Social media "feed" providers including Rdio, Instagram, Soundcloud, and many more are paired with interactive installation artists to bring their unique feed to life with live SXSW data. #FEED will be made more awesome by Mozilla Firefox. lrnevl.com/FEED2012
Eve Blossom signs her book ‘Material Change: Design Thinking and the Social Entrepreneur’ at the SXSW bookstore
by Lauren Carmin and Desmond Spruijt
The power of data visualization as a tool for social change can no longer be ignored. Successfully illustrating vital data can help advocates maximize the impact of sound science in public debate and policy, whether using maps and graphs or motion and info graphics. But many nonprofits still struggle with effective information design and delivery. This session aims to bring together visualization experts with advocates working for social good to discuss effective ways to visually present data in clear and meaningful ways. We welcome graphics and visualization pros to share viewpoints and lend a little knowledge towards establishing best practices for illustrating critical social issues. Advocates are encouraged to bring success stories or vexing challenges to the discussion. Participants will come away inspired and more knowledgeable, and will make connections with others facing similar challenges that can potentially lead to innovative solutions.
by Cindy Cohn and Colette Vogele
Every new website that allows users to participate faces the same question: do you require users to use their real names? Facebook has taken a firm position that it will require real names, even at the cost of disappearances of human rights activists around the world. Other sites have suffered as anonymous speakers poison the conversation and use the shield of anonymity to harass women. What's a social site to do? Join two of the Internet's top lawyers, EFF's Legal Director Cindy Cohn and Colette Vogele, as they debate the question.
The landscape of real-time communication has evolved with the introduction of Google+ Hangouts. And with Hangout Apps, Social Apps are evolving too. Hangout apps are a fun and new way to play games, collaborate face-to-face, or connect with family and friends in real-time in new and interesting ways. Come see what makes a Hangout Apps so exciting.
In today’s online social world, most people maintain several different social profiles that span across friends, business networking, online dating and entertainment/lifestyle. One person’s public persona on each of these different types of social sites could be vastly different than the information they will share on the others. What are the psychologies and mental models at play that provide a preconceived notion of what personal information should be shared in different contexts? What challenges does each profile team face in overcoming such pre-existing beliefs?
Discuss why online social users create unique personas between these different sites, why the content that is shared across these different communities can be so dramatically different and what challenges the social media industry faces in regards to contending with fundamental human psychology. Particants on this panel include leads from Match.com, LinkedIn and TripIt.
How can the Foursquare-ification of our world change the way we get access to our favorite products to explore and discover new ones? What can brands learn about highly engaged users in niche markets, like beer enthusiasts, who use social networks and check-in services? This panel will focus on: Conversion/ROI: How can businesses in beer and other niche markets tap into the passion of consumers to find successful paths to conversion. Data: The importance of meaningful (semantic) data vs unstructured (not meaningful) data and how this information plays an important yet unique role for consumers, brands and vendors in a niche market like the beer industry. Decisions: How key data points can drive critical business decisions in niche markets like the beer industry. User Behavior: What we (marketers, product developers, businesses) can learn from highly engaged users in a niche market with these specific interests.
This is not a panel about SoLoMo metrics or the panacea Brands are looking for. This panel will show you how two community leaders are organizing their neighborhoods to leverage the latest Social and Mobile marketing strategies.
National Brands and popular apps have done a good job educating users in metropolitan areas to understand loyalty programs and location opportunities. But small business owners are not leveraging these services or when they do, they are making partnerships with companies that do not have their best interest at heart and do not provide a follow-up action plan.
Learn how two friends organized their Destin, Florida and Memphis, Tennessee communities to set up the foundation for successful SoLoMo programs for both small business owners and their customers. This panel will cover the challenges and success stories of educating business owners about the benefits of claiming their Google and Facebook Place all the way to setting up Foursquare specials, Facebook Offers, accept Google Wallet payments and the role BarCamps and the Chamber of Commerce played in the SoLoMo Revolution.
Mark McDonald signs his book ‘Social Organization’ at the SXSW bookstore.
by Kelly Carlin
Through storytelling, classic video footage, and family memorabilia, Kelly Carlin, the only child of iconoclastic comedian George Carlin, chronicles over forty years of her life with her famous father. Kelly, host of Waking from the American Dream podcast, author, and well respected storyteller, reveals what it was like to be swept up into the life and career of her father from his early days as a straight comic through his transformation into a counter culture hero and social commentator to the very last days of his life. Join us for this funny, poignant and honest look at the man who not only redefined 20th century comedy, but inspired generations of comedy fans with such classic routines as Hippie Dippie Weatherman, Class Clown, The Seven Dirty Words, A Place for Your Stuff, and Modern Man.
"The journey to womanhood by a girl who happens to be George Carlin's daughter makes for a transcendent show that operates on all levels. It's revealing, moving, highly insightful and funny. Master George might have said: 'Maybe she's a little too damn honest.' But, all I know is, it's a wonder to see."
-- Garry Shandling
With great images, powerful music and rich, authentic stories, videos can influence real change in our world. The question that businesses and organizations have to ask is, "Which stories resonate with our audience," and, "How do you produce these stories with ever-decreasing budgets and impossible deadlines?" Mark Horvath started InvisiblePeople.tv 3 years ago with $45, a laptop, a small camera and an iPhone. Today, InvisiblePeople.tv is an internationally-recognized movement that's helping save lives. Matt Warren has produced & directed more than 250 hours of award-winning content for TV, web & events. For more than 8 years, Matt has helped Skip1.org, DIRECTV, Public Storage and Universal Studios Hollywood tell their story. This session is an open forum in which we share our experiences, strengths, failures, and victories. It’s the perfect place to make new friends, develop strategies, and get answers to help tame this rapidly changing form of communication.
Social discovery is the new kid on the block in the startup scene. Glancee, Highlight, Banjo, and Sonar are this year's SXSW hottest darlings. This session will provide a detailed analysis of this space by Andrea Vaccari, cofounder and CEO of Glancee. First, we will understand what is social discovery and why it is here to stay, ready to fullfil an already existing yet underserved market at the intersection of social networking and dating services. Then we will look at today's landscape: what are the most interesting players in the space, how they differentiate from one another, how they are tackling growth and privacy concerns, and how they play along with existing social norms. Finally, we will discuss about the future of social discovery: the long-term vision of bringing together the best of our physical and digital worlds, and the opportunity to create valuable services that can be easily monetized.
9th–13th March 2012