Creative Convergence Silicon Valley. (C2SV)
DatesOctober 6–8, 2016
Location(s)SoFA District, San Jose, California, United States
Years active2012–present
Next event2016
Organized byC2SV, LLC

Creative Convergence Silicon Valley, or C2SV, was an annual multi-day music festival and technology conference held each fall in San Jose, California, United States from 2012 to 2016. 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.[1]

Music festival

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.[2]

Club performances at 12 venues included The Lemonheads, The Limousines, metal band Deafheaven, hardcore punk band Off!, Mondo Generator, The Coup and Dam Funk.[3][4]

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.[5]

The 2015 conference and festival was held October 8–9, 2015 in the SoFA District, according to organizers.

Headliners for the 2016 music festival include Donald Glaude, Shonen Knife and Eric Victorino.

Technology conference

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.[6]

Steve Wozniak and Nolan Bushnell at C2SV 2013 Conference

The event also included John McAfee’s first public appearance since his highly publicized escape from Belize and arrest in Guatemala.[7] McAfee used the conference appearance to announce his intentions to market a low-cost secure router to foil government surveillance.[8]

The conference also presented the first on-stage fireside-style discussion with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and video game inventor Nolan Bushnell on September 27, 2013.[9][10]

The 2015 conference, held at the California Theatre, featured Oculus VR inventor Jack McCauley, cameraphone inventor Philippe Kahn and game designer Jane McGonical.

The 2016 conference was held on October 6 and 7, 2016.


  1. ^ "Alt-Weeklies' Four-Letter Festivals: Movement Grows as Silicon Valley Launches C2SV". AAN News. September 10, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  2. ^ "Shepary Fairey Iggy and the Stooges C2SV Festival Poster Release Details". Inside the Rock Poster Frame (blog). September 19, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  3. ^ Sarah Kenoyer (September 30, 2013). "High-tech meets high frequency at San Jose's C2SV Festival". Spartan Daily. Archived from the original on 2013-10-07. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  4. ^ Jim Harrington (September 17, 2013). "C2SV: 6 can't-miss acts at the inaugural festival". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  5. ^ Sal Pizzaro (August 4, 2014). "Pizarro: Fishbone to headline SoFA Street Fair's comeback next month". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved April 30, 2015.
  6. ^ Dan Holden (September 25, 2013). "15 Must-See Presentations at C2SV 2013". SV411. Archived from the original on September 29, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  7. ^ "UPDATE 4-Guatemala detains software guru McAfee, to expel him to Belize". Reuters. December 6, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-26.
  8. ^ "Foiling spooks: Mr. McAfee's little black box". The Economist. October 2, 2013. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  9. ^ Sal Pizarro (Sep 28, 2013). "Wozniak, Nolan Bushnell tell their Steve Jobs stories at C2SV conference". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved 2013-10-08.
  10. ^ Rick Merritt (Sep 27, 2013). "Steve Jobs Remembered by Woz, Bushnell". EE Times. Retrieved 2013-10-08.

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