Cities Summit

March 12-13 • The Cities Summit at SXSW is an opportunity for civic leaders, creative citizens, and urbanists of all disciplines to learn, strategize, and form partnerships to create more equitable, resilient, and livable cities.

Cities Summit

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About the Cities Summit


Cities are key to a sustainable future. Relatively nimble bureaucracies and democratized access to the public realm make them testbeds for ideas with transformative potential. It’s cities (of all sizes) that often pioneer advancements in smart technologies, climate resiliency, social equality, civic engagement and health. As larger governing bodies fracture and stall, the world’s increasingly growing cities are the catalysts of change.

Cities aren’t built by policymakers and planners alone, they’re shaped by the culture, creativity and values of all who reside in them. It’s through this lens that the Summit at SXSW examines our communities: what roles do culture, technology and design play in shaping the equitable, resilient and livable cities of the future?

The SXSW Cities Summit is an opportunity for civic leaders, creative citizens and urbanists of all disciplines to join together to learn, strategize and form coalitions to service and benefit the cities of tomorrow. Join us for two days of dynamic programming, performance, pop-up exhibits, and events exploring the future of our cities.

“Cities are on the front lines of change in our society. Cities are where the economic expansion, the new ideas, and the cultural advances happen, where we are making the necessary progress on climate change and where we show that inclusion and diversity are not burdens to tolerate but necessary ingredients for success and survival. Cities are not bubbles where we preserve the past. Cities are incubators of the future. There is nowhere this is more true than Austin, Texas, and that’s why I am so thrilled that SXSW will be hosting a Cities Summit.”

– City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler.


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Place by Design


Place by Design is SXSW’s public space design competition, celebrating transformative work at the intersection of art, technology, and design that rethinks how we use and interact with our cities. Selected Finalists will present their work in a fast-paced showcase during the Cities Summit at SXSW 2018.

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This programming evolved out of SXSW Eco, and continues its mission to advance creative solutions that drive social, economic, and environmental change.

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