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Friday, March 13
 

10:15am

Welcome to SXSW Interactive
Welcome to the 2015 SXSW Interactive Festival. We're excited that you'll be joining us for five days of amazing programming and networking events. SXSW is a community event, so we invite you to come kick off the event with us. In this session, hear Hugh Forrest talk about SXSW Interactive 2015, plus you can ask questions about this year's event and introduce yourself to other attendees.

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Hugh Forrest

IA Dir, SXSW STAFF
Forrest serves as the Director of the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival, where he guides the overall vision for the event as well as directs panel programming. He also spends much of his time with the all-consuming task of community management. Forrest graduated from... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 10:15am - 10:45am
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

11:00am

The Climate Crisis: Challenge & Opportunity
2015 is a critical year for climate action.
The costs of carbon pollution have never been more clear: stronger storms, bigger floods and mudslides, deeper droughts, worsening fires, hotter temperatures, spreading tropical diseases, melting ice and rising seas, all brought on by our reckless pollution of the atmosphere—and yet there is hope.
This December, world leaders will gather in Paris to adopt a new global agreement to solve the climate crisis. Their meeting will take place as prices for clean, renewable electricity continue to plummet, demand for climate action continues to grow and governments take bold action.
In his session, former Vice President Al Gore will discuss the need for climate action, Live Earth: Road to Paris and the way forward for our civilization.

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Al Gore

Former VP & Chairman/ Climate Reality Project, The Climate Reality Project
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

How to Disrupt Wall St: The Flash Boys Blueprint
Brad Katsuyama, the CEO of America's newest stock market explains the insights and challenges that inspired him to innovate. The markets have lost their way -- catering to exchanges and middlemen. It's IEX's mission to realign them around the core needs of investors and issuers. This is a story told in Michael Lewis' latest best-seller: Flash Boys.

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Brad Katsuyama

CEO, IEX Group Inc
Brad is the CEO, President, and co-founder of IEX – a stock market dedicated to investor protection. IEX is owned by world-class mutual funds, hedge funds, family offices and entrepreneurs such as Jim Clark and Steve Wynn, and recently raised VC funding from Spark Capital and Bain... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

How to Rock SXSW in 4 Hours
SXSW is an incredible opportunity to take your business or life to the next level. But what's the smart way to do it? And how do you choose from a million options?!
In this session, Tim Ferriss will teach his personal playbook and explain how his first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, hit its tipping point at SXSW in 2007. Before SXSW, it was turned down by 26 publishers. Post-SXSW, it went on to sell millions of copies in 30+ languages and stuck on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 4 years unbroken.
What did Tim do at SXSW that helped "the most surprising self-help hit of the decade" (Men's Journal) happen?
This session will cover that and more, including:
- Biohacks for surviving (and optimizing) the booze marathon and sleep deprivation inherent to SXSW
- Top mistakes 90% of attendees make
- How to pick sessions, parties, etc. and make the most of the madness
- How to interact with A-listers (or not)
- How to set yourself apart, enjoy the ride, and come away smiling
If you want actionable advice and uncommon tactics for getting the most out of SXSW, don’t miss this presentation!

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Tim Ferriss

Founder, 4 Hour Work Week
Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Move Fast, Government, or Get Out of the Way
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will discuss how the government is adapting to the rate and pace of technology by re-tooling the patent system, and aligning federal policy to fuel, not slow, innovation. Discover how these efforts help provide American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire.
The discussion will be opened with remarks from Michelle Lee, the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the White House nominee to Direct the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Michelle Lee

Deputy, US Patent & Trademark Office
As Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Michelle K. Lee provides leadership and oversight to one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world.
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Penny Pritzker

US Secretary of Commerce, Obama Cabinet -- US Department of Commerce
Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire. Secretary Pritzker... Read More →
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Jon Steinberg

CEO, Daily Mail


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Fear, Shame, Empathy & More Ways to Change Behavior
In this entertaining and provocative session, Daniel Pink — best-selling author of "Drive" and "To Sell is Human" and host and co-executive producer of NatGeoTV’s “Crowd Control” — will look at the science and practice of behavior change. He’ll show how subtle changes in environment can dramatically affect what people do. And he’ll explore the power (and limits) of techniques from fear to gamification to empathy to distraction. You’ll leave with a some smart tips on changing the behavior of those in your workplace, school, or home.

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Daniel Pink

Author
Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Jedi Mind Tricks for Entrepreneurs
Leveraging an MS in Sport Psychology, I've been working with startup entrepreneurs for over a decade, funding, coaching, and coaxing maximum performance from them. In this talk I'll share the tricks I use to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential. Everything from creating the right environment to vocabulary to when to push hard, when to yell, when to be gentle, when to be motivational, when to challenge. If you're an entrepreneur and you want to reach your maximum potential, or you're an investor or someone who works closely with them, this talk is for you.

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Speakers
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Nicole Glaros

Partner, Techstars Ventures & Chief Product Officer, Techstars, Techstars
Nicole got her entrepreneurial start in the 4th grade, orchestrating cousins into theatrical plays and charging neighbors admission. From there, she founded three startups which resulted in one win and 2 losses. Since then, she's spent over a decade mentoring and funding early-stage... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

What Tech Startups Should Be Doing Next
Every company began as a startup. Even massive companies that are now known for having horrible cultures began with cultures that were often positive and passionate. While working at a 100 year-old organization early in her career, Jessica Lawrence experienced the textbook definition of unhealthy culture and outdated management thinking. Now, as the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup, a non-profit organization and the world's largest Meetup group, she sees the challenges that technology startups face and how they can easily slip into patterns of unhealthy culture by following old models of business. In this session, Jessica will explore the incredible opportunity that startups have to not just build great products, but to build a whole generation of better companies. She will examine the changing landscape of leadership and culture, and look at what ideas, skills, and practices are key to creating a better future of work and business.

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Jessica Lawrence

Exec Dir, NY Tech Meetup
Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup in the world and a 37,000-member non-profit organization helping to build a sustainable and diverse technology industry in New York.


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Art of Social Media
Are you trying to use social-media for your marketing and branding? Guy Kawasaki and Peg Fitzpatrick will explain the power tips to achieve the maximum results from your efforts.
Building your personal brand and expertise has never been more important as the online space gets more crowded every day. How will people find you? Where will you find your next client or business partner? Social media can help you connect with the right people and build a reputation for yourself in your area of expertise.
Any person wishing for a successful career in a creative field needs a social media platform to help accelerate their endeavors and find the audience for their product or services. Learn to avoid the BS and get straight to the practical application of social media marketing for the amplification of your brand.
Smart tactics for practical application with social media marketing. All the good stuff with no fluff to cloud the tasks at hand.

