Alex Rodriguez to Speak at Next Year’s South by Southwest Conference

Alex Rodriguez is headed to the Lone Star State

South by Southwest Conference & Festivals organizers have announced that the 42-year-old Dominican-American former professional baseball player, nicknamed “A-Rod,” has been added to its lineup of featured speakers.

Alex Rodriguez

There’s no word on what the former New York Yankees star will talk about.

Rodriguez joins a roster of speakers that includes CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour, Forerunner Ventures founder Kirsten Green, President and CEO of the Aspen Institute Walter Isaacson, Vox editor-at-large Ezra Klein, serial entrepreneur Loic Le Meur, political strategist and commentator Symone Sanders, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, music producer Young Guru, and James Beard Award-winning TV personality Andrew Zimmern.

“This diverse and dynamic group of speakers represents many of the burgeoning trends we see coming out of SXSW in 2018,” said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer. “From leaders in blockchain and AI ethics to supporters of women’s rights around the world and more, we’re excited to showcase more of the exciting ideas that make our event the foremost destination for creative people.”

The new speakers will join the previously announced roster which includes Bruce Sterling (Startup & Tech Sectors), Wendy Williams (Music Culture & Stories), Gary Vaynerchuk (Startup & Tech Sectors), Miguel McKelvey (Workplace), Matthew Libatique and Snehal Patel (Making Film & Episodics), Ted Leo and Money Mark with Molly Neuman (Music Industry), Dylan Marron (Social Impact), Adam Cheyer, Daphne Koller, & Nell Watson (Intelligent Future), Guy Kawasaki, (Government), Ryan Holiday (News & Journalism), Daniel Glass (Music Industry), and Brian Behlendorf (Startup & Tech Sectors).

This year’s keynote speakers include Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, Darren Aronofsky (Film Keynote), Ta-Nehisi Coates (Convergence Keynote), Barry Jenkins (Film Keynote), Esther Perel (Interactive Keynote), and whurley (Convergence Keynote).

SXSW 2018 will take place March 9-18, 2018.

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