AIA in Austin

South by Southwest (SXSW) brings the brightest and most innovative minds in the world together in the heart of Texas. We’re joining in the festivities this year to launch a vision of the future of the aerospace industry and highlight the innovations that are shaping the modern world.

Along with an official panel in the SXSW program, we’re joining the WeDC House in Banger’s Sausage House and Beer Garden to showcase how aerospace technology will change the way we move, connect, and explore in 2050.

Official SXSW Events

Panel: Science Fiction or Future Science?

Friday, March 8, 2019 | 11am – 12pm CT
Fairmont Manchester AB
101 Red River St.

Science fiction has inspired technology ranging from cellphones to space travel, demonstrating that innovation doesn’t happen without imagination. Similarly, science has inspired legendary comic book heroes. Join acclaimed author & afrofuturist, Ytasha Womack; National Air & Space Museum’s Margaret Weitekamp; NASA engineer & Hollywood science advisor, Kevin Grazier; and Boeing Phantom Works’ Mark Cherry for a conversation on how science and science-fiction influences and shapes each other’s narrative.

Featuring:

Mark Cherry
Vice President & General Manager, Phantom Works
The Boeing Company

Kevin Grazier
Hollywood Science Consultant

Margaret Weitekamp
Space History Curator
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Ytasha Womack
Acclaimed Author

AIA Lounge at the WeDC House

Panel: National and Space Museum’s AirSpace Podcast LIVE: When Failure Is an Option

Sunday, March 10, 2019 | 4pm CT
WeDC House at Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

The National Air and Space Museum contains the largest and most significant collection of air- and spacecraft in the world. Behind those amazing machines are thousands of stories of human achievement and perseverance. But as much as we’d love it, it’s not always blue skies and smooth sailing. In this live taping of the Museum’s AirSpace podcast, we’ll explore how failure is often as meaningful to the journey as the achievement itself. Hosts Emily, Matt, and Nick will examine the good, bad, and ugly of how scientists and engineers have overcome losing spacecraft and how a culture that embraces the possibility of failure can ultimately be more successful. Because, despite what you may have heard, it’s always an option.

AirSpace is hosted by planetary geologist Emily Martin, space history curator Matt Shindell, and public affairs specialist Nick Partridge from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.

Special Guest:

Bobak Ferdowsi
Systems Engineer
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Panel: Flying cars, Supersonic jets, Space Tourism & Beyond: Aerospace in 2050

Sunday, March 10, 2019 |5pm CT
WeDC House at Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

How will we move around cities and explore our world and beyond in the year 2050? As the Aerospace Industries Association debuts “Vision 2050: The Way To What’s Next,” panelists will explore how the innovations being researched, developed, and invested in today by the aerospace industry will transform the way we move, connect, and explore – from drones and air taxis, to autonomy, artificial intelligence, supersonic flight, and commercial space travel.

Click here to RSVP for AIA’s ”Vision 2050: The Way To What’s Next” panel discussion and exclusive happy hour on Sunday, March 10, from 6-8pm in the WeDC House at Banger’s.

Featuring:

Eric Fanning
President & CEO
Aerospace Industries Association

Jason Chua
Executive Director, Advanced Projects
United Technology Corp.

Karl Hutter
President & CEO
Click Bond, Inc.

Margaret Weitekamp
Space History Curator
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Start-up Competition: NASA iTech: Ignite the Night Austin

Monday, March 11, 2019 |2:00pm CT
WeDC House at Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

Ten tech startups have the opportunity to “fast pitch” their innovations to an audience and panel of judges. This high energy event connects brands and organizations to the movers and shakers of our space industry. Ignite the Night AUSTIN is a NASA iTech event.

Judges:

  • John Dankanich, Center Chief Technologist, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
  • Harry Partridge, Center Chief Technologist, NASA Ames Research Center
  • Ramona Travis, Center Chief Technologist, NASA Stennis Space Center
  • Peter Hughes, Center Chief Technologist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
  • Kara Snesko, Deputy Coordinator for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, U.S. Department of State
  • Antonio Campello, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Embraer X
  • Michele Hintz, Senior Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Jay Harrison, Command Innovation Officer, Army Futures Command
  • Richard Godwin, Managing Member & Founder, Space Technology Holdings
  • Dr. Richard Munassi, TechDiversity Cohort Director, Tampa Bay WaVE
  • Shea Ferring, Vice President of Mission Assurance, Firefly

Installation: Vision 2050 AR Mural

Sunday, March 10th-Monday, March 11th | All Day
WeDC House at Banger’s
79 Rainey Street
Austin, TX 78701

Step into the year 2050 with our augmented reality experience. Use your cell phone to bring the future to life through our Augmented Reality (AR) mural, which will be outside the WeDC House at Banger’s. Take your picture alongside a supersonic jet travelling from D.C. to London or a commercial spacecraft touring the stars. Be sure to share your photos to social media using #WaytoWhatsNext.

