What Mayor Kenney has Planned for his First SXSW

Mayor Jim Kenney’s schedule for the his first SXSW next month is looking packed.

The city released details on Tuesday about what Kenney will be doing when he arrives in Austin to attend the music, film and innovation festival, making him one of the first city mayors to join in the major conference that’s a staple for entrepreneurs and innovators across the country.

He will kick off the weekend at the SXSW Interactive Festival by gathering with other U.S. mayors to participate in the event’s mayoral track, and meet leaders innovating in fields ranging from nonprofit work and philanthropy to media and technology. He’ll also speak on a panel focused on how immigration policies impact cities’ economic and social landscape called “Building Bridges when Others Want to Build Walls,” scheduled for March 11.

The busy weekend will wrap up at the SXSW Tradeshow, where Kenney will checkout the Amplify Philly exhibition, put together by a group of entrepreneurs, technologists, advocates, community organizers and civic leaders who are representing Philadelphia at the event for the second year in a row in an effort to draw people and companies to the city.

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