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Former Vice President Joe Biden comes to Austin for SXSW 2017

Former Vice President Joe Biden comes to Austin for SXSW 2017

Joe Biden at MD Anderson Gala
Joe Biden is coming to Austin. Photo by F. Carter Smith

SXSW has saved the best for last. Just days before the festival kicks off, former Vice President Joe Biden has been added to the 2017 lineup.

The former vice president will outline plans for a Biden cancer initiative on Sunday, March 12, at 3:30 pm. In his address, Biden will reflect on his leadership of the White House Cancer Moonshot and call for innovative solutions to help end cancer as we know it. In 2015, Biden's oldest son, Beau, lost a two-year battle to brain cancer at 46 years old.

"We're excited to have Vice President Biden address the creative innovators and entrepreneurs that attend SXSW," says Hugh Forrest, SXSW's chief programming officer, in a release. "His commitment and leadership is crucial at a time when the smartest minds from the worlds of technology and healthcare are working together to create groundbreaking new solutions in the battle to end cancer."

The speech is open to all SXSW badgeholders and will take place at the Austin Convention Center. A recording of the address will be made available on the festival website.

Biden's appearance is part of the Connect to End Cancer SXSW series, a collaborative effort from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the AT&T Foundry for Connected Health, and Merck & Co. Inc. The lineup ranges from panels to meet-ups, all of which take place on March 12.

SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19 around Austin.