2015 Schedule
Interactive: March 13–17  •  Film: March 13–21  •  Music: March 17–22

We're All Related. The (Big) Data Proves It

Tuesday, March 17
11:00AM - 12:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 5-6
110 E 2nd St

The science behind leading personal genetics company, 23andMe, confirms our relatedness. Using big data from their database of 850,000 - the largest DNA ancestry service in the world - customers have the opportunity to discover dozens or even hundreds of people who share DNA and ancestors.

Inspired by his 23andMe experience, New York Times Bestselling author and journalist, AJ Jacobs, is trying to meet ALL his cousins in person by orchestrating the world's biggest and most inclusive family reunion in history. The Global Family Reunion endeavors to prove that all humans are related to encourage greater acceptance and tolerance.

23andMe and AJ will discuss how everyone's related and why it’s important to understand our human connections -- they’ll dive into the data with a dash of humor.


#sxsw #globalfam


AJ Jacobs


Author of The Year of Living Biblically. Organizer of the http://globalfamilyreunion.com . Your cousin.

Joanna Mountain

Sr Dir of Research

23andMe Inc

Joanna joined 23andMe in 2007 as a senior member of the Research Team. She served on the faculties of the Anthropological Sciences and Genetics Departments at Stanford University. Dr. Mountain’s pr...

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Katarzyna Bryc

Population Geneticist

23andMe Inc

Katarzyna ("Kasia") Bryc is a Population Geneticist at 23andMe. Dr. Bryc has developed statistical models that leverage genetic data to learn about ancient human history and migrations, recent popu...

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