Government & Politics

Convergence Track

The Government & Politics Track aims to discuss issues that affect the lives of all citizens. Topics focus on technology regulation, livable cities, privacy issues, and the challenges of maintaining civil engagement in the age of social media. These sessions also address the difficulties of creating policies that encourage competition and economic growth while balancing legacy systems.

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2019 Featured Speaker, Senator Mazie Hirono - Photo by Debra Reyes

2019 Featured Speaker, Senator Mazie Hirono - Photo by Debra Reyes

About Government & Politics Track


Hear from the voices of those in power making policies that impact everyday life.

Browse Government & Politics 2019 sessions like The Future of Government Surveillance in the US, Generation Z Is Poised to Revolutionize Politics, Wombats & Wood Ducks: CIA’s Secrets to Creative Problem Solving, and more.

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Wombats and Wood Ducks: CIA’s Secrets to Creative Problem Solving

Thanks to in-house training developed over the last 12 years, when CIA officers are called to solve hard intelligence problems, they have the knowledge and tools to reveal their creativity. This presentation will share examples of creative problem solving in CIA history and introduce four techniques that attendees can use to increase their own solution-generating power.

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Generation Z Is Poised to Revolutionize Politics

Gen Zers are tired of waiting for their elders to fix things; they are disillusioned with politics today and big government and are stepping in to solve social issues themselves. By becoming political leaders and activists, they are taking charge and disrupting politics with demands for new policies.

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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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