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South by Southwest Interactive Lineup for 2013: Bill Powers, John Mackey, Craig Newmark and More

Jeff Heimsath for KUT News

South by Southwest Interactive announced the bulk of its 2013 programming today – some 450 panels, discussions and events covering everything tech you can think of. The five-day tech festival has eclipsed its music counterpart in registered attendees in recent years. 

Marquee names included among the festival's “Featured Sessions” include Univeristy of Texas at Austin President Bill Powers on innovation in higher education; Whole Foods founder John Mackey on “conscious capitalism;” Craigslist founder Craig Newmark on the future of journalism; video game developer-turned-space tourism advocate Richard Garriott de Cayeux; and “Two and a Half Men” and “The Big Bang Theory” creator Chuck Lorre.

The first Interactive keynote has also been announced for 2013: Matthew Inman of comedy website The Oatmeal.

Programming is broken out into nineteen categories; Keynotes; Featured Sessions; Continuing Legal Education; Community and Activism; Content and Distribution; Culture and Entertainment; Design and Development; Diversity and Emerging Markets; DIY, Hacker and Maker; Entrepreneurialism and Business; Future15s; Gaming and Game Development; Government and Civic Engagement; Health and Medicine; Science and Space Exploration; Social and Relationships; the Startup Village; Work and Career, and WTF and Beyond.

South by Southwest 2013 leads off with SXSW Interactive and SXSW Film starting March 8.  SXSW Music begins March 12, 2013.

Wells has been a part of KUT News since 2012, when he was hired as the station's first online reporter. He's currently the social media host and producer for Texas Standard, KUT's flagship news program. In between those gigs, he served as online editor for KUT, covering news in Austin, Central Texas and beyond.
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