#HealthTech events during SXSW 2019

This website is a little project of the dotHealth team to help the HealthTech community get the most out of the SXSW Festival in Austin this year by listing all health-related, non-session events (both official and unofficial). Do you know of an event that should be here? Submit it here!

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“Scout Bar” Sponsored by St. David’s Foundation

Friday 08:00 AM – Friday 12:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Knowledgeable SXSW health veterans are available to help you plan your schedule while you enjoy a complimentary breakfast and gourmet coffee bar.


Other Free - no badge required

Energizing Health House

Friday 08:00 AM – Friday 06:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Energizing Health @ SXSW is a historic gathering during SXSW focused on creating opportunities for community advocates, entrepreneurs, venture capital, health organizations, industry and philanthropy to innovate, collaborate and activate initiatives aimed at eliminating systemic barriers and building healthier communities.

The home base for our most creative programming is our SXSW Health House: a pop-up community center at Cooper’s BBQ sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, Novartis, and other partners. What you’ll find here:

  • Complimentary all-day buffet and drinks
  • Full day of innovative programming
  • Art installation from the National Academy of Medicine, illustrating how health equity works in communities across the U.S.

Other Free - no badge required

The Austin Community Welcomes You to SXSW

Friday 08:30 AM – Friday 10:30 AM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

A morning full of robust programming from Austin’s health innovation community. In this open forum, participants will discuss how entrepreneurs can work together with community leaders to ease disparities and enrich health services for marginalized groups in Central Texas.

  • Panel One: Health Equity Challenges in Central Texas
  • Panel Two: Expanding Patient Advocacy in Underserved Communities
  • Panel Three: Leveraging Technology to Build the Blueprint for Healthy Communities

Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

How Facebook Causes Measles

Friday 11:00 AM – Friday 12:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

How Facebook Causes Measles, the Real Computer Virus: There is a new meaning of the term Fred Trotter, Andrea Downing and David Harlow submitted a compliant to the FTC regarding Facebook’s treatment of patients on its platform. A day latter, Congress asked Facebook to account for these new issues. This session will show how the issues that submitted by the patient community are abused on Facebook, in some cases by anti-vax misinformation campaigns, which have contributed to recent measles outbreaks.


Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

Art, Culture and Health Equity Futurism

Friday 12:30 PM – Friday 01:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Artists and activists at the front lines of innovation and community change share stories of their journey towards health equity.


Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

Stories from the Front Lines – Inclusion in Health and Tech

Friday 02:00 PM – Friday 03:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Interviews with – and stories from – community artists, activists, entrepreneurs and health care providers. Community leaders discuss issues that shape our sectors, including: designing for inclusion, diversifying board and founders leadership and when tech makes disparities worse.


Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

Providing for Providers: Future of Healthcare UX Meet Up

Friday 03:30 PM – Friday 04:30 PM Fairmont Verbena SXSW

There has been much bleak speculation around the impact of new technologies on jobs in healthcare, but can clinician-centric UX change the game? We’ll review the near and longer term impacts of technology advancement, dramatic increases in provider demand, and explosion of care models that will effectively allow physicians to choose when and how they practice. Join others who are affecting this vision of the future, as we discuss the implications of improvements in healthcare technology and service design on caregiving and the clinician lifestyle.


Speaker/Panel Session RSVP Free - badge required

Impact Pediatric Health Dinner

Friday 04:00 PM – Friday 07:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ ImpactPediatric.Health

Reception / Cocktail Party Invite only

Happy Hour

Friday 04:30 PM – Friday 07:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

DJ, complimentary drinks, and buffet.


Reception / Cocktail Party Free - no badge required

Meet Regina Holliday

Friday 05:30 PM – Friday 06:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Celebrated patients’ rights activist, Regina Holliday, talks about her art and welcomes the Walking Gallery.


Other Free - no badge required

Digital Health Lounge by COGNICUM

Friday 06:30 PM – Friday 09:00 PM COGNICUM Lounge COGNICUM

The lounge offers a place to get inspired, network and share new knowledge together. We have a limited amount of room inside, so be sure to register as soon as possible. Please note, your registration will be confirmed by email.

