Shawn Michael O’Keefe
Architect of Communities & Experiences
Cyclist. Type nerd. Space cadet.

After 14 years as a producer and strategist for the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas, I recently relocated to Wellington to head up the first hardware accelerator in New Zealand, Lightning Lab Manufacturing.

 
A Glimpse into Lightning Lab Manufacturing

A Glimpse into Lightning Lab Manufacturing

11 January 2016

This past August, eight teams dared to begin a challenging journey — one that combined intensive mentorship with innovation fundamentals and prototyping resources. Seven startups thrived in Lightning Lab Manufacturing, the first-ever startup acceleration program for physical products in New Zealand. I’m proud of what these ventures accomplished in such a remarkably short time, harnessing … Read More

My Next Adventure

My Next Adventure

18 May 2015

Since I left my role at SXSW last July, I’ve been on many adventures. I started my consultancy, Apostrophe Industries. I co-founded a health technology startup called Litmus. I worked alongside the marketing wizards at JDI. I built, launched and unintentionally destroyed a number of flying model rockets with my kids. I’ve learned a tremendous … Read More

A Bit of Belgium in Austin

A Bit of Belgium in Austin

8 January 2015

The 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships arrived in Austin this week, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I was this excited about attending a sporting event. What I’m not excited about is the traditional Belgian weather that is accompanying the festivities — it’s freezing outside. While I don’t consider myself a photographer, … Read More