Fantastic Future

March 16-21

Interactive Track

New for 2020, the Fantastic Future Track spotlights the extraordinary new ideas that inspire us to get excited about tomorrow. From quantum computing to the next generation of touchless interfaces, these sessions offer a platform to discuss and preview what life will be like over the next few decades.

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Photo by Ann Alva Wieding

Photo by Ann Alva Wieding

About Fantastic Future Track


Futurism, AI, and Deepfakes: Dystopia or Utopia Ahead?

AI that creates poetry based on our social media and deepfakes that spread positivity instead of misinformation: could tech be better for us than we know?

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Photo by Aaron Rogosin

Photo by Aaron Rogosin


You Can’t Eat Software: Biology’s Big Future

We need to think bigger to solve our most complex problems. By engineering biology we have the power to transform cells into living factories that sustainably grow things that waste less, last longer, fix themselves.

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The Future of Healing: Engineering Longer Life

Imagine a world where you can heal without scars and bioengineer organs without a living donor. Learn about the processes, pitfalls and ethics of this research and find out how far – or close – we are to a future where we can rebuild parts of our bodies from scratch.

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2020 Session Highlights

Rohit Bhargava


The Non-Obvious Company

Jason Kelly - 2020 SXSW Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Jason Kelly

CEO & Co-founder

Ginkgo Bioworks

Oonie Chase - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Oonie Chase

Executive Director


Ronke Olabisi - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Ronke Olabisi

Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering

Rutgers University

Ola Kowalewski - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Ola Kowalewski

Faculty Fellow

Singularity University

Rana El Kaliouby - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Rana El Kaliouby

CEO & Co-Founder


Phil Libin - SXSW 2020 Speaker - Photo Courtesy of Speaker

Phil Libin

CEO & Co-Founder

All Turtles

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600+ PanelPicker® Sessions Announced

Presenting 600+ curated sessions from the SXSW community across our 22 Tracks of Conference programming.

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About the SXSW Conference


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries.

The SXSW Conference provides an opportunity for global professionals at every level to participate, learn, and network. Featuring a variety of tracks that allow attendees to explore what’s next in the worlds of entertainment, culture, and technology, SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.

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