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Keynote speakers named for SXSW interactive

Central Texas Business Digest

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Keynote speakers named for SXSW interactive

South by Southwest Interactive announced the first three keynote speakers for the 2011 festival.

They are Christopher Poole, the founder of controversial website and cultural movement 4chan.org; Blake Mycoskie, the founder of TOMS Shoes; and author Bruce Sterling.

Mycoskie is well-known for his philanthropic efforts. TOMS donates a pair of shoes to children in need for every pair it sells.

Poole was at SXSW this year and was part of a rollicking Core Conversation in a packed room. 4chan is a network of sometimes controversial message boards and one of the largest Web forums in the country.

Sterling, the futurist and frequent SXSWi speaker, always draws a crowd.

The Austin conference will be March 11-15, the first event in the annual SXSW music, movie and interactive festival.