Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 about Behaviour

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Saturday 10th March 2012

  • How Your Data Can Predict the Future

    by Becky Wang

    Today, we have data – lots of it. We can process information – in many ways. We have models to understand our process. With these tools and a dash of creativity, we are discovering surprising patterns of human behavior and by extension, a way to accurately predict our desires and our future. In fact, we can quantify movements, behaviors, desires, and moods on a scale that wasn’t possible before a series of advances in processing power, developments in psychology, the science of social networks and collaboration, and most importantly, access to data. As we have evolved from Web 1.0 to 4.0 – in this anticipatory era – what will we dream up next? Beyond addressability and ad relevance, marketing initiatives and product development, how else can businesses utilize these advances? In advertising, industry, & humanity, can we make the leap from inductive logic to intuition? Can we supplement our brain mechanics with these new tools to finally predict what makes us happy?

    At 11:00am to 12:00pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Capital Ballroom B, InterContinental Stephen F. Austin

  • Does Real Time Data Make Us Better Consumers?

    by Josh Reich

    Real-time data can enslave or set you free. It can also make you dumber. The combination of feedback loops and real-time data can cause great shifts in behavior very quickly. The challenge is to align your interests with those of your users. But real-time data is only useful to customers when it's delivered in the right modality and at the right time and place. Josh Reich of Simple discusses the limits of real-time data and the curation necessary to empower people to make better decisions.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Saturday 10th March

    In Room 616AB, Hilton Austin Downtown

Sunday 11th March 2012

  • Big Data: Powering the Race for the White House

    by Alex Lundry, Patrick Ruffini, Josh Hendler, Dan Siroker and Kristen Soltis

    Despite the advent of new media, campaigns for President still measure the electorate in pretty much the same way they did 40 years ago, through traditional polls to landline phones. That could all change this year. The hottest job in today’s Presidential campaigns is the Data Mining Scientist -- whose job it is to sort through terabytes of data and billions of behaviors tracked in voter files, consumer databases, and site logs. They’ll use the numbers to uncover hidden patterns that predict how you’ll vote, if you’ll pony up with a donation, and if you’ll influence your friends to support a candidate. This panel will delve deep into the world of real-time data on Presidential campaigns, showing how it’ll be used to make decisions on everything from the layout of a signup form to where to spend millions of advertising dollars in the closing days of a campaign. Forget about which candidate has the most likes on Facebook or followers on Twitter -- and learn why 2012 will be the year of Big Data in American politics.

    At 9:30am to 10:30am, Sunday 11th March

    In Rio Grande, Hilton Garden Inn Austin Downtown

  • The Art of the No-Decision Decision

    by Peter Sheahan

    The art of the no-decision decision: getting people to change without thinking. How do you change behavior? We are at mental capacity, and most external attempts to change our behavior fail because they require too much mental energy; any deviation from the status quo is asking too much. Behavioral economists and corporations alike are tapping into this idea of the no-decision decision, from combating obesity with the size of our popcorn buckets to engineering higher game engagement with an ugly carpet. How can we pull this lever to improve user experiences? Which companies are already doing this successfully? By employing semantic technologies we can lower the barrier to behavior change and engineer structures that facilitate the very change we seek – whether it is improving the health of a generation or propelling a social movement from 'awareness' to 'action'.

    At 5:15pm to 5:30pm, Sunday 11th March

    In Texas Ballroom 4-7, Hyatt Regency Austin

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Monday 12th March 2012

  • Alternative Channels of Digital Distribution

    by Josh Gertz, Dave Spinato, Adrian Capobianco, Michele Edelman and Pepper Evans

    Digital Advertising is on the rise while consumer engagement with online advertising is on the decline. With so many messages competing for attention, today's consumer expects to be rewarded for their choices. Join an exclusive panel of digital content experts to discuss how digital promotional advertising has emerged as a new distribution channel for content owners and how content activates consumer behavior and builds brand loyalty.

    At 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Salon K, Hilton Austin Downtown

  • Getting Good: Practical Tips for New Designers

    by Allison Wagner and Yesenia Perez-Cruz

    Being new in a rapidly changing industry is scary. Luckily, as young designers in the web industry we have access to boundless tutorials, resources and mentors willing to share their knowledge. Actually, the abundance of information out there can be overwhelming!

    This session is about looking inwards for improvement, not outwards. We'll talk about understanding your work habits, setting realistic goals and building upon them, how to ask better questions, and the never-ending experiment that is your personal process. In short, we gon' talk about how to get REAL GOOD.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Rio Grande Ballroom, Marriott Courtyard Austin Downtown/Convention Center

  • Intent & Impact: How Visualization Makes a Change

    by Tal Siach, Robin Richards, Benjamin Wiederkehr, Adam Bly and Moritz Stefaner

    The rising amount of data exhaust of the past years has created the need for more and better tools to analyze what lies within this massive amount of raw material. Visualization leveraging the human cognition proves to be an invaluable tool to explore, digest, analyze and communicate the information. We reveal patterns, trends, relations or dependencies that were buried before. But, what happens after we have created such an elaborate and powerful visualization and released it to the world? How does the it affect the beholder? How does it help shaping his opinions or even changing his behavior? Because, at the end of the day, visualization is simply a means to an end — a tool to achieve a bigger goal. We have agreed that visualization as an instrument for analysis and communication works. Now, let's answer the question how visualization can make an actual impact on education, economics, politics, society and the digital revolution.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Monday 12th March

    In Ballroom A, Austin Convention Center

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