SXSW Daily Round Up – Day Two

Politics took center stage in Austin on the second day of SXSW with powerful keynote presentations from all sides of the spectrum.

With the next US election in 2020 looming the jockeying for positions has already begun, and what better place to lead the discussion than SXSW? One of the highlights of the second day 

in Austin was a round robin discussion Conversations about America’s Future, which featured among others US senator Elizabeth Warren who last month announced her candidacy for the White House. Meanwhile, former Starbucks Chairman Howard Schultz, another wannabe in the race for the White House appeared again, while one of the most talked about sessions was presented by the 29-year-old politician/activist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. 

Away from politics, Neil Gaiman is one of the hottest names in Austin. American Gods the fantasy drama television series based on his novel of the same name brought him up to the A-List, while he looks set to go stratospheric, if the SXSW vibe is any indication, with the TV mini-series adaptation of Good Omens, the book he co-wrote with Terry Pratchett. Along with the inescapable promotional push, Gaiman also held a seminar here this afternoon. Still on TV meanwhile The Daily Showhost Trevor Noah sat down for a huge session to describe how the team tackle sensitive issues such as politics, race and social issues in a satirical way. 

In the House of Scandinavia visitors were treated to a world premiere, the unveiling of an AI robot presented by photographer Jimmy Nelson. Nelson an inspiring character has dedicated his life to taking photos of indigenous tribes all over the world. The packed audience heard about Nelson’s fascinating journey, and how the robot, or more accurately, The Preservation Robot, is his way of giving back to the societies he has taken photos of. Find out more at jimmynelson.com. 


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