by Adrian Hon
The Code is a BBC documentary about Professor Marcus du Sautoy's search of a mysterious code that governs our world through numbers, shapes and patterns. It's also a next-generation transmedia treasure hunt aimed at all ages and abilities that takes place online through games, puzzles, Facebook and Twitter, in the real world, and in Lost-style clues hidden within the TV show itself.
The Code is one of the most ambitious 'native transmedia' projects ever created by the BBC and Six to Start, and it demonstrates what's possible when a broadcaster with the reach, reputation, and quality of the BBC meets the breadth and depth of engagement that the web can provide.
In this session, we talk about the challenging journey of The Code from its inception, through design, production and delivery, we explore the best practices for making similar projects, and we reveal audience figures and engagement numbers from the experience.
Women have become the digital mainstream. In the US market, women make up just under half of the online population, but they spend 58 percent of e-commerce dollars. Women are online gamers, shoppers, bloggers, and social media consumers. And yet, we still don’t know how to design for them.
The immediate impulse when designing for women is to “shrink it and pink it,” meaning products are splashed with the color pink, and content and messaging are dumbed down. But women want what’s relevant to them. They want products and online experiences that are intuitive, not insulting to their intelligence. They want function, not frills.
This session reviews the historical and contemporary landscape of designing for women. We’ll review misguided, yet well-intentioned designs based on assumptions and stereotypes that have flopped. Likewise, we’ll review success stories of well-designed products and experiences that truly meet women’s needs. We’ll also look at when gender should factor into your design and when it shouldn’t. Ultimately, when designing for women (or men, or both), you’ll want to get it right.
by Scott Fahrenkrug and Paul Saarinen
More and more marketers are looking to tap into data to determine a value on a person. Tools like Klout, PeerIndex, and Kred are developing their businesses around your influence. We think there is a crucial data set they all are missing. We will take a look at how genotyping, and DNA sequencing can tell more about predisposition to influence. How will this data hold the key for the future of marketing, advertising, and lowering the cost of health care in the the near future?
by Andrés Traslaviña MS Ed and Daniel Medina MBA
The role of social media has been instrumental in the more recent political and economic development of Colombia, especially overcoming a devastating period of civil strife and violence. What inspired people to protest against violence? Colombia’s former Minister of Telecommunications will discuss how social media empowered people to join the war against drug trafficking and defeat the FARC, the guerillas of the revolutionary armed forces of Colombia. We discuss their own experience growing up in a drug-funded violent country known as “narcoterrorism”, which affected every level of society and became the greatest threat to social stability starting in the late 1980s. This caused them and many others to leave the country in search of freedom. The speakers will share their insight about how social media will continue to help decrease poverty levels and increase literacy in marginalized areas in Colombia, thus improving the well-being of people and promoting socio-economic equity.
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.
While donations play a key role in community support and engagement, the writing is on the wall regarding how much government, private and foundation funding will continue to be available to public media. As media that exists to serve the public, often the mass reach required to compete for the media dollars available for banner advertising is at odds with serving the public mission. We will look at specific examples of nonprofit news organizations developing mission-supported revenue streams, integrating donor relationships into marketing and advertising, and considering revenue streams that are separate from and/or compliment their mission.
by John Boyer and Katie Pritchard
A standard, supposedly self-evident fact: small class size is pedagogically superior for all student learning. Poppycock! This presentation will outline our successful strategies for expanding the conventional college classroom to 3000 students...and beyond. Combining a dynamic speaker with innovative technologies, social networking tools, and non-conventional sources of knowledge can produce an environment which fosters student engagement, content retention, deep comprehension, and lifelong curiosity...even in ultra-large classes. Integrating video podcasts, graphic novels, film, Facebook, Twitter, Poll Everywhere, and Ustream into course structure can increase choices and flexibility in student-centered activities/assignments, and facilitate increased teacher-student and student-to-student interaction. This course model challenges conventional class-size wisdom, conquers the confines of physical classrooms, and defies the old-school, teacher-centered pedagogy of centuries past.
