Let’s face it—games make our lives more fun, but can they also make a positive impact on the world? At the recent Games for Change Festival, Al Gore said “games are the new normal” and that “the gamification trend is really powerful” in helping to solve issues like climate change. Over the past year, we’ve seen an influx of startups using social gaming to motivate people to do good and change their lifestyles. Armed with the philosophy that it is only by inspiring a massive shift in consumer behavior that we can make a measurable impact on the world, these companies are using gaming mechanics and incentives to engage, educate and motivate a global audience. This panel will discuss if gaming for good can actually drive large-scale change, as SCVNGR’s Seth Priebatsch discussed last year at SXSW’s keynote, and examine how we can measure that impact.
Are we being seduced by the animation and rich UI capabilities of modern browsers at the expense of the underlying platform of the Web?
We'll explore this by looking at what the Web was, is now, and might become. We'll look at examples of exciting user interfaces and sophisticated interactions. We'll also examine some emerging techniques for providing rich user interactions without hurting the web or killing kittens.
by Eve Blossom
Story-telling is a process for healing. As we hold in our hands the technology to address global problems, we can foster a new world of creativity & community through individual expression & shared visions. Globally, artists and technologists are empowering other artisans and creators by celebrating their spirit, talents and traditions - giving them a stronger voice for their future. Eve Blossom, founder of Lulan Artisans and author of Material Change, will share stories of her journey of creating a business that merges design and social change. Material Change offers actionable holistic models for designers and social entrepreneurs, and explains an open-source model for others to adapt, customize and share. Eve will debut We've, a digital extension of Lulan Artisans: a novel approach for buying, and selling artisanal goods through relationships and story. We've allows new forms of communication and business to evolve from communal creativity, capturing the zeitgeist of the planet.
While the academics preach of the wonders and promise and “mechanics” of “transmedia” storytelling, there are pioneering producers on the ground really doing it. There are good days and bad. There is money and there is not. And then there are the fans. What does it take to pull off successful multiplatform storytelling?
We are at the birth of a new industry, an inflection point, much like the history of film or radio or television or even the Internet where technology gives rise to a new means to tell stories. It is a time before the “institutionalization” of the multiplatform industry. And just like the history of film or TV the early pioneers are stepping out now and taking a lot of arrows. They are experimenting, learning what works and establishing best practices. They are master storytellers using and in some cases inventing new tools. They have failed and they have succeeded. And these are their stories.
Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is no stranger to controversy. But when attacks on the nation’s leading provider of reproductive health care jumped beyond the usual suspects to include the majority of the House of Representatives in early 2011, the organization’s Online Advocacy and New Media teams snapped into crisis communications mode. Hear from a panel of current and former PPFA staffers as we discuss how we implemented an integrated strategy to inform the public, take control of the message, and flip a huge potential #Fail into the wildly successful “Stand With Planned Parenthood” advocacy and support campaign. Through PPFA’s story of what went right and not-so-right, learn how to defend your own organization using online and offline tactics while energizing your base to become your greatest advocates.
by José Villa
The Hispanic Persona Project provides innovative insights for marketers eager to tap the ever-expanding Hispanic population and its use of digital technology - Web, social media, mobile - to connect with family, friends and extended social circles. Hispanic marketers used customer research for decades to create segments that model the complex demographics of the U.S. Hispanic consumer. Similarly, software developers and digital marketers used ethnographic research to create Personas to understand the behavior and motivations of “users” to create optimal user experiences. The session will present the results of a comprehensive primary research study combining Hispanic demographic segmentation with digital ethnographic research in the form of comprehensive digital Personas for the U.S. Hispanic consumer market. Multicultural and digital marketing thought leader José Villa will introduce attendees to 4 Hispanic Personas and facilitate a thoughtful discussion on Hispanic digital behavior.
by Dan Simpkins
Decades ago, the mouse and graphical user interface (UI) transformed the computer industry, ushering in an easier and more efficient way to control the user experience. Consumers ultimately abandoned the “conventional” up-down-left-right arrow keys as the primary means to control the computer. The TV industry is on the verge of a similar transformation, as service providers face increasing pressure to make UIs better suited for interactive content coming from the Internet. This session will discuss key methodologies for improving the UI beyond today’s rudimentary navigation approaches, to discover choices buried under hierarchical layers of media and content menus. This session will explore the benefits of motion control and in-air pointing for common uses on TVs and next-gen devices, such as navigation, text entry and casual gaming. It will also compare contending technologies that enable pointer-based controls, including touchpad, camera-based and in-air pointing motion technology.
It's the official launch of The Power of Unpopular at SXSWi! A hangover-clearing book reading session at 10am on Sunday morning followed by a signing event (how vain, right!?) at the SXSW bookstore.
