freedom of speech, and the power media has to deliver political messaging. 

Gene Policinski, Chief Operation Officer
Brandon Russell, Director & Producer
The Beat & Path
Andrea DaSilva, Global Team Leader for Publishing, Media & Entertainment
International Trade Administration
Carolyn Dewitt, Chief Operating Officer
Rock the Vote