Aerospace & Defense in Austin

Space:

Reach Out and Touch Space
March 8, 12:30-1:30pm, Austin Convention Center, Ballroom G
Participants: NASA JPL

The Legacy of Apollo and the Next Giant Leap
March 9, 11:00am-12:00pm, Fairmont, Manchester CD
Participants: NASA JPL, NASA Johnson, Apollo Flight Director Gerry Griffin

EHT: A Planetary Effort to Photograph a Black Hole
March 9, 12:30-1:30pm, Fairmont, Manchester AB
Participants: Academics: Harvard, Univ. of Arizona, Univ. of Amsterdam

Austinpreneur: Space Exploration for All
March 9, 2:00-3:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon C
Participants: Govcity, Hypergiant Films, Space Adventures, Planetary Society

The Promise and Perils of New Space
March 10, 5:00-6:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon J
Participants: Firefly

Python for Asteroids, Using NASA’s Open API
March 11, 9:30-11:30am, Westin Austin Downtown, Continental 3
Participants: NASA Workshop

Data Science Unicorns and Silver-Bullet AI
March 11, 3:30-4:30 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon F
Participants: NASA, Dell, DataCamp, OnlineMedEd

3, 2, 1: Blast Off! Building Spacecraft with AR
March 13, 11:00am-12:00pm, JW Marriott, Salon 3-4
Participants: Lockheed, Scope AR, Microsoft

Hi Neighbor! Exoplanet Discoveries by NASA’s TESS
March 14, 11am-12pm, Fairmont, Manchester AB
Participants: NASA Goddard, MIT

To the Moon! Launch Your Idea to Lunar Orbit on Orion
March 11, 5PM – 6PM, Austin Convention Center Trade Show – Discovery Stage – Exhibit Hall 2
Participants: Lockheed Martin

Aviation and Air Mobility

Urban Aerial Mobility: Closer Than You Think
March 10, 11:00am-12:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon F
Participants: Starburst Accelerator, DoT, Lockheed Martin, LA DoT

The Trillion Dollar VC Mobility Bet
March 12, 3:30-4:30pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon F
Participants: Blumberg Capital, CrunchBase, Verizon Ventures

Up Next in Transportation: Flying Cars and Drones?
March 12, 3:30-4:30pm, La Condesa
Participants: Bell, Intel, US DOT, Uber

Safer in the Skies: How IA is Changing the Future
March 13, 12:30-1:30 pm, Fairmont, Manchester AB
Participants: Bell, CBS, Intel

Flying Taxis & Ambulance Drones: SciFi 2 Reality
March 13, 2:00-3:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon K
Participants: Uber, EU, ZAL GmbH, Ampaire

Building an Autonomous Tomorrow: Policy and Tech
March 13, 2:00-3:00pm, Fairmont Manchester AB
Participants: Bell, FAA, Terrafugia, Commercial Drone Alliance

Death to Roadways: Ending Traffic with Flying Cars
March 13, 11:00am-12:00pm, Fairmont Manchester AB
Participants: McKinsey, NPR, NASA, Bell

Defense

Wombats & Wood Ducks: CIA’s Secrets to Creative Problem Solving
March 8, 5:00–6:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B
Participants: CIA

Black Swans Lurking Interconnected Ecosystems
March 9, 9:30-10:30am, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Room
Participants: Booz Allen Hamilton, US Navy, WIRED, AASKI Technologies

The Future of Ethical Combat with Futures Command
March 10, 11:00-12:00pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: USD Griffin, US Army, Army Futures Command

How the Army is Innovating into the Future
March 10, 12:30-1:30pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: Army Cyber Command, Defense Digital Service

Who Will Lead in the Race for AI in Defense?
March 10, 12:30–1:30pm, Fairmont Hotel, Manchester AB
Participants: Office of SecDef, CNAS, SparkCognition

Ethics and AI: How to Plan for the Unpredictable
March 9, 2:00-3:00 pm, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Room
Participants: Defense Innovation Board, Booz Allen Hamilton, Kindy

