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For over 30 years the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) has launched the city of Austin, TX center stage as it transforms into a mecca for the world’s leaders in the industries of Film, Music, Interactive, as well as Sustainability (Eco) and Education (Edu).

This March 10-19 the tradition will continue bringing together a multitude of industries for the greater good of helping creative minds across the globe achieve their goals. Featured sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities make for the best place to discover unparalleled opportunities.

“In 2016 alone, SXSW’s economic impact on the Austin economy totaled $325.3 million,” stated its website.



President of the United States Barack Obama at SXSW Interactive 2016. Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for SXSW.

One of the most interesting facets of the event is the conferences which allow for an up close and personal experience with featured speakers and keynotes and features a variety of tracks allowing attendees the opportunity to explore what’s new in the world of entertainment, culture, and technology as shared by its website. “SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together.”

This year the festival is proud to announce “The Honorable Joseph R. Biden, Jr., the 47th Vice President of the United States, who will speak on Sunday, March 12 at 3:30 pm at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.” Among some of the keynotes sharing their insights and covering a wide array of topics include Jigsaw Director of Research and Development Yasmin Green (Tuesday, March 14), and country music icon Garth Brooks in conversation with Amazon Music Vice President Steve Boom (Friday, March 17).

“This diverse, eclectic group of icons, artists, and pioneers represent the spirit of unexpected discovery that SXSW has become known for,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW Chief Programming Officer. For the complete list of keynote and featured speakers visit


AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 12:  Actor Jake Gyllenhaal attends the screening of "Demolition" during the 2016 SXSW Music, Film + Interactive Festival at Paramount Theatre on March 12, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  (Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SXSW) *** Local Caption *** Jake Gyllenhaal
Jake Gyllenhaal. Photo by Mike Windle/Getty Images for SXSW.

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