March 6, 2018


TechNet to Present SXSW 2018 Panel on Tech’s Evolving Role in Disaster Response

Washington, D.C. — TechNet, the national, bipartisan network of innovation economy CEOs and senior executives, today announced it will present a panel discussion on the technology industry’s contributions to the relief and recovery efforts after Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria struck our nation last year, as well as the California wildfires.

The panel is open to credentialed media.  Details of the panel are provided below.

What: Tech’s Evolving Role in Disaster Response
When: Sunday, March 11, 2018, 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. CT
Where: Hilton Austin Downtown, 500 East 4th Street, Salon G, Austin, TX

  • The Honorable Mignon Clyburn — Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
  • The Honorable Mitch Landrieu — Mayor, City of New Orleans; President, U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Kim Rubey — Head of Social Impact, Airbnb
  • Moderator: Caroline Joiner — Executive Director, Texas and the Southeast, TechNet

Panel Description: As Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria hit our coasts last year, technology was deployed to fast track disaster relief efforts.  Innovative tech companies were uniquely positioned to connect, inform, and save lives.  Airbnb connected evacuees with shelter; Facebook marked loved ones safe; and Uber and Lyft offered free transportation.  Expert panelists will discuss the latest trends, lessons learned, future applications, and how federal, state, and local government agencies can work together with the technology industry to adapt and deploy these new tools.

About TechNet
TechNet is the national, bipartisan network of technology CEOs and senior executives that promotes the growth of the innovation economy by advocating a targeted policy agenda at the federal and 50-state level.  TechNet’s diverse membership includes dynamic startups and the most iconic companies on the planet and represents three million employees and countless customers in the fields of information technology, e-commerce, the sharing and gig economies, advanced energy, cybersecurity, venture capital, and finance.  TechNet has offices in Washington, D.C., Silicon Valley, San Francisco, Sacramento, Austin, Boston, Olympia, Albany, and Tallahassee.

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