Creative Minds South by Southwest (SXSW) Send Off 2015

Irish pop-rock band Walking on Cars performing at the event

On Tuesday, February 24th, Ambassador Kevin O’Malley hosted a Creative Minds South by Southwest (SXSW) Send Off. Through a panel discussion with SXSW alumni and a stunning performance by Irish pop-rock band Walking on Cars (one of the outgoing bands), the Send Off showcased the story of Irish musicians and companies who have found success in the U.S. as a result of SXSW, as well as expressing support for new talent going out this year, and raise the profile of the unique creative economy linkages between Ireland and the United States facilitated by the festival. The panel discussion was moderated by Jim Carroll, of The Irish Times, and included Angela Dorgan, CEO, First Music Contact; Chris Hyams, SVP,; Brendan O’Driscoll, CEO of Soundwave and Una Johnston, SXSW UK & Ireland Representative.Other Irish bands in the 2015 SXSW delegation include: All Tvvins, BP Fallon, Buffalo Sunn, Dott, Fight Like Apes, Girl Band, James Vincent McMorrow, Le Galaxie,  Meltybrains? and Orla Gartland. The Irish tech companies in the 2015 delegation include: NewsWhip, Gigstarter,, Intuition, ChannelSight, Rothco, Tribal City Interactive, Pulsate, Tapastreet, GreenLetterBox and Soundwave. The event was sponsored by and William Fry.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals offer the unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Fostering creative and professional growth alike, SXSW® is the premier destination for discovery.

Year after year, the event is a launching pad for new creative content. New media presentations, music showcases and film screenings provide buzz-generating exposure for creators and compelling entertainment for audiences. Conference panel discussions present a forum for learning, business activity thrives at the Trade Shows and global networking opportunities abound. Intellectual and creative intermingling among industry leaders continues to spark new ideas and carve the path for the future of each ever-evolving field, long after the events’ conclusion.