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Peg Fitzpatrick

Author, Alltop
Co-author of The Art of Social Media: Power Tips for Power Users with Guy Kawasaki.
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Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist, Canva
Guy Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Formerly, he was an advisor to the Motorola business unit of Google and chief evangelist of Apple. He is also the author of The Art of Social Media, The Art of the Start, APE: Author, Publisher, Entrepreneur... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

The Personal Side of Robots
The ability of autonomous robots to interact and work effectively with people is increasingly important: from improving worker productivity with robot teammates, to enhancing people’s quality of life with personal robots. Social robots interact with people in an interpersonal way to support the socio-affective dimension of human experience. This, in turn, impacts human behavior, attitudes and performance in intriguing ways. Such findings encourage us to think quite differently about robots, beyond performing physical tasks, to empowering us on a deeper human level: to learn better, to stay healthier, to care for and connect with one another with greater engagement, and more. The benefits of social robots could be transformative in areas of significant societal need that demand critical innovation. Nonetheless, this also motivates a thoughtful dialog about the desired role of intelligent, emotive technology in our lives, our relationship with it, and possible consequences.

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Cynthia Breazeal

Founder & CEO, Jibo
Dr. Cynthia Breazeal is founder and CEO of Jibo, Inc. She is also an Associate Professor at the MIT Media Lab where she directs the Personal Robots Group. Breazeal is recognized as a prominent innovator at the intersection of technology and society as the pioneer of Social Robotics... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center
 
Saturday, March 14
 

11:00am

Creating A Digital Engagement Strategy for Leaders
Digital and social technologies have revolutionized relationships – and leadership is not immune. Despite the pressure to engage, leaders remain on the sidelines, paralyzed by fear and the unknown. We’ll look at how leaders can use technology to listen, share, and engage with employees and customers, at scale. We’ll also discuss common objections and concerns of leaders – and how to address them.

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Charlene Li

Founder & CEO, Altimeter Group
Charlene Li is CEO and Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, and author of The New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, named one of 2008′s best business books. She is one of the foremost experts... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Impact: Taking My Chance to Lead
Be inspired from seeing how a non-traditional approach to change can make a big impact. Ari Horie, Founder and CEO of Women's Startup Lab describes a company designed to grow more successful female entrepreneurs from a community based on the concept of Hito ( ) and her experience of how a few small acts in her life led to what is now possible. Ari shares key moments in her life underpinning the creation of this company. Participate in her personal journey as an entrepreneur as she builds a company designed to grow more successful female entrepreneurs. Within a unique community, based on the concept of Hito ( ), founders develop a network of powerful support. Giving back, sometimes in the smallest of ways, can make a huge difference. A startup founder and their ideas are inseparable, so strong and effective skills in startup development and founder/leader competencies combine to grow a business and drive to success.

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Ari Horie

CEO/Founder, Women's Startup Lab
Ari Horie is the founder and CEO of Women’s Startup Lab located in Silicon Valley, CA. She is a Japanese native and was recently named in CNN’s 10 Visionary Women, 20 Women Who Are Changing the Ratio by Marie Claire magazine, a keynote speaker at UpGlobal and SXSW V2V, with media... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Pardon the Disruption: Steve Case on Entrepreneurs
Join Steve Case, CEO of Revolution and chairman of UP Global for an engaging discussion on the re-emergence of entrepreneurship as an American imperative, including an update on the “Rise of the Rest” – taking a close at the development of new hubs of startup activity throughout the United States. Drawing on his personal journey as an entrepreneur, his experience investing in companies in off the beaten path locations, and as a champion for entrepreneurs throughout the country, Steve will share insights on how places like Detroit, Nashville, Minneapolis, Raleigh, Las Vegas, Cincinnati and St. Louis are emerging as key entrepreneurial ecosystems driving innovation in critical sectors of the US economy - from education to energy, healthcare to commerce. He’ll also take a look at some crucial and challenging questions – including whether entrepreneurship is a path to economic mobility, and just what role startups really do play in job creation.

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Steve Case

Chairman and CEO, Revolution LLC
Steve Case is one of America's best-known and most accomplished entrepreneurs, and a pioneer in making the Internet part of everyday life.
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Catherine Rampell

Opinion Columnist, The Washington Post
Catherine Rampell writes a twice-weekly, nationally-syndicated opinion column for The Washington Post. She frequently covers the job market, women in the workforce, housing, taxes, regulation, health care, education, poverty, millennials, the sharing economy, entrepreneurship and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Biz Stone on Creativity and Redefining Success
Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, Biz has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz is co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries—known for Super.me, a service for expressing emphatic statements that become small works of art.
Business and culture is changing at a breathtaking pace. New perspectives and new ideas for successfully embracing this change are needed now more than ever. Join Biz as he shares stories of creativity, innovation and entrepreneurial spirit showing us a new way to move forward with a new definition of success.

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Noah Robischon

Exec Editor, Fast Company
Noah Robischon is an executive editor at Fast Company and has been writing about technology, entertainment and business since 1995. After co-founding and editing Time Inc.'s first original daily news website, Mr. Robischon became a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly. While there... Read More →
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Biz Stone

CEO, Jelly
Biz Stone is an American entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter. A progenitor of social media, Stone has been developing large scale systems that facilitate the open exchange of information for more than fifteen years. Today, Biz is Co-founder and CEO of Jelly Industries—known for... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Powerful Enough to Dent the World
Tech platforms and communities all create scale. But denting the world is still a different affair, one that requires an additional component: Onlyness. The idea that you’re most impactful (and so are others) when each is standing in a spot that only one occupies. Business innovator and best-selling author Nilofer Merchant shares how each one of us is powerful enough to dent the world.

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Nilofer Merchant

The Jane Bond of Innovation, N/A


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Turning Talent into Rockstars
In today’s new talent economy, high-potential talent is instinctively drawn to the world of startups and Internet giants, where the individual is king and creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit rule. Top talent rejects established companies where they feel there’s little opportunity to shine or affect change. At the same time, the talent pool is shrinking, making it harder for companies to hire their way to the future. How do we adapt to this new environment? In this talk, Bonin Bough, VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondel z International, will discuss why it’s critical for large companies to start turning their own talent into rockstars in order to compete.

