Be a viking at SXSW i Austin, Texas!

SXSW - the most important creative arena in the world!

South By Southwest dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

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Her finner du programmet for konferansedelen av SXSW:

9. March
08:30 - 10:30

International Welcome breakfast by the City of Austin

City of Austin invites all international delegations to an opening breakfast during SXSW. After breakfast, there is a chance to meet local Austin companies.

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Four Seasons Hotel
98 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701, USA

14:00 - 15:00

Visit to Dell Medical School

The first new medicin school in the US in 50 years. In the words of Dean Clay Johnston, “I’m not interested in creating just another medical school, but in creating a medical school that really represents what we want health – and health education – to be in the next century.” The school’s unique vision and mission represent that aspiration.

Vision: A Vital, Inclusive Health Ecosystem

  • Vital: Vigorous, animated, full of life and energy, dynamic
  • Inclusive: Open to everyone
  • Ecosystem: The complex of a community and its environment functioning as a system

Mission: We will revolutionize how people get and stay healthy by: 

  • Improving health in our community as a model for the nation; 
  • Evolving new models of person-centered, multidisciplinary care that reward value;
  • Accelerating innovation and research to improve health;
  • Educating leaders who transform health care; and
  • Redesigning the academic health environment to better serve society. 


Details TBA

1501 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

18:00 - 20:00

Norwegian regions network dinner

The Stavanger region and Kristiansand region organize a joint network dinner at the traditional restaurant Threadgills. This is a great opportunity for companies to present themselves and to get to know many of the others from Norway who travel to SXSW.

301 West Riverside Dr

20:00 - 23:00

SXSW Interactive Opening Party

Start SXSW off right by reconnecting, and enjoying drinks, discovery and more at the legendary SXSW Interactive Opening Party.

333 E 2nd Street

10. March
10:00 - 11:00

Visit to Austin Technology Incubator (ATI)

The Austin Technology Incubator is the startup incubator of the University of Texas at Austin.  A program of the University’s IC² Institute, ATI has a 28-year track record of helping founding teams achieve success. ATI focuses on helping startups compete successfully in the capital markets. 

IC2 Institute
2815 San Gabriel St, Austin, TX 78705, USA

12. March
10:00 - 12:00

Hospital visit: Dell Seton Medical Center

Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas is a teaching hospital and the centerpiece of a new health district in downtown Austin. It’s so much more than just a new building. From day one, the medical center has redefined the future of healthcare in our community.

1500 Red River St, Austin, TX 78701, USA

16:30 - 19:00

Health & Life Science Network Happy Hour

Organized by Capital City Innovation, sponsored by the Austin Technology Incubator

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Austin Public Library
710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

19:00 - 21:00

Creating and Sustaining High Tech and Creative Industries in smaller cities

Agile cities with populations below 1 million are becoming global leaders in creativity and innovation.  Norwegian cities are leveraging these attributes and providing a foundation for entrepreneurs to launch successful companies.  Learn more about the diverse and imaginative ways small cities in Norway are impacting and redefining the meaning of a sustainable community. 


  • Welcome and Introduction                  

    Øyvind Laderud, Business Advisor, Business Region Kristiansand

    Jim Butler, Creative Industries Manager, City of Austin

  • Leveraging Creativity and Innovation - the Austin Example             

    Mitch Jacobson, Director, Austin Technology Incubator

    David Gibson, Associate Director, IC2 Institute University of Texas at Austin (INVITED)

    Kevin Koym, CEO, Tech Ranch 

  • Norway`s Innovation Scene

    Norway’s unique innovation culture and scene

  • Creative Industries Demos

    Highlighted initiatives from Norwegian cities 

    Requestify (Stavanger)

    SunSense (Kristiansand)

    Sounds Good (Trondheim)

    Telaris (Kristiansand)

    Oiid (Trondheim)

Organized by: The Cities of Kristiansand, Trondheim and the Greater Stavanger region

Moderator: Jaya Tomlinson, City of Trondheim

Scandinavian House (SAS Lounge)
2nd St. & ¬Trinity 340 East 2nd Street.

13. March
18:51 - 12:00

Health and Med Tech Roundtable

Program TBA

House of Scandinavia
340 E 2nd St

15:00 - 17:00

Nordic Startup pitching

The Nordics has fostered companies such as Spotify, Opera, Klarna and Kahoot. In 2017, $ 881.5 million was invested in Nordic start-up companies. At The Nordic Pitch during SXSW, you can watch some of the most promising startups from the Nordics, as well as meet investors, the media and other Nordic startup companies. HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will be attending.

Venue: House of Scandinavia

House of Scandinavia
340 East 2nd Street

17:30 - 19:00

Social Mixer

The Norwegian Consulate General in Houston invites you, in collaboration with ICT Norway, to a social mixer that will be a network arena for Norwegian and American startup companies, investors and public players. HRH Crown Prince Haakon of Norway will be attending.

House of Scandinavia
340 East 2nd Street

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Fly og hotell

SXSW i Austin er et svært populært arrangement og det er trangt om plassen. Vi anbefaler å enten bestille rom samtidig som man kjøper badge, eller å bruke tjenester som AirBNB eller HomeAndAway.

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