Feb 16: Mayor’s Matchup Entry Deadline
Civic I/O mayors are seeking creative solutions to real, pressing civic challenges. Introduce them to your company, product, technology or idea in a unique pitch competition known as the Mayors Matchup. Get involved in this competition for a chance to pitch your idea to a panel of the country’s foremost mayors and industry experts at SXSW 2018.
Entry deadline for the Mayors Matchup 2018 is Friday, February 16 at 10:00 am CST. Those startups selected to pitch in Austin in March will receive $1,000 for participation expenses, and up to $10,000 based on the panel of Mayors judging decisions.
US mayors that are currently scheduled to participate in the Civic I/O events at SXSW 2018 include Mayor Steve Adler (Austin), Mayor Bryan Barnett (Rochester Hills, MI), Mayor Shane Bemis (Gresham, OR), Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin (Columbia, SC), Mayor Christopher Cabaldon (West Sacramento, CA), Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN), Mayor Jeffrey Cooper (Culver City, CA), Mayor Buddy Dyer (Orlando, Fl), Mayor Greg Fischer (Louisville, KY), Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (Gary, IN), Mayor Robert Garcia (Long Beach, CA), Mayor John Giles (Mesa, AZ), Mayor Daniel Horrigan (Akron, OH), Elizabeth Kautz (Burnsville, MN), Mayor Mitch Landrieu (New Orleans, LA), Mayor Nancy McFarlane (Raleigh, NC), Mayor Lydia L. Mihalik (Findlay, OH), Mark Mitchell (Tempe, AZ), Mayor Betsy Price (Fort Worth, TX), Mayor Catherine E. Pugh (Baltimore, MD), Mayor Libby Schaaf (Oakland, CA), Mayor Libby Schaaf (Sacramento, CA), Mayor Levar Stoney (Richmond, VA), Mayor Tom Tait (Anaheim, CA), Mayor Michael Tubbs (Stockton, CA), Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH) and Ted Wheeler (Portland, OR).
Other programming focused on next-generation metropolitan solutions occurs within the new Cities Summit Track (March 12–13 at the Four Seasons Hotel). Finally, be sure to attend the Keynote presentation by London Mayor Sadiq Khan at 2:00 pm on Monday, March 12.
Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.