Connected technologies are transforming cities. Through a series of lightning talks (no boring panels allowed), mayors, city technology officers and entrepreneurs will showcase what they are doing, what works, what is needed and what is to come at Smart City Day. Co-Hosted by Glass House Policy and Digi.City, the event will take place from 11am - 4pm at the ‘Choose San Antonio’ house on Rainey Street.
Sam Sanders, NPR Correspondent, will give his first hand experience covering the 2016 Presidential Election. Sanders will also discuss how NPR, along with other media outlets, led the country to believe the fate of the election was decided when, in fact the American public proved otherwise. Sanders will review the past 18 months of campaign events and rhetoric that led pollsters and the public alike to presume the success or failure of the next Presidential and Congressional Election
What problem are you trying to solve? The first question every entrepreneur is asked at the start of pitch. Bria Woods, our accidential entrepreneur, suffered what so many young adults and college students suffer when it comes to night life and public safety. Come hear the story and see how, life experiences can turn even the most unlikely candidate into a relevant and fast past global tech entrepreneur.
Christopher Bostick, owner of Half Step Bar, has had a unique upbringing into the world of cocktails and culture. As a mentee of the late Sasha Petraske, founder of Milk and Honey in NYC, Bostick has continued Petraske's traditions by bringing them home to the south. Petraske always said, "cocktails are meant to be talked about, but to be experienced." Bostick will discuss how he and others like him have take then to heart and provided a rebirth of the cocktail experience, illuminating more than the taste but the look and feel of the beverage.
Come and join Choose San Antonio to hear Lorenzo Gomez, Executive Director of Geekdom in San Antonio, on start-up communities and how to foster the growth of that ecosystem. Gomez will share both the challenges of incubating San Antonio's Start Up Community as well as the plans for growth. Join a discussion about the importance of the start-up environment to a City's development regionally and nationally.
In the era of Trump, who tweeted what often counts as front page news. The news cycle is getting quicker, attention spans are getting shorter. Blame it on social media and the 'net. But the same platforms that have brought us fake news anda flustered news cycle can also be powerful tools for investigative reporting and long-form narrative writing. New York Times national correspondent Dave Philipps will walk through two recent stories that relied heavily on reporting that only social media could achieve.
Increasingly the power of making decisions is being delegated to algorithms and “bots”. From self-driving cars to robo-traders, people are more-and-more comfortable allowing software to make critical day-to-day decisions. As comparison shopping tools, automated personal shoppers, and shopping bots mature purchase consumer purchasing decision-making power rapidly being ceded to algorithms, requiring that we completely reframe the marketing industry. To put it another way, the AI robot overlords are coming, and they have credit cards. This panel will discuss the potentialimplications and methods of a B2A marketing and the industries most likely to see an impact.
James Beard nominated chef, Steven McHugh will discuss how he continued to perfect his craft and brand duringhis struggles with cancer. As a survivor, Chef McHugh will talk about the importance of creative stratgies to continue to perfect your craft through marketing, design and brand support. Cheg McHugh will also discuss how he continues to elevate his culinary brand throughout San Antonio.
Pearl is a culinary and cultural destination in San Antonio. As a dynamic and evolving environment, Pearl is committed to stewardship and learning. At the most southern end of the Pearl is the newly redeveloped 19th century brewery called Hotel Emma. Hugh Daschbach will discuss how this redevelopment was the perfect opportunity for culinary, craft and culture to collide in San Antonio. Daschbach will discuss the process of redevelopment, through design to execution of the vision that was Hotel Emma.
Molly Cox, President and CEO of SA2020, will lead a discussion on how San Antonio has taken a comprehensive plan for progression and dialed it into 58 digital indicators. Cox will discuss the community process for deriving the indicators as well as the technology required to monitor and update the date in real time to influence and monitor real change.
Discover the unique- and sometimes surprising-technology solutions Pixar employs behind the scenes. Senior Software engineer Mike Mahony shines a light on the unique intersection of web tech, devOps, and feature animation. Discover how our team of engineers combat legacy code, shrinking time-tables, growing deliverables, and film-specific requirements throughout the image of mastering and localization phases of the production pipeline.
Ever wondered about joining an incubator or accelerator program? Come and join COO, David Henry, of Card Isle on life in SA after Techstars. Henry will give first hand knowledge of what it takes to prepare yourself and your company for a tech accelerator as well as what San Antonio has had to offer the company and his team post-program, pitch and funding round.
Chefs from around San Antonio will represent the city of San Antonio in a breakfast taco cooking showcase. This battle came to be as a result of the recent social media “taco war” which pitted citizens of Austin and San Antonio against each other in a viral argument about which city can lay claim to being the true “Home of the Breakfast Taco.”