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Bonin Bough

VP Global Media & Consumer Engagement, Mondelez Global LLC


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

From Siberia to Millions of Users
Deena Varshavskaya, Founder & CEO of Wanelo, is not a dude-in-a-sweatshirt. Instead, she’s a Siberian-born dropout who wears Ryan Gosling leggings and closed her first funding as a solo female founder after 40 rejections.
She started Wanelo after being frustrated with the traditional shopping experience. Using her personal savings, she worked on it for more than two years before launching in 2012.
Wanelo is a digital mall curated by millions of people to find and buy amazing products from over 350K stores around the world, and it has gained the retail industry’s attention for its high traffic and conversion rates.
Deena has been named twice by Goldman Sachs to its “100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs” list and recognized as an innovator by Fast Company, Forbes, Glamour, and Vanity Fair.
In this interview with #1 NYT bestselling author, Tim Ferriss, Deena discusses being a female founder and building for the long tail of commerce.

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Tim Ferriss

Founder, 4 Hour Work Week
Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor... Read More →
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Deena Varshavskaya

Founder & CEO, Wanelo
Deena Varshavskaya is the founder and CEO of Wanelo (“wah-nee-lo,” from Want, Need, Love), a “mobile mall” curated by people that has caught widespread attention across the global retail industry. Varshavskaya, who grew up in the subzero climate of Siberia, moved to the U.S... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

LA and The Innovation Economy
This talk will focus on how Mayor Garcetti continues to drive a smarter, more connected, more livable and safer city. Los Angeles is also focused on bridging the digital divide to benefit its diverse population and foster community.
Mayor Garcetti is well known for his tech affinity, for his leadership on open data and civic innovation. While LA is famous for being the epicenter of entertainment, the city has nearly as many tech jobs as creative jobs. In addition, sectors such as tech, manufacturing and aerospace have long been innovation pioneers. Mayor Garcetti will explore these provocative issues and more with special guest, Sophia Amoruso.

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Sophia Amoruso

Founder & Executive Chairman, Nasty Gal
As the founder and owner of Nasty Gal, the fastest-growing online retailer in the country, Sophia Amoruso is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a modern brand. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom... Read More →
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Troy Carter

CEO/Founder, Atom Factory
Troy Carter is an artist manager and the CEO and founder of Atom Factory, a multidimensional management company. His expanding roster of musical innovators includes Lady Gaga, John Legend, Mindless Behavior, Greyson Chance, and Priyanka Chopra. As a brand and corporate strategist... Read More →
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Eric Garcetti

Los Angeles Mayor, City of Los Angeles
Eric Garcetti is the 42nd Mayor of Los Angeles. His "back to basics" agenda is focused on job creation and solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

What It Really Takes to Win in Business
To win in business, you need to fight. Catch two business heavyweights in a no-holds-barred Q&A session featuring legendary business leader and former GE CEO Jack Welch and rogue entrepreneur and venture capitalist Gary Vaynerchuk.
Learn to do battle in today’s ever-evolving business landscape: Each with his own take-no-prisoners approach, Jack and Gary will tell you how to level up, whether you’re launching a new venture, trying to scale an existing company, seeking to decimate your competitors, or want to break barriers and reject the status quo in your own career.
Get your toughest questions ready for two wayfarers known for ditching the script in everything they’ve done.
Moderated by business leader Suzy Welch (and co-author with Jack of "The Real-Life MBA: Your No-BS Guide to Winning the Game, Building a Team, and Growing Your Career"), #JackAndGary will field questions from the audience, as well as from their millions-strong fan communities across social media.

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avatar for Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk

CEO, VaynerMedia
Gary Vaynerchuk is a three-time New York Times bestselling author, storytelling entrepreneur, and self-trained social media expert. As CEO of VaynerMedia, a new breed of digital agency that helps Fortune 500 companies tell their stories using social media, Gary is recognized internationally... Read More →
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Jack Welch

Exec Chairman, The Jack Welch Management Institute
Legendary management expert, businessman and best-selling author Jack Welch has established himself as the one of the nation’s most successful and respected business leaders of our generation. Since retiring from the General Electric Company, Jack has focused his efforts on sharing... Read More →
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Suzy Welch

Author, The Jack Welch Management Institute
Best-selling author, popular television commentator and noted business journalist Suzy Welch is the author of the New York Times bestseller 10-10-10: A Life Transforming Idea. The book, which presents a powerful decision-making strategy for success at work and in parenting, love and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

MAYDAY: The Fight to Save American Democracy
Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law school professor, technology theorist and longtime advocate of getting big money out of politics, will give a talk entitled "MAYDAY: The Next Phase in the Fight to Save American Democracy." Long opposed to “big money” in politics, he launched a “super PAC to end all super PACs”, which he named Mayday PAC on May Day 2014. Prof. Lessig will discuss how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests and a tiny fraction of the wealthiest citizens, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. He will use examples that resonate powerfully on the Right and on the Left, using real-world analogies and real human stories. He will offer ideas and achievable solutions to regain control of our corrupted, yet redeemable, representational system.

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Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

The Story of Creative Icons: Failure to Mastery
If we look at the lives of path-breaking creative icons, entrepreneurs, and inventors, do we notice any themes beyond vision, and persistence? What really drives iconic, transformational change on both a personal and an organizational level? From Nobel Prize–winning discoveries to new inventions to works of art, many of our creative triumphs are not achievements, but are conversions, corrections after failed attempts. This is the subject of Lewis’s book The Rise. This SXSW talk considering the lives of even more diverse figures such as Travis Kalanick (Uber), Sara Blakley (Spanx), Robert Redford, author Dave Eggers, J. K. Rowling, Angela Duckworth, explorer Ben Saunders and others, to reveal the importance of play, grit, surrender, often ignored ideas, and the necessary experiments and follow-up attempts that lead to true breakthroughs. Smart, uplifting, and counterintuitive, this talk aims to change the way you think about creativity, innovation, and mastery.

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Sarah Lewis

Author, Du Bois Fellow, Harvard University, Harvard University
Celebrated author and cultural historian, Sarah Lewis, received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard, an M. Phil from Oxford and her Ph.D. from Yale. Her book, The Rise about creativity and mastery has been hailed by a who's who of creative thinkers and leaders including Edwidge Danticat... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

User Experience Design Shaping Our World
The ever-presence of technology in our everyday life has given rise to many questions about how this shift shapes our reality and our experiences in the world. Join cultural anthropologists Genevieve Bell from Intel Labs, and Mimi Ito from UC Irvine, for a conversation on what makes us human in a digital world.

