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The Platinum Experience

SXSW | March 9-18, 2018 | Austin, TX
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SEE WHAT’S NEXT AT SXSW 2018

As the world looks ahead to a new year, we wanted to recap some of the exciting news that’s come out of SXSW HQ so you can start making plans to join our creative community in March.

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A Platinum badge will get you primary access to all SXSW has to offer, and we’re busy working on tools and opportunities that will make your experience smoother and more spectacular than ever.

Let’s dive in:

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  • We’ve announced a galaxy of fascinating, forward-thinking SXSW Conference Keynote Speakers including Darren Aronofsky, Ta-Nehisi Coates, Lyor Cohen, Barry Jenkins, Sadiq Khan, Esther Perel, and whurley.
  • Our Featured Speaker lineup boasts a bevy of trailblazers like Christiane Amanpour, Brian Behlendorf, Stefan Blom, Mark Cuban, Ira Glass, Bozoma Saint John, Dr. Fei-Fei Li, and Joseph Lubin.
  • You won’t want to miss Featured Sessions like cast panels with This is Us and The Chi (featuring Common and Lena Waithe), A Conversation with Kim Deal and Steve AlbiniExploring Innovations in AI, and Empowering a Billion Women with $1B in Capital by 2020.
  • The depth of our conference programming lets you take a sneak peek at what’s coming in a variety of technical and cultural industries. From blockchain and VR to activism and AI, check out our trending topics.
  • Do you want to network with the most innovative companies from countries near and far? The Trade Show will get you connected, along with many of our other great exhibitions.
  • Last, but most certainly not least, you’ll gain access to our iconic Film and Music Festivals which feature world premieres, secret screenings, and a discovery wonderland of over 2,000 artists from around the globe. The Interactive Festival features compelling events including awards and parties that let you take your networking into the night. Oh, and did you say Comedy? Yup, we’ve got that covered with intimate sets from rising stars and legends alike.

SXSW 2018 promises exceptional experiences that only happen here. Get ready to learn, network, and explore.


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Valerie Milano is the well-connected Senior Editor and Entertainment Critic at TheHollywoodTimes.today, a website that aggregates showbiz news curated for, and written by, insiders of the entertainment industry. (@HwoodTimes @TheHollywood.Times) Milano, whose extraordinary talents for networking in the famously tight-clad enclave of Hollywood have placed her at the center of the industry’s top red carpets and events since 1984, heads daily operations of a uniquely accessible, yet carefully targeted publication. For years, Milano sat on the board and tour coordinator of the Television Critics Association’s press tours. She has written for Communications Daily, Discover Hollywood, Hollywood Today, Television International, and Video Age International, and contributed to countless other magazines and digests. Valerie works closely with the Human Rights Campaign as a distinguished Fed Club Council Member. She also works with GLSEN, GLAAD, Outfest, NCLR, LAMBDA Legal, and DAP Health, in addition to donating both time and finances to high-profile nonprofits. She has been a member of the Los Angeles Press Club for a couple of years and looks forward to the possibility of contributing to the future success of its endeavors. Milano’s passion for meeting people extends from Los Feliz to her favorite getaway, Palm Springs. There, she is a member of the Palm Springs Museum of Art and a prominent Old Las Palmas-area patron.