by Alec Ross
It has become an article of faith that the United States and Europe are declining powers, that power is transferring from West to East, and from North to South. In truth, the far more powerful and important dynamic is the impact that technology and social media are playing devolving power from governments and large institutions to individuals and small institutions. This talk comes from the perspective of the apex of traditional power structure, as a witness to the truth of the wildly changing nature of power around the world.
Luck favors the prepared. Build it and they will come. Pithy statements like these are recited on the belief that it takes movement to start action. Shortly before the “It Gets Better” campaign took off on Facebook and YouTube in response to the increase in teen suicide and bullying of GLBT youth, The Trevor Project – one of the main beneficiaries of “It Gets Better” – worked with Sensis on a complete redesign of their Website. Sensis approached Trevor as a pro-bono client and worked with them on increasing their focus from one of traditional development to digital outreach. Sensis and Trevor engaged hundreds of GLBT youth in an online research panel which helped the organization recognize the increasing popularity of digital and social media. The new look and feel of the Website and increased focus on social media in turn created a push for an institutional rebranding that breathed new life into this critical organization. With almost miraculous timing, the site launch and new digital focus coincided with the launch of the “It Gets Better” campaign. Hundreds of individual testimonials have been seen and shared by hundreds of thousands online. Google, NBC Universal and President Obama have all contributed videos with messages of hope and encouragement. In turn, this movement has helped galvanize the Trevor Project’s suicide prevention efforts and transform them as an organization. This panel will discuss how timing, perseverance and forward thinking with digital media helped give prominence to a pervasive problem in the gay, lesbian and transgender community.
Everybody talks about the “cloud” as if it is a digital savior. A beautiful white fluffy (free) cloud on a blue-sky day. Sounds nice, huh? But what if it’s a storm cloud? Today – there is a mad rush to move pictures, video, and event private data to the cloud. We live in a world today of constant connection. We’re blessed with unlimited access to pervasive communications. We are, in fact, shifting from an era of mere content abundance to an avalanche of undifferentiated data. Our hard drives runneth over. So - you can't blame your self for wanting to move to the cloud. Unlimited space for all your crap - and free. Who wouldn't sign up? Today the noisy web has resulted in the emergence of a handful of private, walled garden webs. A closed web. Will our cloud providers become information overloads? Can we save the web from privatization, and regain control over our data and our identities? Only if we move fast. Before ‘Big Data’ becomes ‘Big Government.’ Find out how digital ‘overload’ can insure power in the human web.
This panel is about the many ways in which modern internet adoption and use mirrors the development of agrarian sharecropping in the South following the Civil War- whereby African Americans provided massive amounts of labor to make other people rich, but could never move beyond basic subsistence living. According to the Pew Internet& American Life Project,as of May 2011, 25% of online African Americans now use Twitter, compared with 9% of such whites. African-American and Latino internet users are each significantly more likely than whites to be Twitter adopters. One out of ten African-American internet users now visit Twitter on a typical day—that is double the rate for Latinos and nearly four times the rate for whites. Pew research has also indicated that Blacks and Latinos are significantly more likely to use mobile devices to text message, use social networking sites, use the internet, watch and record videos, make charitable donation, use email, play games, listen to music, instant message and post multimedia content online. Yet disproportionate consumption of technology among Blacks, does not appear to be translating into wealth building and job creation in a community facing a 16.1 unemployment rate. Techcrunch founder, Michael Arrington caused a minor controversy when CNN’s Soledad O’Brien asked him about Black entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and Arrington replied “I don’t know a single Black entrepreneur.” In 2012, the definition of Digital Divide appears to have shifted from access to technology to how communities of color leverage that technology.
