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Manufacturing Innovation
Will the next big thing be a product of inspiration, perspiration, or just dumb luck?
Screens Story  March 12, 2015, by Nora Ankrum
"...Among the panels at this year's SXSW Interactive, there are roughly 40 with some iteration of the word "innovation" in the title and no doubt countless more that will address the topic in some way. Matt McFarland, editor of the Innovations section of The Washington Post, laughed when he learned that his panel – Innovation, Meet Regulation – would be joining a crowded field..."

SXSW Interactive: Innovation vs. Regulation in Austin
Local officials weigh in on the Uber/Lyft debate
DAILY SXSW  March 12, 2016, by Ashley Moreno
"...SXSWi panelist and councilmember, Ann Kitchen requested a change to the title of the panel Innovation vs. Regulation in Austin..."

Playback: Doug Sahm for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame!
The Austin Music Hall gets slated for teardown, the Roost closes while looking for a cash infusion, Backyard owner Tim O'Connor gets back in the concert game, and a Kickstarter campaign to get Doug Sahm into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
Music Column  July 9, 2015, by Kevin Curtin
"...Patoski's Sir Doug & the Genuine Texas Cosmic Groove premiered in March at South by Southwest Film and recently landed distribution from music doc disseminates Submarine Entertainment, which will likely lead to a run on Netflix in the late fall. The movie traces the late Austinite's mind-blowing musical legacy from child prodigy sitting on Hank Williams' knee through his regional teen fame, unlikely British Invasion emergence, Summer of Love Americana instigation, and barrio-breaching Tex-Mex innovation...."

The Perils of Big Data
The up- and downsides of student information collection
News Story  March 5, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...A core part of the California law bars firms from using those files to target advertising at individual students, and that's something FERPA's authors could never anticipate. For Cohen, the new legal challenge is "trying to figure out a way to allow those kinds of innovations in the classroom while protecting students against anything that might happen, based on breach or misuse of their information."..."

Adler's First "State of the City"
Mayor Steve Adler calls for "inclusion, innovation, improvisation"
DAILY News  April 13, 2015, by Michael King
"...Describing his working principles as "inclusion, innovation, and intentional improvisation," Adler's newest suggestion was to develop a municipal savings bond program modeled on U.S. Savings Bonds: "the city that can first work that out will have a jump on the whole country." He acknowledged that the idea is still in the development stage, but he challenged his audience to be ready to invest in the city as citizens have traditionally done in the nation...."

The Return of the Oops
Perry unclear on what charges his lawyers want dropped
DAILY News  August 26, 2014, by Richard Whittaker
"...That was not the only baffling Perryism of the week. Per John Reynolds at the Texas Tribune, Perry told listeners at the Americans for Prosperity event on Friday in Manchester, New Hampshire, "We need to look at the states, which are lavatories of innovation and democracy, reform." While that's not quite up there with his famous rambling 2011 New Hampshire stump speech/stand-up set, it's not great when his lawyers and, more relevantly, his campaign supporters, are trying to boost the idea of a seasoned, responsible leader who inhabits the moral high ground...."

Speaking of Dance
The difficulty of describing dance inspires choreographer Kathy Dunn Hamrick to create an ingenious 30-minute dance out of phrases from dance reviews.
Arts Story  April 25, 2003, by Sarah Hepola
"..."We just don't have the vocabulary for modern dance," says Hamrick. Not only is the general public unfamiliar with modern dance, but the form itself -- founded on innovation and rule-breaking -- means that sometimes, no vocabulary yet exists...."

Race to Innovation
With $1,000 each and eight weeks, five teams compete to take theatre to a new level
Arts Story  September 9, 2005, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...ArtSpark's focus is on innovation, collaboration, and teamwork. The additional challenge that the festival producers have set for themselves, however, is to demand equal innovation from themselves as they abandon the established model for performing arts festivals and do a little of their own creative work...."

Constables, Precincts 1, 3, 4: Nature of the Job
Spit flies in other constable races, but no lawsuits (yet)
News Story  May 11, 2012, by Mike Kanin
"...He says he stayed in the race after Canchola changed her mind, and in the process, Pedraza tells the Chronicle, he uncovered issues with Can­chola's reign. "There's been no innovation, no change," he says of the office..."

