Day 5 of SXSW: VR’s future, YouTube’s impact and a music kickoff party


The music portion of South by Southwest really gets going Tuesday, but there is still plenty happening with interactive and film as well.

1. Nonny de la Peña is known as the “Godmother of VR,” which means she’s probably a lot smarter than you. She can help make you smarter Tuesday with her keynote address “Reaching for Truth: Unlocking the Power of Human Creativity for Storytelling in Virtual and Augmented Reality.” It’s set for 11 a.m. in Room 18ABCD at the Austin Convention Center.

2. If you’re like us, you’d really like to know more about this whole quantum computing thing. Luckily, this week at SXSW is your big chance. Austin tech expert William “Whurley” Hurley will enlighten you with his keynote speech “The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing,” which is set for 2 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center.

3. The growing worldwide impact of YouTube is impossible to ignore. YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki will take part in a conversation with Wired Editor-in-Chief Nicholas Thompson on the subject of “Navigating the Video Revolution in the Digital Age.” The talk is set for 5 p.m. in Ballroom D of the Austin Convention Center.

4. The 2018 SXSW Music Opening Party is from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Main (610 E. Sixth St.). The lineup includes Barcelona-based singer Bad Gyal and Russian protest punk outfit Pussy Riot.

5. SXSW Film screenings today include “If I Leave Here Tomorrow: A Film About Lynyrd Skynyrd,” a documentary making its world premiere at the festival, and “First Reformed,” a thriller starring Ethan Hawke and Amanda Seyfried.



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