Instagram CEO And Co-Founder Kevin Systrom, Shirley Manson, Director Marti Noxon Slated As Initial SXSW Keynoters


The South by Southwest Conference and Festivals, set for Austin, March 8-17, 2019, has set its list of initial keynote speakers, which includes Instagram CEO/co-founder Kevin Systrom and a Keynote Conversation between Garbage lead singer Shirley Manson, singer-songwriter Lauren Mayberry of the Scottish electronic pop band Chvrches, and writer, producer, and director Marti Noxon, recently creator of HBO’s Sharp Objects and critically acclaimed dating show takeoff Unreal.
Among the Featured Speakers revealed today are Jason Blum in conversation with John Pierson; writer and 2017 Time Person of the Year Susan Fowler; world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels; artist and musician Amanda Palmer; co-founder of Upworthy and Fellow at the New America Foundation Eli Pariser; New York Times bestselling author Michael Pollan; media theorist and author Douglas Rushkoff; BenevolentAI CEO Joanna Shields; futurist and author Amy Webb; and more.
SXSW Chief Programming Officer Hugh Forrest commented: “As a premier destination for innovation and creative discovery, SXSW is proud to begin our 2019 season by announcing a strong and dynamic group of leaders, storytellers, and visionaries holding important conversations about the challenges and opportunities ahead of us.”
SXSW Conference programming is organized into 25 tracks divided between Interactive, Film,
Music, and Convergence, presented in a variety of session formats.