15 Fantastic SXSW Sessions on March 14
No need to suffer FOMO at SXSW when you can watch so many great videos of cool 2017 content. As for real-time panels, presentations and networking events, these are some of our favorites for Tuesday, March 14:
- AI: How Tech’s Next Revolution Will Change Lives. Intel Executive VP Diane Bryant shares her company’s vision for unleashing AI as well as a perspective on how to accelerate the delivery of #AIforgood. Recognized as one of the top 50 women in business by Fortune, this is a unique opportunity to hear from an industry leader on how we will create a new generation of computing experiences. Scheduled at 9:30 am in Ballroom 18ABCD at the Austin Convention Center.
- From Trump to Trolls: How Muslim Media Fights Back. Via theory, practice and case studies, speakers on this session share their best strategies to get your message/campaign to rise above the fray. Scheduled at 5:00 pm in Texas Ballroom 1–3 at the Hyatt Regency.
- The Future: History that Hasn’t Happened Yet. It can’t be SXSW if you haven’t heard Bruce Sterling’s take on the current state of technology, politics and society. Scheduled at 5:00 pm in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center.
- Kara Swisher in Conversation with Crooked Media Founders. This year’s SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame recipient talks politics with one of 2017’s hottest podcasts. Scheduled at 11:00 am in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center.
- Make Your Ideas Matter. Hear this conversation between Scott Cook (Intuit), Mike Maples (Floodgate) and Katie Roof (Tech Crunch) to learn new methods to drive ideation, how to test ideas in more measurable ways and advice to effectively communicate your ideas to decision-makers. Scheduled at 12:30 pm in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center.
- (No) All Girls Allowed. There has been a lot of talk about the lack of diversity in Silicon Valley, especially in venture capital. However, the story for corporate venture capital is different. There’s been a shift in the balance of influence in the corporate VC world with the rise of female leadership, where nearly all of the top 50 firms in the nation have women in their senior investment ranks. Learn more at this intriguing all-female panel. Scheduled for 11:00 am in Salon A at the Downtown Austin Hilton.
- Predicting the Future of News: A CTO Perspective. In this solo presentation, Washing Post CTO Shailesh Prakash reads the industry tea leaves and shares insights into what’s next in big data, personalization, automation and more to propel news organizations into the future. Scheduled at 11:00 am in Texas Ballroom 1–3 at the Hyatt Regency.
- Refinery29 and Kesha Discuss Reclaiming the Internet. The global pop star and outspoken advocate against bullying known as Kesha (and pictured above) sits down with Refinery29’s Chief Content Officer Amy Emmerich for a conversation about how women must reclaim their domain, taking ownership of their lives online — and IRL. Scheduled at 3:30 pm in Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center.
- The Rise of Self-Driving and Connected Cars. This panel of industry and government officials will discuss the progress made in the development of connected and automated vehicles and why this technology has the potential to dramatically improve safety, sustainability, and accessibility. Scheduled at 3:30 pm at the Old School Bar (401 East 6th Street).
- SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. This fun-filled ceremony honors the year’s best new projects, as well as crowns the 2017 Speaker of the Event and the 2017 Hall of Fame inductee. Emcees for this year are Janina Gavankar and Lyndie Greenwood. Food and drinks at 6:00 and show starts at 7:00 pm. Fourth floor of the Downtown Austin Hilton.
- SXSW Trade Show. Tuesday is Day Three of the Trade Show. Don’t miss out on all the amazing exhibitors from all over the world!
- Tech Policy Outlook in the 45th Administration. What does this new administration have in store for the technology industry? What issues will become legislative priorities? This panel of experts will discuss what the technology policy community can expect from the next four years. Scheduled at 11:00 am at the Old School Bar (401 East 6th Street). Also, if understanding the next four years is your goal, then be sure to attend these “Tech Under Trump” sessions on March 15 and March 16.
- Telepathy Meets Medical Imaging. Will we soon be able to communicate with thought alone? As impossible as it might seem, the answer is yes. Mary Lou Jepsen will show how in some detail and discuss some non-obvious implications of Openwater. For example, humans can be made smarter using this approach, meaning we can win the competition for jobs against the AI and robots that will soon surround us. Scheduled at 9:30 am in Ballroom EFG.
- Virtual Reality: The Next News Experience. How can virtual reality technology change the way stories are told and experienced? This session covers the latest advances in immersive journalism. Scheduled at 3:30 pm in Texas Ballroom 5–7 at the Hyatt Regency.
- Weird Startups From The University of Tokyo. In this session, students will showcase their products after we discuss what universities and local communities can do to promote startup ecosystems, especially for young, talented entrepreneurs. Scheduled at 12:30 pm in Salon D at the Downtown Austin Hilton.
Also attend these three encore presentations on Tuesday, March 14.
Hugh Forrest tries to write four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts generally cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith or meditating, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.