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Genevieve Bell

VP Intel Fellow, Intel Corporation
Genevieve Bell is a vice president and Intel Fellow and the director of User Experience Research in the Intel Labs organization at Intel Corporation. She leads a team of social scientists, interaction designers, human factors engineers and computer scientists focused on people’s... Read More →
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Mimi Ito

Professor, University Of California Irvine


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St
 
Sunday, March 15
 

11:00am

Bringing the Flying Car Into Reality
Juraj Vaculik, CEO and Co-Founder of AeroMobil will guide you through the story of a unique engineering challenge to build a flying car. This session will also explore future personal transportation opportunities and scenarios.
Established in 2010, AeroMobil successfully developed and tested prototypes of flying cars under the lead of the CEO and Co-Founder Juraj Vaculik and Chief Designer and Co-Founder Stefan Klein. AeroMobil challenges the way we think about personal travel and brings a totally different transportation experience with unique transformative design.
Personal transportation is the next big thing in the near future. Mankind has already learned how to move large amounts of data in a flash, but we are still struggling with moving people quickly, efficiently and sustainably.

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Juraj Vaculik

CEO, Co-Founder, AeroMobil
Juraj Vaculík has over twenty years’ experience of working in the media and advertising sector. At the beginning of his career he acted as a creative director for major global advertising agencies.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Extreme Bionics: The End of Disability
As the co-director of the Center for Extreme Bionics at MIT Media Lab, Hugh Herr is working to advance technology leading to the elimination of disability and the reinvention of society through electromechanical enhancements to our bodies. By understanding the electrical signals in our nerves and muscles, he is designing revolutionary prosthetics that not only allow people to walk, but to sense their environments, actually feeling the grass beneath their bare mechanical “feet.” Hugh’s work goes beyond just repairing damaged bodies and pushes the limits of body hacking. He is creating machines that will augment and enhance human capabilities in ways that exceed beyond the boundaries of nature and biology. Contributions like Herr’s will mean the next generation of robotic prosthetics may well eliminate the barriers between human limitation and human potential and extinguish the conceptual and social divide between man and machine. Part of the IEEE Future Identity Series.

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Hugh Herr

Co-Dir, Center For Extreme Bionics/MIT Media Lab
Hugh Herr, who heads the Biomechatronics research group at the MIT Media Lab, is creating bionic limbs that emulate the function of natural limbs. In 2011, TIME magazine coined Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of biomechatronics–technology... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Geek Girls Are Chic! Five Career Hacks
Is Silicon Valley biased against women? Why are fewer women graduating with a technical degree (12% today vs 37% in 1984)? Why aren’t more women rising in the tech ranks or starting businesses? Why should you care?
Join Sandy Carter, founder of the Super Women's Group (38K strong), Chairperson of the Board of WITI, and voted Forbes 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech, and Elizabeth Caudle, Director of Girls Who Code, as they discuss why this matters, how innovation will benefit, and how to foster an interest in tech. Learn why women need to take risks and embrace failure to give them the courage to crash through the glass ceiling or start a new business.
Sandy and Elizabeth will share a recent research report on “Advancing Women” as well as their own experiences and advice with 5 career hacks to help you get ahead, because talent is not enough.
Whether you are a woman or man, parent or business owner, this is a must-see session.

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Sandy Carter

GM Cloud Ecosystem Dev & Social Business Evangelist, IBM
Sandy Carter is IBM General Manager, Ecosystem Development and Social Business Evangelist and Author. In this role, she is responsible for IBM’s worldwide relationship with independent software vendors (ISVs), which contribute to approximately one-third of IBM’s revenue. She also... Read More →
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Elizabeth Caudle

East Coast Regional Dir, Girls Who Code
Elizabeth Caudle is the East Coast Regional Director for Girls Who Code. She oversees recruitment, partnerships, operations and logistics for programs in New York City, Boston and Washington, DC.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Be Epic: The Art of Bold Decision Making
There is a belief that we’ve evolved enough as a species that we’re able to make the best, most rational and informed decisions when presented with the hard questions in business and in life. But whether we admit it or not, we’re often still operating in the shadow of the primitive “lizard brain.” Fight or flight, left or right, which direction comes with the least risk?
Phil Libin will talk about identifying fear-based decision-making in your thought process as you take your start-up from concept through growth, how to combat it, and how to instead shift the focus to start with the question “What if it's epic?"

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Phil Libin

CEO, Evernote
Phil Libin is the CEO of Evernote, the service that's helping millions of people worldwide remember everything of value in their daily lives. He is an entrepreneur and executive who has led two Internet companies from the very beginning to proven commercial success, and helped three... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Bill Gurley and Malcolm Gladwell in Conversation
Benchmark's Bill Gurley will be interviewed by award-winning journalist and author Malcolm Gladwell on the SXSW stage. The pair’s wide-ranging insights promise an engaging conversation on a variety of economic and entrepreneurial outliers. Gurley and his partners at Benchmark led the early venture investments in GrubHub, Nextdoor, OpenTable, Snapchat, Stitch Fix, Twitter, Uber, Yelp and more. He writes a blog on the evolution and economics of high technology businesses called Above the Crowd. Gladwell, a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996, is the author of five New York Times Best Sellers, including David and Goliath, The Tipping Point, What The Dog Saw, Blink and Outliers.

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Malcolm Gladwell

Staff Writer, The New Yorker
Malcolm Gladwell has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1996. He is the author of David and Goliath, The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, and What the Dog Saw. Prior to joining The New Yorker, he was a reporter at the Washington Post. Gladwell was born in England and grew... Read More →
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Bill Gurley

VC, Benchmark
Bill Gurley has spent over 10 years as a General Partner at Benchmark, joining in 1999. Before entering the venture capital business, Bill spent four years on Wall Street as a top-ranked research analyst, including three years at CS First Boston.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Designing the Future of Transportation
Until recently, many people thought of electric cars as little more than glorified golf carts. With the advent of the Roadster and Model S, Tesla is changing perceptions about electric mobility and plotting a course to a future of sustainable transportation. In this talk, Tesla’s chief designer Franz von Holzhausen discusses the task of creating uncompromised electric vehicles that are at once accessible and exhilarating, and provides a glimpse of what’s to come with Model X and Model 3. As the Chief Designer at Tesla, Franz is responsible for the design of Model S and Model X, charged with driving the overall design direction of Tesla and establishing a world class design competency for all future Tesla products. Prior to joining Tesla, von Holzhausen’s career took him through the upper echelons of design at Mazda, General Motors, and Volkswagen.

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Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

How Connected Transportation Will Transform Cities
Our relationship with cars and transportation is being reshaped by connected technologies, and technology also has the potential to radically alter our cities and society. From vehicles that drive and park themselves to commuters having a variety of options for reaching their destinations, connected urban mobility is changing transportation to be more efficient, productive and pleasant. This session will provide a glimpse of our exciting transportation future.

