SXSW Interactive Comes in Many Different Shapes and Sizes

Sessions Showcase Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity

Official Graphic Recorders of SXSW Interactive 2015

Official Graphic Recorders of SXSW Interactive 2015

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SXSW Interactive Festival daytime programming is very diverse and varies not only by theme, but by format as well. Read below for a breakdown of the programming varieties we offer at SXSW Interactive to determine what most interests you.

SXSW Interactive Festival Session Formats

The crux of each day's programming, Keynote Presentations are internally-curated, hour-long talks that take the form of either a solo talk, interview, or a conversation between two individuals. These presentations bring to the stage some of the industry's most inspired thinkers.

Featured Sessions
SXSW Featured Sessions are a series of noteworthy presentations designed to inspire, enlighten and inform. These hour-long talks feature some of the most well respected and accomplished thought leaders in their industries.

Solo, Dual and Panel Presentations

Much of programming at SXSW Interactive consists of panel, dual or solo presentations. Panels typically feature one moderator and up to three additional industry experts who represent different perspectives and opinions. Solo and dual presentations offer less diversity of opinion but more in-depth analysis. Each of these formats are one hour in length.

Core Conversations
The informal discussions that take place between sessions have traditionally been one of the most productive parts of the SXSW Interactive Festival. Started in 2008, Core Conversations have become very popular with SXSW attendees. These sessions are a lot more interactive than the traditional format of presenting an expert's information to an audience. Core Conversation leaders engage and guide their audience in a lively discussion on the topic at hand.

Book Readings
The Book Reading program showcases some of the most interesting new titles related to creativity and innovation in media. Authors are given 20 minutes to talk about their new work, after which they are available to sign copies of their work at the nearby SX Bookstore.

Our in-depth, instructional workshop program offers advanced level technical information that revolves around a particular topic or skill. Workshops enable SXSW registrants to gain more expertise in their particular area of interest and vary from two-and-a-half, four or eight hours total time, dependent on the topic at hand. Advance sign-up is required.

Future15s are a series of 12-minute presentations that are curated from proposals submitted to the PanelPicker. These short-form presentations allow attendees to digest as much information as quickly as possible. Future15 presentations are grouped into two-hour blocks of programming related to a single theme.

Meet Ups
Meet Ups provide a set time and place for SXSW registrants to network with other creative industry professionals who share similar career paths, passions and social interests. Meet Ups offer a wide variety of topics and are 60 minutes in duration.

Mentor Sessions
Mentor Sessions aim to pair relative newcomers in the field of technology with an experienced new media professional for seven minutes of intense, one-on-one career coaching. Our mentors range in areas of expertise and make themselves available for an hour's time. Advance sign-up required.

SXSW Interactive Festival Locations and Session Themes

Austin Convention Center: Level 1
500 E Cesar Chavez Street
Keynotes, The Next Stage, Future 15s

Austin Convention Center: Level 3
500 E Cesar Chavez Street
Global Impact and Policy

Austin Convention Center: Level 4
500 E Cesar Chavez Street
Featured Sessions, Entertainment and Immersion, Book Readings, Global Impact and Policy

Courtyard by Marriott
300 E 4th Street
Mentors, Partner Programming

Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos Street
Food and Experiential Dining (SouthBites)

Four Seasons Hotel Austin
98 San Jacinto Boulevard
SXsports, Future of TV

Hilton Austin, 4th Floor
500 E 4th Street
Startup Village and Business

Hilton Austin, 6th Floor
500 E 4th Street
Startup Village and Business

Hyatt Regency Austin
208 Barton Springs Road
Brand and Marketing, Content and Distribution, Gaming

JW Marriott, 2nd Floor
110 E 2nd Street
Health and MedTech, Fashion and Wearable Tech (SXstyle), Intelligent Future

JW Marriott, 3rd Floor
110 E 2nd Street
Design and Development, Workshops

JW Marriott, 4th Floor
110 E 2nd Street
Art, Science and Inspiration, Work and Career, Social and Privacy

JW Marriott, 5th Floor
110 E 2nd Street
Meet Ups

The Long Center for the Performing Arts
701 W Riverside Drive
SXSW Gaming, SX Create

Palmer Events Center
900 Barton Springs Road
SXSW Gaming Expo

Radisson Town Lake
111 E Cesar Chavez Street
Partner Programming

SXSW Interactive Festival Session Themes

SXSW Interactive Festival Session Themes represent the various topics of interest that you, the community, have expressed a desire to see represented at the 2015 event. With our vast and diverse session offerings, Themes allow SXSW Interactive registrants to identify programming with a unifying idea and underlying common thread. These programming Themes act as topics of discourse, discussion and collaboration and are revisited every year to encompass new trends and industry innovations. The Themes listed below are listed in PanelPicker as submission options and mirror the programming Themes offered at SXSW Interactive 2015.

Art, Science and Inspiration

  • Design, drawing, ideas, out-of-the-box thinking, photography, pure art, writing, biomechanics, future of aging, neurology, next generation space discovery, physics, pure science
  • Branding and Marketing

  • Branding, marketing, advertising
  • Content and Distribution

  • Blogs, content strategy, ebooks, journalism, monetization, streaming and online content
  • Design and Development

  • Interaction design, open source, software and app development, user experience, web design
  • Entertainment and Immersion

  • Second screen, general convergence and immersive experiences
  • Fashion and Wearable Technology

  • Smart clothing, personal health monitoring, augmented reality, responsive computing
  • Food and Experiential Dining

  • Future of dining, precision agriculture, food communities and events
  • Gaming

  • Casual gaming, console gaming, educational gaming, gaming culture, gamification, hardcore gaming
  • Global Impact and Policy

  • Non-profit and activism, diversity and emerging markets, policy and civic engagement
  • Health and Medtech

  • Medical Systems and technology development, online health services, self-hacking, self-monitoring
  • Intelligent Future

  • Connected cars, urban planning, autonomous vehicles, intelligent infrastructure, What The Future, nanotechnology, paranormal, pervasive computing, quantum computer, spirituality, time travel, zero point theory, the next big thing
  • Social and Privacy

  • Social networks, social media, personal and professional online relationships, surveillance, encryption tools, racking, big data, monitoring
  • Sports

  • In-stadium experience, fan engagement, sports analytics, sport psychology, filmmaking and storytelling, youth sports, sports media and broadcasting
  • Startup Village and Business

  • B2B, bootstrapping, business strategy, future of money, startups, VC funding, branding, marketing, advertising
  • Work and Career

  • Career development, co-working and alternative workspaces, freelance and contract work, team building, work/life balance

  • If you have ideas, suggestions or questions about SXSW daytime programming, then please feel free to email us.