DC Mayor Vincent Gray Visits SXSW Festival [VIDEO]

March 13, 2013

5:47 pm

At the SXSW Interactive festival this weekend, DC mayor Vincent Gray and some of his colleagues were on hand in Austin to learn more about the technology industry and talk about DC’s plans.

One of Mayor Gray’s five-year goals is “to grow the most competitive technology presence on the East Coast.” To that end, he and other officials launched ConnecTech, an initiative to help small tech companies find opportunities in government R&D money. The city also agreed to provide $200,000 in funding to 1776, a new incubator focused on education, health, energy, politics, and media that hopes to connect the startup and policymaking industries.

Mayor Gray stopped by the DC Tech Meetup at our SXSW Startup Celebration sponsored by CEA and .CO. He talked about the city’s excitement about startups, 1776, and his plans for DC. Here’s the video.

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Editor’s Note: Thank you to Yappem, the title sponsor of Tech Cocktail’s special SXSW video series. And thank you to Keep America Beautiful, the supporting video sponsor.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact kira@tech.co.

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