|Creative Convergence Silicon Valley. (C2SV)|
C2SV 2015 logo
|Location(s)||SoFA District, San Jose, California, United States|
|Organized by||C2SV, LLC|
Creative Convergence Silicon Valley, or C2SV, is an annual multi-day music festival and technology conference held each fall in San Jose, California, United States. It was founded in 2012 as the Silicon Valley Sound eXperience (SVSX) and changed its name in 2013 with the addition of a technology conference.
C2SV was patterned after technology and music events held in other cities, most notably the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas, but also NXNE in Toronto, Ontario and MFNW in Portland, Oregon. The group of blended festivals and conferences with whimsical four-character acronyms, established by weekly alternative newspapers, have been called “four-letter festivals" in the industry.
The 2013 festival featured a concert in San Jose’s St. James Park with Iggy and The Stooges on September 28, 2013. Supporting main stage acts were Thee Oh Sees, Bosnian Rainbows and The Bang Girl Group Revue. Five models painted by artist Trina Merry joined Iggy Pop on-stage during one of the songs. Artist Shepard Fairey issued a limited edition poster commemorating the Stooges’ C2SV Festival show.
Performers in 2012 included Maxx Cabello Jr., Anya and the Get Down, Will Sprott of the Mumlers, rappers Antwon and Cities Aviv, battle rapper Dirtbag Dan, Fierce Creatures, Containher and Mike Huguenor.
C2SV 2014 was held in San Jose’s SoFA District on September 10 to 14, 2014. Conference presenters included technology entrepreneur and author Vivek Wadhwa, journalist Yasha Levine and BlogHer cofounder Elisa Camahort Page. Club music showcases and the revived SoFA Street Fair comprised the musical portion. 
Announced dates for the 2015 conference and festival are October 8-11, 2015.
The three-day inaugural conference, held September 26–28, 2013 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center, included keynotes by technology evangelist Robert Scoble, guitarist James Williamson (musician) and author, CEO and brain scientist Jeff Stibel. The plenary-style stage also hosted a wide-ranging series of discussions on Bitcoin, self-driving cars, robotics, drones, augmented reality, space travel and open source web standards. Other notable speakers included Chris Anderson, former editor-in-chief of Wired magazine, Match.com founder Gary Kremen, Eloan co-founder Chris Larsen, Apache server programmer Brian Behlendorf, WalmartLabs CTO Jeremy King, Yahoo! chair Maynard Webb, eBay Vice President Hugh Williams, Kerio Technologies CEO Scott Schreiman, former California controller Steve Westly and serial entrepreneur Steve Kirsch.
The event also included John McAfee’s first public appearance since his highly publicized escape from Belize and arrest in Guatemala. McAfee used the conference appearance to announce his intentions to market a low-cost secure router to foil government surveillance.
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