ThoughtWorks to Present at SXSW Interactive Festival Panel to Discuss Frugal Innovation and our Africa Expansion Strategy

AUSTIN, Texas, March 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blacks in Technology (BiT), in conjunction with South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival, is proud to present ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons along with ThoughtWorkers Damilola Olutayo and Montra Ellis, and Toby Shapshak as Featured Panelists on Saturday, March 9th from 11:30 a.m.12:30 p.m.

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The topic, entitled "Frugal Innovation: The Challenges and Opportunities of Technology in Africa" will address how ThoughtWorks is using frugal innovation principles in investing in Africa, using a combination of disruptive thinking along with empowering technology to impact the country's people and businesses.

SXSW is among the World's Largest Showcase of Top Innovators, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Filmmakers and Musicians. "We are excited to be participating in SXSW along with BiT this year," states ThoughtWorks CTO Rebecca Parsons. "We are passionate about promoting diversity in IT. The panel provides us a unique opportunity to discuss two topics that we are very passionate about: Africa and frugal innovation."

BiT House was founded in 2010 in partnership with SXSW to address the lack of representation of African Americans in technology. BiT has since become one of the most highly anticipated segments during Interactive week and preeminent hub for honoring the achievements of Blacks in technology.

About ThoughtWorks
ThoughtWorks - A software company and community of passionate individuals whose purpose is to revolutionize software design, creation and delivery, while advocating for positive social change.   Our product division, ThoughtWorks Studios, makes pioneering tools for software teams who aspire to be great; such as Mingle® , Go™ and Twist®, which help organizations better collaborate and deliver quality software.   Our clients are people and organizations with ambitious missions; we deliver disruptive thinking and technology to empower them to succeed.    In our 20th year, over 2300 ThoughtWorks employees - 'ThoughtWorkers' - are currently serving clients from offices in Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Singapore, South Africa, Uganda, the U.K., and the U.S. Learn more at www.ThoughtWorks.com, join us on Facebook, watch us on YouTube, connect with us on LinkedIn, or follow @ThoughtWorks on Twitter.  

About Blacks in Technology
Blacks in Technology (BiT), the leading coalition of African-American technology organizations and industry thought leaders will be hosting its 3rd annual BiT House programming at SXSW Interactive March 8-11, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn Convention Center in Downtown Austin. See www.wearebit.com for more information.

About SXSW
Celebrating it's 20th anniversary, the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival runs March 8-12 in Austin, Texas. See www.sxsw.com/interactive for more information

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