Hasan Minhaj

Comedian Hasan Minhaj and songwriter-producer Savan Kotecha are among the featured speakers at the 2018 South by Southwest Conference and Festival. (Brad Barket/Getty Images for Comedy Central;Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for ASCAP)

The 2018 SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival’s lineup is already quite incredible, but it just got a tad bit more exciting since comedian Hasan Minhaj and songwriter-producer Savan Kotecha are joining the roster of celebrities. The Indian American pair is joining the likes of entrepreneur and investor Mark Cuban, ABC News co-anchor and author of “10% Happier” Dan Harris, chief scientist of Google cloud Fei-Fei Li, CBS “This Morning” co-host and “60 Minutes” correspondent Charlie Rose, and Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth, among others.

Joining Minhaj, a special correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” in the news and journalism session is Akash Goyal, who serves as the vice president of multiplatform content strategy at Comedy Central.

Sessions in this track will explore how news, journalism and analysis is dispersed, how it will be impacted by the future of technology and how this content will continue to inform and engage.

Grammy-nominated Kotecha, known for writing platinum-selling hit songs for artists like Justin Bieber (“Beauty and a Beat”), Christina Aguilera, Maroon 5 (“One More Night”), and Britney Spears (“If U Seek Amy”), will be speaking during a session on music industry. The session will focus on innovations in the global music business and offer real-world advice and examination of the industry.

Expressing his excitement on Twitter, Kotecha wrote: “When I was 16 years old I would sneak into SXSW to pass out my demo tapes. Now I’ll be a speaker there.”

Among the keynote speakers is author-journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates.

The speakers, according to the festival, highlight some of the industry’s most inspired thinkers and diverse visionaries across 24 tracks of SXSW-curated programming.

SXSW 2018 will run March 9-18 in Austin, Texas.

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