South by Southwest on Wednesday morning released another round of featured speakers for the March 10-19 conference, including decluttering author Marie Kondo (”The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up”); David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, the showrunners of the wildly popular HBO series “Game of Thrones”; futurist Ray Kurzweil (”The Singularity Is Near”); CNN commentator Van Jones, SoulCycle CEO Melanie Whelan; and AOL co-founder Steve Case in conversation with GE vice chair Beth Comstock.
What does Marie Kondo, whose bestselling book has helped clear millions of disgusting closets, have to do with technology? Have you ever met a techie who isn’t trying to be more efficient in life and in their code?
SXSW chief programming officer Hugh Forrest said in a release that the speakers list released Wednesday includes trendsetters in entertainment, artificial intelligence and other big-picture trends the conference will explore. “This programming represents global leaders using their talents as creative visionaries, and futuristic engineers advancing innovation,” Forrest said.
The list of new featured speakers also includes:
- A session with entertainment influencers including Tom Cwik (Jet Propulsion Lab), Maggie Malone (Walt Disney Animation Studios) and Steve May (PIXAR).
- Dr. Hiroshi Ishiguro and Dr. Ryuichiro Higashinaka in an Intelligent Future Panel. Ishiguro is director of Osaka University’s Intelligent Robotics Laboratory. Higashinaka is senior research scientist at the Audio, Speech, and Language Media Laboratory at the NTT Media Intelligence Laboratories.
- Amy Kurzweil, a cartoonist and writer who teaches at Parsons New School for Design and Fashion Institute of Technology, who’ll speak on a session with Ray Kurzweil.
- Actors Wagner Moura (”Narcos”) and Alice Braga (”Queen of the South”) on a panel about diversity in Hollywood, in conversation with Variety reporter John Hopewell.
- Filmmaker and tech entrepreneur Casey Neistat, who is currently working at CNN Worldwide.
- General Paul J. Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who recently spoke on “60 Minutes” about drone warfare.
- Tyler Haney, CEO of Outdoor Voices, in a health panel with Melanie Whelan and CNBC correspondent Julia Boorstin.
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