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SXSW 2018 begins on social-good activism note with Techfugees CEO Joséphine Goube

After a 15-minute opening talk by South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest, SXSW 2018 started in earnest with an on-point talk by French activist Joséphine Goube, the CEO of Techfugees, called “Let’s Tech the Borders Down.” Since...

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From #metoo to racial divide, SXSW 2018 set to take on social issues

When South by Southwest 2018 officially puts its big arms around downtown Austin on Friday morning for the city’s annual bear hug of live music, new films and tech talk, it will provide no shortage of things to talk about. For months the SXSW Conference...

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Is this panel full? 'SXSW Go' app's Red-Yellow-Green tool expanded for 2018

If you ask any longtime attendee of South by Southwest who actually goes to panels what frustrates them the most and they’ll probably tell you it’s not getting into panels when too many people show up, particularly in smaller venue rooms. For 2018...

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SXSW 2018: Get ready for a lot more VR and AR

Two years ago, it felt like South by Southwest was being overtaken by virtual-reality goggles. Big installations by Samsung, which brought a literal roller-coaster ride experience to SXSW, game demos and gimmicky virtual tours were everywhere, timed...

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You could get judged by McConaughey, DJ’d by Snoop Dogg at SXSW pitch event

Sometimes concentrations of major celebrity gatherings at South by Southwest fly under the radar under the sheer crush of RSVPs and event announcements; that may be the case with Pitch Perfect, a $100,000 startup competition taking place Saturday...

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SXSW will return to crowds, criticisms and lots to talk about next week

In 2012, Angelique LaRue, a Los Angeles-based digital and social media manager for a restaurant chain, came to Austin for South by Southwest for the first time.  “I’d been with the company for only a year. I’d had never been to this type of conference...

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Have esports reached the tipping point? 

Are esports, events where spectators watch professional video-game players compete, finally going mainstream in Texas and the rest of the United States? Given the popularity of the recently launched Overwatch League, TV networks such as TBS, NBC and ESPN...

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VR journalist Nonny de la Peña added as SXSW keynote; Bernie Sanders and Schwarzenegger coming, too

South by Southwest on Wednesday afternoon announced another keynote speaker for the March festival and conference as well as several featured speakers including U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders and former California governor and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger...

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SXSW: One month out, 2018 edition is taking shape

Here it comes. In less than a month, downtown Austin will again be transformed and foot-trafficked into exhaustion when South by Southwest begins on March 9. How many people will there be?  Last year, SXSW conference events attracted 70,696 attendees...

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Five lessons from successful Roblox game developer Andrew Bereza

Andrew Bereza, an 18-year-old student at the University of Washington, had more success as a game developer before he got to college than many who’ve spent their entire careers working in the industry. He started early, playing on the popular gaming-for-kids...

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