Past SXSW panels have shown that Black bloggers and bloggers of color are becoming more prominent and well-known as the years progress. From "Blogging While Black" to being "Digital Urbanites", being a Black blogger is definitely not limited to any monolithic stereotype. Learn from some of the pioneers and thought-leaders in the Black blogosphere on our past, present, and future.
1. What does being a black blogger mean (if anything)?
2. When did you begin blogging, and why?
3. What trends do you see with Black bloggers as technology becomes more ubiquitous?
4. What do you see as the future of Black blogging?
5. Are there any trends or topics you would like to see discussed in the future?
6. Black blogging seems to have taken off with the advent of Black celebrity gossip. How do you see this sort of relationship as it relates to other bloggers relationship with celebrities (like Perez Hilton)?
7. There are currently two blogging Awards for Black bloggers -- the Black Weblog Awards and the Black Web Awards. Do you see these events as being representative of the Black blogging community?
8. NPR's "News and Notes" created an interesting intersection between Black bloggers and mainstream media. With its cancellation, where do you see MSM and Black bloggers intersecting?
Great web design is all around us, but how do we go beyond ‘cool’, ‘usable’ and ‘fun’ to create something truly beautiful? How can we create sites that stand as rivals to classic design pieces from other fields? This talk looks at our changing attitudes to beauty, art and meaning, and why the web is ideally suited to become a vehicle for true beauty in the Information Age.
Typography can make or break a design, but there are big differences between what makes jaw-dropping type offline from what makes great type online? In this presentation, Samantha will evaluate interesting offline lettering and discuss how you can translate those principles and leverage CSS3, @font-face, and new font-as-service web apps to create engaging online typographic experiences.
We design websites for users, but if we don’t also have a deep and thorough grasp of the content that will be served up to those users, we’re not going to be able to create optimal experiences for them. Learn how to do Content Research to augment your User Research.
What does it mean to build web services that Do The Right Thing? A panel about product design decisions and the tradeoffs made in designing social software. We'll discuss understanding user expectations, incentivizing behavior, the impact of default settings, and handling privacy. Avoid becoming the next [company name redacted].
by Steve Fisher
From discovering galaxies to folding proteins: how to actively contribute to science. Science projects are harnessing open collaboration to further discovery and exploration. As a result, citizen science is witnessing a renaissance. The panel will discuss how you can get involved and challenges faced in making science open.
Effective dashboard design delivers on the promise of targeted, accessible, and actionable information for organizations looking to maximize their profits. Through good, bad, and very ugly examples, you will learn about practical design techniques and challenges that dashboard designers face today.
Connecting donors directly to the beneficiaries of contributions is a game-changing fundraising strategy. Will traditional nonprofits need to adopt new technologies and fundraising models as donors demand greater accountability for their funds? This vibrant, moderated discussion will include representatives from Kiva, OptINnow, and 2 national advocacy organizations.
by Jina Bolton
The web originated with generalists - webmasters designing, building, and developing. Today, a web team can have a dozen different specialist roles, each highly-focused. With that in mind, what are the strengths of specialists and generalists, and when are each put to their best use on a project or in an organization?
by Toby Barnes
What makes pervasive games the quintessential 21st century artform?
Why/how have pervasive games captured the imaginations of the masses?
Who are the new practitioners and what makes them good?
Are we just playing in the panopticon or do pervasive games offer real freedoms?
Can a powerful collective desire for play create meaningful disruptions to the status quo?
Can pervasive games really have a positive social impact (through public collaboration and the radical re-appropriation of shared spaces, real and virtual)?
Will a dream platform ever emerge or will this always be a fractured development space?
If “locative media is fundamentally based on the appropriation of technologies of surveillance and control” (Andreas Brockmann) what duty do creatives have to address this fact in their work?
How do pervasive experiences deal with narrative? Who shapes/owns/consumes the story?
What is the role of the writer and curator or audience in this mixed medium, if everyone is involved and the city has become the stage?
Using open source is one thing, but can your idea succeed if you give your own work away? Scrappy entrepreneurs will discuss that question, share their own experiences with open source business models, and offer advice to others considering open source licenses.
Too often, individuals and businesses take advantage of someone else’s turf and excuse it as “shameless self promotion.” It’s not acceptable and it can lead to you being labeled a spammer or worse. In this panel, we’ll tell you how to promote yourself without turning others off.
12th–16th March 2010