2012 Festival

SXSELondon 2012

SXSELondon's first incarnation occurred on July 3rd 2012, in London’s most technological pub The Thirsty Bear.

During the day we ran six hour-long sessions covering the changing faces of politics, music & entertainment, finance & economic justice, science & digital future, commerce & community, Film & TV - and in the evening, some of London's best live entertainment.

We'd like to extend our thanks again to all those who made it possible to help us raise money for a great cause!

Check out our list of speakers and our video (courtesy of the brilliant Tinderflint productions) below!

SXSELondon DAY Schedule 3rd July 2012 

Finance & Economy
The economy and finance in the face of the information revolution.
Andrew Walker, Social Placement (@KilldozerLinkedIn)
Bryan Verster, Entrepreneur Country (@BryanVersterLinkedIn)
James Whitelock, Think in Circles (@ThinkinCircles)

Politics and social, how elections are now being fought and first time voters online.

Ben Stockman / Cat Turner, Lib Dem Rage campaign
Michael Sani, creator of Bite the Ballot (@MichaelSani)

 Commerce & Community
Brands & online interaction

Oli Watts, Fresh Networks (@OliLinkedIn)
Ben Martin, Community Manager - AVG Antivirus (@BenJMartinLinkedIn)
Stephen Waddington, author Brand Anarchy: Managing Corporate Reputation (@WaddsLinkedIn)

Music & Entertainment
The music industry & copyright, how social & digital has changed people’s interaction with music, the technological tavern


Jon Morter, Rage Against the Machine for Xmas #1, Save 6 Music (@JonMorterLinkedIn)
Ben Drury, 7digital (@BenDrury)

Film & TV
The changing role of producers, the changing face of cinema, how to harness distraction & improve the viewing experience


Stu Heritage, Guardian TV critic and liveblogger (@StuHeritage, LinkedIn)
Ruth Barnett, Swiftkey / Former Sky News Social Media Correspondent (@RuthBarnettLinkedIn)

Digital Future
Where is social media heading, how is it changing society, business & the way we interact with each other, what breakthroughs are we likely to see?

Ed Weatherall, Kevin Allen Partners (@EdWeatherallLinkedIn)

SXSELondon NIGHT Schedule 3rd July 2012 
Emotional Sushi
We're excited to announce London based Emotional Sushi will be performing in the evening session of SXSELondon the band comprises Tam Ludford and John Reilly from The DepartedHear more Emotional Sushi on Myspace

FROM THE ASHES write the kind of music that refuses to tick boxes. Bringing together disparate influences, absorbing blues and heavy rock, grunge and country, this four-piece band from London create a unique sound that defies easy genre boundaries. Whether gigging on London’s live circuit or jamming the latest tracks in the studio, one is thing is certain: these guys are having a hell of a good time, and you’re all invited. Find out more about From The Ashes, including news and tour dates: here. Follow them on Twitter: here.

 The Silver Ghosts
The Silver Ghosts are a seven piece swing ensemble (trumpet, trombone, clarinet, ukulele, double bass, drums, vocals) that have performed at The Royal Albert Hall, and The 100 Club as well as prestigious jazz venues and swing dance club nights around London. Find out more about The Silver Ghosts on their website. Follow them on Twitter and Love them on Facebook.

Matt Grantham
Australian Matt Grantham has been performing stand up comedy in the UK for the last 5 years establishing himself as a regular at some of Britain biggest clubs. After making himself a regular winner of the Comedy Store’s King Gong he went on to become a semi finalist of “So You Think You Are Funny in (2005) and a finalist of both the Hackney Empire (2007) and Midlands New Act Competition (2007) later that year.