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Leading Authorities speakers at SXSW

by Maddie Donnelly
Keynote Speakers on Consumer Behavior and Robotics

Whenever experts and though-leaders converge to share ground-breaking insights, Leading Authorities is there too.

SXSW kicked off on March 11th, and since then, many Leading Authorities speakers have been on hand to discuss everything from revolutionary consumer behavior insight to robotics to achieving the seemingly impossible. Take a look:

Jonah Berger: Wharton marketing professor, best-selling author, and Leading Authorities exclusive speaker Jonah Berger kicked off South by Southwest with opening remarks aimed at addressing “virality” and demonstrating to generate it. Called a “must-attend” event by SXSW organizers, his speech also gave audiences an insider’s look at his upcoming book, Invisible Influence.

Erik Weihenmayer and Mick Ebeling: This powerful duo of Leading Authorities speakers teamed up on Sunday for a talk titled “Believing is Seeing: Tech+Attitude Trumps Blindness.” Weinhenmayer, the first blind person to scale Mt. Everest and Ebeling, founder and CEO of Not Impossible Labs, talked about innovation, crafting creative solutions to real-world problems, and Mick and Erik’s mantra, “If not me, then who? If not now, then when?” 

Mick Ebeling's Not Impossible also won the SXSW 2016 Interactive Innovation Award for the second year in a row.

Robert Bryce: On the 15th, prominent journalist Robert Bryce hosted a talk called “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper”, based on his book of the same name, on the possible answers to today’s environmental and economic challenges. He’s also hosting a book-signing at the SX bookstore to autograph copies of his work.

Jerry Kaplan: AI expert (and the inventor of the touch-screen!) Jerry Kaplan gave a talk on robotics and why Americans don’t need to be scared of the “machines.” You can read a SXSW interview full of fascinating information on AI and the future of the American job market here.

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