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

SXSW Interactive 2015 featured session with Bill Gurley and Malcom Gladwell - Photo by Amanda Stronza

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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On Tuesday, July 28 we announced 13 confirmed speakers that will speak at SXSW Interactive 2016. Stay tuned to this page for our next announcement on September 8.

Early confirmed 2016 Featured Speakers include:

  • Tracy ChouEngineer at Pinterest quantifying tech's diversity issue
  • Alex ChungCEO of Giphy spearheading a vast visual search engine and new tool for self-expression
  • Esteban ContrerasDirector of Strategy at Sprinklr covering enterprise-level social media solutions
  • Secretary Anthony FoxxUS Secretary of Transportation accelerating smart city innovation
  • Ryan HooverFounder of Product Hunt defining what's cool in tech for investors and reporters
  • Guy KawasakiChief Evangelist at Canva democratizing access to beautiful design
  • Josh KushnerFounder of Thrive Capital and co-founder of Oscar disrupting healthcare through tech, data and design
  • Gretchen RubinAuthor of Better than Before on mastering the habits of our everyday lives
  • Douglas RushkoffAuthor of forthcoming book The Growth Trap revealing how the digital economy enslaves us all, and how it can still set us free
  • Adam SilverCommissioner of the National Basketball Association discussing how one of the top professional sports leagues in the world continues to innovate and embrace change (SXsports)
  • Lila TretikovExecutive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation working to preserve open source information
  • Amber VenzPresident and Co-Founder of rewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it revolutionizing fashion blogging (SXstyle)
  • Maxine WilliamsGlobal Director of Diversity for Facebook sharing how influencers and individuals can drive more diversity in tech

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

2015 Video Content

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