South by Southwest on Tuesday added several heavy hitters from the tech industry to its featured speaker lineup for March, plus about a half dozen from film, TV, fashion and food.
On the tech side, Apple’s senior vice president of internal software and services Eddy Cue, Waymo CEO John Krafcik, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, tech journalist Kara Swisher and activist Chelsea Manning, famous for a WikiLeaks information dump, will speak in March. SXSW is also adding a “Business on the Blockchain panel.”
For star gazers, new additions include director Spike Lee, actor and writer Ethan Hawke, “Girls” creator Lena Dunham, “Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson, “Orphan Black” star Tatiana Maslany, stars of HBO’s “Westworld” Jeffrey Wright, Evan Rachel Wood and James Marsden, and model Karlie Kloss. The conference is also doing a panel about TV’s “60 Minutes” that will be moderated by the show’s Lara Logan.
SXSW runs March 9-18.
Other additions include:
José Andrés and Dana Cowin: José Andrés is an internationally-recognized author and chef/owner of ThinkFoodGroup. Dana Cowin has been a tastemaker, talent scout and innovator in media for the past 30 years. Her scope spans magazines, digital, social, books, restaurants, TV, video, radio and events, as an influencer with wide reach in the food world. José Andrés and Dana Cowin will join Andrew Zimmern in conversation.
Amber Venz Box: President and Co-Founder of rewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it. A digital style influencer herself, Amber Venz Box conceptualized and launched rewardStyle at the age of 23 as a solution to monetize her fashion blog, venzedits.com.
Business on the Blockchain: Brian Behlendorf (Executive Director, Hyperledger) and Amber Baldet (Blockchain Lead, JPMorgan and Financial Industry Chair, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance) discuss what business might look like in a blockchain-enabled future and how the choices we make today — some incredibly technical, some undeniably human — are shaping the next generation of e-commerce.
From CBGB to the World: A Downtown Diaspora: Featuring: Chris Frantz, Julia Gorton, Richard Lloyd, Chris Stamey, and Tina Weymouth.
The Female Voices of Film Twitter: Fresh from the publication of her new book “Backwards & In Heels” chronicling the past, present and future of women in the film industry, Fandango correspondent and author Alicia Malone will moderate on the importance of the female voice in film commentary and social media. Joining Malone: female film pundits including Amy Nicholson (Variety, The Canon), Jen Yamato (Los Angeles Times), and Monica Castillo (New York Times) who will provide advice for both aspiring journalists and filmmakers seeking to break into this industry to tell their stories on the big screen.
You can read about keynote speakers at SXSW and other recent announcements on 512tech’s SXSW page.
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