April’s Million Mile Month with HealthCode: Setting you up for success

Setting you up for success.

Please join us Monday, April 1st 11 am at the City of Austin’s Council Chambers as Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt, and Austin Technology Council’s CEO Amber Gunst help launch April’s Million Mile Month.

The Million Mile Month is a global challenge to help get people moving and healthy, through a fun collective goal to achieve one million miles of activity – walking, running, cycling, yoga, swimming, even dance – just move.

Is your organization up for the Challenge?

There is still plenty of time to sign up and engage your employees – full or part-time – local and global, in this fun healthy challenge.

Complete these steps to register:

Organizations can register here; please see the intro video, organization sign-up form, and event implementation materials at the bottom of the page. The program is simple and quick to implement.

There is no charge for organizations or individuals. A fun, way to engage employees, families, and communities to be active and healthy.

The Million Mile Month is from HealthCode, a nonprofit whose vision is that everyone should enjoy the benefits of a healthier, happier life. (Info doc)

Individuals can register here

Contact HealthCode with any questions:  512 970 7443

Steve Amos
Executive Director, HealthCode
IResolve, Million Mile Month, Marathon in a Month, Green Ribbon Schools / Healthivores Programs   o: 512-322-9323     m: 512-970-7443

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Sean McWilliams discusses the excitement and opportunity that is SXSW

What is your role with Enterprise Ireland?

I am a Market Advisor for Digital Technologies, based in Enterprise Ireland’s Austin TX office. I was previously based in Enterprise Ireland’s New York office for two years, where I worked with Irish fintech companies targeting the US financial services market.
My current role involves working with Irish companies across the spectrum of technology, with a specific focus on supporting client activities in Texas and the Southern States.

What makes it so rewarding?

Having the opportunity to raise the profile of Ireland and Irish companies in Texas by promoting it as a hub of innovation and a source of world-class technological solutions is very exciting. The depth of talent and creativity that can be found in Irish enterprise is quite astounding and I love being able to bring this message to those that I meet here at the SXSW event.

What changes in the US tech industry have you witnessed within the last few years?

Looking back to when I moved to the US about two and a half years ago, it’s amazing to see the pace at which the tech industry has changed. When I first got here, there was a lot of hype around technologies like blockchain, AI and machine-learning and their potential impact on traditional industries. We are now just starting to see actual practical use cases of how these technologies can be implemented. It seems that every large corporation has a team dedicated to looking at how to best harness these technologies.
There has also been a change in how large enterprises approach working with start-ups. There is less of an attitude of competition with these potential disruptors and more of an openness to collaboration and working together to solve challenges. Many corporates now have venture arms and specific programs for directly engaging with early-stage companies. For example, Oracle opened its first US start-up accelerator in Austin last year.

Where do you see the industry going?

A key trend that I see is the rise of technology ecosystems outside of the traditional big tech hubs. As costs continue to rise in crowded markets like New York and the SF/Bay Area, companies both big and small will need to look to other regions if they want to continue growing. We’re already seeing this in Austin, where essentially every tech MNC has established some sort of presence in the area, with many of them continuing to grow their footprint.
Apple already has 6,000 employees in Austin and recently announced the building of a $1bn campus for 7,000 more. I think this emergence of new tech hubs bodes well for Irish companies, as it will provide them with more opportunities to enter and expand into the US beyond the traditional East Coast/West Coast markets.

What do Irish tech companies bring to the table in this industry?

When it comes to the emerging technologies that currently dominate industry conversations, Irish start-ups are showing real ingenuity in areas like AI, blockchain, and IoT. The presence of many large tech multinationals in Ireland, coupled with world-class research institutions, has led to the development of commercially-focused innovations. Irish companies bring a depth of knowledge and experience in how to apply these technologies in real value-added ways and there is also a flexibility in their approach to partnering with large enterprise that allows them to solve some of their most challenging problems. This flexibility is one of the key reasons for the global success of Irish tech companies.

Any tips for digital tech companies looking to expand into the US?

The US is a huge market and any Irish company looking to the US for the first time needs to decide on which region makes most sense as an entry point. This means researching things like where their customer base is concentrated and the business environment of specific locations.
Regardless of where a company decides to direct its focus, the need to be present in-market is paramount. Competition in the US is fierce and those that want to succeed need to be committed by having people on the ground so that they can always be attentive to customer needs and continually build relationships.
It’s also often the case that early stage Irish companies don’t fully appreciate the costs and complexities of US market expansion. I would encourage start-ups to actively seek advice from other Irish entrepreneurs and companies that have done it before because they can provide insights on what to do and more importantly, what not to do.