Brought to you by:

  • Netherlands Healthcare Mission to Texas, led by Vice Minister Erik Gerritsen of the Netherlands Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport
  • The Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO)
  • Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) in Texas
  • Task Force Healthcare (TFHC)
  • Cognicum

Reception / Cocktail Party RSVP Free - no badge required

Energizing Health Friday SXSW Reception

Friday 07:00 PM – Friday 10:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

RSVP required for this private welcome reception for Friday’s Impact Pediatric Health event and for the Saturday – Monday “Energizing Health @ SXSW” health equity programming for innovators interested in helping marginalized groups and the underserved population.

Texas native and American singer and actress Patricia Vonne and band will be the evening’s entertainment.


Reception / Cocktail Party RSVP Free - no badge required

Energizing Health House

Saturday 08:00 AM – Saturday 06:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Energizing Health @ SXSW is a historic gathering during SXSW focused on creating opportunities for community advocates, entrepreneurs, venture capital, health organizations, industry and philanthropy to innovate, collaborate and activate initiatives aimed at eliminating systemic barriers and building healthier communities.

The home base for our most creative programming is our SXSW Health House: a pop-up community center at Cooper’s BBQ sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, Novartis, and other partners. What you’ll find here:

  • Complimentary all-day buffet and drinks
  • Full day of innovative programming
  • Art installation from the National Academy of Medicine, illustrating how health equity works in communities across the U.S.

Other Free - no badge required

“Scout Bar” Sponsored by St. David’s Foundation

Saturday 08:00 AM – Saturday 10:00 AM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Knowledgeable SXSW health veterans are available to help you plan your schedule while you enjoy a complimentary breakfast and gourmet coffee bar.


Other Free - no badge required

Impact Pediatric Health Meeting

Saturday 08:00 AM – Saturday 10:00 AM Husch Blackwell ImpactPediatric.Health

Conference Invite only

#PinkSocks Meetup

Saturday 09:00 AM – Saturday 11:00 AM Cenote PinkSocks Community

There will be pinksocks, smiles, and hugs!


Other RSVP Free - no badge required

#MeToo in Health and Tech

Saturday 09:30 AM – Saturday 10:30 AM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

In 1997 Tarana Burke created #MeToo and in recent years the conversation has shifted culture in significant ways. This conversation will explore what this looks and feels like in health and tech and how it’s informs what is needed to create health equity.


Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

Movement with Live Drums – Health Equity in Motion

Saturday 11:00 AM – Saturday 12:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

“Femme! Experience” Founder Bernadette Pleasant and the Health Equity Cypher will facilitate this workshop with the help of movement and live drums to facilitate our health and wellness – and give us tools to create space to truly Imagine Health. Come ready to move!


Other Free - no badge required

Why We Can’t Wait – Ripped from the Headlines

Saturday 12:30 PM – Saturday 01:30 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

“Innovation” sounds cool – but Flint still lacks clean water, children have been separated indefinitely from their families at the US border, trans women of color are being murdered and assaulted, indigenous women are being murdered and are missing, we still need to say “Black Lives Matter” and parts of Puerto Rico are still recovering.

Interviews with and stories by artists, activists, entrepreneurs and health care providers about issues that shape our communities. Come for the stories. Stay for the solutions.


Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

Addressing Racial and Ethnic Inequities to Build Healthier Communities

Saturday 02:00 PM – Saturday 03:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

It’s a discouraging reality that, even among insured populations, racial and ethnic minorities are less likely than members of the majority population to receive preventive health services. Join us for a conversation around the critical gaps in our communities that influence the ability to live a healthier life. From education to housing and women’s health, we’ll explore steps to collectively combat racial and ethnic disparities.

