The South by Southwest Interactive online harassment meltdown of a few weeks ago came and went, but a full-day summit that emerged from that situation is continuing to evolve, and the fest has not slowed down in making other announcements and additions over the last few days.
When last we checked in, it appeared that one of the linchpins of the March 12 Online Harassment Summit, a reinstated panel called “Level Up” now appears to be fully on board, with panel participants including Randi Harper, Katherine Cross and Caroline Sinders saying they are set to participate, according to SXSW and online reports. A controversial panel called “Save Point – A Discussion on the Gaming Community” has been moved out of the fray of the summit to another day, Tuesday, March 15.
The festival has also added nine more speakers to the Summit and says it will continue to announce more presenters and session titles in the next few weeks.
Separately, SXSW Interactive has also rolled out more featured speakers for Interactive (some of these cross over into other parts of the festival as “Convergence”). They include AOL pioneer Steve Case, filmmaker Ken Burns and scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. in a session together, Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer of Comedy Central’s “Broad City,” billionaire Mark Cuban, author Kevin Kelly, U.S. CTO Megan Smith who was notably interrupted last year on her “Innovators” panel, Rock Health co-founder Halle Tecco and Hampton Creek CEO John Tetrick.
The fest also added a featured sessionChanging the Pace and Face and Innovation,” moderated by U.S. Patent & Trademark Office head Michelle K. Lee and featuring CEOs Jessica Matthews, Jessica Richman and Sonia Sousa.
And if that wasn’t enough, SXSW Interactive is also adding two days of programming about connected cars, autonomous cars and transportation to its lineup.
I’ll continue updating on the blog as more announcements roll in in the coming weeks and months.]]