SXSW Conference & Festivals Announcements

Explore the latest 2017 announcements from the SXSW Conference and the Interactive, Film, Music, and Comedy festivals. Stay tuned for more announcements throughout the season as we get ready for SXSW 2017 in Austin, TX from March 10-19.

SXSW Conference & Festivals Announcements

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About the SXSW Conference & Festivals


SXSW is expanding badge access for all registrants at SXSW 2017. We’re streamlining the conference into one unified event with 24 tracks of programming and offering more opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery than ever before. Attendees will still receive primary entry to programming associated with their badge type, but can now enjoy secondary access to most other SXSW events. Learn more & register now »

The SXSW Conference (March 10-18) provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. From 13 Keynotes to a plethora of Featured Speakers and Featured Sessions, the daily conference programming presents a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our future.

SXSW Festivals (March 11-20) offer a unique opportunity to explore the worlds of Interactive, Film, Music, and Comedy with parties, awards, screenings, and showcases.

Explore recently announced 2017 Keynotes, Featured Speakers, Showcasing Artists and more below. Stay tuned to SXSW News for the latest 2017 SXSW Conference & Festivals announcements and updates throughout the season.

SXSW Conference Keynotes

SXSW Conference Featured Speakers & Sessions


Looking for mind-expanding presentations by industry leaders? SXSW Conference Featured Speaker sessions cut a wide swath across the tech, film, music, television, business, sports, and journalism fields, reflecting the cross-collaboration SXSW is known for: multi-hyphenate luminaries and emerging talent working across industries and platforms.

Recently Announced Featured Speakers

  • Kate Crawford (Researcher/Author)
  • Cheryl Boone Isaacs (Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences)
  • Kimbal Musk (The Kitchen)
  • Randall Poster (Music Supervisor)
  • Rachael Ray (Television Host/Celebrity Cook)
  • Bill Ford (Ford Motor Company)
  • Parag Khanna (National University of Singapore)
  • Peggy Orenstein (Author)
  • Vivek Ranadivé (NBA’s Sacramento Kings)
  • Nadya Tolokonnikova (Artist/Musician – Pussy Riot)

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Recently Announced Featured Sessions

Among the first Featured Sessions announced, this high-profile session will spotlight key people and trends germane to the SXSW community.

Product Mavericks: Top Tips From Women Who Build – From leading video on Facebook to the CTO for the first woman presidential candidate, there’s no question that there are a group of female leaders taking over in the space of product development and they’ve without a doubt made it to the top. Hear from the women who are defying the numbers, building the products we’re all using each and every day, and are both figuratively and physically shaping our future. Speakers include Fidji Simo (Facebook), Tali Rapaport (Lyft), Stephanie Hannon (Hillary for America), and Merci Grace (Slack).

2017 Featured Sessions

SXSW Music Festival 50+ Showcasing Artists Sneak Peek

The 2017 SXSW Music Festival released an early sneak peek of 50+ Showcasing Artists. These early confirmations bring a variety of styles – such as indie rock, pop, hip-hop, electronic, Americana, R&B, and soul – from a number of countries, including Germany, Argentina, Australia, UK, France, Spain, Canada, and the US. Explore the Showcasing Artist lineup and tune into our Spotify playlist sampling the early announcement.

2017 SXSW Showcasing Artist Polarheart

Polarheart photo by Alex Leeway

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