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SXSW 2018

SXSW 2018

March 9-12, 2018
March 9-12, 2018


South by Southwest (abbreviated as SXSW and colloquially referred to as South By) is an annual conglomerate of film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, Texas, United States. It began in 1987, and has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. In 2017, the conference lasted for 10 days with SXSW interactive lasting for five days, music for seven days and film running concurrently for nine days. Comedy and gaming components to the festival are particularly fast-growing.

SXSW is run by the company SXSW, LLC which organizes conferences, trade shows, festivals, and other events.[1] In addition to the three main South by Southwest festivals, the company runs other conferences: SXSWedu, a conference on educational innovation, held in Austin,[2] and (beginning in 2017) the me Convention, held in Frankfurt, Germany, in collaboration with Mercedes-Benz.[3][4] Former conferences run by the SXSW organization were SXSW Eco, an environmental conference held in Austin from 2011-2016;[5] and one in Las Vegas: SXSW V2V, a conference focused on innovative startups[6] which ran from 2013 to 2015.

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Bernard Sanders (born September 8, 1941) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Vermont since 2007. Sanders is the longest-serving independent in U.S. congressional history. Since his election to the House of Representatives in 1990, he has caucused with the Democratic Party, which has entitled him to congressional committee assignments and at times given Democrats a majority.

A self-described democratic socialist and a New Deal-era American progressive, Sanders is pro-labor and emphasizes reversing economic inequality.[3][4] Many scholars consider his views to be more in line with social democracy.[5][6]

Sanders was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City and graduated from the University of Chicago in 1964. While a student he was an active protest organizer for the Congress of Racial Equality and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the Civil Rights Movement. After settling in Vermont in 1968, Sanders ran unsuccessful third-party campaigns for governor and U.S. senator in the early to mid-1970s. As an independent, he was elected mayor of Burlington—Vermont's most populous city of 42,417 in 2010—in 1981, by a margin of ten votes. He went on to be reelected as mayor three times. In 1990, he was elected to represent Vermont's at-large congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he co-founded the Congressional Progressive Caucus in 1991. He served as a congressman for 16 years before being elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006. In 2012, he was reelected with 71% of the popular vote.

Sanders announced his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination on April 30, 2015. Initially considered a long shot, Sanders won 23 primaries and caucuses and approximately 43% of pledged delegates to Clinton's 55%. His campaign was noted for its supporters' enthusiasm, as well as for his rejection of large donations from corporations, the financial industry, and any associated Super PAC. On July 12, 2016, Sanders formally endorsed Clinton in her unsuccessful general election campaign against Republican Donald Trump, while urging his supporters to continue the "political revolution" his campaign had begun.

Sanders has built a reputation as a leading progressive voice on issues such as campaign finance reform, corporate welfare, global warming, income inequality, LGBT rights, parental leave, and universal healthcare. Sanders has long been critical of U.S. foreign policy and was an early and outspoken opponent of the Iraq War, the First Gulf War, and U.S. support for the Contras in Nicaragua. He is also outspoken on civil liberties and civil rights, criticizing racial discrimination in the criminal justice system as well as advocating for privacy rights against mass surveillance policies such as the USA Patriot Act and the NSA surveillance programs.

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Katherine Anne Couric (/ˈkɜːrɪk/ KURR-ik; born January 7, 1957)[2] is an American journalist and author. She recently served as Yahoo! Global News Anchor. Couric has been a television host on all Big Three television networks in the United States, and in her early career was an Assignment Editor for CNN. She worked for NBC News from 1989 to 2006, CBS News from 2006 to 2011, and ABC News from 2011 to 2014. In addition to her television news roles, she hosted Katie, a syndicated daytime talk show produced by Disney–ABC Domestic Television from September 10, 2012, to June 9, 2014. Some of her most important notable roles include co-host of Today, anchor of the CBS Evening News, and correspondent for 60 Minutes. She also reported for nearly every television news broadcast across ABC, CBS and NBC. Couric's 2011 book, The Best Advice I Ever Got: Lessons from Extraordinary Lives, was a New York Times best-seller. In 2004, Couric earned induction into the Television Hall of Fame.[3]

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Elon Reeve Musk (/ˈlɒn ˈmʌsk/; born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born American business magnate, investor,[9][10] engineer,[11] and inventor.[16] He is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX;[17] co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.; co-chairman of OpenAI; founder and CEO of Neuralink, and founder of The Boring Company. He is also a co-founder and former chairman of SolarCity, co-founder of Zip2, and founder of X.com, which merged with Confinity and took the name PayPal.[22]

In December 2016, Musk was ranked 21st on the Forbes list of The World's Most Powerful People.[23] As of January 2018, Musk has a net worth of $20.9 billion, and is listed by Forbes as the 53rd richest person in the world.[24]

Musk has stated that the goals of SolarCity, Tesla, and SpaceX revolve around his vision to change the world and humanity.[25] His goals include reducing global warming through sustainable energy production and consumption, and reducing the "risk of human extinction" by establishing a human colony on Mars.[26]

In addition to his primary business pursuits, he has envisioned a high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop, and has proposed a vertical take-off and landing supersonic jet aircraft with electric fan propulsion, known as the Musk electric jet.[27][28]



