Live: Government Technology’s Coverage of SXSW 2019

At the annual South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, GovTech is there to bring you what you need to know about public-sector innovation, smart cities, digital accessibility and more.

by News Staff / March 8, 2019

Tech and Social Impact in an Evolving Era
A panel from varied sectors discuss the potential of tech — from the companies that profit from it to the institutions that teach it in schools — to facilitate social impact in the years to come.

A GovTech Editor's Journey Through Photos
It’s garnered international acclaim, draws in the famous and unknown, but no one can really tell you what it is. South by Southwest is best experienced in person, but photos are the next best thing.

Utah, ‘Pajama Court’ and Resolving Cases Online
The concept of online dispute resolution started years ago as a way to manage disagreements between users on eBay, but now it's making civil court in the United States easier to navigate and more accessible for all.

Hear Gov Tech Startup Founders Pitch the Mayors
For the fifth year, a group of mayors at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin, Texas, played 'shark' as they judged a handful of civic-minded startups that sought to solve hard city problems.

5 Uses of VR Tech from the Convention Floor

From Lockheed Martin to the National Science Foundation, government entities and private companies showed off a diverse set of new applications for virtual reality technologies in the SXSW exhibition hall.

Civic-Minded Startups Compete for Mayors' Votes
Innovators got the chance to pitch their tech ideas to mayors from across the country for a $10,000 prize on March 10 during the Civic I/O Mayors' Summit at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

U.S. Mayors Weigh In, Armed with New Ideas
The collaborative environment offered at South by Southwest has made an impact on local government leaders. They share their thoughts and what they will be taking back to their respective communities.

Rural Innovation Is Vital to Global Progress
Experts from the United States and Europe say new tech and innovation initiatives aimed at digital equity hold vast potential to reduce excessive urbanization and ultimately bolster rural communities.

Should Feds or States Govern Consumer Privacy?
States have been making more moves to protect consumers from data misuse. But some worry federal blanket protections could do the trick without creating a national patchwork for companies to deal with.

No Silver Bullet in Election Security Fight

Jeanette Manfra, the assistant director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, discussed the challenges facing her office and where new tech fits.

Local Gov Data Scientists Vital for 2020 Census
As the federal government prepares for its inaugural tech-first census, stakes are high for local leaders. Experts say targeted campaigns to combat misinformation and civic technologists will also be essential.

5 Things We Saw in the Amplify Philly House
Philadelphia—like many cities, states and countries—has set up an outpost in Austin this weekend. Sponsored by tech companies and other local stakeholders, the idea is to promote the city as a tech hub.

Why Smart Cities Need to Be Inclusive Cities
The push to make cities smarter often disproportionately favors people without disabilities. Experts argue that the dynamic must change so that large segments of the population aren't left out.

Can Artificial Intelligence Spot Stressed Cops?
Public safety leaders from Seattle and Boston discuss how tech can and will assist with law enforcement during the years to come, touching on challenges for adoption, artificial intelligence and more.

Mayors and the Future — An Inextricable Bond
Body cameras, surveillance, neural implants and more are beginning to pop up in cities. During a session at the Civic I/O Mayors’ Summit at South by Southwest, local leaders considered their roles in a changing world.

Nation's Mayors Consider Who's Left Behind Online
Kami Griffiths of the Community Tech Network moderated a discussion Friday morning at South by Southwest, offering talking points and soliciting input from city leaders on the future of digital inclusion.