By Anna Peirano
dot429 has a presence at SXSW this week, participating in a special LGBT panel and co-hosting a Tech Happy Hour. SXSW is one of the largest festivals in the world promoting emerging ideas and technologies. Combined with the music portion of the event, it brings nearly 20,000 registrants to Austin every March.
The panel, hosted by Elliot Tomaeno, features leaders from the LGBT tech community discussing what it means to be gay in the world of online entrepreneurship and social media. Participants include Kara Swisher of AllThingsD.com; Joel Simkhai, CEO of Grindr; Nick Vivion, founder of Unicorn Booty; and Cathy Brooks, social media maven and spokesperson for dot429.com.
The group will be covering a range of issues, including being gay in the tech scene and how one's sexuality can work for our against them in their career. They will also be discussing whether or not there is such a thing as "Gay Tech," and what the future holds for gay-centric communities and products as the world becomes more accepting of LGBT groups.
The panel will be held Monday from 2-4pm. It can be viewed online here.
Participants can also interact with the panelists by attending the LGBT Tech Happy Hour hosted on Sunday. The event is benefitting The Trevor Project, from 1:30-3:30 at Conduit Corner, located at 7th and Congress Avenue. More details of the event here.