10 Significant Trends
at the 2015

SXSW Interactive Festival

  1. International participation at SXSW Interactive is also seeing a sharp increase. Much of this international growth comes within SXSW Startup Village, which more-so-than-ever-before reflects the global entrepreneurial movement.
  2. From self-driving cars to alternatively-fueled vehicles to automobiles that can achieve flight to revolutionary ride-sharing programs, the transportation sector is undergoing dramatic changes — and these changes are well-represented in 2015 SXSW programming.
  3. Closely related to these changes in transportation is the evolving landscape of delivery. More consumers want to be able to get more products more quickly, and the market is quickly adapting to these needs. Expect many sessions this March to focus on next generation delivery ideas.
  4. Robots are gaining more traction and becoming more family-friendly. At SXSW 2015, registrants can playfully interact with the machines that will be the backbone of our automated future at the three-day Robot Petting Zoo.
  5. Social media has always been a big part of SXSW Interactive. In 2015, we will delve a little more into the dark side of this medium (ranging from the menace of cyber-bullying to the social media skills of terrorist organizations).
  6. We are closer and closer to a future where all objects are connected via the Internet of Things. At the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival, more than 70 sessions make some mention of this term.
  7. More and more geek innovation / disruption is targeting the health and medical industry. Building on the success of last year’s keynote speech from Anne Wocicki of 23andme, 2015 sees the launch of the inaugural SX Health and MedTech Expo.
  8. Millennials want many things — including more meaning in their lives. The rebranded SXgood umbrella of programming is a place where tech entrepreneurs, content creators and non-profits can brainstorm new ideas for a better tomorrow.
  9. The barriers that have traditionally separated creative the music, film and interactive industries are increasingly obsolete. Witness the expanded selection of Convergence programming at SXSW 2015.

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