Thousands of entrepreneurs, tech leaders, investors and President Barack Obama are descending on Austin today to kick off South by Southwest’s Interactive festival. That will also include attendees from Dallas-area startups and large companies.
Here’s a list of some local attendees who opted to go to Austin:
Mend: A doctor and nurse practitioner from this Dallas-based health and technology startup will make house calls in downtown Austin during South by Southwest. Festival attendees can order a same-day or next-day medical visit from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday-Monday through Mend’s mobile app or website. Mend will offer 25 percent discounts on house calls, with the promo code SXSW25. House calls start at $50. Mend will also compete in a pitch contest and set up a booth at the SX Health and MedTech Expo.
Vinli: Hundreds of Uber cars around Austin will become Wi-Fi hotspots during SXSW, thanks to Dallas-based Vinli. The startup makes connected car devices that plug into a vehicle’s data port. Its founder and CEO, Mark Haidar, will speak on a panel about the future of the auto industry. Vinli will also host an event for developers and co-sponsor a future of mobility showcase.
5Miles: This Dallas- and Beijing-based startup will host an interactive event to demo features of its mobile marketplace app. The app allows people to buy and sell second-hand goods and services. 5Miles was founded last year by Lucas Lu, who completed a doctorate in physics at Southern Methodist University.
Mark Cuban: The serial entrepreneur, Shark Tank host and Dallas Mavericks owner will talk about entrepreneurship at a Sunday event that will be live-streamed on Periscope. Cuban will answer questions submitted through Twitter or Cyber Dust, Cuban’s messaging app.
Tech Wildcatters: Gabriella Draney Zielke, co-founder and CEO of Dallas-based startup accelerator, will speak on a panel Sunday about how startups can partner with larger companies. The accelerator’s executive director, Molly Cain, will coach three startups in the content management and entertainment industries during the South by Southwest Accelerator finals.
Health Wildcatters: The Dallas-based health care startup accelerator will have a booth at the SX Health & MedTech Expo that features seven of its companies, including EasyEye, which makes reading glasses with interchangeable lenses, and Pura Vino, which removes headache-causing agents from wine. Hubert Zajicek, co-founder and CEO, is adviser for the Impact Pediatric Health Pitch Competition on Monday.
Neiman Marcus: The Dallas-based luxury retailer is throwing a VIP event with actress Kate Bosworth. It will also host a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday called the “School of Self-Expression” with Refinery29, a fashion, style and beauty website. The event at the Mexic-arte Museum will include workshops on poetry and music, a Q&A on the future of wearable technology and interactive fashion and photography exhibits.