Social Impact

MARCH 10-14 • CONVERGENCE. This track highlights innovative ideas from creative industries that are contributing to a better, more equitable world. This programming offers opportunities to those working on social impact to identify and share solutions: from activists, storytellers and entertainers to philanthropic nonprofits, foundations and social enterprise.

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Social Impact

"Asian Americans Break the Silence and Stereotypes" Session at SXSW 2017 - Photo by Jon Currie

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Series of Sessions


LGBTQIA+ Sessions

The LGBTQIA+ series of sessions will examine topics such as community alliances, the gender spectrum, activism, visibility, the movement towards equality, and will highlight people who live openly. These sessions will take place on March 10 and 11.

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Faith-Based Sessions

These sessions highlight the intersection and impact of faith in culture, technology, and entertainment. They will explore inclusivity, diversity and innovation within the realm of spirituality. The sessions take place on March 12 and 13.

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Session Formats

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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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