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Cockrell School faculty, students and alumni will represent UT Austin in a variety of panels, presentations and events in Austin's annual SXSW Interactive Festival, a weeklong event focused on emerging technologies across a wide range of industries. For all UT representation at SXSW, visit

SXSW 2019

PitchTexas Semifinals and Finals
Friday, March 8

In this sixth annual competition hosted by the Cockrell School and the McCombs School of Business, startups led by graduate students from across the country compete to impress and win over the savvy entrepreneur and venture-capitalist judges for up to $50,000 in cash prizes.

Sixteen teams have moved on to the semifinals, including three teams made up of Texas Engineering students:

  • AeroLive, Inc.
  • Flo Recruit
  • Texas MicroSintering

Hypersciences: This is Rocket Science
Friday - Sunday, March 8-10

Students in the Texas Spacecraft Lab are partnering with Hypersciences to build and launch a suborbital payload.

The Sun Beneath Our Feet: Our Geothermal Future
Sunday, March 10

Bob Metcalfe, professor of innovation and Ethernet inventor

Transportation Innovation at a Crossroads
Tuesday, March 12

Lisa Loftus-Otway, Center for Transportation Research

Air Levitation: A New Hyperloop Transport Method
Tuesday, March 12

Student team and their hyperloop vehicle

Privacy and Humanity: Terms and Conditions May Apply
Wednesday, March 13

Suzanne Barber, electrical and computer engineering professor and director of UT's Center for Identity

Mentor Session: Gaming
Saturday, March 16

Paul Toprac, chemical engineering alumnus (1982) and director of UT's Game and Mobile Media Applications Program