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SXSW 2019 - Greater Experiences Start Here

MARCH 8-12 | AUSTIN, TEXAS
Every year, world class technologists, creatives and marketers
from across the globe converge for the ultimate celebration of
innovation. This year, we’re thrilled to once again present four
action-packed days featuring cutting-edge activations,
provocative new ideas from our experts, and so much more!

MARCH 8-12 | AUSTIN, TEXAS

Every year, world class technologists, creatives and marketers from across the globe converge for the ultimate celebration of innovation. This year, we’re thrilled to once again present four action-packed days featuring cutting-edge activations, provocative new ideas from our experts, and so much more!

OUR PROGRAM


THE EXPERIENCE CANTINA

The Experience Cantina is back
and better than ever! We’re
transforming Micheladas Cafe
y Cantina into a prime
innovation station, packed to
the roof with cutting-edge
activations featuring the latest
emerging tech.

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MAIN STAGE SESSIONS

The people have spoken, and
five sessions from Accenture
Interactive were selected for
the SXSW main stage! From VR
to AI to JFK, our experts will
speak on a variety of
fascinating topics.

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EXPERT SPEAKER SERIES

Join us for an exclusively
curated day of five unique
speaker sessions guaranteed
to provoke and inspire,
featuring diverse, brilliant
Accenture minds from around
the globe.

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FJORD STUDIO IMMERSIONS

At Fjord’s interactive
workshops, you’ll discover
valuable insights and best
practices guaranteed to help
you (and your brand!) thrive in
today’s rapidly evolving digital
landscape.

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HEAR OUR
SPEAKERS


If you’re on the hunt for fresh perspectives, insights and ideas,
look no further than our SXSW speaker sessions! 

MAIN STAGE
SESSIONS

Digital Trends & Impact Of Privilege

We'll discuss Fjord Trends — an annual report on what’s ahead for the future of business, technology and design — with a focus on an important topic: privilege.

Presented by Tanarra Schneider

March 9 | 9:30 – 10:30am

Battle of the Extremes: An AI Moderated Debate

We are living in a time of unprecedented division. But artificial intelligence can help us identify and drive out extremism, encourage middle ground thinking and achieve consensus. Join our debate! Bonus: it’ll be moderated by an AI bot.

Presented by Jon Wilkins, Hannah Matthews and Sonoo Singh

March 9 | 11am – 12pm

Total Recall: The Future of Learning With VR

The use cases for VR are far-reaching and transformational. This session will show you how VR is keeping children safe by training caseworkers to become seasoned decision makers.

Presented by Rori Duboff, Molly Tierney, Cortney Harding and Kevin Cornish

March 12 | 9:30 – 10:30 am

Is the Age of Empathy Dead?

A talk exploring how to reclaim and redefine empathy in design thinking.

Presented by Martha Cotton

March 12 | 3:30 – 4:30pm

JFK 2020: Could JFK be the Next American President?

If AI can bring back JFK’s voice, can it bring back his decisions, morals and views? Could we get JFK “back” into the White House and apply his thinking to the
problems facing the US today?

Presented by Al Byrnes

March 12 | 3:30 – 4:30 pm

EXPERT
SPEAKER
SERIES

Sunday, March 10th
Courtyard Marriott
300 E 4th St.
Austin, TX 78701
Rio Grande Ballroom

Close the Digital Divide: Design for Social Impact

The digital divide is widening and now, more than ever, people are searching for value and relevance. Designing for social impact is our collective responsibility—and extends beyond working with Public Sector or NFPOs or having a corporate responsibility practice. We’ll discuss the role digital plays in perpetuating poverty, and I’ll share approaches to avoid ivory tower design traps. You’ll leave with a greater awareness of how human-centered innovation can help close this divide, better address the diverse needs of our communities, and ensure access to new economies for all.

Presented by Tanarra Schneider

Artisanal AI: A Marriage of Tech and Human Touch

The growth of AI systems will increase the capabilities of machines to produce flawless outputs, from manufactured goods to cultural products. A more flawless world could also be a word with less character and diversity, so rare items with a clear human provenance—such as the artisanal—will be most valuable and sought after. The human touch, especially when augmented by an AI system, will become especially valuable.


Presented by Fernando Lucini and Azeem Azhar.

How Heartbeats are Redesigning Human Experiences

Heartbeats are becoming the ultimate metric for human experience; it’s not limited to healthcare anymore. From security to education and music to art, this powerful muscle is poised to be the next big influencer.
In this session, we’ll examine how integration of heart rate and other biometric data promises to redefine personalization and revolutionize design, as increasingly accessible biometrics open a new avenue for value exchange and innovation.

