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VMware Joins Innovation Community at SXSW 2022

VMware Staff
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VMware is heading to Austin, Texas!

From March 11-20, 2022, VMware will be participating in South by Southwest (SXSW), showcasing innovations in GovTech and sustainability technologies.

The annual South by Southwest (SXSW) event has been a bastion of tech, film and music industries ever since its founding in 1987. And while VMware is no stranger to Austin (we have offices in the heart of Texas Hill Country housing team members from across the enterprise), we are thrilled to be contributing again in 2022.

VMware continues to cultivate a culture of innovation today where curiosity meets execution, and we’re excited to present alongside industry leaders at this year’s SXSW. From March 11-20, 2022, VMware will be showcasing innovations in GovTech, sustainability technologies, tech capability building and digital accessibility. Attendees will get a glimpse into how VMware is working to harness the next wave of digital transformation to solve our customers’ toughest challenges through disruptive technologies, like edge computing, AI, blockchain, machine learning, Kubernetes and more.

To get a rundown of panels where VMware will be participating, check out the full schedule below:

GovTech Partnerships

In an unprecedented partnership of military, industry, and academia, VMware’s Josh Knowles, vice president, Tanzu Labs Application Services, and Aaron Swain, director, Digital Transformation, will be participating in two GovTech sessions which will dive deep into the transformation of digital initiatives. The panels will provide vital insight on how Senior US DoD leadership is thinking about some of their most transformational digital modernization efforts and goals, including upskilling their digital workforce, generating a culture of innovation and outcomes, and leveraging the speed of cloud and cloud-native software.

Transforming Soldiers Into Software Engineers – March 12, 2022, 1 - 2 p.m. CT

Can the US Army become a tech company? The future will require Soldiers to scope and implement software-based solutions at the edges of where they operate without connectivity or assistance from centralized support. This radical change will not only empower units to act faster; it will also mitigate unforeseen risk inherent in their operations. Learn why it is so important for the Army to meet the challenges of the future by building an organic software development capability.

Building an Outcomes-based DoD DevSecOps Culture  -- March 12, 2022, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CT

What is the secret to building an outcomes-based software culture in the US Department of Defense or other massive organization? It's not what you think. The Army, Air Force, and Space Force have all figured out how to drive outcomes in the face of unending bureaucracy and organizations that are resistant to change. Learn how these organizations have made it work and leave with advice for your own organizations.

Advancing Sustainability Efforts

At SXSW 2022, Nicola Acutt, vice president of ESG at VMware, will be discussing the public/private partnership between the City of Palo Alto and VMware that is testing the potential of microgrids to advance resiliency and sustainability efforts at the community and corporate level. VMware is building a more sustainable, equitable and secure future by integrating ESG goals across the company and aligning them with its core business strategy, reflected in the company’s 2030 Agenda.

Why Climate Change Can’t Knock Our Lights Out - March 18, 2022, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. CT

Between wildfires in California and ice storms in Texas in the past year, power grids all over the U.S. have been tested and failed. Discover how VMware’s innovative Community Microgrid will be used to augment the City of Palo Alto’s emergency services by providing a charging site for their emergency command vehicles.

Other Sessions

VMware is also presenting at other SXSW sessions, including:

Does D&I Neglect People with Disabilities? - March 11, 2022, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CT

This past year has seen huge progress in social change, however, one segment is often left out of Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) initiatives: people with disabilities. Over a billion people have a disability. When it comes to creating a diverse culture, businesses often neglect this segment as a part of their D&I initiative. Adding people with disabilities to your workforce not only makes your business more accessible, but drives better decision making and innovation. Join accessibility leaders to discuss best practices on how to build quality digital experiences for everyone, and how to include people with disabilities into your enterprise.

Digital Skills in the Boardroom: Fueling Growth - March 12, 2022, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. CT

Your business survived COVID because it was able to pivot to digital channels and operations at a speed never envisioned before, but was the boardroom the driver of this or an analogue anchor? What skills does the digital-savvy boardroom need, and what are the boardroom-level business values of some of the technical pillars that allowed people to move fast, such as use of Open Source, Cloud Native. Whether you are a business or technology leader, this workshop will discuss how a confluence of these skills is vital to riding the next waves of technology innovation, differentiating your business’ value chain, and helping your business drive the market, not follow it.

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