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    Here Are the Boston Faces You'll See at SXSW

    South by Southwest is here again. If you’re heading down to Austin yourself, we found a lot of folks and companies from Boston who are also going. If you’re not, well, maybe you can cheer them on and hope they accomplish whatever they were hoping to. Or maybe you're just completely indifferent, in which case — why are you even reading this?

    Anyhow, here are the Boston-area companies and individuals who will be at the SXSW festivities this weekend and beyond:

    Dharmesh Shah, HubSpot

    Shah is the CTO and co-founder of inbound marketing software company HubSpot, but he’s also the man behind GrowthBot, one of the top 10 chatbots on Slack. Dharmesh’s March 11 solo talk will be all about how B2B bots will help your company and career.

    Gigi Gormley Kalaher, Fidelity Labs

    Gormley Kalaher is the incubator practice lead for Fidelity Labs, the tech incubator for Fidelity. As part of the March 14 “By Design” event for Ignite SXSW, she will share her own war stories and thoughts about the design world.

    Jay Acunzo, NextView

    Acunzo was most recently vice president of platform for venture capital firm NextView Ventures, and will be taking on the new title “creative in residence.” He is also the voice behind the popular Unthinkable podcast. Acunzo will be a panelist for a March 14 panel titled “Media Way: Publishers bs. Platforms & Influencers.

    Denise Simmons, City of Cambridge

    Simmons is the mayor of Cambridge, and she will be speaking on a March 13 panel about how data can help address issues of affordable housing and homelessness.

    Dan Lyons, Author

    Lyons is the author of “Disrupted: My Misadventures in the Start-up Bubble,” a book released last year that chronicled his time working at HubSpot and what he sees as problems in the startup world. He will be leading a March 10 talk on “ending bro culture and bias in startup land.”


    Here are some other folks speaking at SXSW:

    Adam Horowitz, MIT McGovern Institute of Brain Research
    Andrei Oprisan, HubSpot
    Arielle Johnson, MIT Media Lab
    Bren Briggs, Maxwell Health
    Daniella Argueta, John Hancock Financial Services
    David Koelle, Charles River Analytics
    Demee Gambulos, Antiques Roadshow
    Diane Hessan, former CEO of Startup Institute

    Dries Buytaert, Acquia
    Eric Lesser, Massachusetts State Senate
    Holly McConnell, North Bridge Growth Equity
    Jeff Howe, Northeastern University
    John Brownstein, Harvard Medical School
    Katherine Griwert, Frontline WGBH
    Kevin Colleran, Slow Ventures
    Marsha Bemko, Antiques Roadshow
    Matt Anchin, Monster
    Matt Hirsch, Lumii
    Matt Klitus, MassHealth
    Michael Farrell, Christian Science Monitor
    Mitchel Resnick, MIT Media Lab
    Monica Stanciu, MIT Hacking Medicine
    Natalie Dudas-Thomas, WGBH
    Patricia Illingworth, Northeastern University
    Polina Anikeeva, MIT
    Preston So, Acquia
    Raney Aronson-Rath, Frontline WGBH
    Robert Green, Harvard Medical School
    Scott Berinato, Harvard Business Review
    Sebastian Kraves, miniPCR
    Stuart Blitz, Seventh Sense
    Sunita Desai, Harvard Medical School
    Tod Beardsley, Rapid7
    Wendy Parmet, Northeastern University


    No Boston companies made it to the finals for SXSW’s Release It competition or Accelerator Pitch Event. However, six Boston companies did make the final cut for festival’s biggest awards event, the Interactive Innovation Awards.

    Here are the Boston-area finalists that made it:

    Portal Instruments for its PRIME Needle Free Injector

    Amplyus for its miniPCR DNA discovery system

    Markforged for its Onxy One 3D Printer

    MIT Media Lab for its DuoSkin technology

    LINK AKC for its smart dog collar

    Upstatement for its responsive web design for Christopher Kimball's Milk Street

    In addition, Dynamo Micropower, a Greentown Labs startup that is building portable power technology, is pitching in Holt Ventures’ Industrial Technology Pitch Competition.


    EvyTea, a woman-owned cold brew tea company, will be showing off as part of the festival’s Food + Tech Startup Spotlight.

    Bose will be showing off its customizable BoseBuild bluetooth speaker as part of the SXSW Create maker showcase.

    Bevi, athenahealth and Dyn will be on SXSW’s trade show floor. Sappi North America, a Boston-based pulp and paper company, will be showing off its Neoterix ST casting and release paper, which inhibits bacterial growth “without the use of toxic additives or chemicals” at the Paper and Packaging Board’s Powered by Paper booth.

    Fashion startup Brunswick Park will be displaying its wares at the Marketplace exhibition.

    Other Appearances

    Skedaddle, a bus ridesharing startup, is partnering with Bumble, a dating and friend-finding app, to provide free rides to Austin from March 10 to March 19.

    Fasten, a ride-hailing startup, will serve as SXSW’s official ride-hailing partner.

    Boston startups working in the edtech realm, including Authess, TeachersConnect, Education Modified and LearnLaunch, attended SXSWedu, which happened earlier this week.

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