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It's time for kickoff! Start with these top picks from our fantastic speaker community.

Adriene Mishler
Adriene Mishler

Entrepreneur & International Yoga Teacher

11AM–12PM, Austin Convention Center
“An incredible teacher, writer and fellow Texan. I’ve been following Brené for quite some time. She is a great role model and I imagine she is fun as hell.”
5PM–6PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
Aleksandra Przegalinska
Aleksandra Przegalinska

AI Expert / Research Fellow, MIT / Assistant Professor, Kozminski University

11AM–12PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
“As far as I’m concerned taking into account urgent global climate challenges and the management of our future mega-cities, I’m very much looking forward to hearing this talk.”
Alfredo Orobio
Alfredo Orobio

Founder & CEO, AWAYTOMARS

11AM–12PM, Fairmont Hotel
“I really like the parallel of science fiction and the real advance in science. I think the two universes have collaborated to create their mutual development.”
Paul Austin
Paul Austin

Founder, The Third Wave

11AM–12PM, JW Marriott
Rana June
Rana June

Founder & CEO, Lightwave

11AM–12PM, Fairmont Hotel
“I like Cassie Kozyrkov’s thinking and approach. I’m looking forward to hearing my and Google’s current viewpoint on their concept of decision-intelligence engineering.”
Ryan Gellert
Ryan Gellert

General Manager – EMEA, Patagonia

11AM–12PM, Four Seasons
11AM–12PM, JW Marriott Austin
Adam Cheyer
Adam Cheyer

Co-Founder & VP Engineering, Viv Labs

12:30PM–1:30PM, Fairmont Hotel
“Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Slack: let’s see what the big companies have to say about the past, present, and future of AI.”
Harald Becker
Harald Becker

Director Industry Engagement & Research, Office Envisioning, Microsoft

12:30PM–1:30PM, Fairmont Hotel
“It’s a wonderful opportunity to hear from the folks who are actually building next-gen AI tools.”
Marta Riggins
Marta Riggins

Director Employer Brand & Employee Engagement, Instacart

12:30PM–1:30PM, JW Marriott
“As a parent, I’m all about learning how companies can help parents succeed both at work and at home.”
Sasha Samochina
Sasha Samochina

Immersive Visualization Producer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

12:30PM–1:30PM, Austin Convention Center
“This all-female panel features members of the public outreach team at NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory who will speak about how they have been working to create more experiential campaigns to share NASA’s story.”
Tim Leberecht
Tim Leberecht

Founder and CEO, The Business Romantic Society; Host, House of Beautiful Business

12:30PM–1:30PM, Austin Convention Center
“There is hope though, because – to stick with the morbid theme – I’d also want to learn about “The End of Killing” with Rick Smith. ‘What if the right tech could make killing a thing of the past?’ he asks. Could be a case of typical Silicon Valley solutionism hubris in the style of Minority Report’s predictive policing or, who knows, a more surprising twist. Either way, I’m intrigued.”
2PM–3PM, The Line Hotel
“In this spirit, let’s start on an uplifting note, just to get the existential questions out of the way. This talk is definitely worth attending in these times, and sets the proper tone for this year’s SXSW agenda.”
Zackes Brustik
Zackes Brustik

Communication Expert & Moderator

12:30PM–1:30PM, JW Marriott Hotel
“Politics – not a sexy ‘futuristic’ topic, yet a crucial one. Tech-development and the advancement of society are not happening in a bubble. American politics and America’s societal division are currently threatening the basis of what makes science, entrepreneurship and an open-minded society thrive.”
Jessica Oralkan
Jessica Oralkan

Co-Founder, Collecteurs

3:30PM–4:30PM, Four Seasons
“In today’s world anyone, regardless of background or education, can become a successful entrepreneur so I’m excited to hear how this panel has worked to change the traditional face of entrepreneurship.”
Maddy Savage
Maddy Savage

Journalist & Presenter

3:30PM–4:30PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
“There’s a lot of talk about encouraging diversity and inclusivity in tech, but Kimberly Bryant’s non-profit Black Girls CODE is among the initiatives that is having a real, tangible impact. I’m excited to learn more about its projects to introduce girls of color (ages 7–17) to technology, computer science and entrepreneurship.”
Ruth Morgan
Ruth Morgan

Professor of Crime and Forensic Science, University College London

3:30PM–4:30PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
“It is a ‘must see’ because all the biggest innovations I’ve seen started with a problem, but the problems are only figured out when we ask the right questions. This is a panel of top leaders and disruptive thinkers from different backgrounds in business and academia sharing their thinking on how to create an environment for those breakthroughs.”
Thomas Webb
Thomas Webb

Tech Magician / Social Engineer / Hacker

5PM–6PM, Fairmont Hotel
““Keren’s TED talk is hacker hall of fame. She doesn’t just talk about technology and security, she dives into the social implications of hackers. How the mindset of the hacker is powerful, because anything can be hacked. The cyber world becomes a playground. I love the hacker mindset at a base level – throw stuff together, wire stuff, code stuff… borrow some code from some guy’s Git and rip some IoT device, find some code, change it, make an army of drones. That’s me. Of course, seeing the guys that do this PROPERLY will be insane.”
Pamela Pavliscak
Pamela Pavliscak

Founder, Change Science

5PM–6PM, JW Marriott

Choice Cuts: Top sessions selected by our me Convention speaker community

The me Convention stages have been graced by top speakers from a vast range of industries and professions, delivering the diverse and compelling sessions that make us unique. We've gathered insight from our community of speakers from the past two years; here they draw on firsthand experience to share their top tips for unmissable sessions during SXSW 2019.

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