Presented by Eco Moliterno

Virtual Humanity: Designing Ethical Immersive Worlds

'Immersive virtual environments will only continue to get more advanced and realistic—and the possibilities are thrilling. But in these virtual, mixed and augmented reality worlds peppered with hyper-realistic avatars and dreamlike landscapes, what creative and ethical standards keep us connected to reality? Join us as we explore how to design CGI and virtual worlds with humanity for the entertainment and marketing industries and beyond.

Presented by Rori Duboff with panelists Kent Bye and Jessica Lauretti.

The Power of Friction in Human Experience

Brands today strive to remove friction from everyday experience to make life better and more efficient. But, in order to create engagement, we actually need friction—that is, memorable experiences that truly engage people with the perfect blend of technology and humanity.
We believe that the best human experiences are actually ‘FrictionFUL’, allowing people a deeper, more memorable and valuable experience.


Presented by Jon Wilkins with guest speaker Dr. Kate Stone

EXPERIENCE
THE NEW


The Experience Cantina is our innovation playground where you’ll find tech-fueled activations guaranteed to blow your mind! Our 2019 collection is under wraps for now, but check out last year’s experience below.

Micheladas Cafe y Cantina | 333 E 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701

Note: the Cantina is open to all attendees and does not require a SXSW Interactive festival badge.

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FJORD STUDIO IMMERSIONS


How do data, design, technology, and culture enable brands to deliver human experiences?

Want To Elevate Your Game? Employees Are Everything

Moving Out Of Silos: Designing The Enterprise

Innovation Meets Elbow Grease: Applying Emerging Technology

Fjord Trends

We’ll explore the importance of workplace culture and empowered, motivated employees in driving your brand to new heights.

We’ll discuss the importance of elevating design from simply being another function of the business to being a pervasive component of every initiative and operation to meaningfully evolve the enterprise.

We’ll explore a design thinking approach to technology adoption and give you the chance to try technology solutions on for size and explore creative ways to tackle your actual business problems.

Learn about each of our 2019 Fjord Trends-- and how they’ll affect business, government and society in the year to come -- during a guided, interactive gallery tour.

Want To Elevate Your Game? Employees Are Everything

We’ll explore the importance of workplace culture and empowered, motivated employees in driving your brand to new heights.

Moving Out Of Silos: Designing The Enterprise

We’ll discuss the importance of elevating design from simply being another function of the business to being a pervasive component of every initiative and operation to meaningfully evolve the enterprise.

Innovation Meets Elbow Grease: Applying Emerging Technology

We’ll explore a design thinking approach to technology adoption and give you the chance to try technology solutions on for size and explore creative ways to tackle your actual business problems.

Fjord Trends

Learn about each of our 2019 Fjord Trends-- and how they’ll affect business, government and society in the year to come -- during a guided, interactive gallery tour.



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SXSW INNOVATION AWARD FINALISTS

The SXSW Innovation Awards honor the most forward-thinking advancements in the digital space and we are proud that four of our projects were named finalists! Come explore our four finalists hands-on at the annual SXSW Interactive Awards Finalist Showcase on Saturday, March 9.

Immersive training helps keep kids safe

Things aren’t always as they seem. Accenture’s virtual reality solution uses immersive storytelling and interactive voice-based scenarios to completely transform how child welfare caseworkers learn to make decisions about when a home is safe for a child, and when it is not.

Presented by Accenture

Ocean Mind Experience

The world’s first audiovisual 1:1 ReCreation of existing reality that’s denied to public access: The Humpback Whales of Hawaii. A 3D-360° full dome experience aiming for a dialog on the ocean’s challenges: global warming/rising sea levels/over-fishing/pollution.

Presented by Mackevision │ Accenture Interactive

Give a Minute of your Time for Unicef

To help put an end to violence against children and change the way Australians give, we created ‘A Minute of Your Time’ for UNICEF Australia – a revolutionary digital donation platform that calculates the commercial worth of someone’s time into a tangible dollar amount to donate.

Presented by The Monkeys │ Surry Hills

Fjord & Auris: Revolutionizing Endoscopy

Fjord joined forces with Auris Health to pioneer robotic bronchoscopy for diagnostic and therapeutic lung procedures. Inspired by gaming, we designed a solution to provide superior reach, vision and precision, compared to traditional tools, for faster, earlier lung cancer detection.

Presented by Fjord │ Accenture Interactive





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STAY IN THE KNOW

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