Events

The Boring Company: Elon Musk is low-key at hot-ticket, last-minute SXSW 2018 Q&A session

It’s not that Elon Musk isn’t one of the world’s most interesting people. As enumerated by South by Southwest chief programming officer Hugh Forrest in his introduction of a late-added Q&A session at ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Musk checks...

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The ‘Westworld’ creators/cast panel at SXSW 2018 was a beautiful mess, and then Elon Musk showed up

There were lots of laughs, quite a few curse words (thanks, Thandie Newton) and a white-hot secret preview of HBO’s “Westworld,” Season Two, but like the enigmatic show itself, Saturday afternoon’s creator/cast presentation at South by Southwest ...

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SXSW 2018: refreshing sense of non-punditry in Ta-Nehisi Coates convergence keynote

Some South by Southwest speakers, when interviewed, will talk about any topic, at length, whether they know what they’re talking about or not.  Atlantic national correspondent, award-winning author and “Black Panther” comics writer Ta-Nehisi Coates...

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SXSW 2018: ‘Love & Sex Around the World’ giving Christiane Amanpour career change of pace

The perfect pairing of interview subject and interviewer made for a dynamic South by Southwest 2018 talk on gender issues, global politics and even Silicon Valley tech culture as brash Recode executive editor Kara Swisher interviewed longtime CNN...

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Sen. Bernie Sanders and CNN’s Jake Tapper cover lots of political ground in SXSW 2018 talk

In a Friday afternoon on the first day of South by Southwest 2018, CNN’s Jake Tapper and independent Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders had time to stretch out in front of a live audience. Addressing a over-full Ballroom D at the Austin Convention Center...

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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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