Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2011 about Health on Friday 11th March

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  • Apps for Healthy Kids: Government Challenges FTW

    by Brandon Kessler, Bev Godwin, Peter Rhee, Jenn Gustetic and Amanda Eamich

    The Apps for Healthy Kids competition pooled $60k in prizes in support of the First Lady's Let's Move initiative to reduce obesity and raise awareness for healthy lifestyles. USDA led the effort providing the MyPyramid dataset and focusing the app and game competition on "tweens" for learn through play, and nutritional gatekeepers to arm them with critical information to make healthy food choices.

    We started from scratch and found tremendous support in the Office of Science and Technology Policy as well as the game/app developer community. The challenge platform welcomed entries and we invited the public to vote. An esteemed judging panel including Aneesh Chopra and Steve Wozniak will select winners.

    By the time SXSW begins, the winning games and apps will be making a positive impact on children and adults to make health food and lifestyle choices.

    Other federal examples will provide alternative approaches to using competitions to achieve specific goals. Government is becoming more adept in utilizing games, tools and Internet technologies to reach citizens on relevant platforms and devices. Learn from our mistakes and successes, and take away useful tips for designing your own challenge or competition.

    LEVEL: Intermediate

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Room 9ABC, Austin Convention Center

  • The Sexual Survival Guide for Geeks

    by Violet Blue

    What they say about geeks, sex, relationships and hooking up just isn't true: we ARE hot and nerdy, and when it comes to events like SXSWi we could all use a little "booty call boot camp". Anyone can read sex ed basics online, but when you're faced with real-life situations and the nuances of quirky geeks who are smarter than the average hottie, and have that irresistible OCD, you'll need to know more than how to Google a pickup line or navigate a smooth SXSWi afterparty fling.

    In this talk, leading sex educator Violet Blue explains:

    • Sexual health basics, including safer sex 101.
    • Exactly how to have a smooth negotiation about safer sex.
    • Rules and tips for geek flirting.
    • Do's and Don'ts of picking up on geeks.
    • Sex etiquette and social media.
    • How to have a great one-nighter and feel happy saying hi in the halls the next day.
    • Navigating honesty (and health issues) when someone is cheating.
    • Consent: saying yes and no to sex with clarity and coolness.
    • How to have a hot time without pissing off your hotel roommates.
    • Why geeks are better lovers, and how to attract a geek.
    • Geek-specific suggestions for seeing each other after SXSW.

    While heterosexually focused in scope, this presentation will be inclusive of all genders and orientations. Includes a handout of recommendations for a Geek Sexual Survival Kit.

    LEVEL: Beginner

    At 5:00pm to 6:00pm, Friday 11th March

    In Room 18ABCD, Austin Convention Center

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