Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW). This Austin, Texas event brings together more than 70,000 industry creatives from across the United States and around the world for nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.
For his key contributions to the culture and industry of Austin, Forrest was named “Austinite of the Year” in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce alongside his fellow SXSW directors. In 2014, Forrest and these other SXSW directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young. He recently received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from Kenyon College, his alma mater. Forrest is dedicated to advancing technology, business, and the arts, in Austin and across the country.