How long has EI been attending SXSW?

Enterprise Ireland has had a stand at the SXSW Interactive Expo for the last seven years, where we bring a cohort of Irish tech companies to exhibit. SXSW Interactive is one of the largest and most high-profile technology conferences in the USA and is always a marquee event on the tech industry’s calendar. The fact that it coincides with the week of St. Patrick’s Day every year means that there is already an increased awareness of Ireland on the global stage and allows us to leverage this publicity to highlight our presence at the show.

Why is SXSW important for Irish companies?

For non-US based start-ups and earlier stage companies, coming to SXSW allows them to validate their product and value propositions in a high feedback environment prior to committing to more substantial market development. Some of our companies come to promote the launch of a new product and SXSW provides an ideal platform to reach a US tech-focused audience.
Of course, with so many major players from a variety of industries in attendance, Irish companies will have access to potential partners and customers with whom they can begin building relationships. There is also a large presence of the US investment community so companies who may be seeking funding have the opportunity to connect with potential investors.

What are you looking forward to most at SXSW this year

I’m looking forward to just getting onto the trade show floor and being in the middle of this kaleidoscope of large brands, corporates, thought leaders, media, investors and start-ups. SXSW really is the perfect storm of everything new and exciting about the US tech industry. Past shows have proven to be the launching pad for global brands like Twitter and Instagram so I can’t wait to see what future phenomenon might emerge at this year’s show.
From Enterprise Ireland’s perspective, we’re particularly excited to have some of our companies presenting on stage at the International Innovation Platform, giving them the chance to show exactly what Irish innovation has to offer.

Who are the Irish companies exhibiting at SXSW this year?

  • LogoGrab
    LogoGrab is the leading logo and mark recognition API used to monetize, track and monitor brand logos that appear in visual communications online.
  • Kinzen
    Kinzen is an app that allows you to curate all your news sources in one place in an effort to battle the influx of ‘misinformation’.
  • GECKO Governance
    GECKO Governance is a RegTech solution for managing compliance in the Fund Management, Banking & Digital Asset industries. The system is integrated with Blockchain technology and enables users to manage their end to end compliance and regulation requirements from one central dashboard.
  • KRIB
    The revolutionary KRIB fills water heaters from the top down with hot water, which thanks to an intelligent control system, helps KRIB save energy, reduce water consumption and lower energy bills.
  • ServisBOT
    AI technology that is transforming customer engagement through conversational AI and takes away the reliance on human interaction. Uses Conversational AI to reduce operational costs by adding smart chatbots to communicate with customers on webpages.
  • Poppulo
    All in one internal communications platform. Allows companies to manage and curate internal communications.
  • Design Partners
    Design Partners is a product design and interaction design agency. For over 30 years, they’ve been designing best-selling and award-winning product experiences for brands around the world in three specialist categories: consumer, healthcare and professional.
  • Swrve
    Customer engagement platform that utilizes micro-targeting to increase visibility. Provides real-time marketing automation software over a number of platforms with compelling CTAs.

How to find us at SXSW 2019

Sunday Mar 10-13
Austin Convention Center
Booth 119

When it comes to health, does senior leadership matter?

You know the answer. Yes!

Senior leadership is vital. You set the tone. You lead by example.

April’s Million Mile Month

The same is true for community leadership. In that spirit, HealthCode is honored to have the support of Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt and Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell, Jr. for April’s Million Mile Month – a fun community-wide global challenge supporting healthier people, companies, and more connected communities.

Plus, we’re excited that employees from the City of Austin, Travis and Williamson Counties, Austin ISD, CapMetro, Keller Williams, American Campus Communities and many more are joining us in the community challenge to embrace healthy lifestyles.

Please see their community challenge, which supports employees locally and globally, full or part-time.

Is your company up for the challenge?

For more information check out the corporate wellness page.

Interested in a CEO Challenge?

Let me know – Steve Amos 512-970-7443 Steve@HealthCode.Org.

These April activity workouts leading up to MS150, a two-day fundraising bike ride organized by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Cap 10K all count. Get creative with your ramp up workouts; activities like swimming, yoga and crossfit can also get you ready for these events.

Thinking of leaders?

Put Tuesday February 26th at 7PM on your calendars at Book People. Jill Griffin talks about her new book “Follow These Leaders”.

As always, I welcome and encourage you to reach out with questions, suggestions or collaboration requests.

-Steve Amos
HealthCode Executive Director
512 970 7443

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