The democratization of innovation is upon us as new technologies allow anyone to create what used to require large industries and expensive factories. Whatever you call this new breed of innovators—hackers, creators, makers, or DIYers—this burgeoning group has taken up the mantle of modern day Nikola Teslas.
The second annual SXSW Create Presented by Autodesk brings together local and international members of the SXSW community to share disruptive creations, showcase innovative tools and unique fabrication methods.
This FREE and open-to-the-public event will occur in an exciting outdoor venue adjacent to the Austin Convention Center (101 Red River) and focus heavily on hands-on activities.
SXSW Create Schedule
Friday, March 8
2:00pm - 6:00pm
Saturday, March 9 through Monday, March 11
11:00am - 6:00pm
AMOA-Arthouse, ATX Hackerspace, ATX Hardware Meetup, Austin Mini Maker Faire, Autodesk, Awesome Foundation Austin Chapter, Board Forge, Boosted Boards, College of Lockpicking, Cut/Paste/Grow, Growerbot, Instructables, Lynx Laboratories, Lytro, MIT Media Lab, Plastic Storm Sculpture by George Sabra, SparkFun, Tech Shop Austin, Texas Instruments and many more!
Autodesk, Inc is a leader in professional and personal 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, helping unlock the creativity in everyone, from children and hobbyists to design and engineering professionals.
Plastic Storm Sculpture is a new creation by Austin artist George Sabra. It is a 14-feet-high storm funnel made of reclaimed plastic bottles, cups, jars, and caps which represents the massive "storm" of plastic waste generated by humans on a daily basis. The work was commissioned by The City of Austin in partnership Keep Austin Beautiful for the City's Austin's New Year event on December 31, 2012 at Auditorium Shores.
This sculpture intends to raise worldwide awareness regarding the waste and hazards of the use of plastic and the damage it does to the environment. Much of this damage is caused from the fact that many types of plastics are unable to be recycled and therefore wind up in landfills and oceans where they don't biodegrade. By creating something beautiful out of plastic bottles, Sabra hopes to inspire people to think about the amount of plastic waste they generate and make a resolution to reduce and reuse more from now on.
Austin-based artist George Sabra is an internationally-recognized sculptor that has worked exclusively with reclaimed and discarded materials for 27 years. He is committed to raising global awareness of environmental preservation and renewal through his actions and artworks.
"Createbot" image above by Ben Rollman