2021 Sessions

Sessions listed on this page came from the SXSW Community via the PanelPicker. The two-step online process PanelPicker® was developed to encourage the SXSW community to enter proposals and have a significant voice in Conference programming.


"Female Leaders in Television" Panel – SXSW 2019. Photo by Mike Jordan/Getty Images for SXSW

 

All ideas received during the PanelPicker® entry period were posted online for community voting from November 10-20, 2020. The SXSW community was able to review, comment, and vote to help shape SXSW programming for 2021 SXSW Online, a digital event experience from March 16-20, 2021.

Community votes comprise 30% of the final decision plus input of the SXSW Staff (30%) and Advisory Board (40%). Together these percentages helped to determine the final content lineup for the 2021 SXSW Online slate of PanelPicker-curated sessions for the Conference.

For 2021, seven Conference themes will underscore the event – A New Urgency; Challenging Tech’s Path Forward; Cultural Resilience in the Arts; The Rebirth of Business; Transforming the Entertainment Landscape; Connection in Disconnection; and An Uncharted Future.

Browse over 230 conference sessions for SXSW Online below divided by Conference Theme. Stay tuned for more announcements throughout the season including the launch of the online Schedule in February.

 

A New Urgency - 2021 SXSW Online - Conference Theme

  • 55M Human Tissue Samples + AI = Better Medicine

  • 2020: A Pivotal Moment for Women in the Workplace

  • 2021 CX Report: Safety Eats the World

  • Adaptable Cities: Tech & the Urban Evolution

  • Getting Life Back: Making Research Work for You!

  • Addressing the Statue: Museums, Monuments, & Race

  • Anthropology as a Crucial Frame for Change

  • The Best Practices of the Worst People

  • Beyond Bias, Moving the Industry into Action

  • Beyond the Black Square: Brands’ Racial Reckoning

  • Beyond the Burden: Disparities in End of Life Care

  • Black Women in Nonprofits: By Us, for You

  • Bridging Cultures through Narratives

  • Can COVID Data Help Us Achieve Health Equity?

  • The Case for Creating a Better Industry

  • Changing the Narrative Around Racial Injustice

  • Chasing Equity: Quantifying An Inclusive Future

  • Clean Mobility Investment: The Road to Net Zero

  • The Creator at the Center

  • Data Detectives: Building Hopkins’ COVID Dashboard

  • Data-Led Governance: How Communities Inform Cities

  • Decriminalize Drugs to Save Lives & Build Justice

  • Documenting the Black Lives Matter Protests

  • Future Visions: Stand Still, Move Forward

  • Gastrodiplomacy in Times of Crisis

  • Healthcare Amid COVID: Virtual Support & Advocacy

  • How Europe Scales Up Great Startups

  • How to Build Belonging in the Workplace

  • The “I” in “Team”: Sport in a Changing Society

  • Impact of Race and Gender on Global Healthcare

  • Independent, Resourceful & Aware

  • Inspiring Faith to Climate Action

  • Into Dust: What Happens When Our Taps Run Dry?

  • Measure Twice, Cut Once: China-US Tech Connections

  • Midnight Sun: Energy Storage Trends & Challenges

  • Music-Powered Community Sustainability Activism

  • Nuclear Semiotics & the Art of Keeping People Out

  • Perspectives on Clinical Trial Diversity

  • Plastic is not the Problem

  • Postpartum Probability: Maternal Health Justice

  • Purpose-washing: Taking True Action

  • Raising Good Gamers

  • Mastering Authenticity and Diversity in Marketing

  • Reimagine, Reboot, Retool: Healthcare Post-COVID

  • Rise Up: Black Women & Girls Reaching for the Stars

  • Rising Coastlines, Surging Threats

  • Samsø: A Pioneer Island Pointing to the Future

  • Scoring Big: Sports, Entrepreneurism, & Equality

  • Silicon Valley is a State of Mind

  • Social Justice in a New Era

  • Tech & Prison Comms: The Impact on Recidivism

  • To a Century and Beyond!