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Doug Newcomb

President, C3 Group
Doug Newcomb has been covering car technology as a journalist for over 25 years and is a recognized expert on the subject of the connected car and mobility. He has been sought out for his opinion by such high-profile media outlets as USA Today, Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Cracking Cuisine: Breaking a Few Rules (and Eggs)
Nathan Myhrvold, the former Microsoft CTO, broke all the rules when he coauthored and self-published Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking, an award-winning, six-volume, 2,438-page cookbook, recognized as a masterpiece. Nathan will discuss the role of technology and science in cooking, his creative processes and how innovation in the kitchen requires a healthy attitude about failure, his nontraditional cooking and publishing processes at The Cooking Lab, and the limitations and misconceptions of common cooking practices. Yahoo Food’s editor in chief and Cherry Bombe co-founder Kerry Diamond will lead the discussion with this tech-savvy, culinary visionary.

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Kerry Diamond

Editor in Chief, Yahoo! Food
Kerry Diamond is the Editor in Chief of Yahoo Food. She's also co-founder of Cherry Bombe, a biannual magazine about women and food, and the Jubilee conference. Diamond is an executive producer of Radio Cherry Bombe, the Heritage Radio program and podcast. She and Chef Rob Newton... Read More →
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Nathan Myhrvold

Author/Founder of The Cooking Lab, Modernist Cuisine
Nathan Myhrvold is founder of The Cooking Lab, coauthor of Modernist Cuisine: The Art and Science of Cooking and Modernist Cuisine at Home, and author of The Photography of Modernist Cuisine. Former chief technology officer of Microsoft, Myhrvold assembled the Modernist Cuisine team... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Learning to Work in the Future
Based on his experience as IDEO's planetary futurist-in-residence, Alex Steffen (co-founder of Worldchanging and author of Carbon Zero) shares his strategies for how to keep fluent in the use new ideas and skills when the pace of change keeps increasing.
His core message is that keeping up is not something that comes from frantic grasping at new information, but from developing a personal framework for inquiry over time; that we keep our capacity for foresight fresh by building a practice of focused learning, not through feed surfing, trend spotting or prediction chasing. And that inquiry, that learning… well, that can be taught; that is something we can design for ourselves.
If your success and creativity are based in part on your ability to stay current and grow new skills, this is a talk you need to see.

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Alex Steffen

Planetary Futurist in Residence, IDEO
“Alex Steffen, a designing optimist, lays out the blueprint for a successful century.” -The New York Times


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Your Connected World: What Did You Sign Up For?
We’re already on a speedy path to a fully connected life whether you’ve embraced it or not. People now have the convenience of stringing together various products – from wearables that talk to your thermostat to smart washing machines and refrigerators – to aid in making life more seamless, thanks to the Internet of Things.
But how risky is this for you and I? What about privacy? How will my data be used? Are my non-connected devices now useless?
Scott Weiss, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz and Quirky CEO Ben Kaufman will discuss the impact connected products have made on our lives thus far, which industries are heating up for adoption and what can be expected next. What does the fully connected life look like? How long will it take to get there? Hear from a seasoned investor and entrepreneur on the front lines as they paint what the connected future will look like – and how you might be able to help build it.

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Speakers
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Ben Kaufman

Founder & CEO, Quirky
Ben is the 25-year-old founder and CEO of Quirky. His entrepreneurial journey started during his senior year of high school with a second mortgage on his parents’ house and the founding of an iPod accessory company called mophie. After mophie won “Best of Show” at MacWorld 2006... Read More →
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Scott Weiss

General Partner, Andreessen Horowitz
Scott Weiss is a general partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and holds a finance degree from the University of Florida and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. After bouncing from Texas to Boston, Scott transferred out to Palo Alto in 1996, where he landed as employee no. 13 at Hotmail... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

A Conversation with Senator Rand Paul
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul joins Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith for a special interview at SXSW. The conversation will cover how technology has transformed politics, campaigning, governing and citizen engagement and the future of tech policy.

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Rand Paul

Senator, US Senate
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Evan Smith

CEO & Editor-in-Chief, The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the Editor-in-Chief, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Design in Tech Report
The hallmark of today’s most beloved technology products and services is a tangible balance of design and engineering that perfectly blends form and function. Whether it’s an innovative thermostat like Nest, a novel digital magazine like Flipboard or a new payment system like Square, design has emerged as an essential component in both consumer and enterprise technology products and as a sought-after discipline at tech startups. In the inaugural Design and Technology Trends Report, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers Design Partner John Maeda will provide a data-driven examination of the intersection of design and technology, its implications and manifestations, providing insights and best practices on how to harness the power of both great design and powerful engineering. Maeda will draw on examples from his past experiences as the President of Rhode Island School of Design and the head of the MIT Media Lab, as well as his current role as Design Partner at venture capital firm KPCB.

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John Maeda

Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
John Maeda is Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, where he works with KPCB’s entrepreneurs and portfolio companies to build design into their company cultures. He served as the 16th president of Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) from 2008 through 2013, during... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Interview with Hacker Josh Klein
Cryptocurrencies are the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the dissolution of the nation state, the proliferation of currencies, and the rise of the meritocracy - or global oligarchy. Come join Hacker, Author, and Speaker Josh Klein for a wild ride as we break down some of the as-yet unexamined forces both corporations and cryptographers are harnessing to change the world, like the global explosion of the black market, Distributed Autonomous Corporations and how they could destroy national taxation, the potential impact of reputation to rework commerce and much much more.

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Speakers
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Erin Griffith

Writer, Fortune
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Josh Klein

Hacker, H4X Industries


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center
 
Monday, March 16
 

9:30am

Fast, Fair & Open: The FCC’s Broadband Future
Gigi B. Sohn is Counselor to the Chairman in the Office of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. She will talk about how recent proposals on net neutrality, community broadband and broadband speeds will change the future of broadband in the US.

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Speakers
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Gigi Sohn

Counselor to the Chairman, FCC
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Laura Sydell

Digital Culture Correspondent, National Public Radio
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

11:00am

An Interview with Yik Yak's Founders
Carmel DeAmicis, social media writer for GigaOM, will interview Yik Yak co-founders Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington. The discussion will focus on the longview of how messaging apps are changing and how the usage patterns of college students apply to slightly older audiences. It will leverage Yik Yak's story (growth pattern, success on campuses, etc.) to support the discussion.

