Every year, a handful of keynote speakers visit Austin, Texas to speak to SXSW attendees, and it’s just been announced that President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will participate this year.
According to SXSW’s announcement:
“SXSW is honored to announce President Barack Obama will appear as part of a Keynote Conversation at SXSW Interactive on Friday, March 11 and First Lady Michelle Obama will be the opening Keynote at SXSW Music on Wednesday, March 16. This marks the first time in the 30-year history of SXSW that a sitting President and the First Lady have participated in the event.
“On Friday, March 11, President Obama will sit down with Evan Smith, CEO / Editor in Chief of The Texas Tribune, for a conversation about civic engagement in the 21st Century before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs who are defining the future of our connected lives. President Obama’s appearance is open to all SXSW Interactive, Gold, and Platinum registrants.
“On Wednesday, March 16, First Lady Michelle Obama comes to SXSW Music to discuss the Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to break barriers for the 62 million girls around the world who are not in school today, more than half of whom are adolescent. First Lady Michelle Obama’s event is open to all SXSW Music, Film, Gold, and Platinum registrants.
“More details regarding location, time, streaming, and access to both events will be announced via the SXSW website in the coming days.”
We hope to see Barack and Michelle at our Hype Hotel show. (Barry – If you need to get on the VIP guest list, hit us up!)