Michigan House names lineup for SXSW
A day-long series of Michigan-centered panel discussions will present the state to the world next year.
Michigan House pop-up space will host official programming of the South by Southwest Music, Film and Interactive Conference and Festival, or SXSW, in Austin for the fourth consecutive year on March 10.
The Michigan House is spearheaded by the Detroit-based arts and culture economic development organization Creative Many Michigan and produced by Middle West, which creates pop-up "environments" around events.
“The Michigan House gives creative practitioners from across the state the unique opportunity to collaborate in ways that shine a light on the depth of value the creative industries contribute in Michigan,” said Jennifer Goulet, president and CEO of Creative Many Michigan. “We’re excited to head back to Austin with partners from a wide variety of sectors that come together to make the most out of South by Southwest.”
The group will be joined this year by organizations including Start Garden, Rock Ventures, The New Economy Initiative, Spectrum Health, Faurecia, Founders Brewing Co., Steelcase, Experience Grand Rapids, the Detroit Chamber of Commerce, Planet M, Brightly and others.
“People don’t realize how innovative Michigan is in a lot of areas, especially in the unique ways we collaborate and work together,” said Darel Ross of Start Garden. “South by Southwest is the perfect stage to get that message out, all the while learning best practices from the rest of the world.”
The series of panel discussions and speakers will include:
Making The Future Of Mobility
Jessica Robinson, director of City Solutions, Ford Motor Co.
Alisyn Malek, COO and co-founder of May Mobility
Garry Bulluck, deputy chief of Mobility Innovations, city of Detroit
Brian Brackenbury, business development leader of Gentex Corp.
Strategies For Neighborhood Health In Michigan
Amanda High, chief of Strategic Innovations, Reinvestment Fund
Jeremy Moore, director of Community Health Innovations, Spectrum Health
Debra Furr-Holden, C.S. Mott endowed professor of Public Health, Michigan State University
Darel Ross, director of Start Garden
Think Different, Teach Different
Jeff Sorensen, co-founder of optiMize, director of Social Innovation, University of Michigan
Trudy Ngo-Brown, director of TeenArts+TechProgram, WMCAT
Damien Rocchi, CEO and co-founder, Grand Circus
Skot Welch, founder of Mosaic Film Experience
Water Insights From The Great Lakes State
Seth Bernard, founder of Earthworks Music
Liz Kirkwood, executive director of For Love of Water (FLOW)
Lee Sprague, member of Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians
Robert Koenen, CMO of Boxed Water Is Better
Big City Problems, Neighborhood Solutions
Jackson Koeppel, co-director of Soulardarity
Shamayahim “Mama Shu” Harris, founder of Avalon Village
Diana Nucera, director of Detroit Community Technology Project, Allied Media Projects
Ezekiel Harris, executive director of MACC Development