SXSW 2021: Dates, News, Announcements, Rumors, and Everything Else to Know

The annual music/film/tech fest will be held online this year

SXSW is an annual event held in Austin, Texas, that brings together people from the interactive, film, and music industries. The technology industry pays attention to this event primarily because of the interactive elements involved. Both startups and established tech companies participate in SXSW every year.

What Are the Dates for SXSW 2021?

SXSW was held online March 16-20, 2021.

COVID-19 restrictions in Austin sent the event entirely online.

Predictions: What Will Happen This Year?

The event was lowkey this year. Tech sessions included:

  • AI and Great Power Competition: This session explored how private and public sectors work together using artificial intelligence to protect the world.
  • Can VR Create Real Change?: This session explored the idea that virtual reality can help move the world toward a better tomorrow.

How to Register, Stream and/or Watch SXSW

To attend SXSW, you need to register and purchase a pass to get information about attending the event online.

Keynote and Other Speakers

Voting guru Stacey Abrams was added to the roster as a keynote speaker for 2021.

Other featured speakers include Elizabeth Banks, Mary J. Blige, James Cameron, Melinda Gates, Lori Gottlieb, Bill Hader, Carole King, Amy Klobuchar, Desus Nice, and The Kid Mero, Alexis Ohanian, and Amber Ruffin.

The Latest SXSW and Related Tech News

You can always get your tech news fix at Lifewire, but here are a few headlines related to or involving SXSW that might interest you, too.

Stay tuned; we'll be updating this page regularly as more information about SXSW 2021 becomes available.

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