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SXSW 2017 Day One Wrap Up

The first day of the South By Southwest Interactive Trade Show is under our belts and it was a busy one!

Team GSMP had a great time talking to SXSW attendees from all over the world. From Japan to Ireland and Mexico to Canada, and spanning a myriad of industries, the conference’s reputation as a center of global innovation continues to hold strong.

Joseph Kopser, President of Grayline and founder of RideScout, stopped by and talked to us about 60x30 Works, which brings leaders together to work towards improved post-secondary training and education. A skilled workforce is critical to economic development and Team GSMP looks forward to learning more about the initiative.

Speaking of workforce training, Texas State University had a strong presence at SXSW yesterday, both officially and unofficially.

Team GSMP enjoyed talking to the many TXST Alumni and current students who came by to say hello. We were thrilled to meet one TXST senior who is a SXSW volunteer this year. She’s getting ready to graduate with a Computer Science degree and is hoping to stay in the San Marcos area, either for work or to possibly pursue her Ph.D. in Computer Science at Texas State!

TXST also hosted its annual Innovation Lab at The W Austin. Student innovation teams from TXST showcased the products they’ve developed through the support of Texas State. It was a full house, which included industry leaders that could help theses student teams take their products to the next level and bring even more innovation to TXST.

If you’re out and about at the Interactive Trade Show this week, make sure to stop by to meet one of these teams, Biometric Authentication. They’ll be at our booth demonstrating their technology and talking about how they’ve taken the “brain’s signature” (better known as eye movements) to the security and healthcare industries. Fun Fact: Dr. Oleg Komogortsev, founder of this technology, received The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) in January 2017. Their corporate partners include Google, National Science Foundation, and National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Eat ‘Em Up, Cats!