Hiram College

BeeDance, a start-up company created by Michael Dungan, Hiram’s entrepreneur-in-residence, is currently in the running to present a panel at the South By Southwest Tech Conference in Austin, Texas, next March. Dungan is looking for more people to join his “swarm” of friends to vote the company onto the conference schedule.

South By Southwest (SXSW) is the largest annual gathering of journalists and film, technology and music professionals in the U.S. Recent high growth tech start-ups Twitter and Foursquare have used SXSW as their launch pad. BeeDance is aiming for similar success at this high profile venue.

The company has proposed a joint panel presentation titled “It’s Nature’s Way – Tech Innovation Through Biomimicry” that would be given by Dungan and Chris Allen of The Biomimicry Institute. The presentation would allow participants to learn how a systems approach that mimics nature’s lessons and resiliency can be adapted to technology design. Biomimicry is a proven design process that asks nature for advice. The application of biomimicry is responsible for the development of successful products ranging from Velcro™ and photovoltaic solar panels to advanced seawater desalination methods and more efficient Japanese bullet trains.

The company is currently in the top 10 for total votes cast out of 2,500 ideas submitted.

You can vote for BeeDance here. You can only vote once and registration is required. Polls close tomorrow, Friday, August 27.

For more information on South By Southwest, check out the conference website.