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For this year’s conference, Ami was brought in to capture the keynotes—a change from his general SX experience bouncing around the clubs. He covered keynotes from Film, Interactive and Music, featuring diversity of thought and a breadth of subject matter. Drawing digitally allowed for quick coverage as well as the creation of time-lapse videos as a way to tell the bigger story of the hour-long sessions.

Featured Session: Lead from the Outside: How to Make Real Change. Ami kicked things off with a sketch of the end of Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams talk with Yamiche Alcindor of PBS Newshour—interesting thoughts on image, the conversation around anti-Semitism and voter suppression.

Film Keynote. Olivia Wilde on her film Booksmart and becoming an actress, finally making it to the party only to find that the party sucks, and what she had to do and who she had to find to become a director .

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Music Keynote. Two generations of Scottish front-women, Shirley Manson of Garbage and Lauren Mayberry of CHVRCHES spoke with Puja Patel, editor-in-chief of Pitchform and some frank talk was had about being a front woman, feminism and misogyny.

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Montreal-based DJ, electronic producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ouri opened up the keynote.

Montreal-based DJ, electronic producer, and multi-instrumentalist Ouri opened up the keynote.

Couldn’t help document my annual SX tradition, a bowl of spicy-chicken miso ramen from nearby Daruma.

Couldn’t help document my annual SX tradition, a bowl of spicy-chicken miso ramen from nearby Daruma.

Featured Session: Reasons To Be Cheerful.  David Byrne’s notes on the environment and social issues that have become a multimedia project helping him deal with everyday life.

Featured Session: Reasons To Be Cheerful. David Byrne’s notes on the environment and social issues that have become a multimedia project helping him deal with everyday life.

Music Keynote.  Beastie Boys Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovits speak with head of editorial, Amazon Music and long-time friend (no, he was not really MCA’s cousin) Nathan Brackett, about telling funny stories to the press, the intuitive genius of Adam Yauch, the dog show that never was and much more.

Music Keynote. Beastie Boys Michael “Mike D” Diamond and Adam “Adrock” Horovits speak with head of editorial, Amazon Music and long-time friend (no, he was not really MCA’s cousin) Nathan Brackett, about telling funny stories to the press, the intuitive genius of Adam Yauch, the dog show that never was and much more.

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Convergence Keynote. Bozoma Saint John, CMO of William Morris Endeavor and previously of Uber and Apple Music, speaks with Ashley Graham about the way perception can overwrite results and the struggle of managing that perception while being the true self that brought you to where you are.

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Audrey McCann supporting the Music Keynote with the ASL translation.

Audrey McCann supporting the Music Keynote with the ASL translation.

“Let the mermaids flirt with me.” Logan Ledger opening up for a talk by T-Bone Burnett

“Let the mermaids flirt with me.” Logan Ledger opening up for a talk by T-Bone Burnett

Music Keynote. A scathing critique by T-Bone Burnett of big technology and what the internet has become—specifically that the government and scientists have failed to look out for the interests of the people and it was up to the artistic community to take a stand. He emphasized the need to amend safe harbor provision of the DMCA and make providers of access and platforms responsible for content.

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Featured Session: Digital Transformation, AI and an Innovation Mindset . Sandy Carter from Amazon Web Services: "AI shouldn't start with technology. It should start with a customer challenge..." on how to work with a customer on AI systems that work for them and Kathy Klotz-Guest on bring the improv mindset of “Yes, and…” into the approach for developing technology.

Featured Session: Digital Transformation, AI and an Innovation Mindset. Sandy Carter from Amazon Web Services: "AI shouldn't start with technology. It should start with a customer challenge..." on how to work with a customer on AI systems that work for them and Kathy Klotz-Guest on bring the improv mindset of “Yes, and…” into the approach for developing technology.

Featured Session: The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World.  Ami caught the end Q and A for Jamil Zaki's talk and learned a bit about Oxytocin.

Featured Session: The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World. Ami caught the end Q and A for Jamil Zaki's talk and learned a bit about Oxytocin.

And then a respite from the conference to catch some music at Hotel Vegas….

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