Gamification of Education and Training in the USAF
March 10, 3:30-4:30pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: USAF, AFWERX, Legacy Flight Academy

Safeguarding The Crown Jewels of US Innovation
March 11, 11:00-12:00pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: DIU, UT Austin, White House OSTP

Bad Guys Attacking Elections: It’s Not Just the US
March 11, 12:30–1:30PM, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon A
Participants: Atlantic Council, Facebook, NY Times, Blue Dot Strategies

New Minds, New Innovation
March 11, 2:00-3:00pm at Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: Army MG Marie Gervais, DUSD R/E Lisa Porter, Army Futures Command

Flying IEDs: The Ground War Has Moved Up
March 11, 3:30-4:30pm, Fairmont Hotel, Manchester AB
Participants: Airspace Systems, Citadel Defense, Echodyne

The ABC’s of Securing a Government Contract
March 11, 3:30-4:30pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: SAIC, US Army, Senseye, BAE Systems

Demystifying the Deep State — With Storytelling
March 11, 3:30-4:30pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon A
Participants: CIA, Office of the Director of National Intelligence

American Innovation Revives the DoD
March 11, 5:00-6:00 pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: AFWERX

Cybersecurity in the Age of Automation
March 12, 3:30-4:30pm, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom
Participants: ISAC, DoT, DHS, NYC DoT

Artificial Intelligence

Inside Story of Building AI & Tech For Real Humans
March 8, 12:30-1:30pm, Fairmont, Manchester AB
Participants: Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Slack

Beyond Reality: The Convergence of AI and Immersive Tech
March 9, 3:30-4:30pm, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom
Participants: Unity Labs, NatGeo, Booz Allen, Open AI

Ethics and AI: How to Plan for the Unpredictable
March 9, 2:00-3:00pm, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom
Participants: UT Austin, Defense Innovation Board, Booz Allen, Kyndi

How AI Will Design the Human Future
March 11, 9:30-10:30 am, Fairmont, Manchester AB
Participants: SparkCognition, UT Austin, The Wall Street Journal

Algorithms Go to Law School: The Ethics of AI
March 11, 2:00-3:00 pm, Palm Door on Sixth
Participants: White House OSTP

The Future of AI: Accelerating Innovation
March 11, 12:30-1:30pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: USAF, SAIC, USDA

Robots and Machine Learning: Perils and Promise
March 12, 9:30 – 10:30 am, La Condesa
Participants: White House OSTP

Sci-Fi

Sci-Fi CEOs: How Fictional Futures Influence Tech
March 8, 5:00-6:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon F
Participants: New America’s Open Technology Institute, Quartz

Untold AI: Is Sci-Fi Telling Us the Right Stories?
March 9, 5:00-6:00pm, Fairmont, Manchester AB
Participants: Electronic Frontier Foundation, IBM, AI Institute

Related

Answering the Call: Tech for Public Purpose
March 9, 11:00am-12:00pm, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Ballroom
Participants: Ash Carter, Booz Allen

SXSW Pitch: Transportation and Delivery Technology
March 9, 9:30am-10:30am, Hilton Austin, Salon DE
Pitch Competition

Survival of the Fittest: Mobility in Cities
March 9, 5:00-6:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B
Participants: City of Montreal, The Atlantic/CityLab, car2go Group GmbH

Innovating At Speed: How Big Brands and Scrappy Startups Develop New Ideas
March 9, 2:00-2:40pm, Fast Company Grill, 201 Brazos St
Participants: United Technology Corp., RetailMeNot, Veo Robotics

Politicians Yell at (the) Cloud: Congress and Tech
March 10, 11:00am-12:00pm, Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B
Participants: Rep Takano, Lincoln Network, FCC

Booz Allen Hamilton
March 10, 2:00-4:00pm, WeDC House @ Bangers 79 Rainey St

Collecting Your Data Exhaust Can be Your Advantage
March 12, 12:30 – 1:30 pm, Omni Downtown, Voltron Room
Participants: Accenture, Meltwater, Keller Williams, Kung Fu

Transportation Innovation at a Crossroads
March 12, 9:30 – 10:30 am, Courtyard Marriott, Rio Grande Room

Total Recall: The Future of Learning with VR
March 12, 9:30-10:30am, JW Marriott, Salon 1-2
Participants: Accenture, Friends with Holograms

Fort Worth in Flight
92 Rainey St.
Participants: Bell