March 5, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va., –(GLOBE NEWSWIRE)– South by Southwest® (SXSW®) has announced the addition of a panel discussion sponsored by LiveSafe – “Turning Tragedy into Action” – featuring LiveSafe co-founder and Virginia Tech shooting survivor Kristina Anderson, Production Manager for Jason Aldean and Las Vegas shooting survivor Drew Brown, and event safety pioneer and founder of the Event Safety Alliance, Jim Digby.

“Turning Tragedy into Action” Session Description:

Tragedy can happen to anyone, anywhere, and at any time. Through the telling of first hand stories, hear valuable insight into how you can prepare and react during a tragic incident. Developing an event safety plan is essential for any organization coordinating large-or-small scale events, but these tools can also be used in everyday life and beyond.

“As survivors of two of the most horrific tragedies in the last 10 years, Kristina and Drew bring a real-life, real-world perspective to the challenge of ending the violence that plagues our society, our schools, and our culture,” said Carolyn Parent, CEO, LiveSafe. “Their participation and the focus of this session reinforce the importance of moving forward and taking action so that these tragedies do not define us.”

“Turning Tragedy into Action” takes place March 15th at 5:00 PM in Room 15, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX. Panelists include:

Kristina Anderson

Kristina Anderson is one of the most critically injured survivors of the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting that took the lives of 32 students & faculty and injured 17 more and remains the worst school shooting in modern U.S. history. There were at least 18 advanced warning signs of troubling behavior by the shooter, yet a centralized system for reporting and assessing potentially threatening behavior did not exist. And this was not unique – in virtually all instances of violence, abuse, and workplace injury, there have been signs of impending trouble, but people with important information have rarely come forward to supply critical information to safety officials.

Kristina co-founded LiveSafe, a startup company that believed new technology – smartphone apps and cloud computing – could be leveraged to enable incident prevention in ways that current systems did not. Today LiveSafe has more than 200 university and corporate clients using their advanced incident prevention solution, and LiveSafe is building a nationwide community around preventing these incidents in the future.

Today Kristina runs the Koshka Foundation for Safe Schools, a nonprofit dedicated to helping first responders, local community and school stakeholders work together to prevent, respond and heal in the aftermath of school violence.

Drew Brown

Drew Brown has nearly 20 years of experience in entertainment and event production management. He has been the production manager for Jason Aldean since 2015 and is a survivor of the 2017 Las Vegas shootings. Drew was a Final Nominee for the 2017 CMA Touring Awards Production Manager Category and has worked with a wide variety of acts including Miranda Lambert, Jack Ingram, Ben Kweller, Reckless Kelly and NeedtoBreathe. Drew is a graduate of Texas Tech University.

Jim Digby

Jim Digby is a 30+ year veteran of the live music and event production industry. He is highly experienced in domestic and international live event execution, team building, partnership development, and crisis management as applied to the successful execution of global entertainment production. He is a vocal advocate for the advancement and application of safety controls and education within the live event sector, and is a highly regarded keynote speaker on life safety issues, career mentoring, and live events as a force for positive social change. He currently serving as Director of Touring and Production for platinum-selling artists Linkin Park, and is the founder and Chairman of the Event Safety Alliance®.

Today, LiveSafe also announced that SXSW Conference and Festivals has selected LiveSafe, the world’s leading mobile safety communications solution for use by staff and volunteers at SXSW 2018, March 9-18, 2018 in Austin, TX. SXSW staff and volunteers – nearly 5,000 people – will use LiveSafe to report concerning behavior or safety concerns and identify facility issues or risks in real-time. That press release is available at .

Media attending SXSW that are interested in attending the session and/or arranging interviews with LiveSafe or the panelists should contact

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