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SXSW 2019 Conference: Must-Sees by Ideamotive

Mar 8, 20194 min read

Michał Rejman

Chief Marketing Officer of Ideamotive. Travel addict and remote work advocate.


Before landing in Austin for SXSW 2019 we publish our list of best panels, workshops, and keynotes during this year’s edition. The selection process is, like always, tough and merciless. But we managed to narrow it down to the best-of-the-bests.

Without further ado – let’s dig in!

Saturday, 9.03

DesignInTech 2019

What? A session by John Maeda, Chief Designer from Automattic who will provide a data-driven and culturally grounded examination of the intersection of design and technology and its implications for business. As lovers of both design and technology, we won’t be missing that!

Where? JW Marriott Salon 5

What time? 12:30-1:30 PM

How IoT is Shaping the Future of Cities

What? A discussion panel featuring Tom Snyder from RIoT, Don Coleman from Chariot Solutions and Maia Ottenstein from TJU. Panelists will focus on how IoT is changing the industries, from manufacture to healthcare.

Where? Pour Choices

What time? 12:30-1:30 PM

Breaking Barriers: Science + Technology Meet Up

What? Before engaging in numerous afterparties, we’ll catch this amazing interdisciplinary meetup on science and technology. Join us and a great mix of developers (including iOS Developers in Austin), marketers, scientists, and entrepreneurs! When science and business come together, great things tend to happen.

Where? Fairmont Violet

What time? 3:30-4:30 PM

Sunday, 10.03


RIP Websites, the End is Nigh

What? Alex Spinelli from LivePerson will speak to how conversational commerce – through AI – will kill the website, and revolutionize the digital economy to capture nearly 90 percent of industry sales in the future. Intrigued? We are!

Where? Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G

What time? 12:30-1:30 PM

Mobile Architecture with Redux

What? As a React and Redux fans, we cannot skip this one. This workshop will focus on best practices and tips on how to leverage the full power of Redux in delivering efficient software. Lead by pros from Dosh – Elliot Chenger and John Mcintosh.

Where? Westin Austin Downtown Continental 2

What time? 3:30-5:30 PM

Apps and Access: Democratizing Age-Old Industries

What? How can we leverage technology to empower people? To create more democratic and egalitarian societies? This amazing panel will focus on technology great role in providing access to the industries, like financial services, healthcare, and education for those who are overlooked!

Where? Hilton Austin Downtown Salon F

What time? 5:00-6:00 PM

Monday, 11.03

Integrating Google Firebase with a React Application

What? This is a real treat for React.JS psycho fans like us. A workshop led by instructors from the General Assembly will walk participants through integrating Google Firebase into a React App and explore the real-time database.

Where? Westin Austin Downtown Continental 3

What time? 12:30-3:00 PM

Startups, Partnerships, Trends and Google

What? How to team up with Google? Tech giant offers various programs and opportunities for companies that go way beyond typical funding. This session will focus on those approaches as well as review the trends driving these partnerships.

Where? Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J

What time? 12:30-1:30 PM

The Nordics: The New Global Hub for Impact Startups

What? Sissel Hansen from Startup Everywhere will be taking a closer look at the Nordic startup ecosystem and analyzing its unique features that led to its success. We’ve been writing about this issue on our blog recently so we can’t wait to participate in this session!

Where? Austin Convention Center Room 10ab

What time? 3:30-4:30 PM

Tuesday, 12.03

Blockchain in Healthcare: Beyond the Hype

What? Blockchain is 50% pure hype – that’s true. That’s why this panel is exceptionally valuable – the panelists will be basing their observations on real-life experiences running blockchain powered health data exchange platform and review actual deployments.

Where? Austin Convention Center Trade Show – Discovery Stage – Exhibit Hall 2

What time? 11:00-12:00 PM

Design for Health: Inspiration from Tech leaders

What? This one will be more abstract and from the macro perspective. leading innovators from Niantic (creators of Pokemon Go), Lyft, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation will share stories of creative discovery and highlight key lessons to help tech leaders embed health into their users’ digital habits.

Where? JW Marriott Salon 7

What time? 11:00-12:00 PM

Six Secrets to Building Startups: Lessons From 60+ Countries

What? Adeo Ressi from Founders Institute will share his priceless insights on launching startups in 2019 based on lessons from building businesses across nearly 200 cities and 60+ countries worldwide. This one will be a pure #gold

Where? Hilton Austin Downtown Salon C

What time? 11:00-12:00 PM

Wednesday, 13.03

The Developer, the Enterprise and Open Ecosystems

What? Change and adaptability is a core competence of businesses nowadays. That’s why we will be joining Dawie Sweis from Bosch North America to listen to how a 130-year-old global technology company transformed into an IoT company with an open ecosystem.

Where? Hilton Austin Downtown Salon J

What time? 11:00-12:00 PM

Harnessing the Power of VR and AR for Enterprise

What? How to leverage the power of VR and AR in driving employee and customer engagement? This session will feature leading experts who will share their insights on current and future opportunities to increase revenue through VR & AR.

Where? Lucille

What time? 3:30-4:30 PM

Want to Mend the Web? Equip the Users

What? We all love the Internet. We do. And we would like to see it flourishing, without nasty bots, fake news, unbalanced power, and maleficent algorithms. How to fix the Web? The answer is to rebalance the end user-platform dynamic, using cutting-edge tech and proven business models. And this session will focus on precisely that!

Where? Fairmont Manchester Efg

What time? 3:30-4:30 PM

Meet Ideamotive At SXSW2019

How do you like our list? What are your must-sees and must-dos during this year SXSW? Drop us a comment and share your insights!

We will be rocking SXSW for the upcoming days. Our team (Miłosz, Robert and Elliot) will be waiting for you at booth 510 of SXSW Expo. If you happen to be there – come by and say hi! We are always ready to talk about the new project 🙂

Michał Rejman

Michał is a digital marketing veteran with a growth hacking mindset and 10+ years of experience. His goal is building high-quality technological content, with particular emphasis on React and Ruby on Rails. Traveler, climber, remote work advocate.

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