South by Southwest has unveiled a new round of Featured Speakers, including Melinda Gates (co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). Other Speakers include writer and director Olivier Assayas; founder and CEO of Dell Technologies Michael Dell; Elvis Presley: The Searcher documentary executive producer Priscilla Presley and director Thom Zimny; hacktivist Joséphine Goube; futurist Ray Kurzweil; film director Richard Linklater; former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith; Westworld showrunnersJonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy; designer and entrepreneur Rachel Zoe. This year’s Speakers reflect the current and coming trends through the lens of tech and culture.
“[Melinda Gate’s] participation in SXSW highlights the message that creative industry professionals have a duty to give back to the global community,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer.
Gates joins previously-announced SXSW Keynotes Darren Aronofsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lyor Cohen, Barry Jenkins, Sadiq Khan, Esther Perel, and whurley.
To register for the event, please visit sxsw.com/attend. SXSW’s next registration deadline is January 12, 2018.