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Pixelwood Derby WIN!

Pixelwood Derby WIN!

Posted on May 19, 2017 by Emily Ballard

Yesterday was the fourth annual Pixelwood Derby hosted by Sitegoals, an Austin-based creative agency. In the last four years, the classic pinewood derby event has grown drastically, and this year, 29 Austin companies came out to compete including YETI, Favor, Alamo Drafthouse, Capital Factory, Rocksauce Studios, Workhorse and Samba TV.

Last year, our very own Britney Steers brought home the GOLD! She was good, but we knew we had to step up our game because it started to get pretty competitive. This year, Cartha Stewart swept all rounds and we came home with the first-place trophy for speed! Constructing this ever so aerodynamic pinewood derby car was anything but easy. Now that we’ve been unbeatable for two years in a row, the competition is getting hot. We’ve already started scheming for next year and we can’t wait to see what everyone is going to bring to the table.

Each year, the Pixelwood Derby benefits a non-profit in which it donates all proceeds. So far, the Pixelwood Derby has donated proceeds to the Thinkery, The SAFE Alliance and this year proceeds are going to STEMed Labs. STEMed Labs is a local non-profit dedicated to improving science, technology, engineering and math programs for students grades K-12. The goal of the organization is to leverage project resources to increase students’ interest in STEM and challenge them with real-world problems that prepare them to be purpose-driven innovators. For more information click here.

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SXSW Wrap-Up: Top Speakers

SXSW Wrap-Up: Top Speakers

Posted on Apr 01, 2015 by Ryan Gardner

SXSW 2015 came and went with a bang, per usual. We had a great time checking out Interactive panels and keynotes, some films, and great bands in the sun (and a lot of rain). To wrap it up, we are running two blogs: a previous one on awards and then this one on top speakers. There were over 600 sessions at SXSW Interactive – the majority of the sessions were picked via users on the SXSW PanelPicker, with more than 3,000 ideas entered. Needless to say, it was very hard to choose the top speakers. Before SXSW, we ran our top 5 speakers to see – now we have our top 5 speakers that we saw.

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SXSW Wrap-Up: The Best of the Best

SXSW Wrap-Up: The Best of the Best

Posted on Mar 30, 2015 by Ryan Gardner

Just like that, that’s a wrap of SXSW 2015. We had a great time checking out Interactive panels and keynotes, some films, and great bands in the sun (and a lot of rain). To wrap it up, we will be running two blogs: this one on awards and then an upcoming one on top speakers. Two of the most important awards for Interactive honor incredibly innovative companies, products, and startups. The SXSW Accelerator Startup Competition has 48 technology companies go head-to-head in a two-day competition with six winners, while the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards focuses on evolving and broadening trends of the digital industry, giving out fourteen awards and four special honors.

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