Former Vice President Joe Biden to Speak at SXSW

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The politician is expected to detail his plans for a new cancer initiative.

Former Vice President Joe Biden has been added to the lineup of speakers at SXSW, festival organizers announced Monday morning. 

Biden will attend the annual tech, film and music confab to outline his plans for a new cancer initiative, his follow-up to the work he did while in office via the White House Cancer Moonshot. 

"We're excited to have Vice President Biden address the creative innovators and entrepreneurs that attend SXSW," said festival chief programming officer Hugh Forrest. "His commitment and leadership is crucial at a time when the smartest minds from the worlds of technology and healthcare are working together to create groundbreaking new solutions in the battle to end cancer." 

Fighting cancer has been a key issue for Biden since he lost his son, Beau, to the disease in 2015. After leaving office at the end of January, Biden announced plans for The Biden Foundation, which is focusing on advancing cancer research, helping military families and preventing violence against women. 

His appearance at SXSW comes one year after President Barack Obama became the first sitting president to speak at the annual conference. 

Biden's talk is part of SXSW Interactive's Connect to End Cancer series, which will take place Sunday, March 12. Biden will speak that day at 3:30 p.m. CT. A video of the talk will be made available at SXSW.com following the event. 

SXSW kicks off in Austin on March 10 and runs through March 19. 

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