Chelsea Clinton helped wind down SXSW Interactive, presenting a keynote on “Harnessing the Power of Tech and Data for Development.” In her speech, Clinton explained how tech has been a disruptor for the way we improve the world. For example, social media is empowering individuals to make a difference beyond being on the street at protest. She also proposed that innovation isn’t always about what’s new, but what is most effective in creating change. Clinton impressed with her blend of conviction and humor, but the Q&A portion of her presentation was where many audience members really fell in love with her. Twitter users were wowed by Clinton’s warm, thoughtful composure in responding to questions.
“Oh myyy!” As the most influential person on Facebook and star of a Youtube show for AARP, no one has the ability to simultaneously appeal to millennials and the 50-and-over crowd quite like George Takei. During his session at SXSW Interactive, Takei elaborated on the similarities between Star Trek and technology, like the ability to bring generations together. He also sees social media as a platform for awareness and conversations on broader issues, as he himself is heavily involved with LGBTQ activism. When it comes to tech, Takei is unlike many his age, who are "afraid to boldly go where they haven't gone before."
So what’s going on tonight? Attendees are getting ready for the SXSW Interactive Awards taking place at the Downtown Austin Hilton. Hosted by Jessica Chobot of Nerdist News, the event will highlight this year’s top interactive innovators and trendsetters, including the Breakout Digital Trend of SXSW Interactive 2014.