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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 700 speakers will appear at the Conference, including legendary Coachella CEO Paul Tollett 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.


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.

Amy Webb

CEO of Future Today Institute

Charlie Brooker

Writer, Producer, Author & Presenter

Chance the Rapper

Rapper, Singer-songwriter, Producer & Humanitarian

Alison Hurbert-Burns

Executive Director at Binge

Andrei van Roon

Senior Vice President & Studio Head of League Studio

Andrew Bassat

Co-Founder of SEEK

Professor Andrew Pask

School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne

Bec Smith

Partner & Manager of Anonymous Content

Ben Lamm

Founder & CEO of Colossal

Bruna Papandrea

Film Producer

Bryony Cole

Founder of Future of Sex

Cal Henderson

Co-Founder & CTO, Slack

Charles Rivkin

Chairman & CEO of Motion Picture Association

Christian Juhl

Global CEO GroupM

Cindy Gallop

Founder & CEO of MakeLoveNotPorn

Dan Burgar

Co-Founder and CEO of Frontier Collective

David Droga

CEO of Accenture Song

Derrick Gee

Music Tastemaker, Content Creator

Genevieve Bell

Distinguished Professor of Australian National University

Grace Tame

Australian Activist

Hannah Kennedy

Art Director of Pentiment

Jack Reis

Co-Founder of Baidam Solutions

Jamila Gordon

CEO & Founder of Lumachain

Kjartan Arsaelsson

Vice President & Operations, League Studio

Kyas Hepworth

Head of Screen NSW

Larissa Behrendt

Distinguished Professor at the University of Technology Sydney

Layne Beachley AO

7x World Surfing Champion

Lynette Wallworth

Artist & Filmmaker

Manal al-Sharif

Women's Rights Activist

Mel Silva

Managing Director & Vice President, Google ANZ

Michael Biercuk

CEO & Founder of Q-CTRL

Michael Harrison

SVP, Global Touring, AEG Events

Mikaela Jade

CEO & Founder of Indigital Edutech

Noelle Russell

Global AI Solutions Lead of Accenture

Osher Gunsburg

Television, Radio Presenter and Journalist

Paul Bassat

Co-Founder of Square Peg Capital; SEEK

Paul Tollett

CEO & Co-Founder, Coachella

Per Sundin

CEO of Pophouse Entertainment

Professor Veena Sahajwalla

Director of the Sustainable Materials Research & Technology (UNSW)

Que Minh Luu

Director of Content at Netflix (ANZ)

Robyn Denholm

Chair of the Technology Council of Australia

Rohit Bhargava

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

Rose Herceg

President - Australia and New Zealand, WPP

Roxy Young

Chief Marketing & Consumer Experience Officer, Reddit

Sam Barlow

Game Director & Owner of Half Mermaid

Dr Sheila Nguyen

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

Sung Eun YOUN

Film Critic

Tom Nash

Business Entrepreneur

Tom Verrilli

Chief Product Officer of Twitch

Yiying Lu

Adobe Global Creative Ambassador

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

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The SXSW Sydney Conferences span multiple tracks programmed through the lens of tech & innovation, games, music, screen and culture. Each has been designed to provide our community of digital creatives the opportunity to tap into the latest in forward-thinking ideas, cutting edge technology, and network with the game-changers of tomorrow.

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