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Inspired? Day two is packed with more talks and sessions; here's our exclusive speakers' selection.

Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki

Chief Evangelist, Canva

9:30AM–10:30AM, Austin Convention Center
9:30AM–10:30AM, Fairmont Hotel
“Who can resist learning how to apply science to advertising and marketing? What a concept! IMHO, behavioral economics is the next big thing, and this session is case-study based, so it’s bound to be interesting.”
3:30PM–4:30PM, Hilton Hotel
Marta Riggins
Marta Riggins

Director Employer Brand, Employee Engagement & Social Impact, Instacart

9:30AM–10:30AM, JW Marriott Hotel
“There are so many talented people in this country who have barriers to opportunity. Love the idea of ‘social impact hiring’ and tapping into hidden talent pools.”
Stephan Balzer
Stephan Balzer

Founder, Boma Global / Curator TEDxBerlin

9:30AM–10:30PM, Austin Convention Center
“Howard Schultz has surprised many with his possible candidacy as president of the United States of America, so it would be interesting to hear what he has to say.”
Winy Bernard
Winy Bernard

Founder of Deux Creative Agency

9:30AM–10:30AM, Fairmont Hotel
“Our world is changing and Generations Y & Z are consciously buying from brands that recognize the importance of it. This talk is for any brand looking to make a difference and reach these generations.”
Jessica Oralkan
Jessica Oralkan

Co-Founder, Collecteurs

11AM–12PM, Fairmont Hotel
“With advanced technologies becoming so commonplace that even our phones have facial recognition technology, our minds move to the unethical uses of this technology and inevitable violations of our privacy. I am really curious to hear the flip side and how companies are using them responsibly to maximize the public good.”
John Cohn
John Cohn

IBM Fellow, Internet of Things, IBM

11AM–12PM, Fairmont Hotel
3:30PM–4:30PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
“I’m so interested in the balance between regulation and innovation. It’s always interesting to watch politicians trying to shape technology and technologists trying to shape the law.”
Thomas Webb
Thomas Webb

Tech Magician / Social Engineer / Hacker

11AM–12PM, Fairmont Hotel
“John is something special. Some people might call this role Troublemaker, Rogue, Agent Provocateur, Hell Raiser. I like Badass, myself. Anyone that’s working AI at Watson is special. IBM are killing the AI game with Watson. He’s a serious AI engineer and his mindset is to rethink approaches to problems. I want to hear how he thinks mobility and automation could potentially work.”
Rachel Ricketts
Rachel Ricketts

Radical Justice Advocate & Consultant, Intuitive Coach

9:30AM–11AM, Westin Austin Downtown
Nell Watson
Nell Watson

Engineer and Tech Philosopher, AI & Robotics Faculty at Singularity University

12:30PM–1:30PM, Fairmont Hotel
“We can only enjoy AI in a safe and sustainable way if IoT security and ethics are well-catered for.”
Per Schlingman
Per Schlingman

Communication Expert & Fiction Author

2PM–3PM, Austin Convention Center
“How AI can develop storytelling and creative processes is a big X-factor.”
Jon Gray
Jon Gray

Co-Founder, Ghetto Gastro

3:30PM–5:30PM, Westin Austin Downtown
“It’ll be interesting to see case studies on how food will be utilized as a tool for diplomacy.”
Rana June
Rana June

Founder & CEO, Lightwave

3:30PM–4:30PM, Fairmont Hotel
“This panel will bring together an incredible group of thinkers in the space addressing one of the most mission-critical challenges to overcome in realizing the full potential of AI technologies: bias. As someone working in the field, I’m constantly looking for ways to address and alleviate this, so I’m truly looking forward to gaining new perspective and inspiration from this session.”
Adriene Mishler
Adriene Mishler

Entrepreneur & International Yoga Teacher

5PM–6PM, Austin Convention Center
“This brave leader, activist and 29-year-old US representative for New York is fierce and not holding back. She is an inspiration and I will do anything to give her a big Texas-sized high five or hug.”
Alfredo Orobio
Alfredo Orobio

Founder & CEO, AWAYTOMARS

5PM–5:15PM, JW Marriott Hotel
“IDEO is one of my favorite companies and its work has inspired us at AWAYTOMARS to think how we create fashion in a different way.”
Frank Warren
Frank Warren

Founder, PostSecret

5PM–6PM, Fairmont Hotel
“Cory Doctorow is behind a blog I have looked at literally thousands of times, Boing Boing. Get his latest take on the intersection of sci-fi, technology, online culture and people’s politics in this panel discussion.”

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.

Disclaimer: The views of me Convention speakers do not necessarily reflect the opinions of either Mercedes-Benz and/or SXSW.