  • Dwayne Proctor, Chairman, NAACP Foundation
  • Dr. Joia Crear-Perry, Founder and President, National Birth Equity Collaborative
  • William Buster, Executive Vice President of Community Investments, St. David’s Foundation

Speaker/Panel Session Free - no badge required

Philanthropic Meetup

Saturday 02:00 PM – Saturday 04:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Other Free - badge required

Hacking Bias

Saturday 03:30 PM – Saturday 04:30 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Be More America

Be More America will lead a workshop on how their tech-enabled technology is helping individuals and organizations address and overcome bias. Learn more at bemoreamerica.org


Other Free - no badge required

Happy Hour

Saturday 05:00 PM – Saturday 07:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

DJ, complimentary drinks and buffet.


Reception / Cocktail Party Free - no badge required

Energizing Health Saturday SXSW Reception

Saturday 07:00 PM – Saturday 10:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

RSVP required to celebrate the end of the first day of Energizing Health @ SXSW upstairs at Cooper’s BBQ for Miss Lavelle White and the L Men. Meet the speakers, stakeholders, and community that have come together to Imagine A World Without Sickness.


Reception / Cocktail Party RSVP Free - no badge required

Energizing Health House

Sunday 08:00 AM – Sunday 06:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Energizing Health @ SXSW is a historic gathering during SXSW focused on creating opportunities for community advocates, entrepreneurs, venture capital, health organizations, industry and philanthropy to innovate, collaborate and activate initiatives aimed at eliminating systemic barriers and building healthier communities.

The home base for our most creative programming is our SXSW Health House: a pop-up community center at Cooper’s BBQ sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, Novartis, and other partners. What you’ll find here:

  • Complimentary all-day buffet and drinks
  • Full day of innovative programming
  • Art installation from the National Academy of Medicine, illustrating how health equity works in communities across the U.S.

Other Free - no badge required

“Scout Bar” Sponsored by St. David’s Foundation

Sunday 09:00 AM – Sunday 11:00 AM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Knowledgeable SXSW health veterans are available to help you plan your schedule while you enjoy a complimentary breakfast and gourmet coffee bar.


Other Free - no badge required

Novartis Biome: Digital Therapeutics, AI & Digital Endpoints

Sunday 09:30 AM – Sunday 12:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Novartis Biome

9:30am – 9:50am : Bioelectronic Medicine And The Future Of Digital Therapeutics
9:50am – 10:10am : Rise Of The HealthBots: Customer Engagement In An Increasingly Connected World
10:10am – 10:30am : Music As A Digital Therapeutic For Walking
10:30am – 11:00am : Prescription Digital Therapeutics
11:00am – 12:00pm : Barracuda Bowl 1: Reimagining Pain Management
12:00pm – 12:20pm : Networking Break


Speaker/Panel Session RSVP Free - badge required

Novartis Biome: The Future of Clinical Trials

Sunday 12:20 PM – Sunday 02:40 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Novartis Biome

12:20pm – 12:40pm : Project Baseline: Empowering Humans To Own Their Own Data
12:40pm – 1:00pm : The Human Digitome
1:00pm – 1:20pm : Voice Analysis In Clinical Trials: A 2-For-1 Insight Into The Mind
1:20pm – 1:40pm : Health Voyager: A Journey Into Patient Engagement
1:40pm – 2:40pm : Barracuda Bowl 2: Reimagining Clinical Trial Recruitment
2:40pm – 3:00pm: Networking Break


Speaker/Panel Session RSVP Free - badge required

Aging 2.0

Sunday 01:00 PM – Sunday 03:00 PM Dutch Smart Home pop-up Aging 2.0 Austin Chapter

A free event focused on global ag(e)ing issues and innovators – RSVP required.

  • See a Dutch Smart Home pop-up.
  • Learn about trends and best practices from industry experts.
  • Hear about the challenges and innovation opportunities in caregiving and brain health.
  • Meet startups, corporates and researchers from the global Aging2.0 network.

