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Media Advisory: DHS is Going to South By Southwest

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Media Advisory: DHS is Going to South By Southwest

WASHINGTON—The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will be presenting in South By Southwest 2019 and partner program events in Austin, Texas, on Tuesday, March 12th.


S&T invests in technologies to enhance security and resiliency for life-line operations, including transportation, communications and public safety.

“But we can’t do this alone, which is why we’re going to SXSW,” said S&T Deputy Under Secretary Andre Hentz. At SXSW, S&T is looking to meet with developers, city planners, and systems designers who know how to deal with unknowns and have unique experiences on how technology impacts risk and resilience.


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

10:30am CT    “Building Resilient Cities”

      La Condesa, 400 West 2nd St., Austin, TX

      Devastation caused by man-made and natural disasters have prompted government and industry to reassess how they can work together to improve emergency 

      preparedness and resilience planning. Technology plays a key role in addressing risks we face as individuals and as communities. The question is: How can

      government and industry work together to build resilient communities?

  • Andre Hentz, S&T Deputy Under Secretary
  • Robert Kolasky, Director, National Risk Management Center, DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
  • Martin O’Malley, former Maryland Governor,
  • Rachel Horn, Consumer Technology Association.


2:00pm CT     “Innovation for 21st-Century Resiliency”

      Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B, 500 E 4th St, Austin

      Nearly $300 billion of losses over the past five years due to drought, storm and flood, fire, and other weather related disasters begs the question: how does America

      unleash innovators, disruptors, entrepreneurs, and investors to strengthen resilience for neighborhoods, communities and industries? This discussion will engage

      SXSW innovators to discuss cutting-edge new ideas and innovations.

  • Andre Hentz, S&T Deputy Under Secretary                                             


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