Announcing The Sixth Annual Fast Company Grill: An Exclusive Destination In Austin March 11-15, 2016

Mar 04, 2016, 09:00 ET from Fast Company

NEW YORK, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Fast Company has announced that it will host its sixth annual Fast Company Grill in Austin from March 11-15, 2016. The exclusive five-day event, located at Cedar Door (201 Brazos Street), will be open daily from 11:00 a.m.4:00 p.m. It will provide a hub for influential, tech-savvy attendees to enjoy a collaborative co-work space, Fast Talks, a variety of experiential activities, product launches, interactions with Fast Company editors—plus complimentary lunch and drinks daily.  

Fast Talk highlights include Nick Kroll (The League, Kroll Show), Producer Mark Duplass, Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele), Mike Birbiglia (Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer), Gillian Jacobs (Community, Girls), Bella Thorne (The Duff), Producer Robert Kirkman and DJ Jazzy Jeff.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE), an industry leading technology company, will showcase several interactive experiences focused on accelerating progress through data.

  • Via an interactive light installation, HPE will enable visitors to travel inside the world of Distributed Mesh Computing (DMC) powered by The Machine. These radical computing technologies, developed by Hewlett Packard Labs, are designed to address a very near future where everything computes, we are inundated with data and facing the end of Moore's Law.
  • HPE is promoting social progress worldwide through its Living Progress Challenge, a crowdsourced competition to close the digital divide via technology. A large format art installation will allow attendees to interact with these inspiring stories.

HPE also will present three Fast Talks at the Grill throughout the weekend.

Peloton, the evolution of the at-home fitness market by merging high-design with modern technology to provide access to live and on-demand fitness group classes by the best instructors in the world, will offer Fitness Evolved, a private indoor 30-minute cycling experience. Fast Company Grill invitees are invited to sign-up in advance to experience this private demonstration. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to refresh and refuel with snacks and refreshments post-ride.

Delta will feature Social Soul—an interactive and immersive experience that allows guests to step inside their Twitter feeds to find their Social Soulmate. Attendees will also have the opportunity to hang photos of themselves from inside Social Soul on a growing art installation and interact with their Soulmates in person.

MOO will provide Grill attendees with FC Grill Golden Tickets which use NFC technology embedded in MOO Business Cards+. Golden Ticket holders simply tap their card to allow a speedy check-in. Guests will be able to "check-in" at all of the activations by simply tapping their ticket on the illuminated boxes placed around The Grill for a chance to win daily prizes. Additionally, MOO will be hand letterpressing limited edition Luxe Notecards each day for guests to take home.



11:00 AM4:00 PM
Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

1:45 – 2:15 PM
Most Innovative Companies LIVE! 

  • John Foley, CEO, Peloton
  • Leila Janah, CEO, Samasource
  • Dr. Ken Washington, Vice President of Research and Advanced Engineering, Ford


11:00 AM4:00 PM

Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

12:00 – 12:40 PM
FAST TALK: From Short to Feature Film—A Look at My Blind Brother  

  • Nick Kroll, Actor, (The League, Kroll Show)
  • Jenny Slate, Actress (Obvious Child)
  • Zoe Kazan, Actress (The Walker)
  • Sophie Goodhart, Director
  • Charlie Hewson, Actor (The Bounty Hunter)

2:45 – 3:15 PM
Closing the Digital Divide: How Data and Technology are Accelerating Social Good

  • Yennie Lee, Impact Manager,
  • Erica Kochi, Co-Lead, UNICEF Innovation Unit

8PM – Midnight
Fast Company Grill Party with music by Hannah Bronfman and Brendan Fallis (open to invited guests)


11:00 AM4:00 PM
Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

11:30 AM – NOON
FAST TALK: Finding the Funny in All Things Serious 

  • Mark Duplass, Actor, Executive Producer
  • Alex Lehmann, Director

12:45 – 1:20 PM
FAST TALK: The Power of Improv in Don't Think Twice  

  • Keegan-Michael Key, Actor (Key and Peele)
  • Gillian Jacobs, Actress (Community, Girls)
  • Mike Birbiglia, Writer and Director (Orange is the New Black, Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Kate Micucci, Actress (When in Rome)
  • Tami Sagher, Actress (Inside Amy Schumer)
  • Chris Gethard, Actor (Broad City)

1:45 – 2:15 PM
The Human Touch: How to Make Big Data Personal

  • Tomer Sagi, Researcher, Hewlett Packard Labs
  • Linda Avey, Cofounder and CEO, We Are Curious
  • Carl Martin, Product Lead, ustwo

3:00 – 3:30 PM
FAST TALK: Creating Social Movies  

  • Bella Thorne, Actress (The Duff)
  • Kian Lawley, Actor (The Chosen)
  • Matt Kaplan, President, Awesomeness Films


11:00 AM4:00 PM
Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

1:45 – 2:15 PM
Beyond the Cloud: Exploring Our Hyper-Connected Future

  • Mark Rolston, Founder, argodesign
  • Katrina Bekessy, Technology Director, R/GA
  • Kirk Bresniker, Chief Architect, Hewlett Packard Labs

2:00 – 3:00 PM

  • SXSW Interactive Keynote: Kevin Plank, Under Armour CEO and Founder in conversation with Robert Safian, Editor, Fast Company at the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D (431 East 4th Street)

3:00 – 3:30 PM
FAST TALK: From Comic Book to TV Series, Inside Outcast 

  • Robert Kirkman, Writer, Executive Producer, Outcast and The Walking Dead
  • David Alpert, Executive Producer, Outcast and The Walking Dead
  • Patrick Fugit, Actor (Outcast, Almost Famous)
  • Chris Black, Showrunner, Outcast
  • Adam Wingard, Director, Outcast


11:00 AM4:00 PM
Fast Company Grill open daily to invitees

1:00 – 1:30 PM
FAST TALK: Inside the World of Jazzy Jeff

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff

The Fast Company Grill is open to invited guests and members of the media only. To request press credentials, please contact: 

Mary Vertin: 
Alexa Jaccarino: | #FCGrill | @FastCompany | @FCSpotlight

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