by Lyn Graft
Storytelling is one of the most powerful forms of communication you have as an entrepreneur to assist you in starting a company, recruiting employees, raising capital, securing clients and getting press. Stories are universal and almost 100% relatable to people from all walks of life enabling the entrepreneur to inspire and catalyze an audience. Stories also help us structure meaning around complex situations and enable entrepreneurs to make the intangible tangible. Drawing from the experience gained from filming over 300 entrepreneurs, this panel is designed to share thoughts and examples on why and how storytelling should be weaved into your startup, launch and growth activities. Key points covered: Speaking from the heart and connecting emotionally with your audience; Crafting a memorable story and creating champions to share your story; making sure your baby is not ugly and stands apart from the crowd; and telling people why we do and what we do. Specific examples and techniques for digital storytelling will be shown and explained
by Josh Clark
Discover the rules of thumb for finger-friendly design. Touch gestures are sweeping away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices—and even from the next version of Windows. Find out why those familiar desktop widgets are weak replacements for manipulating content directly, and learn to craft touchscreen interfaces that effortlessly teach users new gesture vocabularies. The challenge: gestures are invisible, without the visual cues offered by buttons and menus. As your touchscreen app sheds buttons, how do people figure out how to use the damn thing? Learn to lead your audience by the hand (and fingers) with practical techniques that make invisible gestures obvious. Designer Josh Clark (author of O'Reilly books "Tapworthy" and "Best iPhone Apps") mines a variety of surprising sources for interface inspiration and design patterns. Along the way, discover the subtle power of animation, why you should be playing lots more video games, and why a toddler is your best beta tester.
1. How should UI layouts evolve to accommodate the ergonomics of fingers and thumbs?
2. Why are buttons a hack? Why aren't they as effective as more direct touch gestures?
3. How can users understand how to use apps that have no labeled menus or buttons?
4. What's the proper role of skeuomorphic design (realistic 3D metaphors) in teaching touch?
5. How can animation provide contextual help to teach gestures effortlessly? How does game design point the way here?
If the conscious mind--the part you consider you--is just the tip of the iceberg in the brain, what is all the rest doing? Neuroscientist David Eagleman, author of the New York Times bestseller Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, shows that most of what you do, think and believe is generated by parts of your brain to which you have no access. Here's the exposé about the non-conscious brain and all the machinery under the hood that keeps the show going.
In the wake of the Japan tsunami disaster derived from one of Japan’s largest earthquakes in record history, over 52.6 million viewers tuned into Ustream to watch the catastrophe in real-time. Viewers around the world united on Ustream to watch the events unfold live and search for any mention of their loved ones through the integrated Social Stream / chat experience. The power of Ustream affected major Japanese news networks that immediately syndicated their aerial news footage directly to Ustream’s platform in order to enhance global distribution.
In this session, we will discuss how live video sharing heightens the true value of its purpose and impact on the world. It is instilling the need among personal and professional communities to integrate live video into their way of life and business. Live broadcasted content is growing exponentially causing more memorable moments to be shared with the entire world through non-traditional media and platforms. The growing interest speaks to how sophisticated live video technology is enhancing. Sharing live moments is no longer associated with standard televisions. Instead, syndication of live content is accessible through computers, smart TVs, streaming devices, and more.
by Chad Farrell
Organizations are spending time and money to become more sustainable but they are not leveraging new software and web technologies to maximize their positive environmental impact. This panel will discuss three ways technology is making waste a resource. Topics discussed will include the use of new technologies to manage waste and resources like other parts of the organization are managed. Enabling technologies for more transparency and reporting to help to solve environmental problems and create a more efficient eco-system. We will also discuss how knowledge sharing and collaboration across the enterprise and even competitors can create new and innovative solutions to environmental problems.
In 2009, a mild traumatic brain injury changed the way that game designer Jane McGonigal thought about everything -- literally. She spent a year recovering -- struggling to think clearly, be physically active, and find a new sense of purpose. Her journey back to health led her to invent a new form of game design, aimed at having a measurable positive impact on players' real lives, and fused with scientific research at every level. In this talk, you'll see the first results of that process: a game called SuperBetter. You'll hear about the game's first clinical trials, and get a crash course in getting SuperBetter yourself: Find out how to turn weak social ties into allies. Learn how to experience "gain without pain" (or what scientists call "post-ecstatic growth"). Discover the secrets of "Lazy Exercise" and "Ninja Weight Loss". Find out what a two-minute "Future Boost" is, and why it's the most important thing you can do each week for your physical and mental health. From the mind of a game designer comes a radically disruptive model for integrating breakthrough science into our daily lives.
