Next year’s SXSW may still be months away, but the annual multi-pronged festival and conference gathering has already started rolling out a slew of impressive announcements. Next up, their third wave of Keynotes and Featured Speakers, plus 700 planned sessions for the 2017 event. Conference Keynotes now include filmmaker Gareth Edwards (“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” “Godzilla” and “Monsters”); Adam Grant, author of “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World”; Creative Director and L.A. Anchor for Beats 1, Zane Lowe; and Mt. Everest photographer Cory Richards. They join previously announced Keynotes, including Lee Daniels, Jennifer Doudna and Jill Soloway.
Featured Speakers now include “Transparent” actor Kathryn Hahn and global design icon Marc Jacobs, along with business and tech influencers Whitney Wolfe and Padmasree Warrior, covering subjects that range from user privacy to next-generation entertainment options.
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“The programming announced today reflects a lot of the bigger-picture trends we think will be getting the most buzz in March 2017,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer of the new announcement. “These trends include innovation in the transportation space, the rise of artificial intelligence, more emphasis on innovation within healthcare, and an increase in creative industry inclusion. Of course, the biggest trend for SXSW is always the convergence of the technology, music, and film industries, as different people from different sectors gain incredible value by sharing new ideas and new approaches to common challenges.”
In addition, SXSW has also announced the first 700 panels and sessions — all picked via SXSW’s innovative Panel Picker system — with still more to come in the coming weeks. You can get a look at the first 700 panels over at SXSW’s official website.
You can check out the current list of Keynotes and Featured Speakers below.
Gareth Edwards (Film) – Currently in post-production on his third feature film, the much anticipated “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” Gareth Edwards is no stranger to pushing the boundaries of filmmaking. Previous credits include “Godzilla,” “Monsters” and “Hiroshima.”
Adam Grant (Interactive) – Wharton’s top-rated professor and a New York Times writer on work and psychology, Grant has been recognized as one of the world’s 25 most influential management thinkers, one of the 100 most creative people in business, and named in Fortune’s 40 Under 40.
Zane Lowe (Music) – A New Zealand-born radio DJ, live DJ, record producer and television presenter who, after moving to the UK in 1997, came to prominence presenting on XFM and MTV Europe before hosting a new global music show on BBC Radio 1 from 2003–2015. Lowe is now the Creative Director and L.A. Anchor for Beats 1, Apple’s first free global radio station broadcasting 24/7 to over 100 countries.
Cory Richards (Interactive) – A climber and visual storyteller, Cory Richards was named National Geographic Adventurer of the Year (2012) and a National Geographic Fellow (2015). His photography has appeared in National Geographic Magazine, Outside Magazine, Man of the World, and The New York Times.
Dr. Anthony Bossis (Intelligent Future) – Dr. Anthony Bossis is a clinical psychologist and Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and an investigator in FDA-approved psilocybin-generated mystical experience research.
Vint Cerf interviewed by Susan Hassler (Intelligent Future) – Chief Internet Evangelist for Google and Co-Founder of People-Centered Internet, Vint Cerf in conversation with IEEE Spectrum Editor-in-Chief, Susan Hassler.
Dr. Robert Cialdini interviewed by Guy Kawasaki (Brands & Marketing) – Dr. Robert Cialdini, author of the groundbreaking book “Influence” and president of INFLUENCE AT WORK, in conversation with Guy Kawasaki, chief evangelist of online graphic design tool Canva.
Scott Cook and Robert Herjavec (Startup Village) – Scott Cook, founder and chairman of Intuit, in conversation with Robert Herjavec, dynamic entrepreneur and a leading Shark on ABC’s “Shark Tank.”
Paul Dillinger and Ivan Poupyrev for Project Jacquard (Style) – Vice President, Global Product Innovation, Levi Strauss & co, Paul Dillinger in conversation with Ivan Poupyrev, an award-winning scientist, inventor and designer working at the cutting edge of interaction design and technologies blending the digital and physical realities.
Gregory F. Fenves and Bob Metcalfe (Startup Village) – Greg Fenves, president of The University of Texas at Austin, in conversation with internet pioneer and Ethernet inventor Bob Metcalfe.
Kathryn Hahn (Entertainment Influencers) – One of Hollywood’s most sought after actresses for her versatility, Hahn can currently be seen in Jill Soloway’s new comedy pilot “I Love Dick,” and on Season 3 of Soloway’s Emmy Nominated Amazon original series “Transparent.”
Marc Jacobs interviewed by Sally Singer (Style) – Design icon Marc Jacobs has stores across the globe featuring Women’s and Men’s ready-to-wear clothing and accessories, a children’s line called Little Marc Jacobs, multiple award winning fragrances, the bookstore Bookmarc and most recently Marc Jacobs Beauty. In conversation with Sally Singer, Creative Digital Director of Vogue.
Dennis Robinson and Rabia Choudry (Social Impact) – Dennis Robinson is a career soldier, attorney, and podcaster with a lifelong commitment to national defense, veterans advocacy and social justice, in conversation with Rabia Chaudry, Jennings Randolph Senior Fellow at U.S. Institute of Peace, co-host and co-producer of the hit podcast “Undisclosed,” and New York Times best selling author.
Will Roper interviewed by Nick Thompson (Government) – Will Roper, Director of Strategic Capabilities Office for the Secretary of Defense, in conversation with New Yorker Editor Nick Thompson.
Alan Schaaf and Sarah Schaaf interviewed by James Ledbetter (Tech Industry) – Imgur Founder and CEO Alan Schaaf and Imgur Director of Community Sarah Schaf, in conversation with Inc Magazine Editor James Ledbetter.
Thad Starner (Intelligent Future) -Technical Lead on Google Glass, founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group, Georgia Tech Chair, co-founder of the IEEE International Symposium on Wearable Computers.
Padmasree Warrior (Intelligent Future) – Padmasree Warrior is Chief Executive Officer of NextEV, U.S. She also serves as the Chief Development Officer of NextEV, as well as a member of its Board of Directors. In these capacities, she is responsible for the brains of NextEV’s autonomous, electric vehicles and the overall user experience.
Chris White (Intelligent Future) – Chris White is a Principal Researcher and Partner at Microsoft working on special projects. Prior to joining Microsoft, Chris was a Program Manager developing advanced technologies for data science and leading President Obama’s Big Data Initiative at DARPA.
Whitney Wolfe (Intelligent Future) – CEO and Founder of Bumble, a social discovery app with a unique twist: encouraging women to make the first move. Using a modern day Sadie Hawkins concept, Bumble creates a selective and meaningful environment for connecting with and discovering new people.
The 2017 SXSW Festivals and Conference will take place March 10 – 19, 2017 in Austin, Texas.
SXSW Film Festival is accepting Feature Film, Short Film & Music Video submissions until October 20, 2016. Submit now for a reduced rate.
SXSW Music Festival is accepting Artist Applications through Sonicbids until October 21, 2016. Apply early for a discounted rate.
SXSW is accepting entries for inventive startups for the SXSW Accelerator competition until November 11, 2016; the best digital creative work for the Interactive Innovation Awards until December 2, 2016; video game projects for the SXSW Gaming Awards until December 2, 2016; and a special pitch competition in Startup Village called SXSW Release It until January 13, 2017.