Washington DC loves SXSW. In the past we’ve seen Washington DC startups take a very active role in the SXSW festivities in conjunction with Frank Gruber’s Tech Cocktail, which calls DC, Las Vegas and Chicago home.
This year, The Washington DC Economic Partnership (WCDEP) is taking Washington DC to Austin Texas for SXSW. The WCDEP is setting up roots, albeit temporarily, during the SXSW Interactive festivities that run between March 13th and March 17th. DC startups, and startups looking to make a connection with the Washington DC startup community can find the “WeDC” house during SXSW at 340 East 2nd Street right in the heart of downtown Austin and across the street from the convention center where most of the festivities for the Interactive portion take place.
The We DC House will be host to a recharge lounge for DC-based and other SXSW attendees, panel discussions, a DC Startup Showcase, a DC Musician Meetup, and an evening celebration honoring DC talent, businesses, and partners attending SXSW.
The goals of the We DC House at SXSW include branding DC as a national technology hub; exposing entrepreneurs, talent, and investors to opportunities in DC; building relationships with out-of-town investors; and bringing the DC tech and creative community together. The third year down to SXSW, this will be the first year that DC will also be highlighting the creative economy sectors of Washington, D.C. Together with SXSW, Washington, D.C. will be hosting an official SXSW “DC Music Showcase” honoring the GoGo music genre and DC based artists. The full schedule line up will be announced in later this month.