Category: Keynote

Why Happiness Is Hard and How to Make It Easier

Andy Puddicombe, meditation teacher, former Buddhist monk and co-founder of Headspace led the closing keynote at SXSW Interactive 2016. The talk provided insight into Puddicombe’s philosophy behind the possibilities for finding inner peace in the modern world. At an event for young innovators, early adopters and all-around incredibly tech focused and busy people, Puddicombe joked...

Daring Greatly with Brené Brown

Amid all the discussions at SXSW Interactive about technology and innovation lie those life-changing speakers who remind us why we’re here. Dr. Brené Brown, bestselling author of Daring Greatly and Rising Strong, was one such speaker for many of the people who attended her keynote. Brown started her talk by telling the crowded room she was going to talk about...

Under Armour and its break into wearable tech

CEO and Founder of Under Armour Kevin Plank was interviewed by Fast Company Editor-in-Chief Robert Safian for the panel “How a Sports Giant is Now Tackling Your Health.” When we think about wearable tech, a FitBit or Garmin might come to mind. Even other brands of step-tracking watches and bands meant to guide us to...

Three Takeaways From Obama’s Keynote

There was a fervor in the air on the first day of SXSW Interactive. Obama was appearing. Everybody knew this was big. Hugh Forrest even suggested that it might be the biggest thing to have ever happened at the conference. The lucky ticket-winners, which I thankfully count myself among, waited in line for hours. Eager audience...

Casey Gerald preaches an inspiring Gospel of Doubt

On the opening day of SXSW Interactive, Casey Gerald found himself in the unenviable position of delivering a speech that was the opening act for President Obama’s keynote. No doubt, this was a prestigious position to be in, but it cannot have been easy to speak to a house packed with people who had just...

SXSWistful

I’m sitting in a darkened theater watching a comedy show. The room seats 90 people. It’s a late show, and I only stayed out because there’s a writer from The Daily Show performing. Then the host comes out and says, “We have a very special guest with us tonight…Mr. Judd Apatow.” That’s right, the director...

Moonshots Through Failure

Today Astro Teller talked about how to shoot for the metaphorical moon by failing up. “I fear thoughts that fear technology. You have to approach the changing world with knowledge and confidence, not fear.” Teller talked about bringing the internet to the world with balloons designed to fail… … and self driving cars that learn...