  • Truth to Power: Restorative Justice In Cannabis

  • Understanding the Motivation Behind Extremism

  • Unexpected Technology Advances Pushed by Pandemic

  • The WNBA Playbook For How To Lead a Movement

  • Women: Bearing the Impact of COVID-19 Globally

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  • “Alexa, Set Reminder to Design Good AI for Kids”

  • Wake Up to Digital’s Second Reawakening!

  • Avatars for Virtual Reality

  • Behind China’s Great Firewall: Tech, Culture, & UX

  • Building a Future Mobility Region

  • The Business Case for No-Code

  • Can Decentralized Organizations Exist?

  • Content Moderation: Beyond Take-Down/Leave-Up

  • Debunking Cloud Myths for a Better Tomorrow

  • Did Tech Save the Events Industry?

  • Disability & Tech: Barriers and Opportunities

  • Diversifying Tech

  • Diversity & Inclusion: Buzz Word, Movement, or BS?

  • Envision A World of Design Without White Supremacy

  • Every Company Needs to Become a Software Company

  • Forging a New Social Contract for Big Tech

  • Future Hybrid: How Virtuality Changes Live Music

  • The Future is Accessible: Accessibility in XR

  • The Future of Climate Innovation

  • How to Create a Content Moderation Court

  • Immersive Retail: Connected Shopping in a New Era

  • Interactive Media: Addressing Civil Rights & Race

  • Intersectionality and Design for Responsible AI

  • More Human Ambiance in Ambient Computing

  • Questioning Personalization is Good For Engagement

  • Quick Pivot in Cannabis Reimagines Retail for All

  • Reimaging Care: The Intersection of Tech & Touch

  • Reinventing the Wheel(chair): Inequity & Disability

  • Relational Design

  • Responsible Innovation: Move Fast and Fix Things

  • Saving Society from Deepfakes: A Practical Policy Agenda for Today

  • The Soldier and Mixed Reality (XR): Human Focused

  • The Surveillance Economy & the Future of Privacy

  • Taking Sustainable Investing Mainstream

  • Taking the Bias Out of VC Investing

  • Regional Startup Ecosystems by Academic Incubators

  • The What, Why & How of Responsible AI

  • Wildlife Rangers Armed with AI

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  • 5 Quantum-Related Startup Ideas for 2021 & Beyond

  • 10 Entrepreneurial Opportunities for the Next Year

  • Advancing Diverse Representation in News

  • A Better Future for Black-owned Businesses

  • A Black Wall Street for Education

  • Beating Backlash Against BIPOC Womxn Professionals

  • Brazil’s Startup Scene: 12 Unicorns in Only 3 Years!

  • Cannabis Utopia: What Regulatory Model is Best?

  • Community Investment Makes Cents for Businesses

  • Democratizing Access to Investing

  • Disability-Led Innovation in Future Workplaces

  • The Empathetic Workplace

  • Entrepreneurship Equals Empowerment

  • Escaping the Trust Trap

  • Female-Founded Startups: The COVID-19 Effect

  • The Fight for Local News

  • Finding Fuel and Support In the First Shecession

  • Flawed Finance: Collaborative Journalism Exposes Global Finance’s Inequities

  • For the Culture: A Recommitment to the Consumer

  • Forget Fear: The Tactics Marketers Need Now

  • Future Investment Opportunities in Space

  • Gender, Race, and the Modern Brand Rethink

  • How to Cultivate a Canna-Career

  • Is Everyone Sick of the News?

  • Level Up: Virtual Better

  • Local News’ Next Wave

  • Media Transformation & Leadership in the COVID Era

  • Newsletters: The New Flagship Media Product

  • Pivot to Growth: The Business of Experience

  • The Pulse on Trust and Global Health

  • The Refoundation of Capitalism

  • Secrets To Inclusivity: Work With The Messy Middle

  • Startup Nightmares: Stories From The Dark Side

  • The State of Black Startups

  • Transformational Change in Legacy Companies

  • The Urgency For an Equitable Cannabis Industry

  • Unlocking the Power of True Global Citizenship

  • When “Go Away” is a Powerful Brand Message

  • Why Car Safety Regulations are Killing Women

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  • A New Theatrical World: Virtual Cinema

  • A Survival Guide to Alternative Film Distribution

  • CreaTech UK: Where Creativity Meets Technology

  • Are You Ready for Some Streaming?

