SXSW Update

Brene Brown and Stephen Colbert among all-stars just added to SXSW 2020

Brene Brown and Stephen Colbert among stars just added to SXSW 2020

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Brene Brown is just one of the new additions to the SXSW lineup. Photo courtesy of The University of Texas

Two months from opening day, and SXSW is still rolling out all-star additions to its programming. On January 13, the Austin festival announced the addition of three keynotes and dozens of new featured speakers to the 2020 lineup. 

Joining this year's notable list of keynotes are award-winning immersive artist, professor, and former United Nations diplomat Gabo Arora (Convergence); Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, and DJ Diplo (Music); and Emerson Collective founder and president Laurene Powell Jobs (Convergence).

The three join previously announced Erin Lee Carr (Film), Reggie Fils-Aimé (Convergence), Kim Gordon (Music), Roger Waters (Music), and Whitney Wolfe Herd and Jon Korngold with Gayle King (Interactive).

Also on the docket are 24 new featured sessions, including newly announced speakers like Dr. Brene Brown, who joins Queer Eye's Jonathan Van Ness for a conversation about vulnerability. Based on her viral Ted Talk on the same subject, expect this to be one of the festival's buzziest sessions. 

On the tech side, highlights include Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey in conversation with Axios business editor Dan Primack; NSA Director of Cybersecurity Anne Neuberger with Wired editor in chief Nicholas Thompson; and conversations with Amazon Chief Technology Officer Dr. Werner Vogels and Reddit Chief Operating Officer Jen Wong.

Late-night will certainly be represented, with both Samantha Bee and Stephen Colbert in attendance. And investor/author Tim Ferriss will host neuroscientist, philosopher, and bestselling author Sam Harris for a live version of The Tim Ferriss Show podcast, during which they will "discuss dangerous ideas, meditation, psychedelics, and more," according to a release.

SXSW returns to Austin March 13-22 and badges, including Platinum, Film, Interactive, and Music, are on sale now. For more information and to purchase a badge, go here. A full list of this year's speakers, keynote addresses, bands, films, and more can be found here

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