Join HKS at SXSW 2020

Join HKS at SXSW 2020

We were thrilled to make the lineup for SXSW 2020, which has been canceled because of concerns over coronavirus. Stay tuned for updates as SXSW organizers explore options for a future event.

In the meantime, we’re eager to share what we’ve learned about how to design better spaces to build community. Read our panel descriptions below, and please reach out to our speakers, Erin Peavey and Dustin Sweeney.

Playing Esports Tomorrow: Studios to Stadiums

  • Dustin Sweeney, HKS
  • Sam Cooke, Esports Insider
  • Jonathan Oudthone, Esports Stadium Arlington
  • Allie Young, Axis Replay

Buoyed by eager young fans and equally eager investors, esports has quickly gone mainstream. This meteoric rise in popularity has led to plans for shiny new esports stadiums built to host thousands of dedicated gaming fans. But bigger is not always better and those huge new edifices risk overwhelming the very community that lifted professional gaming to where it is today. Our panel will discuss design strategies for venues that are more accessible and that grow with their communities.

Connecting IRL: The Antidote to Loneliness

  • Erin Peavey, HKS
  • Julianne Holt-Lunstad, Brigham Young University
  • Jeremy Nobel, Unlonely Project & The Foundation for Art & Healing
  • Patrick Sisson, Curbed

In a time of hyper connection and communication, many of us report feeling lonely and detached, and there is strong evidence that this has a toxic effect on our health and happiness. This panel will discuss what’s driving increases in social isolation and loneliness (hint: it’s not just technology) and examine scalable strategies — some unexpected — that lead to social environments that promote meaningful connections. The trick is to think not only about places where communities are formed IRL, but the people who gather there and the shared experiences that keep them coming back. Huge opportunities await entrepreneurs who can leverage this knowledge to build a future marked by connections that boost our collective health.