Amherst Holdings Announces Debut as Programming Partner at SXSW 2017 Interactive

AUSTIN, Texas--()--Amherst Holdings LLC, a leading financial services provider to institutional investors in the housing and structured finance sectors, announces its debut as a Programming Partner in the SXSW 2017 Interactive Festival, which is being held in Austin, Texas, from March 10-16.

“The Impact of a Quantified Housing Ecosystem”

As a Programming Partner, Amherst will be featuring “The Amherst Sessions,” a series of three discussions about how high performance computing, big data and demographics are fundamentally reshaping the U.S. housing ecosystem. Amherst, an innovator and noted leader in the use of data, analytics and technology in evaluating the housing market, is at the forefront of the ongoing transformation of housing finance. Featured speakers include Danny Hillis, author, inventor and pioneer of parallel computing; and Julian Castro, former Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration. The sessions will be held on Sunday, March 12, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at Bungalow in Austin’s historic Rainey Street District.

“Our businesses are driven by technology and data, and our reputation is built on our ability to analyze that information and anticipate where the next risks and opportunities are likely to emerge,” said Sean Dobson, Chairman of Amherst Holdings. “SXSW Interactive enables us to share our ideas and expertise in technology, Big Data and innovation on a global platform that is renowned for featuring cutting-edge ideas and previewing the 'Next Big Thing'.”

Highlights of the three panel discussions presented during “The Amherst Sessions” include:

Session One: “The Impact of a Quantified Housing Ecosystem”

Focus on what Big Data, modeling and deep learning are revealing about the interconnectedness of the housing ecosystem and the economic and social impact of our ability to quantify almost all aspects of it. Speakers include:

  • Doug Fashenpour, CEO of Amherst InsightLabs
  • Joanne Gaskin, FICO’s Senior Director of Scoring and Analytics
  • Erin Glenn, COO of the FinTech Collective
  • Selma Hepp, Chief Economist of Pacific Union

Session Two: “Democratizing Innovation through DIY High-Performance Computing”

A conversation with the world renowned Mr. Hillis, this session will focus on how advances in quantum computing and big data are democratizing innovation by empowering organizations of all sizes to build their own supercomputing capabilities. Speakers include:

  • Danny Hillis, inventor, engineer, mathematician and parallel computing pioneer
  • Todd Lawrence, SVP of Emerging Technologies at Amherst InsightLabs
  • Diane Mueller, Red Hat community lead and Cloud guru

Doug Fashenpour, CEO of Amherst InsightLabs said, “In addition to inventing parallel computing, the thinking of Danny Hillis cannot be understated in any technical field that involves thought, complex problems, imagination, vision and the future of mankind. Danny is at its forefront in his industry of providing invaluable leadership and expertise.”

Session Three: “Tailoring Housing to Demographic Change”

Mr. Castro joins Amherst in a compelling discussion on new research on the housing needs and preferences of Baby Boomers and the Millennial Generation as well as new discourse on how the current housing system could be redesigned to meet demographic demand. Speakers include:

  • Julian Castro, Former Mayor of San Antonio and Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration
  • Sean Dobson, Chairman of Amherst Holdings
  • Laurie Goodman, Urban Institute’s Housing Finance Policy Center Co-Director

Said Dobson, “Julian Castro has been an invaluable asset to the U.S. housing industry, particularly in his efforts to draw attention to the need for more affordable housing resources in the U.S. We’re honored to have such an important voice in this dialogue which is ultimately about the balance and sustainability of the U.S. housing ecosystem.”

From 6:00 p.m. to 10:25 p.m., Amherst will hold its official SXSW party featuring a concert with DJ Cam Rogers and three of Austin’s hottest up and coming young artists: Erin Ivey, Tje Austin and Tameca Jones.

SXSW is one of the world’s largest and best known conference and series of festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

About Amherst Holdings, LLC

Amherst Holdings, LLC is a data, analytic and research-focused financial services holding company with expertise in the real estate, mortgage and related structured finance markets. Amherst, combined with its subsidiaries and affiliates, has more than 650 employees and manages $1 billion in equity and more than $23 billion in assets.


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