South by Southwest has announced another keynote speaker for its March 2018 event as well as several featured speakers across tech, sports, entertainment and politics.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan will be another keynote speaker for SXSW 2018 and is scheduled to speak on Monday, March 12. He was elected in May 2016 and has had a fascinating run so far. He joins a group of keynote speakers that includes filmmaker Darren Aronofsky, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, psychotherapist Esther Perel, filmmaker Barry Jenkins and entrepreneur William “Whurley” Hurley.
Some of the featured speakers include famed CNN news correspondent Christiane Amanpour, PayPal founder Peter Thiel, “Steve Jobs” biographer Walter Isaacson, TV host Wendy Williams and former New York Yankee ALex Rodriguez.
Here’s the complete list of additions from SXSW:
Christiane Amanpour (News & Journalism): CNN’s chief international correspondent and anchor of the network’s award-winning flagship global affairs program “Amanpour.”
Brian Behlendorf (Startup & Tech Sectors): A primary developer of the Apache Web server, the most popular web server software on the Internet, and a founding member of the Apache Software Foundation. Most recently, he was a managing director at Mithril Capital Management LLC, a global technology investment firm.
Daniel Glass (Music Industry): Founder/President of Glassnote Entertainment Group, a full service independent music company that began in 2007.
Kirsten Green (Startup & Tech Sectors): Founder and managing director of San Francisco-based Forerunner Ventures.
Ryan Holiday and Peter Thiel (News & Journalism): Holiday is the bestselling author of “Trust Me, I'm Lying; The Obstacle Is the Way; Ego Is the Enemy” and other books about marketing, culture, and the human condition. Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor who started PayPal in 1998, led it as CEO, and took it public in 2002. In 2004, Thiel launched Palantir Technologies, a software company that harnesses computers to empower human analysts in fields like national security and global finance. Holiday will interview Thiel on privacy and his quest to shut down Gawker.
Walter Isaacson (Startup & Tech Sectors): University Professor of History at Tulane, has been CEO of the Aspen Institute, chairman of CNN, and editor of Time magazine. He is the author of “Leonardo da Vinci,” “Steve Jobs,” “Einstein: His Life and Universe,” “Benjamin Franklin: An American Life,” and “Kissinger: A Biography.”
Guy Kawasaki and Symone Sanders (Government): Kawasaki is the chief evangelist of Canva, an online graphic design tool. Sanders is a strategist who rose to prominence during her tenure as the national press secretary for U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign.
Ezra Klein (Government): Ezra Klein is the editor-at-large and co-founder of Vox, the news brand from Vox Media.
Dylan Marron (Social Impact): A writer, performer, and videomaker whose work blends social activism and entertainment. In his critically-acclaimed podcast “Conversations with People Who Hate Me,” he calls up folks who have said negative or hateful things about him on the internet.
Loic Le Meur, Adam Cheyer, Daphne Koller, and Nell Watson (Intelligent Future): This group of leaders and AI experts will discuss and debate the burning questions around artifician intelligence
Ted Leo and Money Mark with Molly Neuman (Music Industry): Who are the real leaders who are taking risks and forging new models of business and careers in the music business?
Matthew Libatique and Snehal Patel (Making Film & Episodics): Libatique is a cinematographer best known for his work on “Black Swan” and “Requiem for a Dream.” Patel is a filmmaker, technologist and instructor with over 20 years of experience filming video and film.
Miguel McKelvey (Workplace): Co-founder and Chief Culture Officer of WeWork.
Alex Rodriguez with Mark Hoffman (Sports): Former New York Yankee Rodriguez will discuss how he’s leveraging what he’s learned to mentor a new generation of sports stars on his new CNBC primetime series, “Back in the Game.” CNBC Chairman Hoffman will moderate the conversation.
Bruce Sterling (Startup & Tech Sectors): Author, journalist, editor, and critic. His most recent book, “Utopia pirata - I racconti di Bruno Argento,” is a collection of Italian fantascienza stories.
Gary Vaynerchuk (Startup & Tech Sectors): An entrepreneur, four-time New York Times best-selling author and CEO of VaynerMedia.
Wendy Williams (Music Culture & Stories): A media mogul, actress, comedian, entrepreneur, designer, and New York Times best-selling author, who is best known for her long-running Daytime Emmy-nominated talk show, “The Wendy Williams Show.”
Young Guru (Music Industry): The Wall Street Journal calls Young Guru “the most influential man in hip-hop you’ve never heard of.” Often referred to as “The Sound of New York,” legendary audio engineer Gimel “Young Guru” Keaton is most known for his work behind the boards with Jay Z. Through this love for technology and innovation, Guru cofounded Era of the Engineer, a social enterprise designed to shed light where culture and technology intersect.
Andrew Zimmern (Food): A four-time James Beard Award-winning TV personality, chef, writer and teacher, Andrew Zimmern is regarded as one of the most versatile and knowledgeable personalities in the food world. As the creator, executive producer and host of the “Bizarre Foods” franchise on Travel Channel and “Andrew Zimmern’s Driven by Food,” he has explored cultures in more than 170 countries.
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