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SXSW 2025

March 7, 2025 - March 15, 2025


The South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference & Festivals is making its return to Austin, Texas on March 7 – 15, 2025. And, this year, it’s going to be bigger and better than ever before.

SXSW 2025 promises to be a landmark event, showcasing groundbreaking AI innovations across various industries. Attendees can expect to witness the latest advancements in technology, with AI making significant strides not only in tech but also in film, music, and art.

The festival will feature a diverse lineup of music artists and film screenings, highlighting both emerging talents and established icons. Engaging panels and workshops will provide invaluable insights, allowing participants to delve deep into current trends and future possibilities. From thought-provoking discussions to immersive experiences, SXSW 2025 is set to offer something extraordinary for everyone.

And, for those new to the event, here’s a quick rundown of what SXSW is all about.

What is SXSW?

SXSW began in 1987 as a music festival and has since evolved into one of the most influential events in the world. It now encompasses film, technology, and interactive media, making it a must-attend for anyone looking to stay ahead of the curve. The conference brings together top experts and thought leaders from various industries, providing an unparalleled opportunity to network, learn, and discover.

Notable Startups That Launched at SXSW


Foursquare became a popular tool for SXSW users who wanted to know where their friends were but had no idea of where to find them within the crowded SXSW environs. “Checking in” has become a popular activity worldwide, but even more so at trade shows and exhibitions like SXSW. By allowing users to share their locations and discover nearby attractions, Foursquare significantly enhanced the experience of navigating through the bustling festival. The app’s popularity at SXSW served as a catalyst for its global success, exemplifying how innovative ideas can thrive when introduced to a tech-savvy and engaged audience.


Although X (formerly Twitter) began life in 2006, the company really took off during the 2007 SXSW conference. Twitter posted LCD screens that tracked SXSW-related tweets, capturing the constant flow of conversations and updates in real-time. This visibility and the buzz generated among conference goers significantly boosted Twitter’s user base and prominence, making it one of the first examples of a SXSW success story that every startup hopes to emulate. The platform’s ability to facilitate instant communication and community engagement perfectly matched the dynamic and interactive nature of SXSW, helping to cement Twitter’s reputation as an essential social media tool.


Pinterest also didn’t quite launch at SXSW, but, like other apps on this list, SXSW propelled it to stardom. In 2011, the company added an iPhone app, and the combination of mobile access and the site itself helped make it one of the top 10 social networks. The visually-driven app allowed users to collect and share ideas in a highly engaging format, which resonated well with the creatively inclined SXSW attendees. The festival’s influence provided Pinterest with a platform to showcase its unique value, significantly contributing to its rapid growth and widespread adoption.

And, now you know why people love SXSW so much. It’s not just about the music, film, and parties, but also about the potential to discover the next big thing in technology. With new startups and technologies being launched at SXSW every year, it’s a prime opportunity for entrepreneurs, investors, and tech enthusiasts alike to stay on top of emerging trends and innovations. So mark your calendars for SXSW 2025 – it’s not an event you want to miss!

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