SXSWorld November 2015


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8 S X S W o r l d | N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 5 | S X S W. C O M Latin Grammy Nominees (alumni) The 16th Annual Latin Grammy Awards return to Las Vegas on Thursday, November 19. Nominations from recent SXSW per- formers include Colombian electronic band Bomba Estéreo for "Record of the Year" and "Best Alternative Music Album," Puerto Rican singer-songwriter Raquel Sofía and Colombian swing jazz outfit Monsieur Perine competing for "Best New Artist," and Mexican pop singer Natalia Lafourcade getting tapped for multiple nominations including "Record of the Year," "Album of the Year," "Song of the Year," "Best Alternative Music Album" and "Best Alternative Song." Visit for the full list. SXSW Interactive Closing Keynote Announced Headspace co-founder Andy Puddicombe will deliver the SXSW Interactive 2016 Closing Keynote. A former Buddhist monk turned entrepreneur, Puddicombe will share how his award-winning digital health platform is transforming lives through meditation. On Tuesday, March 15, hear him discuss how science and technology can help everyone be less stressed, more focused and possess clearer minds. What a great way to unwind after five full days of inspiring sessions and networking. New Dates for Health & MedTech Expo The 2016 SX Health & MedTech Expo will take place on Saturday March 12 and Sunday March 13 at the JW Marriott's Griffin Hall. 2015's inaugural event hosted over 5,000 attendees, showcased over 70 exhibitors, and gave voice to 12 discussion topics led by thought leaders like Tim O'Reilly, Wen Dombrowski and Bryan Sivak on the MedTech Stage. Look for even more in 2016. Changes for SXSW Film 2016 For 2016, Film Conference sessions will be organized into four Tracks: Influencers - Inspiration from experts and innovators including Keynotes and conversations. Creating Your Content - Learn everything you need to know about developing and crafting your project, from conception to release. Finding Your Audience - Essential tools in distribution, marketing, sales and more. What's Next - Explore how storytelling is evolving to embrace new forms and technologies. New Trade Show Features for 2016 The SXSW Trade Show will cover Exhibit Halls 2, 3 and 4 of the Austin Convention Center and feature new activations in 2016, including: The Trade Show Pitch Stage: A platform for exhibitors to demonstrate products or concepts in front of a live audience. Exhibitor Meet & Greets: A rotating event in which participating exhibitors host a scheduled Meet & Greet hour to network with attendees with food and beverages at their booth. Trade Daily Slots: Located in Startup Central, these daily slots allow cutting edge startups to showcase their products for a single day at a reduced cost. For more info on the SXSW trade show visit Remembering SXSW V2V 2015 SXSW V2V had another great year in Las Vegas in 2015. Some notable highlights included an amazing Opening Night Party at Hyde Bellagio, Keynotes from Banjo CEO Damien Patton and reality show Bazillion Dollar Club co-hosts Brady Forrest and Dave McClure, as well as the 3rd annual V2Venture startup competition. 2015 Grulke Prize Winners Update The Grulke Prize, awarded in three categories, was developed in honor of our friend and col- league Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away on August 13, 2012. It's been a busy summer for our SXSW 2015 winners: Leon Bridges (Developing US Act): Since taking SXSW by storm last March, this Fort Worth, Texas soul crooner released his debut album, Coming Home, to critical and commercial acclaim. While growing into an international star, Bridges has also made big strides at home, including an Austin City Limits taping in October. Courtney Barnett (Developing Non-US Act): The Australian singer-songwriter released her debut full-length, titled Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit, right at the end of SXSW Music 2015 to worldwide critical praise. With mul- tiple tours and festivals in the U.S., Europe and her home country already under her belt in 2015, she doesn't appear to be slowing down anytime soon. Spoon (Career Act): Austin's own Spoon returned with their eighth studio album, They Want My Soul, in 2014. Since performing at SXSW 2015, including a show in front of over 20,000 people at Auditorium Shores, Spoon hit the road for sev- eral dates in North and South America. The band rocked huge crowds at Bonnaroo, Sasquatch and more festivals along the way. Previous Grulke Prize Winners have included: Future Islands, The Strypes, Damon Albarn, Haim, Chvrches, The Flaming Lips. More info at C our t n ey B a rn e t t C H R I S S A U C E D O B o m b a E s té re o V 2Ve n tu re s ta r tu p co m p e t it io n w i n n e r s A N D Y N I E T U P S K I J O S H H A W K I N S

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