An Abundance of Innovation: 200+ More Confirmed Sessions for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival

Written by Hugh Forrest | November 12, 2013
200+ more sessions announced for 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival

Featured Sessions for SXSW Interactive 2014 include (left to right on top row) Randi Zuckerberg, Biz Stone, Amy Cuddy; (left to right on middle row) Alexis Ohanian, Stephen Wolfram, Rob Rhinehart; (left to right on bottom row) Jim Olson, Lauren Bush Lauren.

SXSW Interactive brings together some of the world's most creative thinkers to talk about many of tomorrow's most innovative ideas. Find the ideas that are most relevant to your personal journey with today's announcement of more than 200 additional sessions for March 2014 in Austin.

The sessions below reveal several of the trends and themes that will be particularly important for SXSW Interactive 2014. These trends and themes include "Design and Development," "Art, Science and Inspiration," "Privacy," "Global Impact and Policy," and "Intelligent Future." We continue to see lots of very strong interest in Startup Village programming; for March 2014, look for even more international participation in this space. Likewise, we know that digital creatives attending SXSW enjoy more in-depth coverage of topics related to their craft -- hence the more than 30 "Workshops" listed below.

Today’s announcement is formatted alphabetically by theme, (and each theme is aligned with a specific venue). Within each venue, sessions are listed alphabetically by first word of the title. The name of the first speaker listed in the proposal is provided immediately after the title -- in many cases, the session includes more than one speaker (although for sake of brevity, only one speaker is listed in today's announcement). Click on the title to learn more information about the session and about the speakers via its entry page in the SXSW PanelPicker. Sessions marked with a double asterisk (**) are designated as Core Conversations. Given that meaningful, topic-focused discussions with smart digital creatives are at the heart of the SXSW Interactive experience, this format is always very popular with attendees.

In addition to all the content listed below, click on the 2014 Sessions page to view the full list of programming for SXSW 2014. The list on the 2014 Sessions page includes all content posted below, as well as the 500+ sessions announced on October 14. Also be sure to browse the Featured Sessions, as well as the impressive lineup of keynote speakers (including Austin Kleon on Friday, March 7 and Adam Savage on Monday, March 10).

To attend this amazing SXSW Interactive content, purchase an Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge. Save big if you purchase your badge before prices increase at 11:59 pm CST on Friday, November 22.

If you entered an idea in the SXSW PanelPicker and your session is not listed below, we will e-mail you shortly about the status of your proposal.

Featured Sessions
Assorted Venues
Featured Sessions at SXSW showcase some of the most innovative thinkers in the new media industry. These Featured Sessions occur at the Austin Convention Center, the Hilton Austin Downtown and assorted other venues.

Art, Science and Inspiration
Omni Downtown
From 3D printing to the renewed geek interest in all things science to tech-influenced poetry to space exploration, the Omni Downtown hosts an intriguing mix of content that will appeal to a wide variety of digital creatives.

Book Readings
Austin Convention Center, Day Stage
New (or soon-to-be-published) authors are the star attraction at the Day Stage. After you hear the author talk about his / her new book, head over to the nearby SX Bookstore to buy an autographed copy of their work.

Content and Distribution
The Driskill Hotel
The ongoing challenge of Content and Distribution is a central concern to so much of the SXSW audience. Many of the sessions in this theme are also open to badgeholders for SXSW Film, thus allowing for great convergent networking opportunities.

Design and Development
Austin Convention Center, Level 1
The Four Seasons
Sessions covering Design and Development appeal to the core community who have attended SXSW Interactive since the event began in 1994. Other design-related programming occurs via Workshops at the AT&T Conference Center.

Future15
Austin Convention Center
Future15s are a series of 12-minute solo presentations curated from proposals submitted to the PanelPicker. These short-form presentations have proven to be immensely popular with SXSW attendees, who often want to digest a lot of information as quickly as possible. Future15 presentations are grouped into two-hour blocks of programming related to a single theme.

Global Impact and Policy
Austin Convention Center, Level 3
Non-profits as well as companies that are strongly committed to the social good play a huge role in the SXSW Interactive community. The Global Impact and Policy theme also includes sessions focusing on the role of government in shaping our online future.

Health and Business
Hilton Austin Downtown, 6th Floor
One of the big changes for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival is moving enterprise-related content to the 6th Floor of the Hilton, just upstairs from Startup Village. Sharing the 6th Floor with these business-related panels will be a track of sessions covering innovations in the health and medical industry.

Intelligent Future
Hyatt Regency
From radically improved transportation systems to the burgeoning wearable computing industry, the Intelligent Future theme focuses on some of tomorrow's most exciting new technological innovations.

Meet Ups
Assorted Venues
SXSW Interactive provides unbeatable career-enhancing connections. Take advantage of our extensive Meet Up program to connect with the kinds of people you most want to connect with.

Mentor Sessions
Hilton Garden Inn, 10th Floor Atrium
Meet one-on-one with established industry professionals by taking part in the SXSW Interactive Mentor Program. These sessions require advanced signup that will begin as we get closer to the 2014 event. Most Mentor session slots will fill up before the event begins, so keep an eye on our blog for updates as to when the signups will go live.

Partner Programming
Wanderlust

Social and Privacy
Sheraton Austin
The summer of 2013 brought shocking revelations about Edward Snowden, Prism and the NSA. Keep up with the latest privacy-related developments by attending the compelling content at the Sheraton. This venue also hosts sessions covering the newest innovations in the world of social media.

Startup Village
Hilton Austin Downtown, 4th Floor
From panels to lounges to Meet Ups to the SXSW Accelerator pitch competition, this space brings together all startup-related content.

SXSW Gaming and SXSW Create
Venue TBA
These sessions occur March 7-9
One of the fastest-growing aspects of the event, SXSW Gaming provides three days of sessions covering the most current developments in the video game industry. Meanwhile, attend SXSW Create panel programming to keep up-to-date with the most innovative thinking in the DIY / maker space.

Work and Career
Courtyard Marriott
Not getting enough intellectual or spiritual fulfillment out of your four-hour work week? Then get inspired with new ideas by attending this Work and Career theme at the Courtyard Marriott.

Workshops
AT&T Conference Center
Extended workshops that allow for more in-depth learning were introduced at the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival and proved to be very popular with attendees. Reserve your seat for the workshop(s) of your choice beginning in early January 2014. Most workshop slots will fill up before the event begins, so set a calendar reminder now for early January.