Krish Vignarajah, President & CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, will speak about the Southern Border at 9:30 am at the Hilton Austin Downtown.

SXSW on March 9: 15 Hidden Gems

The Forrest Four-Cast: March 8, 2019

Looking to fill some gaps in your ? Check out these fascinating discussions — all happening on Saturday, March 9.


Come hear Krish Vignarajah, President & CEO of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, discuss the true crisis on the border. Families are fleeing their homes seeking protection from violence — not because it is easy, but because their lives are at risk.
9:30–10:30 am, Hilton Austin Downtown


Leaders in the media industry from the U.S. and Germany will discuss the different approaches to journalism across the Atlantic, varying cultural discourse, and the role of tech and regulation in 2019.
9:30–10:30 am, JW Marriott


An absolutely ridiculous lack of equity startup capital goes to Black startup founders. In this session, we’ll highlight what a few venture capital funds and growing tech companies with diverse partners and decision makers at the helm are doing to increase the flow of capital to startups of color.
11 am-noon, JW Marriott


Where you live oftentimes determines how well and long you live. This session will dive into what makes a community healthy and some of the best practices, programs, and case studies that are succeeding in revitalizing community health.
11 am-noon, JW Marriott


It’s been two years since the world first learned about Larry Nassar, the Olympic team doctor who sexually abused hundreds of children. In this panel, we contextualize gymnastics’ abusive past, visualize a better future, and hear from survivors and activists fighting to change women’s sports.
1230–130 pm, JW Marriott


Privacy and data protection has emerged as the greatest regulatory challenge for the tech industry. This session examines global extremes in privacy protection, what it means for Internet governance and citizen’s rights, and how global tech companies should navigate this complex landscape.
12:30–1:30 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown


Autonomous Vehicles (AV) have the potential to impact many of the strategic outcomes cities care about — such as equity, accessibility and inclusion. However, a provider’s go-to-market strategies and business needs may or may not match up to what a city wants. The City of Austin’s AV Expert will take a “Dating Game” approach with a panel of representatives from AV companies.
12:30–1:30 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown


The census is a once-a-decade head count of everyone living in our country that has a major impact on our lives. As we approach the 2020 Census, it is already fraught with challenges. Hear local and national leaders discuss what lies ahead for the 2020 census and what you can do about it.
2–3 pm, Hilton Austin Downtown


Business and government have played leading roles in advancing LGBTI rights. Yet, in recent years, we’ve seen a “progress recession” as politics shift right and government administrations change. Can the private sector pick it up again, and lead in the human rights space?
3:30–4:30 pm, JW Marriott


The CW network dares to defy with its new social campaign celebrating all identities, all orientations, all choices and all possibilities, and has provided a forum to discuss issues shining a light of hope. This panel of CW representatives celebrates this approach via personal stories and experiences.
3:30–4:30 pm, Austin Convention Center


Advances in data and analytics are shaping how NFL teams and players prepare to compete, how fans ingest what’s going on in the game, and what teams win and lose. Panel members from the NFL and its teams will cover how data and analytics are relevant to the game.
3:30–4:30 pm, JW Marriott


Techniques identified by 2018 Nobel Prize-winning scientist James Allison and team are changing cancer outcomes by helping our bodies use our own immune systems to fight against cancer cells. Learn about the drivers that led to the discovery, how this technology is extending lives today, and where it can go tomorrow.
5–6 pm, JW Marriott


Former Governor Bill Weld, with Wired contributing editor Garrett M. Graff, appears as part of Conversations About America’s Future, a series of talks presented by SXSW, in collaboration with The Texas Tribune, bringing together some of the nation’s top political leaders whose ideas and vision will shape our country through 2020 and beyond.
5–6 pm, Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater


Dave Itzkoff, New York Times culture reporter and bestselling author of the definitive biography of Robin Williams, shares a fresh look at the beloved comic and describes how Williams’s comic brilliance masked a deep well of conflicting emotions and self-doubt.
5–6 pm, Austin Convention Center


Join this panel of multidisciplinary emoji experts as we discuss the gun emoji from technical, ethical, social, emotional, and linguistic perspectives.
5–6 pm, JW Marriott

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

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