Shark Tank, Snowden and Yacht Hacking with UT at SXSW

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By Tracy Mueller
Published: March 4

SXSW is one of the world’s biggest conferences, bringing together leaders in technology, business, music, film and more. University of Texas faculty, staff, students and alumni can be seen throughout the events, leading panels and workshops, debuting films and hosting events. Visit the UT SXSW website for a complete list of all UT events. Below, a few highlights.

Exclusive UT Casting for ABC’S “Shark Tank”

Thursday, March 6

10 a.m.-3 p.m. *

Etter-Harbin Alumni Center

This event is for members of the UT community only. Must present Texas Exes Life Member keytag or UT ID.

The critically acclaimed, business-themed ABC show “Shark Tank” is continuing the search for entrepreneurs with the best businesses and products that America has to offer. The Texas Exes is hosting an exclusive casting event for Texas alumni, students and faculty. If you’ve got a great business, product or idea and need an investment to propel you forward, come meet the casting directors for ABC’s “Shark Tank.”

*10-11 a.m. is reserved for Texas Exes Life Members priority casting. Doors will open to the broader UT community at 11 a.m.

Location Deception: Yacht vs. GPS Spoofer

A team of UT Austin scientists used the custom-made GPS device to take control of the White Rose of Drachs as it sailed last June in the Mediterranean. The White Rose’s captain will give a first-person account of the attack. The panel will discuss the technical aspects of the hack and the broader implications of location deception, highlighting the challenge of using location as an authentication factor.


Friday, March 7

5-6 p.m.

Sheraton Austin Creekside


Todd Humphreys

Asst Professor

The University of Texas at Austin

Jahshan Bhatti

Graduate Student

The University of Texas at Austin

Kenneth Himschoot


Himschoot Consulting bvba

Andrew Scofield


White Rose of Drachs

Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW

[Photo: UT Athletics]


Saturday, March 8 – All Day

Are you a proud Longhorn? Make it known. On “Burnt Orange Saturday @ SXSW,” everyone wears burnt orange to represent The University of Texas and show school spirit during SXSW, when thousands of visitors from all over the world are in town. Let’s show everyone how strong the UT network is while they are in Longhorn Country. Hook ‘em!

After Snowden: Privacy, Surveillance, & the NSA

[Photo: Flickr user nolifebeforecoffee, via the Creative Commons license.]


Saturday, March 8

3:30-6 p.m.

AT&T Conference Center

Key Takeaways:

1. What exactly is the current state of the law when it comes to NSA surveillance?

2. What do we know about what the NSA is and is not doing?

3. What do privacy theorists have to say about the impact of technological change on our privacy?

4. How do national security officials think about these issues?

5. What is likely to happen going forward?

Workshop Leaders

Robert Chesney

Assoc Dean for Academic Affairs & Charles I Francis Professor in Law

The University of Texas School of Law

Julian Sanchez

Research Fellow

Cato Institute

Susan Landau


Timothy Edgar

Visiting Fellow in Intl Studies


Driverless Cars – Implications for Travel Behavior

This panel will discuss the types of impacts that autonomous vehicles may have on people’s activity-travel patterns, location choices, and vehicle ownership. We will discuss the developing vision for transportation models of the future that are responsive to the presence of driverless vehicles


Monday, March 10

Hyatt Regency Austin

3:30-4:30 p.m.


Chandra Bhat


The Center for Transportation Research – UT Austin

Museum Music: Art Galleries as Performance Space

The exploding popularity of museum performances — as seen, for instance, in – Kraftwerk’s residency at MOMA, or in Jay-Z’s performance at Pace—demonstrates an underserved opportunity to connect visual and sound art. We will discuss strategies for making those collaborations happen.

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