What happens when you take twenty handpicked creatives and luminaries, give them each two minutes before a live audience and the same (fuzzy) question to unravel? That's the premise behind 20x2, the popular event staged for the past fourteen years at SXSW Interactive, headed for the first time ever to Austin Startup Week.
Join us as our twenty wrangle with the question "What Were You Thinking?" You'll laugh, you may cry, and it wouldn't surprise us if you came away inspired. It's 20x2 at Austin Startup Week!
Scheduled To Appear
Order subject to change.
Lifetime sideman and session musician, fan of albums and songwriting, finally going for broke. Oh wait, I'm broke.
I am a husband, father, entrepreneur, world traveler, ancap, and designer. Founder of @thebeardbrand.
Musician/Somebody Likes It
A little bit folk, a little bit shoegaze, Shane Bartell's influences can be traced to wan Brits like Morrissey and Thom Yorke.
Steve Basile is an ex-New Yorker, former tech executive turned Irish Publican, happily blue in a red state.
Austin Technology Council
Communications with a focus on customer experience is my passion and work habit. I'm Louisiana made, Alabama educated, and Austin focused.
John Wesley Coleman III
Self-proclaimed “trash poet” John Wesley Coleman III incorporates indie rock slack with witty storytelling in his music.
Celebrating creativity at SXSW Interactive. Also, Boston Red Sox, good food, exercise when possible and sleep sleep sleep.
Storyteller / Comedian
A disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy, know what I'm saying?
Southpaw Jones treads lightly on the thin ice of irreverent honesty. Being left-handed, he naturally turns his guitar upside-down to play more comfortably.
Alls I'm saying is I ain't too good to move a couch in order to get at a dropped m&m.
Moontower Comedy Fest
Sorry subconscious that represses my darkest fears, but these late night nachos aren't going to eat themselves.
University of Texas
Dr. Metcalfe was an Internet pioneer at MIT starting in 1970 and in 1973 received his PhD from Harvard. He invented Ethernet in 1973 and founded 3Com Corporation in 1979.
Jason Neulander is an internationally-acclaimed writer, director, and producer whose work fuses multiple artistic disciplines with technology to create unique and original theatrical and literary experiences.
You may know me as Joe the Policeman from the What's Goin Down? episode of That's My Mama.
Katie Pengra is a part of the exploding Austin comedy scene where she has honed her adorably vulgar storytelling style.
The Que Pastas
Playing music for the kid in everyone. Except Frank Frackleburger. He scares us.
Austin Breakfast Tacos
Mando Rayo is CEO and Engagement Strategist at Mando Rayo + Collective and co-author of Austin Breakfast Tacos: The Story of the Most Important Taco of the Day.
Bijoy is deeply interested in how we create extraordinary, meaningful and joyful lives. He sees our unique human capability of building mental models as a vital part of this endeavor.
I keep calling Tony Danza "tiny danca". He is getting super pissed but whatever... we're best friends.
What is This About?
A very brief introduction to 20x2.
20x2 is an ongoing project that exists to showcase the creativity that lurks in each of us. Writers, musicians, filmmakers, web geeks and other bon vivants are asked to take two minutes each to answer the question of the day. The results can be as varied as the emotions and reactions they evoke.
Since the first show at SXSWi in 2001, 20x2 has grown to include an ever-expanding pantheon of participants. Show creator and host Kevin Newsum and collaborative partner Jeff Rider have helped provide the framework for each unique set of performances, while Mark Couvillion brings it all together into one (hopefully) cohesive evening. But the real kudos, of course, belong to the many people who have made 20x2 what it is...a reflection of that same dynamic originality that inspires each of us, brought together on one special night...and then repeated in spirit each time we get together.
Austin Startup Week is free and open, but you must register to attend. Use the handy button below to
create a profile and start building your schedule. Most events are expected to sell out, so make sure to RSVP soon.