Speaker/Panel Session RSVP Free - no badge required

Novartis Biome: Digitizing Biology through Genomics (sponsored by Illumina Accelerator)

Sunday 03:00 PM – Sunday 05:30 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Novartis Biome

3:00pm – 3:10pm : Welcome
3:10pm – 3:30pm : Scaling HealthIT And Genomics Companies
3:30pm – 3:50pm : Deep Learning And AI In Whole Genome Sequencing
3:50pm – 4:10pm : Future Of Genomic Medicine
4:10pm – 4:30pm : Increasing The Actionability Of The Genome By Building Genomics Startups
4:30pm – 5:30pm : Barracuda Bowl 3: Digitizing Biology Through Genomics
5:30pm – 6:15pm : Networking Reception


Speaker/Panel Session Free - badge required

Healthy Happy Hour – Kaiser Permanente

Sunday 04:30 PM – Sunday 05:30 PM JW Marriott 3rd Floor Prefunction Kaiser Permanente

We know that without a place to call home, it’s nearly impossible to be healthy. Join innovators and advocates working to transform the lives of residents across the country for cocktails and lively discussion in the Healthy Housing Lounge.


Reception / Cocktail Party RSVP Free - badge required

W2O Welcome Reception

Sunday 06:00 PM – Sunday 08:00 PM W2O Austin W2O Group

Welcome reception for W2O clients and friends. Invite only. Email for invite.


Reception / Cocktail Party Invite only

Energizing Health House

Monday 08:00 AM – Monday 06:00 PM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Energizing Health @ SXSW is a historic gathering during SXSW focused on creating opportunities for community advocates, entrepreneurs, venture capital, health organizations, industry and philanthropy to innovate, collaborate and activate initiatives aimed at eliminating systemic barriers and building healthier communities.

The home base for our most creative programming is our SXSW Health House: a pop-up community center at Cooper’s BBQ sponsored by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Aetna Foundation, Cambia Health Foundation, St. David’s Foundation, Novartis, and other partners. What you’ll find here:

  • Complimentary all-day buffet and drinks
  • Full day of innovative programming
  • Art installation from the National Academy of Medicine, illustrating how health equity works in communities across the U.S.

Other Free - no badge required

“Scout Bar” Sponsored by St. David’s Foundation

Monday 08:30 AM – Monday 10:00 AM Energizing Health House @ Cooper's BBQ Energizing.Health

Knowledgeable SXSW health veterans are available to help you plan your schedule while you enjoy a complimentary breakfast and gourmet coffee bar.


Other Free - badge required

W2O PreCommerce Summit

Monday 09:00 AM – Monday 06:00 PM Private W2O Group

A small, closed-door event, featuring speakers from the world’s top healthcare companies, discussing the hottest topics in the industry. Invite only. Email for invite.


Speaker/Panel Session Invite only

Ogilvy & Humble Digital Health Pop-Up

Monday 02:00 PM – Monday 04:00 PM Four Seasons Ballroom Ogilvy & Humble

Ogilvy & Humble Digital Health Pop-Up features a curated list of attendees ranging from startups to enterprises and investors from across the health industry to discuss exciting innovations they are seeing in the space.

This is an invitation-only event. RSVP at the link to pre-register. You’ll be contacted if you are confirmed on the exclusive guest list.


Speaker/Panel Session RSVP Invite only

Ogilvy & Humble Hang

Monday 04:00 PM – Monday 07:00 PM Four Seasons Lawn Ogilvy & Humble

Ogilvy, in partnership with humble ventures, is delighted to invite you to a private hang on the South Lawn of the Four Seasons Hotel. Experience live music, meet amazing people and engage in thoughtful conversations while enjoying full glasses of rosé!

This is an invitation-only event. RSVP at the link to pre-register. You’ll be contacted if you are confirmed on the exclusive guest list.


Reception / Cocktail Party RSVP Invite only

W2O GeekACue

Monday 06:00 PM – Monday 10:00 PM Private W2O Group

Following the PreCommerce Summit, W2O will host their annual party. Per usual they will have fantastic BBQ and amazing musicians! They went with a smaller venue this year, so space is limited. Email for invite.


Reception / Cocktail Party Invite only