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Chelsea Clinton gave a rather stiff, rehearsed keynote address at South By Southwest Interactive Tuesday in which she challenged attendees to improve the use technology for social good. However, it was four words she professed during the subsequent Q&A session that drew the most attention from the crowd: “I’m obsessed with diarrhea.”

Throughout the years, TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie’s core mission for his company has remained the same—to change the world one person at a time.

Mycoskie closed out the programming of South by Southwest Interactive Tuesday with a bang, publically introducing the launch of his latest business venture called the TOMS Roasting Company. Utilizing Mycoskie’s “One for One” system, residents in other countries around the world will receive a pair of shoes, treatment for their eyesight or clean water whenever a customer purchases TOMS footwear, glasses or coffee beans.

The fifth and final day of South by Southwest Interactive welcomed actor George Takei on to speak about social activism and bridging the divide between senior citizens and millennials.

Opening the session with a “selfie,” Matthew Segal, president and co-founder of OUR TIME, moderated the “intergenerational” discussion with Takei and opened the floor to audience members toward the end of the session.

After a videoconference from NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden earlier in the day, journalist Glenn Greenwald addressed the crowd Monday at South by Southwest Interactive via digital telecast about government surveillance and individual privacy.

Wearing his signature black-rimmed glasses, Adam Savage, star of the hit show “Mythbusters” on the Discovery Channel, led the keynote session Monday at the Interactive portion of South by Southwest.

Speaking in his typical fast-paced manner, Savage’s discussion focused on the “maker age” in regard to science and art in today’s society. After a 20-minute presentation, Savage answered various questions from audience members on Twitter about his personal life,  “Mythbusters” fame and his opinion on science education.

While North Korea is one of the most remote, cut off places on earth, Associate Press photojournalist David Guttenfelder offers a peek behind the curtain through his Instagram feed.

The Associated Press opened a bureau in North Korea in 2012, and Guttenfelder has since traveled to the country about 30 times. He shared his experiences with a packed room at South By Southwest Interactive Sunday.

Known for his eclectic movie roles, outlandish personality and Internet memes, Academy Award-winning actor Nicolas Cage has cemented his place in pop culture history.

Following NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden’s digital conversation from Russia, Cage’s session lightened the mood for Monday’s South by Southwest Interactive festival-goers. Director David Gordon Green moderated the conversation with Cage, who stars “Joe,” which premiered earlier at SXSW.

The third day of South by Southwest Interactive brought clearer skies and uncharacteristically cool temperatures for a typical Texas spring break.

Bringing a change of pace from the DNA-centered keynote address Sunday, two seemingly unlikely friends, well-known rapper Nasir “Nas” Jones and venture capitalist Ben Horowitz, took the stage.

Anne Wojcicki of 23andMe gave a keynote presentation at South by Southwest Interactive Sunday in which she claimed the cost of healthcare can be brought down by using genetics for preventive medicine.

As one of the most iconic professional basketball players of our generation, Shaquille O’Neal has managed to keep himself in the public eye since retiring from the NBA three years ago.

O’Neal closed out Sunday’s programming at South by Southwest Interactive armed with knowledge about a topic many might not directly associate him with—wearable technology. Moderator Rick Valencia, vice president of Qualcomm, questioned O’Neal about the role technology plays in his life, the importance of maintaining fitness and building his brand.

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