SXSW Interactive Announces Several Featured Speakers

You have seven months to let this sink in

The South by Southwest hype train continues to pick up speed. Just yesterday SXsports announced it will feature NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Today they reveal a handful of Interactive speakers “curated to highlight some of the hot topics at SXSW 2016.”

Clockwise from top-left: Tracy Chou, Maxine Williams, Esteban Contreras, Gretchen Rubin, Anthony Foxx, Alex Chung

Tracy Chou continues her discussion from last year on women in tech with a more general talk on tech’s diversity problems.

Founder and CEO of Giphy, Alex Chung, will continue his SXSW streak to talk about visual search engines and perhaps make a final call on the hard “g” vs. soft “g” pronunciation controversy that has been ruining friendships and tearing apart families for years.

Esteban Contreras of Sprinklr visits SXSW again to bring his extensive knowledge of all things online and social and offers tips for small businesses looking to make a big splash.

US Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx is the damn secretary of transportation, what else does he need to do to get you to listen to him?

Ryan Hoover founded Product Hunt and has been blowing the lid off cool and cutting edge tech ever since.

Guy Kawasaki, founder of graphics design site Canva, has tackled social media issues at SXSW in the past and will come back to help make beautiful design as accessible as possible.

Josh Kushner is one of those enviable characters who seems to have the ability to predict successful businesses. His company Thrive Capital invested in Warby Parker, Twitch, Instagram, and Instagram and was pretty much wiping their asses with cash ever since. Now he is a co-founder of healthcare “disruptor” Oscar. I still can’t write that word without quotation marks.

Gretchen Rubin also comes back to the fest with her latest book, Better Than Before in tow. If you can tear yourself away from your phone for long enough, she might help you get a rein in the day-to-day clutter of life.

Repeat SXSWer Douglas Rushkoff brings his tech savvy back to town to warn us of the dangers of the digital economy and how we can repurpose it to set us all free. Fighting tech with tech: Isn’t that the plot to every Terminator movie?

Lila Tretikov of Wikimedia will naturally be offering tips to help preserve open source culture. It’s the Wiki way.

Dallas fashion blogger and co-founder of rewardStyle and Amber Venz Box shares her keys to success as part of the SXstyle programming track.

The global director for diversity at Facebook, Maxine Williams, returns for another year of fighting the good fight of driving diversity in the tech industry.

It goes without saying that this is just the start of the SXSW onslaught, so pace yourself. It’s a marathon, until the sprint starts in March 2016.

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