SXSW Eco Announces Additional Programming and Speakers for 2016 Conference

Notable Speakers Include Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio and ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen Williams.

Austin, Texas – July 11, 2016 –­ SXSW Eco®, the conference celebrating the power of design, technology and business to drive global change, has announced additional programming and speakers for its 2016 event. Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, restaurateur and Top Chef host Tom Colicchio, and ARPA-E Director Dr. Ellen Williams topline a newly announced batch of speakers that also includes: Rana Foroohar (TIME, Author), Alex Thompson (REI), Jonathan Atwood (Unilever), Sarah Morris (Microsoft), Antha Williams (Bloomberg Philanthropies), Oliver Blank (, and more. SXSW Eco will take place on October 10-12, 2016 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.

The slate of newly announced programming will augment the 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).

Full list of newly announced speakers and sessions:

ARPA-E — Innovating our Energy Future

Speakers: Ellen Williams (U.S. Department of Energy/ARPA-E).

Biophilic Cities

Speakers: Timothy Beatley (University of Virginia), Amanda Sturgeon (International Living Future Institute).

Cradle to Cradle® Design Workshop

Speakers: Ken Alston (MDBC), Jay Bolus (MDBC).

Design for Seven Billion. Design for One.

Speakers: Sarah Morris (Microsoft).

Embracing Virality without Selling Your Soul

Speakers: Adam Albright Hanna (GOOD), Phoebe Gavin (ThinkProgress).

Financial Weapons of Mass Destruction

Speaker: Rana Foroohar (TIME, Author).

Fixing Food Policy

Speakers: Tom Colicchio (Top Chef).

Friends or Foes: How Startups and Regulators Navigate Innovation

Speakers: Bradley Tusk (Tusk Ventures), Komal Ahmad (Copia), Rob McGinnis (Nagare), Macky McCleary (Dept of Business Regulation, State of Rhode Island).

From Saltwater to Ice: Innovative Energy Storage Technologies

Speakers: Jay Whitacre (Aquion Energy), Mike Hopkins (Ice Energy).

Generation Food – Changing the World Food System by Breaking Its Rules

Speakers: Raj Patel (The University of Texas at Austin).

How to Affect Change through Multimedia Storytelling

Speakers: Marc Janks (The Huffington Post), Carina Kolodny (The Huffington Post).

Humanitarian Design Summit

Speakers: Oliver Blank (, Nadav Savio (Design Strategist).

Value-Based Brands

Speakers: Alex Thompson (REI), Jonathan Atwood (Unilever).

Nuclear Sharks; How Innovation Will Save Our Seas

Speakers: Philippe Cousteau (Voyacy Ventures), Ashlan Cousteau (Voyacy Ventures).

Our Cities, Our Climate: A Solution Exchange

Speaker: Antha Williams (Bloomberg Philanthropies), The US State Department.

Place-based Learning and the Future of Our Oceans

Speakers: Shawn Lani (The Exploratorium), Brad Liljequist (International Living Future Institute), Chris Allen (Biomimicry 3.8, Chris Allen and Associates).

Stories from the Front Lines of the Refugee Crisis

Speakers: Robert Young Pelton (Author, Filmmaker, Journalist).

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse

Speakers: Sheldon Whitehouse, (The United States Senate, Rhode Island).

Will Ag Tech Help Scale up Sustainable Food & Farming?

Speakers: Naomi Starkman (Civil Eats), Mike Betts (AgFunder).

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 Bloomberg BNA, Cool Effect, Southwest Airlines and The Austin Chronicle.


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