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Let's do this: You can't get better than this speaker-curated lineup

John Cohn
John Cohn

IBM Fellow, Internet of Things, IBM

9:30AM–10:30PM, Austin Convention Center
“I’m all in favor of giving creative voices more power in business, there’s so much more to life than the bottom line.”
Alfredo Orobio
Alfredo Orobio

Founder & CEO, AWAYTOMARS

11AM–12PM, Fairmont Hotel
“I think this is one of the most up-to-date themes in our society. The regulation of the use of AI and, first and foremost, the protection of personal data is a growing theme in the European Union and will be the focus of big discussions this year.”
Britt Wray
Britt Wray

Broadcaster & Science Writer

11AM–12PM, JW Marriott Hotel
“I’m a podcaster and there’s a new trend of moving captivating audio stories to the big screen. These speakers are some of the strongest players in this new media shift, which I expect will continue to grow and grow.”
Harald Becker
Harald Becker

Director Industry Engagement & Research, Office Envisioning, Microsoft

11AM-12PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
“I know from experience that more diverse and inclusive teams outperform others. And they’re more fun to be a part of. Check out this sessions for an insider’s look at how to successfully select and integrate startups into diverse organization.”
Glenn Zorpette
Glenn Zorpette

Executive Editor, IEEE Spectrum Magazine

12:30PM–1:30PM, JW Marriott Hotel
“The panelists ask, ‘Will we agree to trade in our personal data in return for living a decade longer?’ It’s a provocative question, and many of us would answer ‘yes,’ but I believe we won’t have to.”
5PM–6PM, Hilton Austin Downtown
“Bruce Sterling’s remarkable gift is to see in splendid detail the dazzling possibilities of new technologies, and to create engrossing worlds around them.”
Rana June
Rana June

Founder & CEO, Lightwave

12:30PM–1:30PM, Fairmont Hotel
“I wasn’t necessarily a believer that flying cars, albeit a classic sci-fi reference, were a viable future mobility solution until recently. I’m looking forward to hearing NASA and McKinsey’s point of view on this increasingly relevant topic.”
Marie Wieck
Marie Wieck

General Manager, IBM Blockchain

12:30PM–1:30PM, The Line Hotel
Stephan Balzer
Stephan Balzer

Founder Boma Global / Curator TEDxBerlin

12:30PM–1:30PM, JW Marriott Hotel
“I would join this panel discussion because VR will be one of the most exciting fields, and I believe many new business models here will develop in the future.”
Kelly McCarthy
Kelly McCarthy

SVP/Director Global Brands Communications, LVMH Group

2PM–3PM, JW Marriott Hotel
“The first time I ever went through a *good* augmented VR experience, it left me spellbound. As entertainment changes, what are consumers willing to leave the house for?”
Mike Shinoda
Mike Shinoda

Songwriter, Performer, Producer, Linkin Park

3:30PM–4:30PM, Austin Convention Center
“Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop’ is a book featuring the work of hip-hop photographers’ contact sheets. This seems like a fun session to kick back and enjoy some classic stories – a much-needed break in between all the new music and ideas at SXSW.”
Luba Elliott
Luba Elliott

AI curator, researcher, and investor specializing in AI in the creative industries

3:30PM–4:30PM, Austin Convention Center
“As this panel looks at creativity from an interdisciplinary perspective, I expect the discussion to be extensive and insightful with plenty of opportunities for inspiration.”

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.