by Chris Risdon
More and more products and services are designed around motivating users and incentivizing change. Products and services in finance, health and the environment, among other areas, are increasingly designed around influencing behavior. There are useful academic models and patterns for applying persuasion techniques. Now it's time to understand how this is applied practically to our products and services. While understanding how powerful behavior design can influence people to be better, we will also discuss and illustrate how we design these products and services so that they serve the interest of customers, as well as meet business needs. As designers, the choices we make invariably influence users, and now we are harnessing what we know about designing around behavior to produce products and services that have a positive social impact on people's lives. It's time to move beyond just the concepts and theories and understand how to apply persuasive design responsibly.
by Jill Meyers
You built a product. It's amazing, brilliant, even earth-shattering. You know it, your team knows it, your mom knows it. So why doesn't anyone else seem to get it? The answer may be that you haven't told them the right story. As it turns out, good writing is hard to come by, and people who are good at making things aren't necessarily the best at telling their story. But don't worry: you can learn! In the world of fiction, we've been thinking about story--and how to make it powerful, visceral, and beautiful--for a long time. This panel will bring the practices and structure of fiction to help you transform your idea, product, or service from the mundane to the sublime.
by Peter Kim
Understanding why social media works the way it does can be traced back to origins well before The Cluetrain Manifesto. I'll take a look into anthropology and the concepts of communal sharing, authority ranking, equality matching, and market pricing to analyze how social media works today. Most importantly, I'll discuss how brands - armed with an understanding of these basic ideas - can activate them in today's social media environment.
Communities of color are never a homogeneous or monolithic group. So developing an ethnically diverse community will require more than focusing on statistics such as income and education levels. Knowing where to find communities, how they engage and what platforms work best are essential in developing campaigns that can reach multiple communities. The session will discuss best practices and examples from companies & brands who have successfully developed communities.
by Jake Shapiro
At a moment of mass media disruption, public radio is kicking ass. Its broadcast audience is growing while others shrink; it rules the podcast charts on iTunes and pushes out awesome mobile apps for shows like This American Life and stations like KCRW; it's weathering the fiscal fight with a diversified business model that includes millions of people voluntarily contributing. Far from a fumbling incumbent, public radio is solving the innovator's dilemma with its own disruptive ventures and essential services on the local and national level.
Whether federal funding stays in the mix or not, public radio is here to stay and may just have the answers to everything from collapsing local news to the polarized national discourse.
Jake Shapiro, CEO of the award-winning Public Radio Exchange (PRX), will help you hack the public broadcasting matrix and extract the key lessons for all new media.
"This talk is brought to you in part by listeners like you, and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Ford Foundation, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting..."
by Jay Shafer
This'll be my best presentation on small houses, ever! I'll show why maintaining a diminutive footprint is the surest green thing you can do if you're building a new house. I'll reveal why American laws prohibiting small houses are the real cause of the global economic crisis. And, of course, I'll be showing lots of pretty pictures of cute little abodes. Join me... Won't you?
by Dan Finnigan
There's nothing like the thrill of a new relationship, and a rising generation of star talent likes the rush a new job brings. In today’s workplace everyone is an entrepreneur and employee/employer relationships are switching from everlasting to in-the-moment.
Employees are hyper connected and always positioning themselves for a potential next big move. But instead of looking back at what once was, they’re embracing this new honest style of employee. Hiring managers have begun to develop new strategies for harnessing that energy for the short term, and crafting recruiting tactics to constantly be in touch with a large pool of talented individuals to easily replenish their ranks or grow. They want to get their hands on the talent while it is up for grabs, and are not married to the idea that it needs to last forever.