In June 2011, Vivek Wadhwa wrote that we need a black Mark Zuckerberg. But, what about Markia? Is it hard to imagine that the next big thing could come from a Black woman living in an urban environment instead of one of Indian or Asian descent? What about a woman with Spanish as her first language? Where are the Black, Latino, and female Mark Zuckerbergs? There are plenty of underrepresented minorities and women who have achieved success in the tech field, but not to the level of a Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. It is a mission impossible or more like improbable?This is not a session that will re-hash and re-frame this familiar problem. This session will present out-of-the-box-thinking solutions to address the issue of diversity head on. It will also present challenges to and action items for attendees that will help to move the needle forward to truly increase diversity in the tech community.
by Oscar Rojas and Lorena Carreño
The Association of PR Professionals in Mexico (ProPR) groups all PR professionals, consultants and agencies. Every year, ProPR conducts and publishes a research on the local industry. This is the first year that a PR2.0, social media or digital communications research will be included, along with the collaboration of the Social Media Club Mexico. Our intention is to present the digital addendum in SXSW to provide a big picture of how digital communication and social media industry is developing in our country, as well as analyze main challenges and opportunities for the immediate future. This is an excellent opportunity for all PR and digital communications professionals and companies who have presence in Mexico to take a general overview of Mexican industry.
From trademark and patent infringement claims to sweepstakes compliance, legal matters have started to impact businesses social media use in a meaningful way. But can marketers and PR teams create and launch social media campaigns quickly and effectively…in partnership with legal teams? Join Sprint in-house marketing counsel June Casalmir and her former Sprint PR client and current Capital One Senior Marketing Manager Rich Pesce for an honest and entertaining dialogue on building partnerships between social media managers and the lawyers who support them. Find out firsthand what it’s like to be the lawyer who deals with company social media strategies on a daily basis, and then hear a client’s perspective on best strategies for negotiating the legal review process.
While many have described the new world of remix culture where “nothing is original,” few have provided practical advice for those of us who find ourselves living and making things in it. Join filmmaker Kirby Ferguson (creator of the video series EVERYTHING IS A REMIX) and artist Austin Kleon (author of NEWSPAPER BLACKOUT and STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST) as they show clips from Kirby's work and discuss how one best goes about being a creator in the digital age.
The rapid proliferation of choices at the readers' fingertips for accessing content has made the editor's job more complicated than ever. Behavioral analytics will uncover when readers want what content, where they are when they want it, and if they want it on their phones, tablets, or PCs. Understanding user behavior across these platforms will not only guide the editor on how to deliver digital and mobile content but also offer new insights on how to deliver traditional, offline content to improve the readers' overall experience with the brand.
by Jeremy Sanchez and Robert John Davis
“Viral.” No word in the interactive marketing lexicon derails strategic thinking quite as effectively. Everyone wants their video to go viral, but the fantasy of millions of people discovering a video for free (without media, PR and search strategies) leads to disappointment and disillusion. Few videos ever go viral, and fewer actually need to. Good interactive video strategies don’t just rely upon massive numbers of views. From VSEO (video search engine optimization) to interactive engagement, video offers opportunities that go far beyond the limitations of viral TV2.0 strategies. Engagement and meaningful KPI’s increase the value of video to global companies as well as neighborhood cake shops – regardless of any viral impact. Learn how to optimize your video strategy to pull the levers that matter most.
Economic angst has taught us one thing: Size doesn’t matter. The over-riding lesson we are learning worldwide is that a business that gets ahead of the curve is a smart one, not necessarily a big one. The rapid development and adoption of information communication technologies (ICT) over the last ten years is driving this change. As consequence, businesses are leveraging these new web, mobile and social technologies to interact with customers and prospects in a whole new way. A role reversal between SMB and Large Enterprise is taking place: SMB is becoming more ubiquitous and quantitative while Enterprise is becoming more personalized and qualitative. This session explores the causes, corrections, and outcomes of the changing dynamics within the marketplace that now allow SMB and Large Enterprise companies to compete for the same customers. Attendees will experience these dynamics first-hand in an #eggcellent real-time market simulation.
With the emergence of highly accessible electronic games developed for Facebook and smartphones, there has been a clear democratization of electronic gaming that has led to many people discovering video games for the first time. It has also caused some to suggest that console game companies such as PlayStation, Nintendo and Xbox could struggle to survive against the games targeting casual gamers from companies like Zynga and Glu. However, what these casual gamers are really showing is that the expansion of this technology is opening up new gameplay opportunities to the advantage of developers. Technology is progressing in many ways, helping developers improve the game experience. For example, technology is making games part of everyday life. Rendering technology is also becoming increasingly available and powerful. This combination creates game experiences that are more diverse, and many games are now blurring the line between casual and hardcore games.
Many cities and public agencies are opening up their data to promote accountability, empower citizens, and deliver better services. But just releasing data is not enough to achieve these desired outcomes. Most open government initiatives are supply-side efforts that release data that is too obscure, too complex, or too out of date to be valuable to citizens. This session explores three open data cases where we have seen success (public transit), failure (federal spending), and promise (open311). We show how co-production between policymakers, techies, and civic innovators is crucial to translating data into useful information for a targeted audience of local, yet diverse, users. In these communities of transparency, leadership, collaboration, local knowledge, feedback loops, and iterative design work together to forge the pathways for more meaningful transparency and participation in our communities.
