Whitney Wolfe Herd, Anil Dash, M. Night Shyamalan, Troy Carter & More Announced for SXSW 2020

2020 Keynotes, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Jon Korngold, and Gayle King – Photo courtesy of the speakers

Announcing the addition of a Keynote Conversation, Opening Speaker, and new Featured Speakers for the 2020 event, celebrating the convergence of technology, film, and music industries. Swipe right on this announcement to begin.

The Keynote announced today includes Bumble CEO and Founder Whitney Wolfe Herd and Blackstone’s Global Head of Growth Equity Jon Korngold in conversation with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.

"Whitney Wolfe Herd’s journey from entrepreneur to CEO of one of the most successful tech companies focused on connecting people embodies the spirit of creativity and innovation that is inherent to SXSW," said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. "The event continues to be a unique destination for learning and discovery, and we're honored to bring together so many influential voices and business leaders next March."

Kicking off the Conference on Friday, March 13, we are pleased to announce psychotherapist, New York Times bestselling author of Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, and nationally recognized journalist Lori Gottlieb as the Opening Speaker.

Newly-added Featured Speakers include T Bone Burnett, Troy Carter, Anil Dash, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Steven Levy, Bob Odenkirk, Maria A. Ressa, Susan Rogers, Angela Roseboro, Jerry Saltz, Rhea Seehorn, M. Night Shyamalan, Nicole Wong, and more.

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  • Interactive Keynote – Founder and CEO of Bumble Whitney Wolfe Herd and Blackstone's Global Head of Growth Equity Jon Korngold in conversation with CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.

These visionaries join previously announced Keynotes Reggie Fils-Aimé (Convergence), Erin Lee Carr (Film), Kim Gordon (Music), and Roger Waters (Music).

2020 Keynotes

Featured Speakers

  • TBWA\Media Arts Lab Global Chief Creative Officer Brent Anderson (Advertising & Brand Experience Track)

  • Actor, entrepreneur, and Founder of Belushi's Farm Jim Belushi (Cannabusiness Track)

  • Entrepreneur, activist, and writer Anil Dash and writer and News Editor of The Root Monique Judge (Connection & Culture Track)

  • WIRED Editor-At-Large and author Steven Levy with Senior Editor-At-Large at LinkedIn Jessi Hempel (Tech Industry & Enterprise Track)

  • Boston Dynamics Founder and Chairman Marc Raibert (Tech Industry & Enterprise Track)

  • Professor, sound engineer, and record producer Susan Rogers (Creating & Monetizing Music Track)

  • Riot Games Chief Diversity Officer Angela Roseboro (Game Industry Track)

  • New York Magazine and Vulture senior art critic Jerry Saltz (Design Track)

  • Screenwriter, director, and producer M. Night Shyamalan (Film & TV Industry Track)

  • eOne Music Global President Chris Taylor (Creating & Monetizing Music Track)

Featured Sessions

  • The Age of Surveillance Capitalism (Tech Industry & Enterprise Track) – A conversation on the emergence of surveillance capitalism as the dominant form of information capitalism and its implications for individuals, society, and democracy in the 21st century with producer, musician, and songwriter T Bone Burnett, and author and scholar Shoshana Zuboff.

  • Better Call Saul (Making Film & Episodics Track) – A conversation with Better Call Saul co-creators and executive producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, actor Bob Odenkirk, and actress Rhea Seehorn.

  • The Future of Independent Media (Media & Journalism Track) – A discussion about what journalism will look like in 10 years: the evolving relationship between audiences and journalists, how journalism will be funded in the future and the intersection of technology and independent media, with Director of Investments, Independent Media for Luminate Nishant Lalwani, Rappler CEO Maria A. Ressa, and Principal of NWong Strategies Nicole Wong.

  • The Music World Beyond Streaming (Future of Music Track) – A conversation about authenticity and brand partnerships in music, Chief Creative Officer of WeTransfer Damian Bradfield and Founder and CEO of Q&A Troy Carter.

2020 Featured Speakers & Sessions

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2020 Keynotes, Whitney Wolfe Herd, Jon Korngold, and Gayle King – Photo courtesy of the speakers

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