South by Southwest on Tuesday announced another round of featured speakers as its lineup for March 2018 continues to fill out. Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky was named a keynote speaker in a list that already includes author Ta-Nehisi Coates, director Barry Jenkins, psychotherapist Esther Perel and Austin financial tech entrepreneur William “whurley” Hurley.
The tech world was represented in some of the featured speaker additions, which included Austin’s GSD&M co-founder Roy Spence, former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and others. On the Music side of things, Keith Urban was added as well.
Here’s the full list of Featured Speaker additions announced Tuesday, with info from SXSW:
Luvvie Ajayi: A New York Times best-selling author, speaker and digital strategist. A 14-year blogging veteran, she is the voice behind Awesomely Luvvie, a widely-respected humor blog.
Steve Ballmer: Co-founder of Ballmer Group and owner of the Los Angeles Clippers. Ballmer retired as Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft in 2014 after leading the company for nearly 14 years. He remains a significant investor. Ballmer also leads USAFacts, a project seeking to improve transparency in government.
W. Kamau Bell: The host of the Emmy Award-winning CNN Original Series “United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell.” The series also received a Television Critics Association Award nomination in its first season.
Stefan Blom with Josh Constine: Stefan Blom is Chief Content Officer at Spotify. In his role as CCO he has responsibility for the company’s content and distribution operations, including all licensing, programming, studios & original content, industry and creators relationships and products globally. Josh Constine is the Editor-At-Large for TechCrunch where he specializes in deep analysis of social products.
Sandy Carter: An AWS VP focused on Enterprise Workloads and helping companies with innovation. She was a driving force of Innovation at IBM for the last decade. Her fifth book “Extreme Innovation,” built on her research with Carnegie Mellon.
Ana Marie Cox and Bree Newsome: Ana Marie Cox is a political columnist and culture critic. She conducts the "Talk" interviews featured in The New York Times Magazine. She also hosts “With Friends Like These, a podcast from Crooked Media.” Bree Newsome is a community organizer and activist who removed the Confederate battle flag from the South Carolina State House.
Ira Gass: The host and creator of the radio program and podcast “This American Life.” The show is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations in the United States, Australia and Canada, with another 2.5 million listening to the podcast.
Tristan Harris: Previously a Design Ethicist at Google, Harris left to lead Time Well Spent, a non-profit movement to align technology with our humanity. Time Well Spent aims to transform the race for attention by revealing how technology steers two billion people’s thoughts and choices, and by demonstrating how new incentives and design practices can transform our technology environment to align with our best interests.
Hugh Herr, Aimee Mullins and Professor Hans Georg Näder: Time Magazine coined Dr. Hugh Herr the “Leader of the Bionic Age” because of his revolutionary work in the emerging field of Biomechatronics - technology that marries human physiology with electromechanics. Athlete and model Aimee Mullins became the first amputee in history to compete in the NCAA and was the first person ever to be outfitted with woven carbon fiber sprinting prostheses. Hans-Georg Naeder heads one of Germany's largest orthopedic device makers, Otto Bock Group. The family business has worked with the Paralympics since 1988, producing hockey sledges and custom prosthetics for skiers, snowboarders and sprinters.
Yiying Lu: A Silicon Valley creative director and award-winning artist and designer with more than 10 years of experience in the creative realm. Lu was named a "Top 10 Emerging Leader in Innovation" in the Microsoft Next 100 series.
David Marcus: Vice president of messaging products at Facebook responsible for Messenger, which is used by hundreds of millions of people around the world daily. He joined Facebook in 2014 from PayPal where he spent the previous two years as the company’s President and previously as Vice President of Mobile, leading its mobile products and business.
Bruce Mau: Twenty-five years in the business of design gave Bruce the practical, holistic insights for going into the design of business with his Massive Change Network five years ago. In doing so he laid the foundation for the new discipline of enterprise design, applying his design thinking methodology to economic, cultural, governmental, environmental and social change.
Daniel H. Pink: Author of several books about management, work and behavioral science, including The New York Times bestsellers Drive, “To Sell is Human,” and “A Whole New Mind.”
Brian Solis: Principal analyst and futurist at Altimeter, the digital analyst group at Prophet. Additionally, Solis is an award-winning author of seven best-selling books including “X: The Experience When Business Meets Design,” “What’s the Future of Business (WTF),” and “The End of Business as Usual.”
Roy Spence: Chairman and co-founder of the advertising agency GSD&M and author of the books “The Amazing Faith of Texas” and “It’s Not What You Sell, It’s What You Stand For: Why Every Extraordinary Business Is Driven By Purpose.” Spence is also co-founder and CEO of The Purpose Institute which helps organizations and leaders discover and fulfill their purpose.
Keith Urban: Songwriter, vocalist, musician and guitarist. Over the course of his career, Urban has earned four Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 11 Academy of Country Music Awards, a People’s Choice and an American Music Award.
Lawrence Wright: Lawrence Wright is a staff writer for The New Yorker and the author of nine previous books of nonfiction, including “In the New World,” “Remembering Satan,” “The Looming Tower,” “Going Clear,” “Thirteen Days in September” and “The Terror Years,” and one novel, “God's Favorite.” His books have received many prizes and honors, including a Pulitzer Prize for “The Looming Tower.” His latest book, “God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State,” will be released in Spring 2018.
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