Entrepreneurs often look their own backyard for the right customers and business partnerships to launch their businesses- yet many times, the best opportunity for sales or collaboration are with business people in other countries. Kevin Koym, Founding Partner of Tech Ranch Austin, and Leonardo Maldonado, Founder of Region Fertil in Antofagasta, Chile, understand this well, for both have supported the teaming together of entrepreneurs in the US, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, Honduras, and Panama. Kevin and Leonardo will share their approach giving economic development focused community leaders and entrepreneurs a chance to build a framework for success to get ventures off the ground faster and take them further than they ever could on their own.
The term "social media" is quickly becoming obsolete. The social graph is moving from our computers into the real world, and soon everything we experience will be overlaid with the thoughts and feelings of our friends. Early adopters are already starting to experience this phenomenon. For instance, foursquare alerts you when you're near places that your friends like, and provides you with suggestions from your friends on what to experience at those places. Other companies are attempting to create this type of engagement with television shows ("10 of your friends are watching!") and music. In this session, Dennis Crowley, Co-founder and CEO of foursquare, will have a conversation about how mobile technology is accelerating the social graph's move into the offline world, and how services like foursquare are taking this kind of augmented real-world exploration mainstream.
The advent of free and cheap media tools has created many opportunities for minority music and media makers. Young social media gurus such as the Persian background and Orange County born Mazy Kazerooni (Track.by and Digital Hustler for L'il Wayne) have leveraged popular artists and platforms like Ustream to create thriving businesses and relationships with advertisers.
Still others, such as Korey Coleman of Spill.com/Hollywood.com have become burgeoning celebrities largely propelled by video animation, the social media platform Ning and rabid downloads of audio podcasts.
This SXSW panel will explore strategies to leverage social media tools and platforms to increase access, brand and direct connection to consumers for minority emerging artists and will show-case best practices used by artists such as L'il Wayne, and platforms like Spill.com and Blazetrak.com.
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.
Within hours of learning that Osama bin Laden had been killed in Pakistan, Twitter users realized that a man had unknowingly live-tweeted the raid. Sohaib Athar (@reallyvirtual) showed what happens when ordinary people, by chance, find themselves in the middle of newsworthy events: They act like journalists, sharing information, asking questions, and working with others to figure out what happened. The speed with which his tweets traveled the world show how Twitter can turbocharge simple acts of citizen journalism by spreading them to new audiences. Steve Myers, managing editor of the Poynter Institute’s website, will describe how Athar’s tweets illustrate citizen journalism practices and how U.S. journalists learned of them so quickly. Athar, in his first trip to the U.S. since bin Laden’s killing, will describe what happened, what it was like to be in the middle of an international media scrum, and how the incident has affected his views of the media and changed his use of Twitter.
Social media has gone mainstream! But it's not everywhere yet. In this session, we'll focus on the five emerging trends on how enterprises are leveraging social media. Patterns have emerged among social businesses and we'll review how organizations are leveraging these new capabilities to deliver bottom-line results. Specifically, in this session we will look into the technologies that enable organizations to generate new ideas, accelerate innovation, increase customer satisfaction, increase productivity, and gain a competitive edge. This session is sponsored by IBM.
by Leonard Souza and Sean Coulter
Physical architecture is about how environments interact with people. Interaction design is about the mind moving through abstract spaces. Somehow the two must intersect.
This session is aimed at taking two design disciplines (physical architecture and interaction design) and finding where they relate, and how they can learn from one another. Interaction design has taken a lot from the field of architecture's creative and scientific process. For example, wireframes are very similar to blueprints (construction documents). These similarities are ever present between the two. Truly, both fields blend art and science, as well as both sides of the mind. Expect to come away with a high-level understanding of how phenomenology influences our interactions, tangible and intangible, and how cognitive science can be used to manipulate perception. This talk will be a lot of fun, so come down with an open mind and a lot of questions!
The benefits of working in a distributed work environment are many. No overhead for office real estate, no employee commutes, flexible work hours, the ability to hire talent where it resides. But what are the pain points? Can working in a distributed workplace be done successfully? Workplaces often provide camaraderie; how do you get that when you’re working in isolation? How do you measure productivity when you can’t see what employees are working on? How do you ensure your employer recognizes your contributions? Since our start in August 2005, Automattic, best known for its work on WordPress.com, has employed people from all over the world. We don’t have formal offices; instead we choose to hire the most talented people to work from where they’re already located. What lessons have we learned? What should be avoided?
9th–13th March 2012