SXSW Eco courtesy photo.

SXSW Eco courtesy photo.

South by Southwest Eco kicks off on Monday and runs through Wednesday with a packed schedule focused on cities, corporate social responsibility, startups, design, energy, water, policy and more.

The event is only open to registered participants and takes place at the Austin Convention Center. The walk up rate is $495.

Here’s a few of the don’t miss panels and talks at this year’s event.

1.) MONDAY – Redefining Natural Resources – Turning Sci-Fi into Science Fact – Chris Lewicki with Planetary Resources gives the keynote address at 9 a.m. The company is harvesting natural resources from space like water and rare metals from asteroids to supply the earth’s economy.

2.) MONDAY – Startup Showcase: International Innovations starts at 9:45 a.m. This is one in a series of startup pitch events at SXSW Eco. It features a live pitch competition from global startups.

3.) MONDAY – Space Age Solutions to Earth’s Complex Challenges AT 11:00 a.m. A panel of experts discuss the rise of commercial activity in space by private companies.

4.) MONDAY – Transportation of the Future: Building the Hyperloop at 1:00 p.m. featuring Dirk Ahlborn, CEO of Hyperloop Transportation Technologies. He’ll discuss the latest advances in transportation from supersonic trains to drones and next-generation planes.

5.) MONDAY – Designing The Cheeseburger Of Tomorrow at 4:45 p.m. featuring a panel of experts discussing the cheeseburgers of the future engineered with meat and dairy products that can be grown in the lab from animal tissue or require no animals at all.

6.) TUESDAY – VC + Clean Energy Startups: Unexamined Progress at 9:30 a.m. A panel of experts discussing ways to finance energy startups.

7.) TUESDAY – Another VC focused panel on financing innovative startups: Inventing the Future: How Black Swans Can Solve the World’s Sustainability Problems at 2:15 p.m. features Andrew Chung, investment partner in Khosla Ventures.

8.) WEDNESDAY – Encoding Empathy in Technology at 10:30 a.m. involves a panel of experts talking about how to ensure inventors and users of innovative technology maintain a strong ethical fiber and strong empathetic skills.