The last week has been a busy one for news about South by Southwest . On Thursday, it was announced that controversial FBI director James Comey will be interviewed on March 13 by The Newseum’s CEO Jeffrey Herbst.
In addition to that, here’s some SXSW news you might have missed:
- Finalists for the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event were announced, including four Austin-area companies: Litmus Health, Makerarm, SPLT and Wimberley-based FishViews. The competition takes place March 11-12.
- Emcees and nominees for the 2017 SXSW Gaming Awards were also announced. WWE star Xavier Woods and gaming broadcaster OMGitsfirefoxx (yes, that’s spelled correctly) will host the March 18 event and awards will be given out in 23 categories. The event is free to attend for SXSW badgeholders or those with SXSW Gaming wristbands, which for the first time won’t be free. Registration for SXSW Gaming Expo this year is $20 per day or $39 for a three-day pass for March 16-18.
- Veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher, one of the founders and the executive editor of Recode, will be inducted into SXSW’s Interactive Hall of Fame at a ceremony March 14.
- Five winners of the David Carr prize, named after the famed media journalist, have been awarded. You can read the winning essays on the SXSW site.
- And the conference is holding a series of community meetups leading up to the main event, starting Feb. 13 with an African-American Community Meetup and following with an Asian-American event (Feb. 15), a Latino event (Feb. 16), an event for the LGBTQ community (Feb. 21) and a general meetup (Feb. 23) at various Austin venues.
- On Monday, SXSW added more films to its lineup, including three that are related to tech. “Pornocracy” from France will have its world premiere; it’s about how amateur porn online overtook mainstream fare and is directed by Ovidie. “Nobody Speak: Trials of the Free Press” from director Brian Knappenberger is about the trial between Hulk Hogan and Gawker Media that was partly funded by Peter Thiel and which led to the demise of the gossip website. And “Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web” from director Annie Goldson is a story about “The most wanted man online.”
More keynotes, featured speakers are other announcements should be rolling out in the coming week or two.
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