Greater Oklahoma City is in the geographic center of North America equidistant from the east and west coasts and major trade partners of Canada and Mexico. The ten county region is at the crossroads of the U.S., sitting at the heart of three major national highways on the NAFTA corridor.
There's a reason Greater Oklahoma City is such a great place for business: Location. The ten county region is positioned within a day's drive of the rapidly-growing south-central region (OK, TX, AR, LA) projected to grow more than 44% during the next 25 years.
"We've had an explosion in... this field during the past decade or so. We're in the middle of a revolution here in Oklahoma City."
- Dr. Joe Ferretti, Senior Vice President, The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 3, 2011 –Entrepreneurs from Oklahoma City’s interactive community will come together to host OpenBeta 6 as part of Oklahoma’s presence at the 2011 South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festival taking place in Austin, TX this month. The interactive event will promote innovative Oklahoma business ideas and create business opportunities by connecting people interested in online startups. The goal of Oklahoma’s SXSW presence is to provide exposure and networking for participating Oklahoma companies and talent to an international audience by showcasing the entrepreneurship and creative capability the state offers to potential investors and partners.
OpenBeta 6 will be held Monday, March 14 from 8 to 10 p.m. as part of Oklahoma’s SXSW presence at “The Buffalo Lounge,” located at Friends Bar in downtown Austin, Texas, and will be emceed by successful blogger Becky McCray of Small Business Survival. Oklahoma native Kent Savage, founder of Famecast.com, will kick off with a presentation on the makings of a startup. Following the keynote speech, a dozen of Oklahoma’s most innovative interactive companies will give lightning talks on various subjects involving innovation and the interactive industry. OpenBeta 6 will be streamed live on http://openbeta.extendedbeta.com/.
Participating Oklahoma Interactive companies include i2E, Oklahoma City Coworking Collaborative, Phase 2 Interactive, iThemes, Grocio, Keynotes, ONEsite, Quibids, Digimedia, Diner Connection, CrowdStory, Crimeseen, Urban Dealight, BuzzDing, Chesapeake Interactive, and Opus Video Productions.
Following the presentations Oklahoma’s own DJ Ostara will perform for the audience using original Oklahoma music. Also, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber will present information on the economy and quality of life in Oklahoma. A follow up event will take place on Tuesday, March 15 from 4 to 7 p.m., for additional networking. OpenBeta 6 is an official SXSW 2011 Interactive Party.
SXSW will host more than 30,000 business professionals over a 10-day period in Austin, Texas from March 11-20. The Oklahoma Film & Music Office will host The Buffalo Lounge March 14-17 to help provide exposure for Oklahoma companies and talent. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is the Title Sponsor of Oklahoma’s “Buffalo Lounge” SXSW presence.
For more information on OpenBeta 6 visit http://openbeta.extendedbeta.com/. To attend OpenBeta 6, RSVP with firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on The Buffalo Lounge and Oklahoma’s other SXSW endeavors, friend The Buffalo Lounge at SXSW on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Buffalo-Lounge-at-SXSW/198514356830937 and follow @sxswbuffalo on Twitter.