SXSW Featured Sessions Showcase Some of the World's Most Innovative Thinkers

Looking for mind-expanding presentations by industry leaders? SXSW Interactive Featured Sessions bring together some of the biggest and brightest names of our time. Across the various themes and trends at SXSW, Featured Sessions present a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our future.

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2015 Programming Highlights

  • Art, Science and Inspiration: origins of innovation with US CTO Megan Smith
  • Branding and Marketing: shifts in the digital media consumption with Mashable CEO Pete Cashmore
  • Design and Development: design trends in technology with KPCB’s Design Partner, John Maeda
  • Content and Distribution: growth of messaging apps with Yik Yak’s founders Brooks Buffington and Tyler Droll
  • Gaming: tips for preserving creative control with The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman
  • Global Impact and Policy: diversity and inclusion initiatives in tech with Reverend Jesse Jackson
  • Health and Medtech: democratizing medicine with Dr. Eric Topol, author of The Patient Will See You Now
  • Entertainment and Immersion: comedy in politics with VEEP star Julia Louis-Dreyfus
  • Fashion and Wearable Tech: retail innovation with Rent the Runway CEO Jennifer Hyman
  • Food and Experiential Diving: marriage of tech and food with Momofuku founder David Chang
  • Intelligent Future: opportunities for consumer robots with JIBO founder Cynthia Breazeal
  • Social and Privacy: extremist use of social media with J.M. Berger, co-author of ISIS: The State of Terror
  • Startup Village and Business: building a billion dollar business with The Honest Company founder Jessica Alba
  • SXsports: paving the way for female fighters with UFC Women’s Bantamanweight Champion Ronda Rousey
  • Work and Career: actionable tips for behavior change with Daniel Pink, author of Drive

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2015 Featured Session with Bill Gurley and Malcolm Gladwell. Photo by Amanda Stronza