Indie Memphis Festival Gets New Tech Elements

By Andy Meek

There’s a decided South by Southwest feel to this year’s Indie Memphis Film Festival, based on a lineup the nonprofit sent out Tuesday afternoon.

For the 15th annual festival, which happens Nov. 1 through Nov. 4, the festival has added new innovation and technology events on topics that range from design trends to digital storytelling, data management and the innovation economy. That’s in addition to screening the independent films and showcasing musical acts that are a staple of the event.

Speakers presenting during the festival come from companies like FedEx, Microsoft and Google. The festival will take place in Overton Square, with sessions held at Playhouse on the Square, Studio on the Square and Circuit Playhouse.

The new events include:

• Nov. 1: Microsoft Experience Center and Windows 8 Boot Camp with hands-on opportunities with some of their newest technologies and products

• Nov. 2: Creative Conversations: a series of panels focused on innovation, digital storytelling, innovation economy with FedEx CIO, Rob Carter; Google’s Head of Strategic Planning, Agency Development, Abigail Posner; Digitas VP of Brand Content, Eric Korsh; and BBDO Chairman and Chief Creative Officer, David Lubars. Also a session on Inclusive Innovation: finding new ways to make a difference and ensure everyone is able to participate in the innovation economy, with speakers Kimberly Bryant (Black Girls Code) and FedEx’s Sherry Aaholm; Microsoft’s John Daly on big data. And more.

• Nov. 1-4: LaunchMemphis 48 Hour Hack where developers and diverse professionals work with Windows 8 App to build apps, video games and web tools over the course of a single weekend