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LEAD Series: SXSW Online 2021 with Hugh Forrest

Thursday, January 28, 2021 (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM) (CST)


An Austin and global (!) staple, SXSW is in the business of innovation, growth, and collaboration. With the 2021 event right around the corner, SXSW has embraced change and is gearing up for an amped up virtual experience at SXSW Online 2021.

In this LEAD Series featuring Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer of South by Southwest, Hugh will shed some light on how SXSW adapted Austin's largest conference for the virtual world, the challenges and opportunities of going virtual, and how you can get the most out of SXSW 2021.

About the Speaker

Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). In this role, he oversees content for the SXSW Conference, as well as the SXSW Music Festival, the SXSW Film Festival and SXSW EDU.

Forrest was named "Austinite of the Year" in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He received an honorary doctorate of humane letters in 2018 from Kenyon College, his alma matter.

In addition to his work at SXSW, he has previously served on of the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is currently part of the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity and also serves on the Board of Directors for the Austin-based accessibility company Knowbility.

Before joining the SXSW team in the dark ages of 1989, he founded a small monthly alternative publication called The Austin Challenger. He also wrote for several other newspapers and publications, including the Austin Chronicle, the Texas Sports Chronicle, the West Austin News, Willamette Week and the Seattle Weekly.

For 2021, SXSW Online is scheduled March 16-20.


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