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 will be held online March 16-20, 2021.

COVID-19 restrictions in Austin have sent the event entirely online; organizers are still working through the details of how to present its exhibitions, conferences, films, and other items to attendees.

Predictions: What Will Happen This Year?

The event will likely be fairly limited this year; more details are expected toward the end of January 2021. From a tech perspective, several online sessions have been announced:

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

How to Register, Stream and/or Watch SXSW

SXSW requires a paid pass. If you'd like to attend, you'll need to register and purchase a pass to be sent information about how to attend the event online.

We'll also post any additional (particularly free) streaming information available here, so check back as the event comes closer.

Keynote and Other Speakers

Voting guru Stacey Abrams has been added to the roster as a keynote speaker this year.

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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