The South By Southwest Music and Film Festival also has a tech side. Two Blacksburg companies are on the way to Austin Texas. They’ll compete for awards in what’s become the festival’s fastest growing program: talks on emerging technologies.
The allure of the South by Southwest festival is not only the new music and art. A company called Twitter introduced it self to the world there in 2007. Now, hundreds of startups compete for slots at the annual gathering. Nathan Latka is CEO of “Heyo.” His Blacksburg company is an invited guest at the week long conference.
The nation’s biggest coffee trade show is underway in New York, and three Virginians are heading that way to compete for the title of America’s Best Coffee House.
The Mudhouse in Charlottesville, which began brewing coffee for Charlottesville 20 years ago, applied to compete in this year’s contest, and after secret sippers came through, Mudhouse won the chance to show its stuff in New York, but Operations Director Dan Pabst says choosing which coffees to serve in competition was a tough task.
One of every 88 children in this country has some degree of autism – up 78% over the last ten years. It’s a puzzling psychological condition that makes it difficult to communicate, but it is possible to help these kids relate to the world around them. One Staunton couple has made some surprising discoveries in that vein.
Barry Kolman conducts the Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra – an exciting job that brings him great satisfaction. He also teaches music at Washington and Lee University, but of all the musicians he’s encountered, one gives him the greatest joy.
There will be a strong showing from Blacksburg at next week’s South By Southwest Festival in Austin Texas. Two local start-ups are heading out there to participate. The annual conference is known for original music and independent film, but, it also has a tech side.
The number of foreign students on college campuses in the U.S. is growing. But many say they have difficulty making American friends. It’s a social issue that has implications for the classroom as well. Robbie Harris prepared this report.
Dyanis Popova and Kris Tilley Lubbs are offering a workshop Friday, March 1 called,"Peeling the Onion: Diversity and Inclusion for All Students in All Classrooms." It runs from 8 am to 12 noon at the Torgersen Museum on the Virginia Tech Campus.