SXSW

Texas Forever: Celebrating Ideas and Innovation at SXSW 2019

 

As cred’s resident Texan, my home state is known for many great things—cowboys, the Alamo, and one of the best conferences in the world (in my humble, Austin unicorn opinion): South By, aka South by Southwest (SXSW)! An annual festival happening every spring in Austin, SXSW is part conference and part film and music festival, with the goal of bringing together leaders and thought provokers across all industries to share their knowledge.

Along with listening to talks from the likes of Stacey Abrams, Brené Brown, Kimberly Bryant, David Byrne, and Tim Ferriss, I was able to see cred speakers like Elizabeth Giorgi, Founder & CEO of Mighteor, Edith Yeung, Partner at 500 Startups, David Schwartz, CTO at Ripple, and Omar Tawakol, CEO & Founder at Voicea, take the stage and share their thoughts on the future of health, tech, politics, entertainment, and much more.

Here were some of my top three favorite talks:

Featured Session: Blockchain Beyond the Hype: The Ripple Effect

In front of more than 600 attendees, Ripple CTO David Schwartz spoke candidly about cryptography and the future of blockchain. Joined by Business Insider Editor-at-Large Sara Silverstein, David discussed his interest in bitcoin, the difference between XRP and Ripple, SEC regulation laws, and why XRP is not a security.

Keynote: A Cultural Crystal Ball

In front of a packed house, Bozoma Saint John, CMO at William Morris Endeavor, and Ashley Graham, model and host of the Pretty Big Deal podcast, discussed how to spot trends that will be the next big thing. The session dove into how being authentic has helped them navigate trends and how they have each developed or impacted the culture in their industries.

Filled with golden nuggets of wisdom throughout their talk, Bozoma’s message of “staying quiet and really paying attention to the world around you,” for new ideas and inspiration is something that I’ll be practicing.

Keynote: Shirley Manson & Lauren Mayberry with Puja Patel

Lead by alternative music powerhouses, Shirley Manson, Garbage frontwoman, and CHVRCHES vocalist Lauren Mayberry, this panel, moderated by Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Puja Patel, discussed their experiences as women in the music industry, how growing up in Scotland helped shape them into the people they are today, how they stay creative, and how social media impacts them in both positive and negative ways.

Curious about where else cred has been so far? Check out our other event spotlights here!

 

Time to Cast your Votes: SXSW Panel Picker is Live!

 
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Each March, 70,000+ people head to Austin, TX, for SXSW, but did you know the festival and conference gives the public a say in deciding who will appear on its stages? Through PanelPicker, you can vote for the conference sessions you’d most want to see at the event. cred submitted our clients in 15 sessions this year, covering a range of topics from cryptocurrencies and AI exoskeletons to diversity behind the camera and using data for good.

You can explore all our sessions below. We’d love if you voted for your favorites; PanelPicker closes August 30!

cred Client: Ayasdi
Trust Challenge: Why Explainable AI is not Enough

cred Client: Foundation Capital
Unlocking the Blockchain Trilemma
Watch out Silicon Valley: Rising LATAM Rech Scene

cred Client: Hawke Media
Where’s My Money? Surviving Shifts in Advertising

cred Client: Mighteor
Women in Film Behind-the-Scenes

cred Client: MuteSix
For Women, by Women, Knowing Your Audience

cred Client: Olivela
Innovation in Retail & Purpose: CARE & Olivela

cred Client: Periscope Data
Strategies for the Diversity & Inclusion Journey
Data for Good: Conversation with Crisis Text Line

cred Client: Ripple
Blockchain Behind the Hype: The Ripple Effect

cred Client: Selligent Marketing Cloud
Marketing in the Era of the Entitled Customer

cred Client: SoulTour
Working with Soul: Ritual Designs in the Workplace

cred Client: Voicera
Powering Productivity at Work with AI Exoskeletons
Behind the Intelligence: Active and Passive A.I.

cred Client: 500 Startups
Made in China: Crypto, Exchanges, Trust and More

South by Southwest: The Countdown Begins

Thirty years later, what was once a local music festival has transformed into an utter phenomenon as one of the largest, most influential technology events in the world. SXSW is iconic in today’s tech scene, spanning music, film and technology - it is one of the few conferences bringing together hundreds of powerful speakers and thought leaders across all walks of life.

Kicking off in one week is the SXSW Interactive Festival, a portion of the conference that features emerging technologies and innovative startups. This year, we’re excited to have secured speaking engagements for Tim Chang, Partner, Mayfield Fund, and Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder & CEO, Lumoid.

The two will be joined by Steve El-Hage, Founder & CEO, Massdrop for a panel discussion on how eCommerce can still be successful despite the threat of Amazon, as well as how the “access over ownership” mentality has impacted retail. Check it out:

Future of Retail: The On-Demand, Peer Economy

Monday, March 13, 2017 at 9:30 – 10:30 AM

Retail, meet collaborative consumption. Pioneers of the sharing economy, like Zipcar and Airbnb, understand today’s consumers: we want access over ownership, and we want it now. More and more brands are tapping into this technology-impelled model for retail, offering services like peer-to-peer closet-sharing and the option to try-before-you-buy products. It’s a nod to the immense purchasing power of millennials–– and their unique perspectives on consumption. It’s also a sweeping transformation of the retail experience.

Speakers:

  • Tim Chang, Partner at Mayfield Fund

  • Aarthi Ramamurthy, Founder & CEO at Lumoid

  • Steve El-Hage, Founder & CEO at Massdrop

Interested in any of the other speaker sessions? Check out the full agenda here.