Lee & Carole & Brewster & All of Us ...
Five candidates for mayor jockey to be first among equals
News Story  May 1, 2009, by Wells Dunbar
"...When she talks about particular industries, she emphasizes biotechnology and renewable energy, as well as film and new media. She says she plans to create city-sponsored "innovation incentive" programs to provide "boost-ups for growing businesses, not bail-outs for failing businesses." (Whatever the subject, Strayhorn is big on alliteration.) And she sees her promotion of a new medical school for Austin as promoting both health care and the local economy, although she tends to glide over the question of state funding: "I could raise the funds right here in Austin," she told the press last month. City Budget: Where's the Cutting Edge?..."

Downtown Puzzle: Dell Seton’s Innovation Station
Goodbye to Brackenridge, hello to ...?
News Story  September 21, 2017, by Mary Tuma


A Celebration of Austin’s Black Cemeteries
Cemetery tour to help re-discover Austin’s lost black history
News Story  November 3, 2016, by Kahron Spearman
"...John W. Har­gis rests in Evergreen Cemetery; he was the first African-American to graduate from UT with a degree in chemical engineering and the patent holder for an innovation in magnetic recording tape..."

Bill of the Week: Down With Tests, Up With Standards?
Bipartisan starting point for school graduation reform
DAILY News  January 26, 2013, by Richard Whittaker
"...After all, if there's one takeaway from STAAR that everyone can agree on, it's that you can't rewrite the rules without paying for the changeover. She said, "If you're in a business and you're trying to go for the gold standard, you don't cut professional development, you don't cut product innovation and R&D, and you put money into your facilities, you put money into your bricks and mortar, and you put your money into your professional development and human capitol...."

Institutionalized Innovation
In its 11th year, the annual Austin theatre celebration FronteraFest is as edgy as ever.
Arts Story  January 9, 2004, by Barry Pineo


The (Re-)Rise of Start-Up Culture
Are we closing in on a sustainable model?
Screens Story  March 2, 2012, by Richard Whittaker
"...Because the seasons will change at least once more before we get to a sustainable way of working." That's why he's organizing the official SXSW Lean Startup track. Last year, he and his fellow innovation experts led a one-day event out at the AT&T Conference Center designed to help change how people think about new businesses..."

Designing a Smarter City
New weeklong event celebrates city's creative community
News Story  November 3, 2016, by Robyn Ross
"...Design has also entered City Hall through the Office of Innovation's Design, Tech­no­lo­gy, and Innovation Fellows program, which hired its first 10 recruits in August. Inspired by tech-government partnerships like Code for America and the U.S..."

How Do You Formulate a Grand Prix?
The race to nail down an F1 deal involves multiple entities
News Story  November 19, 2010, by Richard Whittaker
"...It may seem hard to explain spending all that money to make one person go really, really fast, but the value of the spin-off technology can be massive. That's why Hellmund and his group are beginning to fill out plans for a "research and innovation" campus..."

Girl, Upgraded
According to the 1999 Interactive Digital Software Report (IDSA), the majority of people playing computer games are older than 18, and 38% percent of the people most frequently playing computer games are women. Boy, have things change
Screens Story  December 17, 1999, by Sarah Hepola
"...Games for bookish writer types. "What I want to see is innovation and diversity..."

The Honorable Charlie Baird
Judge Charlie Baird is ruffling official feathers at the Travis County Courthouse
News Story  May 30, 2008, by Jordan Smith
"...Indeed, it would seem that Baird's approach to doing the work of criminal justice would put him in good company in Austin – and in particular with the office of Travis Co. District Attor­ney Ronnie Earle, who has long been a champion of "community justice" and has spoken often during his 32-year career as the county's top law enforcer about the need to find alternatives to incarceration and ways to strengthen our "ethics infrastructure." Those perspectives have earned Earle and his office a national reputation for innovation..."

Environmental Cage Match
After a history of pulling its punches, is EPA finally forcing TCEQ to clean up the Texas air?
News Story  May 28, 2010, by Katherine Gregor
"..."Well-conceived, effectively implemented environmental protection is good for economic growth. Let me repeat that: Environmental protection is good for economic growth." She acknowledged that the EPA and environmentalists "haven't done the best job" of making that argument in the past: "We've lost the messaging war." But citing Americans' "capacity for innovation and invention," she asserted that a commitment to clean and green new technologies can drive economic growth..."

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