Day one at SXSW 2018 certainly lived up to expectation and was full of inspiring talks, thought provoking innovations and incredible ideas from some of the brightest minds across the world. Here’s our top three from day one at SXSW:
- The Anatomy Of a Trend – WGSN Managing Director Carla Buzasi revealed some of the biggest trends emerging between now and 2020 both on a micro and macro level. Artisan continues to be the trend that is ever growing in popular culture. From food trucks and beard grooming, to craft beers and the resurgence of cocktail making, artisan is a macro trend that’s prevalence isn’t showing any sign of slowing down. Among some of the biggest trends expected for 2020, Buzasi also highlighted that 5g network and brands that embrace ‘the sharing economy’ (e.g. Uber, AirBnB) will dominate.
- Facebook and Publishers: The Future Of News – “There will be less news in people’s news feed, but Facebook is making sure that the news you do see is quality.” – That was the standout statement from Facebook’s Head of News Product Alex Hardiman. A fascinating talk centred around the proliferation of fake news on Facebook and how the platform is focusing its efforts in 2018 to combat against its continued rise. Hardiman also revealed that although there are some tough challenges ahead, Facebook is actively looking to give users more control over what they see in their news feed.
- Why Ethereum Is Going To Change The World – One of the major trends emerging from day one is the desire and need for the democratisation of the global economy, for people to have more control over their economic and social lives. In Why Ethereum is going to change the world, founder of Consensys Joseph Lubin described how the innovations behind bitcoin have been harnessed in the Ethereum platform to go beyond crypto-currencies, providing the basis for a future where people have more economic agency and the opportunity to access the world in a more democratic way. This is the beginning of something profound that will touch all of our lives in the very near future…