Continuation of collaboration between Mercedes-Benz and South by Southwest®: Hej Stockholm – the next me Convention goes to Sweden
The next annual me Convention will take place from September 4-6, 2018 in Stockholm. This was announced today by Mercedes-Benz and South by Southwest® (SXSW®) in Austin, Texas. Visitors to the Swedish capital can look forward to a diverse and interesting program of workshops, talks, interviews, panel discussions, keynote speeches, and concerts, which will be attended by leaders from the world of technology, design and the creative industries for a debate about the future.
"The pioneering me Convention was a highly successful platform for us to engage new audiences and build a bridge beyond the automotive industry", says Jens Thiemer, Vice President Marketing Mercedes-Benz Cars. "We are proud to be able to announce the second me Convention in Stockholm. Together with SXSW, we wish to once again offer creative people from around the world a forum to discuss a wide range of different topics while encountering new, ground-breaking ideas for the debate about issues of the future."
After a successful launch of me Convention in Frankfurt, SXSW is pleased to continue our collaboration with Mercedes-Benz for another edition,” said Roland Swenson, SXSW CEO. "Our shared perspective on creative problem solving makes this a natural partnership".
The me Convention is open, global, future-oriented, interactive, inspiring and interdisciplinary and offers participants an opportunity for in-depth dialogues and extensive networking. The first me Convention in September 2017 in Frankfurt featured over 150 thought-leaders and visionaries, who gave more than 2700 participants from over 35 countries fresh food for thought about the future. Guided by the theme #createthenew, international experts debated issues of future relevance.
In a continuation of their collaboration, the automotive manufacturer and SXSW are bringing the spirit of the me Convention to the USA through March 15. At the largest digital conference, Mercedes-Benz and smart, electric mobility brand EQ, the smart EQ fortwo, mobility brands car2go, moovel, mytaxi and Blacklane will present their concept for the future at Palm Park in Austin with their own activities and programme content. Within the me Convention grounds in Austin’s Palm Park, the 70,000 participants of SXSW can view sessions from the Intelligent Future Track live at the Pool Stage, meet and greet speakers, enjoy the food court, and take part in events such as yoga sessions in a relaxed networking atmosphere. New event formats, such as the daily "Mystery Talks by me Convention", will ensure days full of inspiration, innovation and new knowledge.
About South by Southwest
SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2018 is from March 9-18, 2018.
About the me Convention
The me Convention’s theme #createthenew provides an open and inspiring platform for creative people from different fields and has a clear focus on dialogue, interaction, networking and entertainment while addressing key topics for shaping the future.