You probably never thought you'd want to build an unpopular brand, but branding rules have changed. Considering that every successful brand in history is inherently unpopular with a specific demographic, whom have YOU identified as the demographic that will never like you? Get introduced to author Erika Napoletano and the Power of Unpopular: a better way to run your business – and your life. Erika's the voice behind @RedheadWriting and RedheadWriting.com, as well as a monthly columnist for Entrepreneur Magazine and the author of two books. While she was never the prom queen (thank heavens), she's figured out how to leverage one word with seemingly negative implications into powerful fodder to build brands with staying power in the marketplace. You won't find case studies from corporate behemoths here - you'll find stories and advice from people just like you who want to wake up every day, do what they love, and do it for the people who will love them. Because that's who truly matters.
Learn more about Erika Napoletano at http://www.erikanapoletano.com
by Barry Diller and Ali Velshi
At the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival, veteran IAC Chairman and media mogul Barry Diller implored the online community to rise up against proposed net neutrality legislation, in support of digital freedom and innovation. Join us one year later, on Sunday, March 11, to hear his latest insights on the current online content landscape, as well as his thoughts on where digital creatives should be focusing their passions in an insightful informative and savvy hour-long conversation with CNN Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi.
It's 2015 and over half of the devices in your home are connected to the Internet. On the drive home you consider taking a longer route, but when you ask for directions the GPS system reminds you that you need to get home soon - you have a viewing party.
The television recognizes you when you walk in the door and suggests that you pour a glass of wine since everyone else is online and waiting for you to join the Game of Thrones premier party. In response, the wine cooler switches on, illuminating the last bottle of red - a 2007 Scarecrow. You cringe but open it anyway.
Your HBO app automatically loads a summary of last season's characters since you still seem to have them confused, and then asks if you’d like to join the group video chat. “Go ahead”, you say, “I will catch up as we go.”
Join Rhonda and Allison as they think aloud about the future of media immersed in a world where everything is connected, and television becomes something that you live instead of just watch.
In 2010 Brazil elected their first female president, Dilma Rousseff. Not only was she the first female to be elected, she was also unique in being the first candidate in Brazil to connect with millions of voters online to solidify public opinion. While many emerging markets, South America in particular, love social media, their electorate had never participated in elections through an online medium. The session will explore the future of digital in Brazil (and emerging markets) that have thus far embraced the evolution of new media, mostly by embracing it via traditional media channels. We will look at how, by leveraging diverse social media channels, Dilma’s team was able to introduce and humanize her in a way never before seen by the Brazilian people.
Are programs like the Daily Show with Jon Stewart providing better access to news and current events than traditional news outlets? Why are we subjected to hours of reality TV that portray women as appearance-obsessed maniacs? And people of color are just in the media to fulfill stereotypes, right? Something is very wrong with this picture. But it does put a lot of fuel on the comedic fire…
Arm yourself with all the facts and figures you want, but sometimes the best way to tell a story or reveal the true nature of a situation is comedy. If done well, satirical takes on everything from politics to reality television are actually tools for change.
This panel is about having a few laughs, discussing comedy's role in social change, and talking about how humor can help us create policies that will lead to better media.
Visual storytelling has the power to move public policy, influence the direction of war, and alter the course of civil society. During this panel, you’ll learn ways to turn video and photography into great visual storytelling so that it can work for your nonprofit to raise funds, build community, recruit volunteers, and incite action. We’ll give you plenty of compelling examples, but we’ll also take you behind the scenes to show you some of the most important elements of great visual communications. This panel of filmmakers and photographers who have dedicated their careers to nonprofit storytelling will lead you through both the big strategic decisions and the real-world how-to’s of compelling visual communications. If you want to be a part of the next generation of nonprofit visual storytellers, join us for this session.
During this session, Steve Case, one of America’s most iconic entrepreneurs, and Tim O’Shaughnessy, CEO and co-founder of LivingSocial, will explore the role entrepreneurship plays in launching some of the world’s fastest growing businesses. As LivingSocial’s first investor, Steve (and his investment firm, Revolution) was one of the earliest believers in the transformative power of local commerce. Tim will share his experience working with early investors and building one of today’s most promising new companies, as well as his vision for how LivingSocial is poised to bring local commerce to a new level. And looking more broadly, Steve will talk about his efforts to support entrepreneurs through his investments at Revolution, as chair of the Startup America Partnership and a member of the President’, and what we can all do to tap into “America’s secret sauce” to ensure that the US continues to be a leader in innovation and growth.
