AU ABROAD

Registrations for SXSW 2016 now open; first round of speakers confirmed!

Aaaand we're off again - registrations for SXSW 2016 are now open! Interested individuals keen on heading to Austin next year now have the opportunity to purchase their Music, Film and Interactive badges through www.sxsw.com at the lowest prices. While badges are available for purchase right up until the event kicks off in March, you can expect the prices to be jacked up significantly, so it's best to jump on these deals while they stick around.

SXSW runs next March on the following dates - deadlines and registrant information can be found at www.sxsw.com:

SXSW INTERACTIVE: March 11th - 15th
SXSW FILM: March 11th - 19th
SXSW MUSIC: March 15th - 20th

In more SXSW news today, the first round of speakers for the 2016 Interactive program have been announced; some huge names set to converge and discuss some hot topics. Check out the list of names below:

Tracy Chou - Engineer at Pinterest, quantifying tech's diversity issue.
Alex Chung - CEO of Giphy, spearheading vast visual search engine & new tool for self-expression.
Esteban Contreras - Director of Strategy at Sprinklr, covering enterprise-level social media solutions.
Secretary Anthony Foxx - US Secretary of Transportation, accelerating smart city innovation.
Ryan Hoover - Found of Product Hunt, defining what's cool in tech for investors and reporters.
Guy Kawasaki - Chief Evangelist at Canva, democratising access to beautiful design.
Josh Kushner - Founder of Thrive Capital and co-founder of Oscar disrupting healthcare through tech, data and design.
Gretchen Rubin - Author of Better Than Before, on mastering the habits of our everyday lives.
Douglas Rushkoff - Author of forthcoming book The Growth Trap, revealing how digital economy enslaves us all and how it can all still set us free.
Adam Silver - Commissioner of the National Basketball Association discussing how one of the top professional sports leagues in the world continues to innovate and embrace change.
Lila Tretikov - Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, working to freely share the sum of all knowledge with the world.
Amber Venz - President and Co-Founder of rewardStyle and LIKEtoKNOW.it, revolutionising fashion blogging.
Maxine Williams - Global Director of Diversity for Facebook, sharing how influences and individuals can drive more diversity in tech.

Music applications are open as well - bands and artists should apply to showcase through www.sxsw.com/music - entries are open until September 11th.