|Philadelphia startups, corporations, musicians, and other partners will be traveling to Austin, TX to participate in the SXSW Interactive & Music Festival starting this weekend. This is the second year that the Amplify Philly initiative has coordinated Philadelphia's efforts during the festival, which combines a tech conference and trade show with a music festival. The goal is to promote Philadelphia as an innovation hub that is full of talent and opportunities to grow a business as well as a great place to live and experience culture.
REC Philly and Philly Startup Leaders have organized Amplify Philly along with the support of 15 sponsors: StartupPHL, Comcast, University City Science Center, Guru, Zivtech, Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Chariot Solutions, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Visit Philadelphia, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Brandywine Realty Trust, Safeguard Scientifics, and CoStar360.
2017 is actually the third year that REC Philly has organized an official Philadelphia music showcase at South by Southwest. This year will feature a VIP Party on Monday, March 13th with music by DJ Jazzy Jeff. The Amplify Philly Official Music Showcase will be held on Tuesday, March 14th. This event will feature local Philadelphia talent including Bilal, DJ Aktive, Good Girl, The Districts, Son Little, The Dove & The Wolf, Julian King, and Queen of Jeans.
If you aren't going to be in Austin, TX and cannot make it out to the show on Tuesday, March 14th, don't worry! iradiophilly is once again traveling down to Austin, TX to broadcast the official Philadelphia music showcase LIVE. You can find more information about the broadcast and stream at iradiophilly.com/amplifyphilly
This year 18 Philadelphia companies will be exhibiting at the SXSW Tradeshow as part of Amplify Philly. Those include: BioRealize, Boost Linguistics, Chariot Solutions, Comcast, Cosy, Eventuosity, Iqinetics, Keriton, LIA Diagnostics, MLeads, Neuroflow, Oat Foundry, Oncora, ROAR for Good, SafeStamp, Social Ladder, Stratis, and Zivtech. The Interactive Festival starts on Friday, March 10th.
This year Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce will also be joining Amplify Philly at SXSW.
"I am excited the City will once again be part of Amplify Philly's collaborative effort at SXSW," said Mayor Kenney. "This initiative is proof of what can be accomplished through a successful public-private partnership. The investment being made by our corporate partners and anchor institutions shows a commitment to Philadelphia's tech and entrepreneurial community. The City is thrilled to participate in one of the most influential tech conferences in the world, and I am personally looking forward to sharing with so many budding entrepreneurs why Philadelphia is the place to grow their business."