Starting today in Austin, Texas, the SXSW Interactive conference is one of the largest tech and innovation events in the world.
This year, however, SXSW will have a heavy Boston flavor.
Some 50 Boston-connected tech founders and thought leaders will be presenting at the conference, and many more Boston startups are headed to Texas to fight for the attention of the nation’s tech movers and shakers. There is a pitch contest that will feature three startups with local connections. And many other companies will be hosting their own events.
One of the most interesting Boston-focused talks of the week is called “Protecting Great Ideas” and features the New England Venture Capital Association’s CA Webb and Acquia’s chief executive Tom Erickson. The discussion will focus on the noncompetes issue in Massachusetts and beyond.
Other companies and organizations that will have speakers or be represented at SXSW include Athenahealth, Google, General Catalyst, the MIT Media Lab, PillPack, General Catalyst, and more.
One of the key events of the weekend is the SXSW Accelerator pitch contest. Local companies, such as Wanderu, have done extremely well at the event in the past. This year, there are a few companies representing the Boston area in the competition, including Cloudstitch, RapidSOS, and embr labs.
Most important, SXSW is known for its parties. And Boston is also pretty well represented there with Manchester, N.H.-based Dyn hosting a monster party on Friday night.