2014 South by Southwest's most intriguing speakers

Austin's annual film, music and interactive event pulling in bigger names than ever

South by Southwest

The annual South by Southwest culture-fest kicks off Friday, March 7 and lasts through March 16 in Austin. The event brings together movers and shakers in music, film and the digital economy. Here’s a look at the most intriguing events at the Interactive portion of the festival, which is focused on computing, gaming, the Web and more.

Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald
Edward Snowden, Julian Assange, Glenn Greenwald

Three of the headlining speakers won’t physically be at the Austin event – due to their various legal situations -- but rather will join panels remotely through the magic of the Internet and videoconferencing. Whistleblower Snowden will discuss the NSA’s spying efforts, while Wikileaks’ Assange will discuss surveillance issues and journalist Greenwald will discuss his reporting on Snowden and more.

Unearthing the Atari Graveyard
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Unearthing the Atari Graveyard

Speakers from creative studio and game developer Fuel Entertainment, which last year was granted permission to excavate within a 100-acre landfill in the Alamogordo, N.M., desert to search for the fabled Atari E.T. Graveyard, will discuss their findings at the alleged 1983 dump site of one of the gaming industry’s biggest-ever busts.

Michael Dell
Michael Dell

Dell will have the home court advantage in Austin, where his recently privatized computing and networking company resides. He’ll join fellow entrepreneurs, including the CEOs of TripAdvisor and Shutterfly, to discuss starting and scaling businesses.

Celebrity alert! Rosario Dawson
Celebrity alert! Rosario Dawson

Actress Dawson (Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse, Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City, etc.) joins MSNBC’s Alex Wagner for a discussion about engaging millennials online, such as by using celebrity voices.

Google’s Eric Schmidt
Google’s Eric Schmidt

Google’s Executive Chairman Schmidt will join Google Director of Ideas Jared Cohen to discuss Google, issues of technology and privacy, as well as revolution around the world.

Mythbusters’ Adam Savage
Mythbusters’ Adam Savage

The executive producer and co-host of the popular Discovery Channel series will share his views on scientific methods and creativity.

Biz Stone
Biz Stone

The Twitter co-founder is back with a mobile-focused Q&A app dubbed Jelly. Can lightning strike twice for him?

Stephen Wolfram
Stephen Wolfram

The creator of the Wolfram|Alpha computational search engine will present a talk called “Injecting Computation Everywhere” in which he will imagine a future where there's no distinction between code and data.

Alexis Ohanian
Alexis Ohanian

The Reddit co-founder has been on a mega five-month bus trip hawking his new book called “Without Their Permission” in which he describes the new model of starting up Internet companies.

Chelsea Clinton
Chelsea Clinton

The former First Daughter, vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, will advise attendees on how to take advantage of their newfound knowledge and energy.