SXSW Conference

March 7-14, 2025

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for the global community of creatives to encounter cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests, and network with other professionals who share a similar appetite for forward-focused experiences.

Keynote: Breaking Barriers, Shaping Narratives: How Women Lead On and Off the Screen – SXSW 2024 – Photo by Virginia Hernandez

About the SXSW Conference


Featuring a variety of tracks that focus on the most important breakthroughs in technology, film, culture, and music, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

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PanelPicker® is a two-step session proposal platform that gives the SX community a significant voice in programming each year. Community Voting takes place from August 6–18. Learn more about how to help select this season's program.

See You at SXSW 2025

Join us for SXSW 2025 from March 7–15 in Austin, TX. Registration opens on Tuesday, August 6. Explore participation opportunities and stay tuned for announcements throughout the season. Subscribe to Event Updates and community newsletters.

2025 Tracks



The 2050 track focuses on long-term, big-picture thinking with an emphasis on scientific discovery. The programming features topics ranging from quantum computing and space exploration to de-extinction and speculative fiction — and beyond.

Advertising & Brand Experience

Geared towards agencies and organizations that want to strengthen connections with their communities and clients, this programming features effective approaches to brand strategy as well as novel methods of engaging audiences through traditional, digital, and experiential marketing practices.

Artificial Intelligence

The rise of artificial intelligence introduced a new era of technological innovation. Alongside its rapid growth have come questions about responsibility, capability, and impact. This track explores not only technological advancements but also the numerous implications that continued adoption will have on society.

Climate & Sustainability

Explore the most promising, solutions based innovations and strategies to mitigate climate change. From sustainable building solutions to cutting-edge climate technologies, learn how you can help in the fight to end climate change and build a sustainable future for generations to come.

Creating Film & TV

Join us to explore the creative and collaborative process of making films and television shows. Learn practical tips to bring your ideas to life on screen, and stay up-to-date with the latest tech developments. Topics range from screenwriting and nonfiction storytelling to virtual production and workshops on post-production.

Creator Economy

An estimated 1 in 4 people worldwide contribute to the creator economy, the fastest growing type of small business today. This programming explores that dynamic landscape of self-produced content for creators, their collaborators, and their communities. Discover innovative strategies for audience building and monetization, and gain insights into the future of this booming industry.


The Culture track spotlights the fusion of creativity, humanity, and arts, offering a fresh perspective on how communities uniquely share their stories. Delve into diverse and dynamic topics and speakers that shape our collective experiences.


In the space between creativity and technicality lies the Design track. These sessions traverse a wide expanse of topics from accessible spaces and what makes them work, to the UX of our newest tools, to visual trends and their applications.


From renewable energy breakthroughs to smart grid solutions, the Energy track illuminates the latest trends shaping the future of how we power the world. Whether it’s showcasing clean tech advancements or examining the evolving landscape of energy policy, sessions will highlight action towards a more sustainable future and solutions to production and delivery at every scale.

Fashion & Beauty

These sessions delve into the lifecycle of products, exploring the latest trends and advancements in research, design, and manufacturing. From eco-friendly materials to efficient logistics and mindful retail strategies, this track analyzes how these industries shape our lives.

Film & TV Industry

Prepare for a unique overview of the industry through the lens of independent filmmaking. Uncover new practices in financing and distribution, and discover emerging trends that will help you navigate the ever-evolving world of the Film & TV Industry.


We are in a continual fight to feed the growing population amidst a declining food production infrastructure. From regenerative agriculture to the latest in food technology, the Food track explores how innovation and re-structured policies are sustaining the way we eat for a healthy future.

Game Industry

Unlock the future of entertainment with our Game Industry track, spotlighting the explosive growth of the gaming industry as the ultimate entertainment platform. Dive into how music content and diverse media are seamlessly integrating into these immersive systems, transforming the gaming experience and redefining media consumption.

Government & Civic Engagement

To live in a functioning and often complicated society, government and civic engagement plays a large role to ensure that everyone’s voices and needs are understood. This track covers a myriad of topics that help shape a more positive, equitable, and engaging world.

Health & MedTech

Situated at the crossroads of science and technology, Health & MedTech sessions explore everything from the newest weight loss drugs to the impact of differentiated stem cell technology on neuroscience, as well as the solutions and tools that provide better outcomes for patients everywhere.

Music & Tech

From artificial intelligence in music production and virtual reality music videos to immersive live entertainment, technology has re-invented the way we create, discover, distribute and experience music. The Music & Tech track showcases the promises and potential pitfalls of these innovations and trends.

Music Industry

The Music Industry track covers a wide range of topics across music, from publishing and sync to marketing and touring. Whether you’re an emerging artist or a seasoned industry vet, this track will provide valuable guidance and insight into this ever-changing landscape.


It’s time we expand our understanding of the profound potential of psychoactive substances. Hear from researchers, healthcare professionals, and investors who are working to dissolve the stigma, reshaping how we view and consume psychedelics. Come experience how we are bringing these centuries-old drugs into the mainstream.


Be inspired, be motivated and be entertained by learning from the successes and failures of a diverse array of founders, as well as the funders who backed their often unconventional entrepreneurial efforts. If you want to translate your great startup idea into a successful reality, then this track will give you a competitive advantage for the long adventure ahead.

Tech Industry

Showcasing the cutting-edge platforms, visionary leaders, advanced software, state-of-the-art hardware, and immersive virtual systems driving the next wave of technological innovation. The Tech industry’s areas of focus for 2025 include breakthrough advancements in cybersecurity, the evolving landscape of Big Tech, the transformative potential of Web3, and Austin's ascent as a pivotal global tech powerhouse. A highlight of SXSW, the Tech Industry track spans the entire eight-day conference.


New technology continues to transform the ecosystems of planes, trains and automobiles. Autonomous vehicles are finally beginning to reach their potential and EV sales in various parts of the world are surging (although 2024 was a tough year for the US market). Meanwhile, more environmentally-conscious solutions for the airline industry are now appearing on the distant horizon. This track content is geared toward understanding the best new ideas on how to move people and products from here to there.


Guiding employees and employers through various stages of career development, the Workplace track seeks to focus on how organizations can work together to drive innovation, inspire growth and be adaptable so everyone can reach their goals.


Immersive technology has been a constantly evolving medium used across both enterprise applications and entertainment. Sessions in the XR track explore how these exciting technologies are being implemented across multiple industries and how they can affect larger audiences.

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Registration Opens August 6

Experience unparalleled discovery at SXSW 2025 from March 7-15 in Austin, TX. Secure your SXSW Badge and hotel starting on August 6, 2024.

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