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Brooks Buffington

COO, Yik Yak
Brooks Buffington co-founded Yik Yak in 2013 with his fraternity brother Tyler Droll shortly after graduating from Furman University. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he took an app development class and began putting that knowledge into practice. After first developing... Read More →
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Carmel DeAmicis

Social Media Journalist, GigaOM
Carmel DeAmicis is all about that Face...book, that is. She covers social media and the consumer web for Gigaom and gets her kicks annoying poor Uber PR people.
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Tyler Droll

CEO, Yik Yak
Tyler Droll, originally from Duluth, Georgia, co-founded Yik Yak in 2013 with his fraternity brother Brooks Buffington shortly after graduating from Furman University. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, he took an app development class and began putting that knowledge into... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Biomaterials, Nanotech and the Future of Bioengineering
Joi Ito will lead a conversation with Dr. Langer about the future of biomedical research and startups and why it's not a question of whether we all need to learn about biology but when. For his part, Dr. Langer will discuss how biomaterials are, and will continue to, change our lives in important ways. One area involves the creation of new nanoparticles that can be targeted to tumors which are providing new ways of treating cancer+other diseases. Another area involves implantable microchips that can contain drugs and that may be able to deliver these drugs by remote control. And a third area is tissue engineering-where biomaterials can be combined w mammalian cells such as stem cells-to make new skin for burn victims and someday virtually any tissue or organ such as cartilage or even new spinal cords for people who are paralyzed.

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Joi Ito

Dir, MIT Media Lab
Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is a Board Member of Sony Corporation, The New York Times Company, The MacArthur Foundation, The Knight Foundation, The Mozilla Foundation and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage. He has created numerous Internet companies... Read More →
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Robert Langer

University Professor, PureTech Ventures Sr Partner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology/PureTech Ventures
Robert Langer is an Institute Professor at MIT (there are 11 Institute Professors at MIT; being an Institute Professor is the highest honor that can be awarded to a faculty member). His h-index of 205 is the highest of any engineer in history and he has 1,080 issued and pending patents... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Engineering Ourselves and Our Environments
Reading and writing our own DNA has improved a million-fold. We can now find and fix a single problematic needle in a haystack of 6 billion A,C,G,T bases. New "gene drive" technology can spread desirable traits through wild populations (ex: making mosquitoes resistant to malaria.) George Church, Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School, shares the latest in genome sequencing innovation.

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George Church

Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world's only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Frontiers of Computational Thinking
From revolutionary new tools for practical software development, to new approaches to computational education and insights about the future of the human condition, this talk will survey Stephen Wolfram's latest ideas about computational thinking and its applications---as well as previewing his latest technology creations.

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Stephen Wolfram

Founder & CEO, Wolfram Research
Stephen Wolfram is a distinguished scientist, technologist and entrepreneur. He has devoted his career to the development and application of computational thinking.


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

How Innovation Happens
Innovation is the maxim of the digital era, but how do great ideas become the technologies that transform business, government, and culture? Join biographer Walter Isaacson in conversation with Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States, and Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google, for an examination of the complementary forces that must coalesce for breakthrough advances to take hold. Historically, digital innovations resulted from visionaries pairing with brilliant administrators and governments collaborating with the private sector. Learn how these same forces are coming together today to transform our lives.

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Walter Isaacson

Pres & CEO, The Aspen Institute
Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine. He is the author of Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; Benjamin Franklin: An American Life; and Kissinger: A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men: Six... Read More →
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Eric Schmidt

Exec Chairman, Google
Since joining Google in 2001, Eric Schmidt helped grow the company from a Silicon Valley startup to a global leader in technology. As executive chairman, he is responsible for the external matters of Google: building partnerships and broader business relationships, government outreach... Read More →
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Megan Smith

Chief Technology Officer, US Office Of Science & Technology Policy
In September 2014, President Obama named Megan Smith the United States Chief Technology Officer (CTO) in the Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she serves as an Assistant to the President. As U.S. CTO, Smith focuses on how technology policy and innovation can advance... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

How to Democratize Medicine
We’re now entering a new, unprecedented era of healthcare: patients generating their own medical data on their mobile devices. The medical “Google map” for each individual includes continuous, real-time streaming via sensors (such as vital signs), labs, imaging, DNA sequencing, and environment tracking. Once the contextual computing and machine learning software catches up, democratized and individualized medicine will take hold—for consumers who want it.

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Eric Topol

Dir, Scripps Translational Science Institute
Voted the #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the United States in 2012 in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare, Eric J. Topol, M.D. works on genomic and wireless digital innovative technologies to reshape the future of medicine. He is a practicing cardiologist at... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Reality Check: 20 Years of the Digital Economy
The 20th Anniversary Edition of Don Tapscott’s seminal book The Digital Economy has just been released. In this talk Tapscott reviews what has actually happened in the last 20 years and discusses the path forward. He argues that while some of the promise of the digital revolution has been achieved there are many problems looming and storm warnings of convulsive conflict over issues ranging from the ownership of data and the distribution of economic benefits to the nature of the technology itself. There is a crisis of leadership emerging as old institutions and power structures are fighting change and even distorting the digital economy for their narrow benefit. It’s time for a rethink! Don Tapscott is ranked as one of the world’s top 5 business thinkers according to the definitive list Thinkers50. He is the author or co-author of 15 widely read books about new media in business and society including Paradigm Shift, Wikinomics and Grown Up Digital.

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Don Tapscott

CEO, The Tapscott Group
Don Tapscott is CEO of The Tapscott Group think tank. As one of the world’s leading authorities on innovation, media and the economic and social impact of technology, Tapscott advises business and government leaders around the world. Tapscott has authored or co-authored 14 widely... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Lessons from BuzzFeed
Co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti will share how BuzzFeed emerged from the early web scene of memes-makers and bloggers, grew into a global news and entertainment company, and continually adapted as the web changed and new social platforms emerged. For the first time, he will share the internal strategy document that BuzzFeed is using to drive their next stage of growth in a world where links, browsers, and desktop computers are increasingly less important. The talk will include lessons you can apply to your own work and help you prepare for major industry shifts that are already underway.

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Jonah Peretti

CEO & Co-Founder, BuzzFeed
Jonah Peretti is Founder and CEO of BuzzFeed, the social news and entertainment company that provides a pioneering mix of breaking news, entertainment, and shareable content. After co-founding The Huffington Post in 2005, Peretti launched BuzzFeed in 2006 as an experimental lab that... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Money Talks
Money. In today's society it talks louder than ever. It lies at the center of our job choices, our marriages, our schools, and even our health. Nonetheless, it holds the distinct honor of being one of the last remaining taboo subjects in our culture. Often people refrain from financial discussions out of fear, shame, or lack of knowledge. Perhaps they feel they should be able to navigate the alphabet soup of 401(k)s and IRAs or perhaps they want to avoid their own economic reality. Regardless of the reason, it’s time to start talking. We need to take a hard look at how money is shaping or distorting our lives. It’s okay to admit that we don’t know everything and it’s okay if we don’t have all the answers. Starting the conversation is key.
Join Mellody Hobson for a frank discussion on finances and the importance of breaking the silence surrounding money.

