“Social Impact” Track: March 11–15

The Forrest Four-Cast: January 21, 2017

The 2017 SXSW Conference includes more than 1000 total sessions in 24 different tracks. Check the grid on this page to understand which tracks occur on which days, particularly tracks like “Brands & Marketing” and “Intelligent Future” that run into the second half of SXSWeek.

Given the current socio-political landscape in the United States as well as around the world, we expect that the five-day “Social Impact” track will be very popular with the SXSW community. Ten of the sessions that I am particularly proud we are hosting as part of this track are as follows:

  1. Action Against Online Harassment Meet Up. Building off the momentum of the “Online Harassment Summit” at SXSW 2016, this Meet Up is organized by Elizabeth Lee and Samantha Silverberg of Online SOS. Scheduled Tuesday, March 14.

Some of the most compelling sessions in the “Social Impact” track are scheduled for Wednesday, March 15 — so please plan your trip to Austin accordingly. And remember that many of the close-in downtown hotels have more availability towards the middle of the SXSWeek timeframe.

Purchase your SXSW registration to attend these “Social Impact” sessions (plus all the content in the other 24 tracks). Save $100 on the walkup price if you complete this transaction before the end of the day on Friday, February 10. But watch this video first so you know which badge to buy!

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.

Celebrating creativity at SXSW. Also, reading reading reading, the Boston Red Sox, good food, exercise when possible and sleep sleep sleep.

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