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By Tracy Jarrett and Amber Payne

NBCBLK is spending the next week at the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. While we are there, we will be attending events and interactive panels that explore social innovation, startup culture, and technology through a diverse lens.

Take a spin through our NBCBLK guide to SXSW to see what discussions, events, and local eats we will be checking out while at SXSW. This is a living and breathing document, so let us know what we're missing and what you want to see more of.

Join the NBCBLK SXSW experience in person or follow us on twitter, instagram, or facebook using #NBCblkSXSW.

Join the Conversation: Interactive Panels


· Diversity in Tech: Building Inclusivity

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: Austin Convention Center Ballroom EFG 531 E 4th St

· Hustler to Entrepreneur: Tech and Disconnected Youth

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: JW Marriott Salon C 110 E 2nd St

· Cracking the Codes: Why Black and Latino Boys Matter

Time: 5pm - 6pm

Location: JW Marriott Room 303-304


· How Shattering the Stereotype Will Save Tech

Time: 9:30am - 10:30am

Location: JW Marriott

· # Movements: When a Hashtag Breaks the News

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location: JW Marriott Salon C

· Women Byte Back: Tech and Disempowerment

Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm

Location JW Marriott Room 303-304 110 E 2nd St

· Why Diversity Can’t Be Built in a Day

Time: 12:300pm - 1:30pm

Location: JW Marriott Salon C

· Tech Diversity: Why We’re Still Talking About It

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: Austin Convention Center

AUSTIN, TX - MARCH 11: Casey Gerald, co-founder and CEO of MBAs Across America, gives the opening Keynote address for South by Southwest Interactive before an audience of creators, early adopters and entrepreneurs. Other speakers include Evan Smith, Editor-in-Chief and CEO of the Texas Tribune news service, and will talk about civic engagement in the 21st Century. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images)Erich Schlegel

· Kerry Washington and the New Rules of Social Stardom

Time: 11:00am - 2:00pm

Location: Austin Convention Center Ballroom EFG 531 E 4th St

· Niche to Movement to Mainstream: How Culture Grows

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Location Hilton Austin Downtown Salon K 500 E 4th St

· How to Diversify in Tech and Our Unconscious Bias

Time: 3:30pm - 4:30pm

Location: JW Marriott Salon 7 110 E 2nd St

· Improving Engagement in Today’s Mobile/Social World

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: Hilton Austin Downtown Salon G 500 E 4th St

· Multicultural Blogger and Content Creator Meet Up

Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

Location: JW Marriott Room 208 110 E 2nd St

Get to Know MVMT50

MVMT50 is a coalition of Black thought leaders committed to sustained and systematic improvement in employment diversity, cultural representation and leadership development in the innovation, technology and digital sectors.


· Welcome Reception

Time: 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Location: Carver Lobby + Atrium

· Innovators Awards, hosted by NBCBLK's Amber Payne

Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm

Location: Carver Lobby Auditorium