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Mellody Hobson

Pres, Ariel Investments
Mellody Hobson is president of Ariel Investments. Headquartered in Chicago, the firm offers six no-load mutual funds for individual investors and defined contribution plans as well as separately managed accounts for institutions and high net worth individuals. As president, Mellody... Read More →
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Tom Meredith

Co-Founder, Meritage Capital LLC


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Not Impossible: Crowd-Solving a Human Future
At some point in history every "thing" was impossible. Every idea has its day and, with connectivity of like-communities at historic levels, the ability for Not Impossible to both crowd-source issues that matter, and crowd-solve those problems by harvesting time from brilliant minds and passionate project managers, has never been more perfect. Not Impossible is having an impact by undertaking initiatives that help one person, then distributing those stories to inspire others to use similar technologies, too, or inspire others to take up the cause of also helping one person within reach: Help One. Help Many.
Known for the Eyewriter, Project Daniel, the Brainwriter and introducing collaborative initiatives with as wide-ranging effect as eradicating retinal cancers in kids, or teaching 10x as many cerebral palsy patients to walk, Not Impossible's Elliot Kotek wants to inspire you to join its community of do-ers and dynamos making the world a more "human" place.

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Elliot Kotek

Co-Founder & Content Chief, Not Impossible
The current content chief and co-founder of Not Impossible, and editor-in-chief of www.NotImpossibleNow.com, Elliot is also the founder and editor-in-chief of Beyond Cinema and the former editor-in-chief of both Moving Pictures and Celebs.com.


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Bitcoin: What It Needs To Succeed
Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss believe 2015 is the year of infrastructure for Bitcoin. That's why they have been hard at work on Gemini.com, a US-based bitcoin exchange, and COIN, their bitcoin ETF. Tyler and Cameron will discuss these projects in depth and share their overall thoughts on Bitcoin and its future.

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Jefferson Graham

Tech Columnist, USA TODAY
Jefferson Graham is a USA TODAY tech columnist and host of the USA TODAY Talking Tech video and audio podcast series, He is the author of nine books, including the recent Video Nation: a DIY Guide to Planning, Shooting and Sharing great video, a working portrait photographer in Los... Read More →
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Cameron Winklevoss

Co-Founder & Pres, Gemini
Cameron Winklevoss is the Co-Founder and President of Gemini, a next generation Bitcoin exchange. He is also a principal of Winklevoss Capital, a private investment firm that focuses on early-stage technology startups. Prior to this, he was a member of the US Men's National Rowing... Read More →
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Tyler Winklevoss

Co-Founder & CEO, Gemini
Tyler Winklevoss is the Co-Founder and CEO of Gemini, a next generation Bitcoin exchange. He is also a principal of Winklevoss Capital, a private investment firm that focuses on early-stage technology startups. Prior to this, he was a member of the US Men's National Rowing Team. In... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

How Art Affects Strategy
Discover how to use art as a strategy and why art should be used strategically in every organization. Hugh is the co-founder of Gapingvoid, a company using art as a tool to transform business by inspiring people, creatively. Hugh will discuss the ideas behind his business, and how creativity can change the way people view the area where we spend most of our life - in our relationship with work.

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Hugh Macleod

Creative Dir, Gapingvoid
Hugh MacLeod has been drawing about life and business for over twenty years. At the heart of Hugh's work is one core belief: art has the power to transform business. Art expresses ideas, vision, beliefs, culture and purpose faster, better and more deeply than any other method of business... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

How Government Fails and How You Can Fix It
It's not just healthcare.gov. Why do US taxpayers still pay hundreds of millions of dollars for websites that should cost thousands (and often don’t work)? The real reasons may surprise you. For government to work in the 21st century, it must become competent – even great – at digital. The bad news is that no one is going to do that for us. It’s the job of the American people. The good news is that it’s now possible, and the most rewarding work you’ll ever do.

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Mikey Dickerson

Administrator, United States Digital Service
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Jennifer Pahlka

Founder, Code for America
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

11:00am

Better and Faster: Predict Opportunity & Win in 2015
Realize your potential faster with Trend Hunter’s guide to unexploited trends in 2015, plus 6 patterns of opportunity that occur in the interactive space, and a quick guide to neurological traps that block smart people from realizing opportunity.
After 2 billion page views from 100,000,000 people, Trend Hunter’s crowdsourced, crowd-powered research lab has learned a lot about how to find business opportunity, faster. We’ve also learned a lot from our work advising several hundred brands who rely on our dedicated advisors and workshops to find specific opportunity.
This session will specifically dive into how interactive opportunities get created by large competitors, like Facebook or Google, creating entrepreneurial opportunities that are often overlooked.
> The top unexploited trends in 2015
> How to spot overlooked trends and exploit opportunities FASTER than competitors
> 6 trend patterns that lead to dot com fortunes and interactive opportunity

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Jeremy Gutsche

CEO, Trend Hunter
Jeremy Gutsche is CEO of TrendHunter.com, the world's #1 largest, most-popular trend website, an award-winning author and keynote speaker. He'll be at SXSW to deliver the keynote about BETTER & FASTER on March 17 as the Featured Session in Ballroom A at 11am.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Innovating Diversity and Inclusion in Tech
By 2020 people of color will be a majority of the US population. We represent money, market talent and location. When top Silicon Valley companies "lock out" diversity, they limit creativity and growth in their businesses. Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and champion of social change, will share how inclusion and diversity can fuel innovation in the tech industry.

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Speakers
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Jesse Jackson

Founder & Pres, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom D Austin Convention Center

11:00am

We're All Related. The (Big) Data Proves It
The science behind leading personal genetics company, 23andMe, confirms our relatedness. Using big data from their database of 850,000 - the largest DNA ancestry service in the world - customers have the opportunity to discover dozens or even hundreds of people who share DNA and ancestors.
Inspired by his 23andMe experience, New York Times Bestselling author and journalist, AJ Jacobs, is trying to meet ALL his cousins in person by orchestrating the world's biggest and most inclusive family reunion in history. The Global Family Reunion endeavors to prove that all humans are related to encourage greater acceptance and tolerance.
23andMe and AJ will discuss how everyone's related and why it’s important to understand our human connections -- they’ll dive into the data with a dash of humor.

