SXSWorld November 2015


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S X S W. C O M | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | S X S W o r l d 7 Announcing the 1st Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase On Monday, March 14, discover the exciting projects chosen as finalists in the 2016 Interactive Innovation Awards and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award. Five finalists from each of the awards' 13 categories (including VR & AR, 3D printing, health & med tech, digital design and more) will exhibit their entries in this demo event open to all Interactive, Gold, and Platinum badgeholders. Winners will be revealed at the 19th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday evening, March 15. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will be SXsports Featured Speaker SXsports is ecstatic to announce that NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will serve as the opening Featured Speaker for SXsports 2016 on Friday, March 11. Despite the NBA's status as one of the most popular sports leagues in the world, Commissioner Silver constantly wel- comes new ideas to improve the game and harness the global sports audience. To catch Silver and the rest of the SXsports lineup in March, you'll need a SXSW Film, Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge. Music Startup Spotlight The first-ever SXSW Music Startup Spotlight will feature some of the most innovative new companies in the music world. Participants will demo their product, service or app in the pre-function area of the Hilton Downtown Austin. The Spotlight coincides with the popular Music Startup Village programming, where VCs, entrepreneurs and the tech-minded music industry will be learning and networking in sessions across the hall: Tuesday, March 15, 4 – 6pm at the Hilton Downtown Austin. SXSW VR/AR Track Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are technologies that could soon revolutionize our world much like the smart- phone did just a decade ago, and SXSW is proud to introduce a new programming track dedicated exclusively to these unique technologies. Join us from March 16-18 as we explore the worlds of VR and AR. The SXSW VR/AR programming track will be available to all badge holders: SXSW Interactive Featured Speakers SXSW Interactive Featured Sessions present a snapshot of the most transformative ideas shaping our collective future. Our already-confirmed Featured Sessions include Vox Media's Jim Bankoff, CNN host Anthony Bourdain, Julep Beauty CEO Jane Park, Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou, and Slack Co-founder Stewart Butterfield. Stay tuned as more are announced: Music Conference Announcements Grammy Award-winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angelique Kidjo, renowned author and music critic Jessica Hopper, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer John Oates and many more speakers are slated to appear at the 2016 SXSW Music Conference; March 15 - 20. Industry leaders will lead discussions on such topics as A&R, online radio, artist websites, public relations, publishing and building an audience. Visit for updates. SXSW Gaming Moves Dates & Location After being headquartered in the Palmer Events Center for the past several years, SXSW Gaming 2016 will move to the Austin Convention Center and take place concurrently with the SXSW Music festival from March 17-19. The 2016 show will include the Gaming Expo, Gaming Awards, and daytime panels and presentations. Be sure not to miss out on any of the action at this free and open- to-the-public event: C O U R T S E Y O F N B A M I K L O S L O R A N T M I K L O S L O R A N T M I K L O S L O R A N T M I K L O S L O R A N T

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