On Monday, SXSW announced the bulk of the programming for the 2013 Interactive Festival. SXSW Interactive will include approximately 450 sessions — most of which came from the PanelPicker process — that run the gamut from trend-setting interface design to social media in outer space.
While 450 sessions may seem like a lot of programming, SXSW states that it is “significantly less programming than was hosted in 2012.” The objective? “Our goal is to reduce the total amount of programming at SXSW Interactive as a strategy to further enhance the overall top-level quality of this programming,” states the SXSW Interactive blog.
This year's programming features clear tracks as varied as "Community and Activism," "Content and Distribution," and "DIY, Hacker and Maker." Outside of those tracks are a host of featured presentations with big name speakers and panelists.
Nationally recognized movers in the interactive and media arenas will make appearances, including a keynote by Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal (the only 2013 keynote announced so far). Other Featured Sessions include Andy Rubin (Google) Interview with Guy Kawasaki; New Standards for a New Era of Journalism, with Craig Newmark (Craigslist); and What Doesn’t Kill Us Makes Us Bitter, with Chuck Lorre of Two and a Half Men.
SXSW 2013 will take place March 8 – 17, with the Interactive Festival (which continues to grow in popularity and depth each year) taking place March 8 – 12.
More programming for the 2013 SXSW Interactive Festival will be announced on Oct. 30 and Nov. 13. Festival badges are on sale now; rates increase after Nov. 9.