SXSW Eco Announces Keynote, Additional Speakers, And Conference Schedule

Keynote Dr. Sarah Richardson will explore the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing

Speaker highlights include: Carol Browner (The White House), Jo Confino (The Huffington Post), Rohan Patel (The White House), Rodney Ellis (Texas Senate), Aaron Britt (, Sasha Markov (Mother), and Phil Graves (Patagonia)

SXSW Eco Conference Schedule now Live

Photo by Anna Hanks

Photo by Anna Hanks

AUSTIN, Texas, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- SXSW Eco®, the conference celebrating the power of design, technology and business to drive global change has announced its fifth Keynote, synthetic biologist Dr. Sarah Richardson, additional speakers and sessions, and the launch of the SXSW Eco 2016 schedule, which can be viewed at SXSW Eco will take place on October 10-12, 2016 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.

Dr. Sarah Richardson, a Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow in Genomics at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, works on massive scale synthetic biology projects as part of the DOE Joint Genome Institute. As a Keynote speaker at SXSW Eco, she will explore the realities and promise of synthetic biology and gene editing for the future of food, fuels, healthcare and more.

Dr. Sarah Richardson joins previously announced SXSW Eco 2016 Keynotes: William McDonough (Architect,McDonough Innovation), Kate Brandt (Google), Robert F. Kennedy Jr. (Waterkeeper Alliance) and Bill Nye(Author, Educator and Entertainer).

SXSW Eco's nontraditional approach unites new speakers with established organizations creating change. SXSW Eco celebrates progress and bridging impact with provocative topics such as universal basic income, VR for conservation, diversifying the workforce, visualizing environmental justice, solving food waste, and a look at how POTUS 45 will #

Full list of newly announced speakers and sessions:

Achieving Zero Food Loss 
Speakers: Jo Confino (The Huffington Post), Michael Dunford (UN World Food).

The Recoding: Creating a New Language for Good 
Speakers: Sasha Markov (Mother).

Take Meaningful Action: C02 Reduction for a Cooler Climate 
Speakers: Evan Haigler (Impact Carbon), Marisa de Belloy (CoolEffect), Siddharth Yadav (Global Offset).

Decision 2016: How Will POTUS 45 #ActOnClimate? 
Speakers: Carol Browner (The White House), George Rakis (Global Campaign for Climate Action), Heather Zichal(Consultant), Rodney Ellis (Texas Senate), Rohan Patel (The White House).

A Collaborative Conversation on Basic Universal Income
Speakers: Jim Pugh (Universal Income Project), Sandhya Anantharaman (Universal Income Project).

Visualizing Environmental Justice: Maps & Video 
Speakers: Chris Breen (Waterkeeper Alliance), Maia Raposo (Waterkeeper Alliance).

1% is Not Enough: Increasing Access to Organics
Speakers: David Denholm (Kashi).

Radical Empathy Building for Innovation 
Speakers: Nathan Kile (Microsoft Corporation), Sarah Morris (Microsoft Corporation).

Color Blind: How and Why to Diversify Your Leadership 
Speakers: Robert Raben (The Raben Group LLC), Whitney Tome (Green 2.0/The Raben Group), Rory Verreck (The Raben Group LLC).

The Future of Placemaking is the Future of Cities 
Speakers: Fred Kent (Project for Public Spaces).

Collective Impact by Design 
Speakers: Mariana Amatullo (Designmatters for ArtCenter), Aaron Britt (, Sachin Malhan (Ashoka Changemakers), Garrett Jacobs (Open Architecture Collaborative).


Previously announced panels and speakers can be found at

About SXSW Eco:  

SXSW Eco creates a space for business leaders, investors, innovators and designers to advance solutions that drive economic, environmental and social change. The conference will feature collaborative events to facilitate direct connections, as well as focused panel sessions and exciting competitions that will introduce attendees to transformative technologies, policies, products and ideas.

SXSW Eco 2016 is sponsored by Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), Bloomberg BNA, Cool Effect, Southwest Airlines, The Austin Chronicle and Timshel.

Press Credentials: If you are a member of the press and interested in attending, media registration for SXSW Eco 2016 is now open through September 23, 2016.

Please visit for more information.

Contact: Brett Cannon, SXSW Eco Press & Publicity ,



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