The internet was supposed to allow media outlets not only to display the talent of their writers -- but to capture the intelligence of the audience. Remember that rhetoric? We've abandoned it; the most that publishers can claim is that their comments are not quite as bad as the competition's. Trolls and spammers are not the problem. They can be dealt with by brute-force moderation. The real tragedy: the triumph of mediocrity. People with time on their hands drown out more valuable contributors. We've all designed discussion systems with the most avid commenters in mind. We've given them stars and moderating powers and allowed them to develop cliques and a sense of ownership that shades into entitlement. They are not the only readers. They are not even the smartest of our readers. If we're truly to capture the intelligence of the audience, we need to design for the most intelligent of the audience.
Why do some people and companies seem to change easily, while others struggle for years? How do firms like Target, Apple and Proctor and Gamble anticipate (and manipulate) shoppers' habits? Why was the product Febreze a flop - until consumer psychologists figured out to target one specific cleaning habit, and it became a $1 billion hit? In the past decade, neurology, sociology and economic psychology have revolutionized our understanding of habits. Go into neurology laboratories where amnesiacs re-learn their most basic habits, and corporate boardrooms where shoppers' habits are turned on and off like flicking a switch. The author, Charles Duhigg, is an investigative reporter at the New York Times. His book on the science of habits will be Random House's major spring 2012 release.
These are times of rapid change. Innovative technologies—from the latest social media platforms to high-tech automated warehouses—reinvent the way we do work every day. Globalization and new nonlinear career paths continually transform our workforce. You know you must adapt, but simple awareness of these sweeping changes is not enough. How can you go beyond merely understanding this new world to creating unique new opportunities?The answer lies in being "plugged in"—not just to new technology, but also to processes and people, and, most crucially, to the way these elements fit together. The Plugged-in Manager presents and easy-to-understand and share framework, explained through three core practices:Stop-Look-Listen: What do you already know and have access to that will help you with this project?Mixing: How do you create a recipe that works for your situation?Sharing: How can you do more by getting others to join in this approach?
In this panel, you will get to ask questions and be informed about the state of CSS, where we are at, what is pending, what we can look forward to, to some of the working group members who are hard at work to implement the various specs.
We will also be discussing the support for CSS4 specifications, what we can expect in the future and how it will be useful for web developers and designers. Here is your chance to ask the experts and implementors at the cutting edge of CSS on what to expect and how to use the new technologies now.
Does this proposal piss you off? In recent years, the Internet has honed its use as a platform for righteous rage, from ranting blog posts to Facebook campaigns.
Politicized outrage, as opposed to flame wars, usually starts with a gaffe or an incendiary sentiment by someone in the public eye, or an offensive ad campaign, at which point the public jumps in en masse.
Can this generate change? In March, nearly 50,000 people signed a Change.org petition demanding The New York Times apologize for its coverage of the gang-rape of a child, after bloggers called it out for victim-blaming; the Times eventually assigned an entirely new story in response. In July, it was bloggers that first pointed out that the FAMiLY LEADER pledge signed by Michele Bachmann contained (historically fantastical) nostalgia about how black families were so much better off during slavery, and that part got removed.
But are these ephemeral victories, as the horde moves on to the next shiny thing? Are they generating real conversation, or just noise? How do different technological platforms change how the conversation is carried out? And what's the best cure for a rage headache?
by Jason Hreha
Design is becoming an applied behavioral science, and your art school background is no longer sufficient.
Fields like neuroscience are starting to come of age, and are beginning to give us insights into human decision making. Companies like Zynga are taking these academic findings and applying them to their products to induce addictive behaviors in millions of their users. Other companies, like Path, are taking findings in social psychology and sociology, like Dunbar’s Number, and using them to build compelling user experiences.
The good news is that you don’t need to get a PhD in neuroscience or psychology to start applying neuroscientific and psychological findings to your work. In fact, with two models of behavior, and one behavior-analysis method, you can start designing behavior-changing products tomorrow.
In this presentation, I am going to teach you the neuroscience of addiction (engagement behavior), and show you how an understanding of the human reward system can help you build more successful products. We will also cover BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model. With this understanding of behavior, we will then move on to Behavior Chain diagrams – my favorite tool for analyzing the behavior of any given website, product, or system. Finally, I will show you how to mine the academic literature for practical insights that you can then apply to your product design work.
You already know that Brazil is one of the fastest-growing economies in the world, that it will host the 2016 Olympics and the 2014 FIFA World Cup, that it has more than 1 mobile phone per capita, is second in the world in number of hours spent online… But what's beyond that?
