SXSW Sessions That Rock: March 17
For SXSW 2020, some of the most intriguing panels and presentations occur in the days that follow the event’s opening weekend. Today we examine 10 particularly compelling sessions that are currently scheduled for Tuesday, March 17:
A Journey Through the Universes of Transmedia IP. Alex Amancio, one of the visionaries behind Assassin’s Creed and the former creative director of Ubisoft, will lead this talk on revolutionizing the way creators and fans interact with original transmedia IP. This session is part of the Game Industry track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–18.
Combating Bias Through Inclusive Digital Products: When our unconscious biases aren’t actively addressed in product design and development, the impact can be devastating. In this panel, learn from companies leading the charge for change as they discuss strategies and tactics to inform more inclusive product development, and ensure your products can serve as many people as possible. This session is part of the Design track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 13–18.
Content Strategy Hacks to Save Civil Discourse: In the current political climate, it seems like we’ve all but given up on productive, respectful discourse. But there’s hope for a better tomorrow, as David Dylan Thomas reveals some of the simple design and content strategy choices that we can make to encourage collaboration over conflict, even when dealing with hot-button issues. This session is part of the Design track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 13–18.
Designing for a World Beyond Screens: As we move beyond the pixel into a world of immersive experiences, the challenge UX designers face remains the same: to create a consistent experience on any platform the audience chooses to consume it on. This session is part of the Design track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 13–18.
The Early-Stage Startup’s Guide to PR: This interactive workshop will cover how the media landscape has changed and what that means for startups, as well as how to know when you’re ready for PR, what makes for a newsworthy announcement and other important public relations related topics. This session is part of the Professional Development track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
The Future of Your Brain: Neural Implants and More: Dr Jordan Amadio of the University of Texas Dell Seton Medical Center leads this solo presentation focusing on how most of us will engage with (and probably be augmented by) neurotechnology over the next 10 years. This session is part of the Fantastic Future track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Immersive Entertainment in Autonomous Vehicles: For this panel, Pam Allison of Warner Bros. Entertainment will discuss the first-ever immersive entertainment concept car, while Ben Boeser of Mercedes-Benz R&D North America will discuss the potential and future of autonomous vehicle entertainment. This session is part of the XR track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 17–19.
The New Rules of Retail: Poshmark founder and CEO Manish Chandra and CNBC’s Lauren Thomas will discuss the key attributes of a thriving commerce community and the new role consumers play in shaping the shopping experience. This session is part of the Tech Industry & Enterprise track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Next Gen AI: The Human Centered Design Challenge: The next generation of AI must be designed using a human-centered approach, not just built using a computational one. How does an AI earn our trust? What does failure mean for human-AI interactions? How does an AI learn to be smart, fair & transparent? How can we think about personality, emotion & empathy being central to the design of AI? This session is part of the Fantastic Future track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Ocean Solutions to the Climate Crisis: Ocean Conservancy CEO Janis Searles Jones covers how the world’s waterways have been thrust to the front lines of climate change — and explains how more sustainable ocean-related policies are an integral part of the big picture solution to this problem. This session is part of the Climate & Social Action track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 13–18.
Reporting on the Corporatization of Psychedelics: Hear from the two female co-founders of the first media company devoted to covering the fast-growing psychedelic industry and holding those at the forefront of it accountable for making psychedelic medicine accessible. This session is part of the Connection & Culture track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 13–18.
Other standout sessions scheduled later in the week at SXSW 2020 are as follows:
Learn more about all the incredible panels and presentations on tap for March 2020 in Austin by browsing the SXSW online schedule. Attend these sessions, take advantage of all the incredible networking opportunities and make new connections at the SXSW Trade Show by purchasing a badge to the event.
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; posts also focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.