Compared to 2019 when there was a dedicated blockchain and crypto track and 2018 when the blockchain buzzword was in full hype mode, there are fewer blockchain-related sessions at SXSW in 2020.
But while there might not be quantity, there is a lot of quality deliberately spread across a number of tracks. Here’s a list of sessions that I know about … and it will be updated to add additional official sessions and satellite meetups, parties, popups, etc. so bookmark this post and check back.
March 13 — Sustainable Fashion: Building a Conscious Wardrobe
Sustainable Fashion: Building a Conscious Wardrobe
SXSW 2020 Schedule | With the fashion industry responsible for 92 million tons of solid waste dumped in landfills each…
March 14 — Phuck Google and Facebook
A session including Phunware’s Randall Crowder and blockchain celeb Blythe Masters. Originally this was to include the somewhat infamous Brittany Kaiser but she’s doing a different session now.
Phuck Google and Facebook
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Companies like Facebook and Google give users the ability to use their services for free, but in…
March 15 — Into the Future with Jack Dorsey and Dan Primack
Maybe Jack will talk about the Blue Sky project to build a decentralized twitter?
Featured Session: Into the Future with Jack Dorsey and Dan Primack
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Jack Dorsey, co-founder and chief executive of Twitter and Square, sits down with Axios Business…
March 15 — SXSW Pitch-Blockchain Technology
SXSW Pitch-Blockchain Technology
SXSW 2020 Schedule | SXSW Pitch is a platform to allow early stage technology startups to pitch their product and/or…
March 16 — Can the Telecoms Industry Be Disrupted?
Can the Telecoms Industry Be Disrupted?
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Our world is becoming more connected but there are countless low-bandwidth IoT devices that need…
March 16 — Cryptocurrency Miners Anonymous Meet Up
Cryptocurrency Miners Anonymous Meet Up
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Built your own GPU Mining rig? Purchased ASIC or FPGA miners? Prefer electricity-friendly staking…
March 16 — Elect Tech 2020
Elect Tech 2020
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Today's political climate inextricably links the tech industry to politics, despite the industry's…
March 17 — Blockchains Breaking Tentpoles
Blockchains Breaking Tentpoles
SXSW 2020 Schedule | In today's climate of movie making, we have giant comic book films and other blockbusters that…
March 17 — Meet the Money Hackers
A panel with new Phunware board member and blockchain celeb Blythe Masters.
Meet the Money Hackers
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Your money has changed dramatically in the past ten years. With technologies like Venmo, online…
March 17 — Emerging Tech & Law Meetup
Given that one of the hosts in Bryan Mennell from Verimos, expect blockchain and crypto to be part of the (informal, off-record, fun) conversation.
Emerging Tech & Law Meet Up
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Interested in or troubled by the legal issues emerging technologies raise for you, other…
March 17 — Invite-Only Roundtable on Web 3.0
This informal lunchtime roundtable convened by the Austin Blockchain Collective and Capital Factory will be an opportunity to talk about Web 3.0 with innovators from both Austin and out-of-town visitors. Space is limited. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite.
March 17 — The next wave of decentralized innovation: Web 3.0, Polkadot and Substrate
This event — featuring Parity Technologies CEO Jutta Steiner — is at UT and open to all and free to attend. But you must register. Space is limited and paper/online tickets should be brought along.
The next wave of decentralized innovation: Web 3.0, Polkadot, and Substrate
Eventbrite - Austin Blockchain Collective, Texas Blockchain, UT Blockchain Initiative presents The next wave of…
March 18 — Less Trust, More Truth: The Web 3.0 Thesis
A SXSW ‘Featured Session’ with a presentation by Gavin Wood, Founder and Lead Developer of Parity Technologies and Founder/President of the Web3 Foundation. Gavin also coined the Web 3.0 term in 2014 and was a Co-Founder and CTO of Ethereum.
Gavin’s presence at SXSW is a result of a unique collaboration between the Austin Blockchain Collective, SXSW and the Web3 Foundation.
Featured Session: Less Trust, More Truth: The Web 3.0 Thesis
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Less Trust, More Truth is the maxim for Web 3.0, a concept Dr. Gavin Wood coined soon after…
March 18 — Digital Art Can Save the Art Market
Digital Art Can Save the Art Market
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Artists have long experimented with technology. Today, AI, VR, blockchain, and generative art are…
March 19 — Cryptoassets: Venturing into the Unknown
A panel featuring Austin’s Multicoin Capital’s Kyle Samani.
Cryptoassets: Venturing into the Unknown
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Believers in the crypto space often parallel it to the early days of the internet. Both started…
March 20 — How to Launch & Grow Next Gen Blockchain Networks
A panel led by Kilroy Blockchain’s Karen Kilroy with participants from IBM and Oracle. And also yours truly, so it will clearly be awesome :)
How to Launch & Grow Next Gen Blockchain Networks
SXSW 2020 Schedule | Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) with blockchain are rapidly…
March 20 — The Future of the Supply Chain in Music
The Future of the Supply Chain in Music
SXSW 2020 Schedule | After the hype bubble burst for blockchain technology in the music space, where are we now…
Is there a blockchain/crypto session or event missing from the list — even if it’s an unofficial (open) gathering, meetup, pop up or party? Please let me know.
The Collective can offer discounts on SXSW Interactive and Platinum badges to representatives of its members. Be in touch for details.
See you all in March!