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Our critic's favorite acts from Austin's South by Southwest music fest
  –  March 19, 2018
“We may be the most grateful South by Southwest act of all time,” said Rose ... American politics predictably factored into a lot of the festival’s new music. New York sleaze-punk quartet Surfbort was one of many to reference President Trump without ...
Bomb Scares, Explosions Put Damper on South by Southwest Festival
  –  March 19, 2018
The 2018 edition of the South by Southwest festival came to a close yesterday (Mar. 18), and while it went off without a hitch, for the most part, there was a bit of a black cloud over the proceedings due to a series of explosions and bomb scares in Austin ...
South by Southwest Music Festival: 17 Acts That Stood Out
  –  March 18, 2018
AUSTIN, Tex. — Even past its peak, the annual South by Southwest Music Festival was a prodigious thing, with some 2,000 acts performing in Austin’s clubs, theaters, hotels and parking lots from March 12 through Sunday. This year’s festival, the 32nd ...
Man arrested for bomb threat that shut down Roots concert at South by Southwest in Austin
  –  March 18, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas --Austin police have arrested a 26-year-old man on charges of making a terroristic threat for emailing a bomb threat that prompted sponsors to cancel a scheduled concert at Austin's South by Southwest music festival. The threat came amid a ...
The Roots Jam at South By Southwest canceled due to bomb threat
  –  March 18, 2018
The Roots Jam is always one of the biggest and most anticipated concerts of Austin, Texas’s South By Southwest festival, but on Saturday night this year’s all-star event was abruptly canceled due to a bomb threat. The Roots’ drummer and co-bandleader ...
Texas A&M touts outreach at South by Southwest
  –  March 18, 2018
Texas A&M officials said the university's second year at the South by Southwest festival in Austin succeeded in improving upon its inaugural outing while also providing a fun, interactive way for people to experience what Aggies have to offer. Amy Smith ...
South by Southwest Festival Showcases Colombian Music
  –  March 17, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas – Sounds from Colombia took center stage at this year’s South by Southwest festival, with a line-up including Ismael Ayende, La Fragua Band, Steffi Crown and Cirkus Funk. Juan Manuel Osorio, lead singer of Bogota-based Ismael Ayende, said ...
South by Southwest festival salutes Emerson grad’s feature debut
  –  March 16, 2018
“Thunder Road,” the film written and directed by, and starring, Emerson grad Jim Cummings, triumphed at the South by Southwest Film Festival, taking the fest’s top prize for best narrative feature. An adaptation of Cummings’s own award-winning ...
Religion comes to South by Southwest
  –  March 16, 2018
Singh, a senior religion fellow for the Sikh Coalition, still isn't a professional comedian. But he was at South by Southwest this year, thanks to the festival's new set of faith-based sessions. The 10 panels, which took place on March 12 and 13 ...
Twitter, YouTube Suspend Steven Crowder over ‘Hateful Conduct’ at South by Southwest Festival
  –  March 15, 2018
Twitter and YouTube allegedly targeted conservative commentator Steven Crowder, limiting his social media accounts and those of his staff, along with removing certain YouTube videos. LouderWithCrowder.com recently reported that the Twitter account of ...
ViMarket Announce ICO at Austins South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW)
  –  March 15, 2018
ViMarket, a next-generation online shopping marketplace announced it’s ICO at Austin’s renowned South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) ViMarket, a next-generation online shopping marketplace announced it’s ICO at Austin’s renowned South by ...
How Lyft Prepares for the Surge in Demand During South by Southwest
  –  March 15, 2018
“South by Southwest started as a music festival, and I think it’s the most authentic way that we can work with the community.” Lauren Johnson is a senior technology editor for Adweek, where she specializes in covering mobile, social platforms and ...
ViMarket Announce ICO at Austin's South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW)
  –  March 14, 2018
AUSTIN, Texas, March 14, 2018 (Newswire.com) - ViMarket, a next-generation online shopping marketplace announced it’s ICO at Austin’s renowned South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) this week. Originally scheduled for January, the company ...
SXSW: ‘Trial by Fyre Festival’ Talk Parses Worst-Case-Scenario Crisis in Horrifying Detail
  –  March 14, 2018
A fantastical started-from-the-bottom-now-we-here story was the focus of a standing-room-only talk at South By Southwest titled “Trial by Fyre Festival: My MBA in Crisis Management.” Dylan Hattem launched his creative agency DS Projects just three ...
ViMarket Announce ICO at Austin's South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW)
  –  March 14, 2018
ViMarket, a next-generation online shopping marketplace announced its ICO at Austin's renowned South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW). AUSTIN, Texas - March 14, 2018 - (Newswire.com) ViMarket, a next-generation online shopping marketplace announced ...
South By Southwest brings DC flavor
  –  March 13, 2018
They all brought D.C. flavor to the South By Southwest festival this week in Austin, Texas. WTOP caught up with presidential speechwriter Jon Favreau, superstar chef José Andrés, Michael Jordan’s business manager Estee Portnoy, and the Washington D.C ...
South by Southwest scores dramas, docs for film festival
  –  March 7, 2018
Though 2017’s movies are still so fresh with the awards season having just wrapped up, it’s 2018, which means the next crop of award contenders loom on the horizon. And what better way to get a sampling than to drive down south to the Texas capital ...
Hot Springs festival thrives on heels of South by Southwest
  –  March 5, 2018
HOT SPRINGS — As the Valley of the Vapors Independent Music Festival is gearing up in Hot Springs, South by Southwest is winding down in Austin, Texas. So bands that play early on in the 10-day SXSW festival can easily make their way to Hot Springs for a ...
South By Southwest's 2018 film festival opens with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt in 'A Quiet Place'
  –  January 31, 2018
The South By Southwest Film Festival released the features lineup for their 25 th edition on Wednesday. The event will open with the world premiere of "A Quiet Place," a horror suspense story directed by John Krasinski and starring Krasinski, Emily Blunt ...

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