White House Hosted Press Call Today to Preview the President’s Travel to SXSW

Obama Today the White House held an on-the-record press conference call with Deputy Chief of Staff Kristie Canegallo, Chief Digital Officer Jason Goldman, Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and Deputy Administrator of U.S. Digital Services Haley Van Dyck to discuss the President’s participation in SXSW.

I had the fortunate privilege of being invited to join the call since I may be going to the keynote (still waiting on the White House to approve my credentials). During the call I noticed a huge emphases on technology and youth also technology and low income/ medium income families. In general the call was mostly about technology and how it can help us and the government as we continue to advance in the technology world. They also have some interesting programs they will roll out in the near future that may be announced as well.

President Obama’s keynote tomorrow (3/11/2016) at SXSW interactive should be pretty interesting and I’m looking forward to what is in our future technology wise as a country. President Obama should be arriving in the morning in Austin for the 2:30pm CDT keynote at the Long Center. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will be the first sitting President and First Lady in SXSW history to both do a keynote at Interactive and also engage with the SXSW attendees in a panel conversations.

SXSW will conduct a ticket drawing to determine which SXSW badgeholders will be admitted to the Keynote (which is a closed event). SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum Badgeholders will be eligible. No other credentials are eligible to enter the drawing. Deadline to enter is 8pm CT on Thursday, March 10.

Randomly drawn winners will be notified the night of Thursday, March 10. If you don't win or can't make it, this will be live-streamed on sxsw.com/live and simulcast throughout our Conference venues including Ballrooms D and EFG, and Room 18ABCD at the Austin Convention Center.

Also, during SXSW First Lady Michelle Obama will be the opening Keynote at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 16. Along with the keynote the President will engage in a panel conversation about civic engagement in the 21st Century before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives.

For more information of the Presidential activities can be found here or here. If you would like to follow my SXSW journey and possibly my President Obama’s keynote experience you can follow me here: @nrpena, @hitechchic, @cutegeek.

Welcome to Austin and SXSW President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama! We hope you enjoy our “Keep Austin Weird” spirit during your visit!


*All information was directly from the following sites: www.sxsw.com, www.whitehouse.gov, and www.barackobama.com.