South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals has announced its Keynotes and Featured Speakers for the 37th edition of its annual Conference, which celebrates the convergence of technology, film, television, and music. SXSW takes place March 10 – 19, 2023 in Austin, Texas.
The Keynotes announced include Golden Globe Award-winning actor, writer, producer, director, recording artist, New York Times best-selling author William Shatner, humanitarian, culinary innovator, educator, and founder of World Central Kitchen José Andrés, actor, producer, and New York Times bestselling author Priyanka Chopra Jonas, members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-nominated rock band New Order Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, and Gillian Gilbert, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter and producer Margo Price, and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.
“Today’s speaker announcement is a fantastic milestone for the 2023 event and spotlights five additional Keynotes and numerous Featured Speakers, including influential icons and up and coming innovators,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer and Co-President. “We are extremely proud to have assembled a diverse, comprehensive conference program for SXSW, and we can’t wait to share it with our community in March.”
SXSW’s first announced Keynote Speaker was Patagonia CEO Ryan Gellert in conversation with Emmy Award-winning journalist and New York Times bestselling author Katie Couric. Additionally, SXSW has announced a Keynote Session featuring the following members of the James Webb Space Telescope team, NASA Goddard Communications Team Lead for the James Webb Space Telescope Laura Betz, Astrophysicist and James Webb Space Telescope Deputy Project Scientist for Exoplanet Science Dr. Knicole Colón, Astrophysicist, Instrument Scientist for the European Space Agency, and Deputy Project Scientist in the Webb Mission Office at the Space Telescope Science Institute Macarena Garcia Marin, Planetary Scientist and James Webb Space Telescope Deputy Project Scientist for Planetary Science Dr. Stefanie Milam, and Astrophysicist and Deputy Project Scientist for James Webb Space Telescope Science Communications Dr. Amber Straughn.
The SXSW Conference is organized into 25 programming tracks presented across a variety of session formats. The tracks for 2023 include 2050, Advertising & Brand Experience, Cannabis, Civic Engagement, Climate Change, Creating Film & Episodics, Culture, Design, Energy, Film & TV Industry, Food, Game Industry, Health & MedTech, Markets & Economies, Media Industry, Music & Tech, Music Careers, Psychedelics, Sports, Startups, Tech Industry, Transportation, Travel & Leisure, Workplace Revolution and XR & Metaverse. More information about SXSW programming tracks and formats can be found here.
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