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Katarzyna Bryc

Population Geneticist, 23andMe Inc
Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent population admixture and other forces shaping the human genome. Her prior research illuminated... Read More →
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AJ Jacobs

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Joanna Mountain

Sr Dir of Research, 23andMe Inc
Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 as a senior member of the Research Team. She served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Dr. Mountain’s professional and research interests include the patterns of genetic etiology across... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Know Thyself: Introspective Personal Data Mining
The leading edge breed of high-tech, wearable health technology is changing how we monitor personal data. We can quantify everything from heart rate and sleep patterns to body temperature and sex life. But, what is the average person to do with the massive amounts of data being collected? Statistician Talithia Williams makes a compelling case that all of us should be measuring and recording simple data about our bodies every day and will help you begin to analyze and understand your body’s data. Surprisingly, your own data can reveal much more than even your doctors may know.

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Talithia Williams

Assoc Professor & Assoc Chair, Harvey Mudd College
Dr. Talithia Williams is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College. Her professional experiences include research appointments at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), the National Security Agency (NSA), and NASA. Dr. Williams develops statistical models that emphasize... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Media, Tech and What's Next?
Join Pete Cashmore, Mashable Founder and CEO, as he discusses what 2015 has in store for technology, social media and its convergence with the digital media industry. The fireside chat will cover how technology, social media and the explosion of digital have and will affect the world’s consumption habits, business models and the way we live.

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Speakers
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Julia Boorstin

Reporter, CNBC
Julia Boorstin joined CNBC in May 2006 as a general assignment reporter. Later that year, she became CNBC's media and entertainment reporter working from CNBC's Los Angeles Bureau. Boorstin covers media with a special focus on the intersection of media and technology. In addition... Read More →
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Pete Cashmore

CEO, Mashable


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Russell Brand's Revolution Will Be Televised
Russell Brand is no stranger to media attention but his newest interactions are creating a revolution! Brian Solis is no stranger to controversial conversations on the main SXSW stage. Together, they will explore how Brand’s new YouTube show Trews and his new book titled Revolution are shaking up the status quo and why. Brand is setting out to disrupt the media business space that needs the revolution most of all by creating an awareness among the very people with whom he is trying to bring about change. In fact, it's quite possible the more exposure Brand gets on mainstream media when it comes to creating change, the more likely he is to influence a broader audience. With more exposure comes more chances he has of converting the masses and not just preaching to the choir. The power of YouTube and the media is undeniable, harnessing that power to create a Revolution is brilliant. Hear more at this interview with digital anthropologist and SXSW folk hero Brian Solis.

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Speakers
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Russell Brand

Comedian, Altimeter Group
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Brian Solis

Principal Analyst, Altimeter Group


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom D Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

The ISIS Twitter Census
J.M. Berger and Jonathon Morgan discuss their new research report for the Brookings Institution's Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World, a detailed exploration of how ISIS uses Twitter. Who are its supporters? Where do they live? What tricks and tactics does ISIS employ to boost its online message, and what can anyone do about it?
http://www.brookings.edu/ISISonTwitter

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Speakers
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J.M. Berger

Editor, Intelwire.com
J.M. Berger is a researcher, analyst and writer covering extremism, with a special focus on extremist activities in the U.S. and extremist use of social media. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam, the only definitive... Read More →
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Jonathon Morgan

Founder/Principal, Good At The Internet
Jonathon builds digital products at agencies, corporations and startups, focused on product strategy, software architecture, data science and engineering leadership. He runs technology and product development at CrisisNET, Ushahidi’s streaming crisis data platform, consults on machine... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Breaking the News in the Age of Snapchat
Dan Rather, legendary newscaster, and Dan Pfeiffer, former top strategist to President Obama, are interviewed by digital strategist Andrew Bleeker on how digital technologies have transformed American media and journalism. The shift from the broadcast format to a more diffuse network model for distributing information has radical consequences for how, when and where news is broken, from the anchor’s chair to the Oval Office.

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Nick Bilton

Columnist, The New York Times
Nick Bilton is a technology columnist of the Disruptions column for The New York Times. He writes on a range of technology topics, including the social impact of the Web on our culture and society. Prior to becoming a columnist, he was the lead writer for the Bits blog on NYTimes.com... Read More →
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Andrew Bleeker

President, Bully Pulpit Interactive
There is no one with more experience in political online marketing than Andrew Bleeker. As the founder of Bully Pulpit Interactive, Andrew was the lead digital marketing strategist on both of President Obama's presidential campaigns. He currently serves as a senior counselor to leading... Read More →
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Dan Pfeiffer

Senior Advisor, The White House
Dan Pfeiffer serves—until his departure from the White House in early March—as Senior Advisor to President Barack Obama, focusing on communications, political, and digital strategy. One of the President’s longest serving advisers, Dan joined the Obama campaign at the outset... Read More →
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Dan Rather

President and CEO, News And Guts
With a famed and storied career that has spanned more than six decades, Dan Rather became one of the world’s best-known journalists. He helped pioneer the very idea that television could be a place for news, and then kept that spirit of innovation alive by constantly pushing the... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

The State of Surveillance
Bill will expose the current scope of mass surveillance and its blatant inefficiency, revealing the profit-led motivations that underpin it and the chilling effects of its gaze. In light of the Paris attacks and the Marathon Bombing trials, he will reveal why our agencies are consistently failing us despite the vast amounts of technology, contractors and data at their disposal. Bill will explore the increased risk to our privacy presented by the new intelligence facilities planned for Fort Meade, dwarfing Bluffdale, and home to a 7000+ strong workforce. He will further delve into the NSA's desire to map the entire Internet.
Bill will complete his presentation with a short teaser regarding a programme that could have been, and could still be, the solution to ensuring both our security and our liberty.

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Speakers
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Bill Binney

Whistleblower, NSA - Retired
Bill Binney is former World Technical Director of Intelligence at NSA (National Security Agency). Bill became a whistleblower against constitutional abuses by the NSA along with waste and abuse of agency funds. He resigned on October 31, 2001, after more than 30 years with the ag... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Bruce Sterling Closing Talk
World traveler, science fiction author, journalist, and future-focused design critic Bruce Sterling spins the globe a few rounds as he wraps up the Interactive Conference with his peculiar view of the state of the world. Always unexpected, invented on the fly, a hash of trends, trepidations, and creative prognostication. Don't miss this annual event favorite. What will he covered in 2015?

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Bruce Sterling

Author, Bruce Sterling


Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center