SXSW on March 8: 10 Hidden Gems

The Forrest Four-Cast: March 6, 2019

Hugh Forrest
4 min readMar 7, 2019


Looking to fill some gaps in your SXSW schedule? Check out these fascinating discussions — all happening on Friday, March 8.

The Category is: Trans Resilience
The host of #KikisWithLouie, a YouTube series for LGBTQ youth, will moderate a discussion between a trans activist who has been working on trans liberation long before her community was shown in primetime, and a trans youth activist displaying the collective power of young people.
11 am-noon, JW Marriott

New Yorker’s Liza Donnelly: Drawing Disruption
Using her new form of digital storytelling, Donnelly will show the audience how the skills of a cartoonist can become useful for all. She will draw digitally onstage and, transmitting to screen, allow for deeper understanding of the power of cartooning.
11 am–noon, JW Marriott

The Emotional Toll of Mass Violence
This immersive storytelling experience will showcase the parallel experiences of trauma as told by a victim of violence and a trauma surgeon, and offer resources and concrete actions that can address this public health crisis.
11 am–noon, JW Marriott

Featured Speaker: Esther Perel: What Business Leaders Can Learn About Workplace Dynamics from Couples Therapy
The “Speaker of the Event” at SXSW 2018, famed couples therapist Perel has spent decades helping people articulate their aspirations, explore boundaries between self and others, and repair trust that is broken. Now she applies her knowledge of relationships to help us master the art of modern leadership.
12:30-1:30 pm, Austin Convention Center

Delivery 2.0: The CaiNiao Smart Logistics Network
In China, Double Eleven Shopping Festival is Alibaba’s biggest commerce event of the year. In 2017, sales reached $25.3 billion and over three million workers were needed to facilitate and deliver hundreds of millions of parcels . In this session, we will show you the secret of how the CaiNiao Smart Logistics Network used intelligent design and how you can use these lessons to create a better experience of logistics.
12:30-1:30 pm, JW Marriott

Reporting on Rural America Under Trump
Four journalists, who live and work in rural America, discuss the issues that matter to their neighbors (hint: it may not be what you think), and their strategies for covering those stories with a sensitivity to both local sentiment and to the larger national debate about this moment in American politics.
12:30–1:30 pm, JW Marriott

Defending the Nation: Immigrants in the Military
At the height of the Global War on Terrorism, over 65,000 immigrants served in the Military. Despite their service, changes to immigration policies have made it more difficult for immigrant service members and their families. Join us to learn about their current battles.
2-3 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown

Austin CEO Diaries: So You’ve Been Acquired. Now What?
Hear from Brian Sharples, Cotter Cunningham, and Jag Bath, three successful Austin-area CEOs who have built significant consumer-facing tech businesses to find out what life is like after their companies have been acquired.
3:30-4:30 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown

Media Skills for 2019: Facts, Physics and Humanism
Veteran energy journalist Robert Bryce and Austin-based director Tyson Culver will cover how they sought to humanize reporting on energy while exposing the disparity between the electricity rich and the electricity poor within the context of their work-in-progress documentary, Juice: How Electricity Explains the World.
3:30–4 pm, JW Marriott

When Panda Meets Armadillo: Chengdu-Austin City Forum
Come and meet the government leaders and key players in technology, culture and innovation from both cities. Presentations and panel discussion included. A VIP Opening Reception/Chengdu Night (6:30–8:30 pm) follows with authentic Texan and Chengdu food, cocktails and music.
4-6 pm, Austin City Hall

The Economic Case for Gender Equality
In celebration of International Women’s Day in 2019, the Minister of Finance and Development Cooperation of Belgium will present on why he has evolved from an unconscious to an active and staunch feminist. Alexander De Croo will speak on why gender equality is the answer to many contemporary challenges: from digitization, globalization, and migration to the challenges of an aging population.
5–6 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.



Hugh Forrest

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