Brazilian professionals know more about the US than Americans know about Brazil. If you want to score big in Brazil you should understand how the cultural differences reflect in the way Brazilians consume media and relate to each other online, in a country where the top 7 websites answer for more than 70% of web traffic. (compared to 7% in the US if you exclude Facebook)
Our panel will have professionals with expertise in the areas of social media, search marketing, IT and advertising, giving you the inside scoop in one of the best places to do business right now.
Storytelling is an inherently key aspect of non-profit business. Donors deserve to know how their gifts are having an impact; potential donors need to know how they can make a difference. But are non-profits truly "thinking digital" when it comes to getting their stories noticed? Are we stuck in brochure mode? The next generation of philanthropists—and beyond—is comprised of digital natives, far more accustomed to non-linear interactive storytelling and far more comfortable with a touchscreen than a staple-bound booklet. Donors are expecting to see complex, layered data presented in the form of colorful, entertaining, easily digestible media. This panel will discuss and explore alternate approaches to get your story noticed across a range of digital platforms.
It takes optimism to launch revolutions, to believe that you can end decades of dictatorship and that you deserve freedom and dignity. Why are the people of the Middle East and North Africa - all too aware of the challenges they face in rising up to despots - more optimistic about their revolutions and uprisings than those outside the region - who all too often take for granted their own freedoms?
This session is a book reading of the forthcoming, The B2B Social Media Book: Become a Marketing Superstar By Generating Leads with Blogging, LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Email and More to be released in January of 2012 by John Wiley & Sons Publishing.
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Social Media has received a tremendous amount of media coverage over the past few years, but the business-to-business (B2B) approach is usually left out. Consumer sales are frequently smaller, easier and sexier, but with larger budgets. It is time for B2B marketers to learn that social media is a better fit for their type of relationship-based sales, and applying this framework to their campaigns will accelerate their marketing careers.
Lead Generation isn’t a dirty word. Social Media isn’t about hugging customers. These two seemingly at odds forces, when combined, offer the fuel needed to launch a marketer’s career to superstardom. Using never-before published methodologies and frameworks, this book will empower marketers to be a key driver of business growth and success. It exists to transform the often under appreciated marketer into a superstar to be admired by C-level executives and lauded by the sales team.
Turin, once the capital of Italian cinema, has created a tech art scene. Turin's "Share Festival" began six years ago as an international fiesta of Internet art, and has since become famous for installations, interventions, provocations and freedom-of-expression issues. Share director Simona Lodi will show video work by Paolo Cirio, Liens Invisibles, Stelarc, Lia, and Lucas Bambozzi. Bruce Sterling and Jasmina Tesanovic will describe the work of judging tech art, and how a Texan and a Serbian gleefully participate in a European creative scene.
by Jo Guldi
From 1790 to 1830, the first government-sponsored information revolution hit Europe, an interkingdom highway system of thousands of miles of roads that connected London with her capital cities. How deep a role should government play in regulating traffic, many wondered? The first round of answers bear a striking resemblance to conversations today about the nature of the internet. Advocates of centralized regulation advocated limits to tolls -- a geographical version of net neutrality. Critics argued that eminent domain meant tearing down the houses of the poor. The new roads sped traffic to poor areas, promoting commerce and industrialization, for a time. Critics claimed that soon the earth's peoples would speak a single language. But soon mounting evidence showed that the road's users were speaking to each other less than they ever had before. What had gone wrong?
by Amber Case
UX designer Amber Case will share insights from her research in cyborg anthropology and talk about what really makes us human.
by Ivan Gayton, Kate De Rivero and Pablo Mayrgundter
Responding to medical humanitarian crises is filled with a variety of obstacles. Constraints like limited time for aid workers, uneven staff education, lousy internet and mobile phone access, as well as the frantic pace of emergency response have made aid organizations reluctant to introduce technological innovations into their practice. This panel will explore how two international aid organizations collaborated with technology companies to adapt new technologies to field conditions. In on instance, Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teamed up with Google on a spatial mapping project to better understand the cholera epidemic in Haiti in 2010. In another program, Women and Health Alliance (WAHA) are teaming up with the mobile phone carrier Expresso and Microsoft’s HealthVault in Senegal to adapt electronic medical record system to SMS. The discussion will address how the programs were implemented, how cultural differences were bridged, and what lessons were learned.
Emily Pilloton is a designer and builder, disguised as a high school teacher. In this session, she will tell the story of Studio H, a high school design/build curriculum based in Bertie County, North Carolina, the poorest, most sparsely populated and racially divided county in the state. In one year, her students design and construct a full-scale piece of architecture for their hometown (last year, a 2000-square foot farmers market, along with 3 public chicken coops). This session will make the case for bringing back new, design-infused models of vocational learning as a means to engage students in hand-to-mind creativity, and real-world progress in their own backyards.
9th–13th March 2012