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Must-See China-Focused Panels At SXSW 2019

March 8 - 16, 2019 | Austin, TX

Going to South by Southwest (SXSW) and interested in China? Check out these events to understand how the country reshaping the world is also changing technology.

Entrepreneurship in China: Will They Eat Your Lunch?

March 10, 3:30 pm

“This panel will discuss the rise of China’s billion-dollar tech startups, some of whom have IPOd recently with mixed success. The business climate in China has evolved rapidly in recent years, throwing up new challenges and threatening a new tech “cold war” between the U.S. and China, but tech entrepreneurship charges ahead in the Middle Kingdom. Expect a brief overview of the recent history of tech entrepreneurship, laying out the major issues and the sources of China’s innovative surge, with an expert class on what the future still has in store. Learn more about the cross-border investments occurring and the reshaping of the tech universe.”

Moderator: Kaiser Kuo of SupChina
Panelists: Rui Ma, Creator and Co-host TechBuzz China
Olivia Wang, Head of U.S. at Zhenfund
William Bao Bean, General Partner SOSV

What’s your China Strategy

March 12, 12:30 pm

“China will soon be the world’s largest economy, but global internet companies often try and enter the market but fail. Before pulling out, Google saw its China search market share fall from 60% to under 15%. Join these industry veterans with over 15 years of on-the-ground experience for best practices for China market entry.”


William Bao Bean, General Partner SOSV
Milo Chao gtb (WPP)
Sina Farzaneh Pullpath
Wendy Wang Veeshop

How AI is Changing Advertising in China

March 9, 11 am

“Advertising in China is at the frontlines in AI adoption and innovation. The majority of ad spend in China is already digital, and AI-based advertising thrives on the massive datasets available in China for number crunching and automation. The key driver for AI in advertising, however, is China’s hyper-competitive ecommerce market, which is more than double the size of its U.S. counterpart. China-based startups use AI to analyze, categorize, and rank influencers, creating an open, blockchain-based, micropayments marketplace that can include everyone on social media. China’s white-hot AI advertising applications can serve as roadmaps and spark ideas in other industries that are just beginning to move through the AI learning curve.”

Hosted by Bessie Lee of Withinlink

Made in China: Crypto, Exchanges, Trust, and More

March 16, 11 am

For those looking to fill your Crypto interest:

“In this candid discussion, Edith Yeung of 500 Startups and Jason Lau of OKCoin will discuss how exchanges in China are keeping up their trade volume, continuing to grow its global users, and overcoming government regulatory challenges. How are these exchanges secure and building trust with customers? What is next for the world of crypto?”


Edith Yeung, 500 Startups
Jason Lau, OKCoin

The Dark Side of Tech: Surveillance and Propaganda

March 10, 12:30 pm

“Access to information and the ability to communicate freely with friends and family are human rights. Join the Human Rights Foundation for a conversation with a Uighur linguist, Buzzfeed News’ China Bureau Chief, and a popular journalist on how apps, artificial intelligence, fake video, and other cutting-edge technologies are being used to control, surveil, and promote state propaganda in China – and what that means for the rest of the world.”


Melissa Chan, The Global Reporting Center
Alex Gladstein, Human Rights Foundation
Tahir Imin, Uighur Agency (Uighur Times)
Megha Rajogopalan (Buzzfeed News)

AI Creates Cashless Cities and a Borderless World

March 8, 11 am

“Ant Financial is using AII (Artificial Intelligence Integration) to provide equal opportunities to hundreds of millions of users in China. This AII is not only helping to build cashless cities, but also to create a borderless world in which more users can easily leverage services that are previously exclusive and unimaginable. Learn how this cashless system has changed day-to-day life in the Far East. Also, learn how these advances in AII technology will eventually transform payment ecosystems in other parts of the globe and make for a more connected human race.”

Presented by: Shanying Leung, Director of User Experience, Ant Financial

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