Choose SA’s Smart City Day at SXSW Convenes Thought Leaders

Sunday’s wintry weather in Austin caught everyone by surprise at the spring break ritual that is the South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference. Even two visitors from Stavanger, Norway, who had come for a day-long official conference panel on Smart Cities, shivered in the chilly courtyard of Casa San Antonio, Choose San Antonio’s base camp

But some of the 4,500 who had signed up for the panel found warm hospitality amongst Choose San Antonio hosts, in the rapid-fire presentations from futurists, tech gurus, digital economists, municipal leaders, and at least three city mayors, as well as in the servings of the Half-Step Bar and Chef Nicola Blaque of San Antonio...

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San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (left) talks to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (right) during the SXSW / Choose San Antonio event at the Half Step Bar, in Austin, Texas.

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor (left) talks to Denver Mayor Michael Hancock (right) during the SXSW / Choose San Antonio event at the Half Step Bar, in Austin, Texas.