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New for 2018, Place By Design is a pitch competition for public space design during the two-day Cities Summit. Returning for its second year, the SXSW Podcast Stage will host up to 36 podcasts before a live audience.

Stay tuned to SXSW News for 2019 application information and announcements coming in the Summer of 2018.

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