  • Art, Entertainment and Social Justice Awareness

  • Audience of the Future Live

  • Audio: The Killer Platform Nobody is Talking About

  • Behind the Lens with Rising Cinematographers

  • Beyond the Binge: Developing Original Content ’21

  • Changing Of the Guard In Sports Media

  • Clarice: A Hero for a New Generation

  • Creating Touchstones in Emergent Narratives

  • Cultural Appropriation: A Fixable Cultural Crime

  • Delilah: Authenticity in Storytelling

  • Driving Innovation Through Emerging Tech with HBO

  • Explaining The Impact of Esports On Entertainment

  • Eyes Off The Road! Universal’s Drive For In-car VR

  • Film Distribution in an Increasingly Digital Age

  • For Artists and Fans: Virtual is the New Normal

  • From Screen-to-Screen: Adapting Games to Film/TV

  • Gamer Therapy

  • The History and Future of Women in Music

  • Holograms Are Here: Transforming Music and Arts

  • How Film Commissions Shape Creative Industry Policy

  • How to Secure the Bag in Uncertain Times

  • How to Strike Gold with Your Brand Partnership

  • How “Sportswashing” is Changing the Game

  • The Interconnected Universes of Transmedia IP

  • Lady Sapiens: Breaking Paleolithic Stereotypes

  • Lessons from the Front Lines of Virtual Production

  • Navigating Accelerated Change in Music Industry

  • Post Pandemic Resurgence, XR in China & the US

  • Producing Unscripted Content in an Uncertain World

  • Reimagining Entertainment Through Mobile Gaming

  • Reimagining the Fan Experience Post-Pandemic

  • Responding to the Moment Through Arts + Activism

  • Rising From the Ashes: Indie film in a COVID World

  • Shondaland: Innovating Beyond TV

  • Soundtracks: Out of the Box

  • Spotify Artist & Label Workshop

  • Streaming and Discovering Indie Music in 2021

  • Supercharging Live Stream Events for DJs

  • Taking Films From Seed to Screen: Vanishing Angle

  • Virtual Planning for a New World of Streaming Ent.

  • Where Do We Go From Here?

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  • A New Space Age: The Virtual Collective Experience

  • A Star Trek Model for Space? How SciFi Impacts Law

  • Alt Financing for a Cash-Based/Strapped Industry

  • Bugs And Kelp, Feeding Our Post-Pandemic Planet

  • By All, for All: Citizen Science to Reveal Cosmos

  • Can Truth Please Stand Up? Chasing Truth, Online

  • Fighting Unconscious Bias in AI with Diversity

  • Commute In The Skies: The Future of Air Mobility

  • Creative Machines: AI & The Future of Design and Media

  • Designing the Hyperloop Passenger Experience

  • Don’t Just Make it Work, Make it Better for Womxn

  • The Efficient Global Licensing of Music

  • The Ethics of Hacking: First-Hand, Feel-Good Tales

  • Fjord Trends 2021

  • Future Equity: How to Start Transformational Blockchain

  • The Future of Cannabis is Appellation Designation

  • Health and Our Built Environment After Covid

  • Hemp Forward: Regulation and Free Market Collide

  • Journey to a Better Brain

  • Living on Mars, Beyond Surviving

  • Lunar Village: The Future of Space Exploration

  • Making Dollars While Making Change

  • NASA Unleashes Space Data Across the Senses

  • Overcoming Bias in a Limited Capital Industry

  • Psychedelics: Rewiring Mental Health Care

  • Reporting on the Corporatization of Psychedelics

  • The Rise of Volumetric Video in PR and Marketing

  • Rocketing Forward in Gene Therapy

  • Section 230 and the Future of Internet Censorship

  • See The Cosmos – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope

  • Space Gold Rush

  • Tiny Airplanes Can Solve Big Problems

  • We Live in a Universe of Horrors

  • What Can DNA Tell us About our Future?

  • Who on Earth should Govern Space?

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