SXSW Sessions That Rock: March 21
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 Saturday, March 21.
Accessibility: ‘The Aha’ Moment: Accessibility is often overlooked in the designing stages of a website. The best way to understand why digital inclusion is so important is to see an accessibility demo. The perspectives of internet users with disabilities will be a big part of this workshop, as they will demonstrate if they can (or cannot) navigate the technologies that you are developing. This session is part of the Professional Development track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Attack Vectors in Orbit: Cybersecurity in Space: Bill Malik of Trend Micro will help you understand where satellites may be participating in your cyber supply chain. He will also examine four satellite attack scenarios that could occur without increased cyber security measures and discuss viable solutions to this threat. This session is part of the Tech Industry & Enterprise track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Bootstrap to Boardroom: Funding A Cannabis Biz: Industry innovators in the emerging cannabis ecosystem peel back the curtain to show “how they did it” — and (even more importantly) how they got the money to do it. This session is part of the Cannabusiness track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 18–21.
Can We Save the Global Internet? Expansion of the Internet has slowed. And the next billion users won’t be getting the same global Internet we always took for granted. Attend this panel to learn how we can revive the Internet — with innovative models for policy making and stakeholder collaboration. This session is part of the Tech Industry & Enterprise track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Designing the President: If you could design the perfect U.S. President, what values, character attributes, and experience would top your priority list — and why? This extended workshop includes the expertise of Lisa Kay Solomon and occurs within the Professional Development track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Ecommerce and CBD: A Gray Area in the Green Rush: This panel will explore the intricate state and federal legal barriers, marketing regulations and more that that hemp retailers need to be aware of — as well as what to expect in the near future. This session is part of the Cannabusiness track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 18–21.
Fan Hacking: Acquiring and Retaining More Fans: Join music and tech professionals as they discuss ways artists are forging innovative paths like multi-variant testing, retargeting, and superfan segmentation to reach fans and keep them insanely happy. This session is part of the Creating & Monetizing Music track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 18–21.
F*ck the Gatekeepers. Wait, Maybe We Need Them? Artist and their teams discuss the role of gatekeepers in today’s ever-evolving music industry. Learn how to gain exposure in 2020, what goes into creating memorable impactful pitches, and beyond. This session is part of the Future of Music track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Human Enhancement Tech: How, Why & What Next? What if you could make yourself smarter, stronger, slower to age? What if you could connect your internet-enabled devices directly to your brain and send and receive messages without having to look at your phone? If you could, would you? This session is part of the Fantastic Future track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
Is There an Echo in Here? Building Alexa Skills. This workshop will discuss best practices for designing Voice User Interfaces (VUI) and go through all the steps of building your own Alexa Skill. Every attendee will leave having built a working Alexa Skill for the Echo voice platform, and with knowledge about how to better design a VUI. This session is part of the Professional Development track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
The Right to Be Let Alone: Privacy and #MeToo. Cynthia Cole (Baker Botts LLP) and Carrie Goldberg (C.A. Goldberg, PLLC) lead a fascinating discussion focusing on how the focus on privacy (and a growing awareness of the inadequacy of existing protections for it) is connected to the rise of the #MeToo movement? This session is part of the Tech Industry & Enterprise track at SXSW 2020 which runs March 16–21.
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.