For nine days in March, everything new, cool and innovative can be found in one place: Austin, Texas. That's where South by Southwest (SXSW) convenes for an epic showcase of the best and most original music, film and technology in the world from March 9-12. That's also where Chicago will step out to show everyone that this city is where greatness is made: Chicago made, in fact.
The group will collaborate on Chicago Made, an initiative designed to educate SXSW attendees about Chicago natives who have made an indelible mark on their respective industries while living and working in Chicago.
Some of the brightest pioneers in their respective industries have come out of Chicago, and many have flocked here to take advantage of the burgeoning opportunities beginning every single day. Startup companies are founded every 24 hours. Filmmakers swoon at the chance to shoot the irresistible skyline and the Loop. Musical acts are set to make the jump from underground to mainstream. The best people and their creations are originating in Chicago, and the city will make sure to promote its successes to the fullest through Chicago Made.
Chicago Made events will include an exhibit booth at the trade show, a private reception for business leaders, and an official SXSW Chicago music showcase. The booth will be a "who's who" on steroids, featuring a variety of Chicago's technology, music and film industry heavyweights and up-and-comers. Featuring lounge areas, a 3D printing display by Inventables and a 12-foot high visual centerpiece produced from original artwok by renowned Chicago artist Chris Silva, the booth will be a showstopper.
The tradeshow takes place at the Austin Convention Center, free admission to all SXSW badge holders and all SXSW showcasing artist wristband holders. It will operate March 9-11 from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. and March 12 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
World Business Chicago President & CEO Jeff Malehorn will showcase the city's ChicagoNEXT effort to drive growth and opportunity in science, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, a grand display of the prospects Chicago can provide future leaders.
In addition, Chicago innovators including President Obama's 2012 campaign CTO Harper Reed, The Onion CEO Steve Hannah, former Nine Inch Nails drummer and author Martin Atkins, 1871 CEO Howard Tullman, and Inventables CEO Zach Kaplan will all be headliners at an invitation-only networking event at The Chicago House on March 11.
The event will be followed by a Chicago music showcase from 8 p.m. - 2 a.m. at Red 7, a live music venue in Austin's bustling music district. Chicago's homegrown musical lineup includes rising hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, Wilco bassist John Stirratt's side project The Autumn Defense, high-energy DJ duo The Hood Internet, power-pop band Archie Powell & the Exports, indie rockers My Gold Mask, singer-songwriter Bonzie, and alternative rap artists ShowYouSuck and Prob Cause.
Chicago is a music capital of the world, delivering rich, diverse acts like those that will be showcased at SXSW. Further cultivating the city's music scene and its talent is a priority of the Mayor and the Chicago Cultural Plan, an effort which will surely attract music lovers and industry professionals globally.
The Chicago Made music showcase is open to all SXSW Music and Platinum Badge holders as well as SXSW music wristband holders.
A complete list of Chicago Made SXSW events will be posted on www.ChicagoMade.us. The website will also have information on all things that involve Chicago happening at SXSW in 2014.
Get social! The official hashtag for Chicago Made events at SXSW is #ChicagoSXSW.