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Conference 2023

Attend. Discover. Connect.

Our Conference is at the heart of SXSW Sydney. Be challenged and inspired by innovators and disruptors across our five key industries of Tech & Innovation, Games, Music, Screen, and so much more. This is where you’ll encounter the people and the ideas that will shape our world for years to come. 

 

The SXSW Sydney 2023 Conference is not a static event, and you’ll be able to sink yourself into a huge variety of experiences across the week – from gripping and thought-provoking keynotes and expert presentations to lively panels and discussions. 

 

Over 850 speakers will appear at the Conference, including GRAMMY Award winner Chance The Rapper, legendary Coachella CEO Paul Tollett, Black Mirror creator Charlie Brooker and visionary Slack Co-Founder Cal Henderson. Also in the mix is renowned futurist Amy Webb, leading film & TV advocate Motion Picture Association CEO Charles Rivkin, artificial intelligence expert Noelle Russell, environmental biologist and ground-breaking educator Mikaela Jade, screen legend Leah Purcell, sporting hero Layne Beachley, and Canva’s Chief Evangelist Guy Kawasaki. We’ve already announced dozens of visionary speakers that will be joining us in October, and there are plenty more announcements to come. 

 

If you want to throw yourself into the action directly, you can take part in workshops that will put you in the driver’s seat with hands-on activities and sessions that will enable you to take the next step in your professional development. Or if you want something even more targeted, SXSW Sydney 2023 will host numerous mentoring sessions, giving you the chance to learn from the best and brightest in your industry. 

 

Convergence and community are a core part of the SXSW Sydney 2023 Conference, and this year there will be dozens of panels, keynotes, and presentations that have come through Session Select – our public proposal platform. Some of these have already been revealed, such as ‘AI Fluency: What’s Coming For My Job?’, ‘Brain Computer Interfaces: The Future Of Communication’, ‘Death And Dying In Video Games’, and ‘The Art of Experience: Beyond The Instagram Wall’. 

 

The SXSW Sydney Conference is your chance to discover what happens when the best minds in the world collide. The only way to experience the Conference is by purchasing a SXSW Sydney Badge – so get yours here.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Experience a showcase of diverse, visionary speakers who deliver powerful new ideas tackling the most timely topics of today and tomorrow. SXSW Sydney will have 5 major headline speakers, one each day of the conference running for 60 minutes.

Headline speakers are only accessible to Badge holders.

Alison Hurbert-Burns

Executive Director at Binge
Alison Hurbert-Burns

Andrei van Roon

Senior Vice President & Studio Head of League Studio
Andrei van Roon

Andrew Bassat

Co-Founder of SEEK
Andrew Bassat

Professor Andrew Pask

School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne
Professor Andrew Pask

Bec Smith

Partner & Manager of Anonymous Content
Bec Smith

Ben Lamm

Founder & CEO of Colossal
Ben Lamm

Bruna Papandrea

Film Producer
Bruna Papandrea

Bryony Cole

Founder of Future of Sex
Bryony Cole

Cal Henderson

Co-Founder & CTO, Slack
Cal Henderson

Charles Rivkin

Chairman & CEO of Motion Picture Association
Charles Rivkin

Christian Juhl

Global CEO GroupM
Christian Juhl

Cindy Gallop

Founder & CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn
Cindy Gallop

Dan Burgar

Co-Founder and CEO of Frontier Collective
Dan Burgar

David Droga

CEO of Accenture Song
David Droga

Derrick Gee

Music Tastemaker, Content Creator
Derrick Gee

Genevieve Bell

Distinguished Professor of Australian National University
Genevieve Bell

Grace Tame

Australian Activist
Grace Tame

Hannah Kennedy

Art Director of Pentiment
Hannah Kennedy

Jack Reis

Co-Founder of Baidam Solutions
Jack Reis

Jamila Gordon

CEO & Founder of Lumachain
Jamila Gordon

Kjartan Arsaelsson

Vice President & Operations, League Studio
Kjartan Arsaelsson

Kyas Hepworth

Head of Screen NSW
Kyas Hepworth

Larissa Behrendt

Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney
Larissa Behrendt

Layne Beachley AO

7x World Surfing Champion
Layne Beachley AO

Lynette Wallworth

Artist & Filmmaker
Lynette Wallworth

Manal al-Sharif

Women's Rights Activist
Manal al-Sharif

Mel Silva

Managing Director & Vice President, Google ANZ
Mel Silva

Michael Biercuk

CEO & Founder of Q-CTRL
Michael Biercuk

Michael Harrison

SVP, Global Touring, AEG Events
Michael Harrison

Mikaela Jade

CEO & Founder of Indigital Edutech
Mikaela Jade

Noelle Russell

Global AI Solutions Lead of Accenture
Noelle Russell

Osher Gunsburg

Television, Radio Presenter and Journalist
Osher Gunsburg

Paul Bassat

Co-Founder of Square Peg Capital; SEEK
Paul Bassat

Paul Tollett

CEO & Co-Founder, Coachella
Paul Tollett

Per Sundin

CEO of Pophouse Entertainment
Per Sundin

Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (UNSW)
Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Que Minh Luu

Director of Content at Netflix (ANZ)
Que Minh Luu

Robyn Denholm

Chair of the Technology Council of Australia
Robyn Denholm

Rohit Bhargava

Entrepreneur, Bestselling Author & Founder of The Non-Obvious Company
Rohit Bhargava

Rose Herceg

President - Australia and New Zealand, WPP
Rose Herceg

Roxy Young

Chief Marketing & Consumer Experience Officer, Reddit
Roxy Young

Sam Barlow

Game Director & Owner of Half Mermaid
Sam Barlow

Dr Sheila Nguyen

Head of Sustainability-AUS & NZL at FIFA Women's World Cup
Dr Sheila Nguyen

Sung Eun YOUN

Film Critic
Sung Eun YOUN

Tom Nash

Author, Speaker, Club DJ
Tom Nash

Tom Verrilli

Chief Product Officer of Twitch
Tom Verrilli

Yiying Lu

Adobe Global Creative Ambassador
Yiying Lu

*Final speaker selection is subject to change. SXSW Sydney cannot guarantee that all speakers selected will ultimately join SXSW Sydney.

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