Dan Finnigan, CEO of Jobvite, will present industry statistics which reveal how serial monogamist employees can actually fuel a company’s growth and innovation.
by Eric Ries
The Lean Startup debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. This talk draws on stories and insights from the book, explaining the new science of entrepreneurship. Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched. Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business. The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counterintuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.
by Justin Fishner-Wolfson
Equity is the main driver of employee compensation at start-ups, yet a lot of the terminology and machinations around how to manage stock is shrouded in mystery. This session will explore how employees can maximize the returns from their hard work and how founders can structure equity packages to be the most lucrative tools possible for recruiting top talent while being fair to their employees. From day one, understand how to compare the financials behind job offers. Learn standard terms from vesting, cliffs, accelerations and triggers to the differences between incentive stock options (ISOs), non-qualified stock options (NSOs) and restricted stock units (RSUs). Know your options for maximizing the value of your equity including what it means to do an 83(b) election. Arm yourself with knowledge to hire qualified tax advisors and know what pitfalls to look for when talking to wealth management advisors. Find out what resources are available for free online and how to best protect yourself.
by Joel Simkhai
Location-based technology has played a significant role in the recent expansion and growth of social media. That role is set to further explode in the coming years. As the leading all-male mobile location-based social network in the world, Grindr has created a global brand that in the past two years has amassed a user base of over 3 million users in 192 countries. The Grindr team hopes to evolve this mobile GPS experience with Blendr – a new location-based mobile app for everyone in the world that lets you discover, meet, and interact with the people around you. This presentation will focus on the future of location-based social networking and how we can make it easier to meet new people around us. Discussion will include issues ranging from the idea behind a start-up to the implementation and development of that idea into a product, to growing a user base and using social media options to create brand awareness and loyalty.
What kind of future do you want to live in? What excites or concerns you about the future? Intel Futurist Brian David Johnson poses these questions as part of The Tomorrow Project, an initiative to investigate not only the future of computing but also the broader implications on our lives and the planet. Science and technology have progressed to the point where what we build is only constrained by the limits of our own imaginations. The future is not a fixed point in front of us that we are all hurtling helplessly towards. The future is built everyday by the actions of people. The Tomorrow Project engages in ongoing discussions with superstars, science fiction authors and scientists to get their visions for the world that's coming and the world they'd like to build.
by Stephan Haux
In this presentation Netbiscuits shows its experiences with developing high end – and still multi device – mobile web apps providing rich user experience. We constantly enhance our cloud software service to enable rich user experience for mobile web apps cross-platform. Many of our lessons learned during the research for our rich mobile UX framework will be shared in this session.
Based on (code) examples attendees will get to learn about the power and limits of a framework, the pitfalls in architecture and design and the challenges of testing and QA in mobile. Furthermore, you will receive clear guidelines for deciding server- or client-side, which to use when.
A resident tweets about a moldy apartment; the apartment company sues her for libel. An employee is fired because of a photo on Facebook. A monkey takes a self portrait on a digital camera accidently left in the forest by a photographer. Who owns the copyright – the monkey or the photographer? A month after the court verdict, there are more than 40 Facebook pages entitled F*ck Casey Anthony.
In today’s digital age, technology is advancing faster than the law. Do old-school laws apply to new-school technology? Don’t we have 1st Amendment rights online or should we be scared about what we post? In this thought-provoking session, we’ll look at legal issues, such as defamation, copyright, the 1st Amendment and hate speech, and how these issues apply to social media. We’ll discuss the definitions of these issues and examine recent court cases around social media and let the audience decide if these cases have merit.
Scheduled to take place in Austin in March 2013, the SXSW Visioning Assembly will be a collective dialogue with a large sample of SXSWi participants. Based on the Agora Process, developed by the Icelandic startup and political grassroots communities and used successfully in two National Assemblies, the Visioning Assembly combines elements of crowdsourcing and brainstorming on a large face-to-face scale with realtime collective feedback. Previous participants have characterized an event as one of the most beautiful, empowering, and fun events they have ever experienced.
In this session we will explain what the Visioning Assembly process is, share the interesting history of its development, and discuss why it is a perfect match for SXSWi -- audience participation will be expected!
Why should SXSW Interactive host a Visioning Assembly? SXSW Interactive brings together the most interesting people in the world of interactive media. Across dozens of stages, fascinating people address the most important (and most fun) topics in this wide-ranging field. A great session often has the feel of a great concert, with huge (or occasionally intimate) audiences sharing passion, energy, and new perspectives. Some of this audience interaction is captured in whispered discussion and via backchannel hashtags. The Visioning Assembly will allow this collective intellect, knowledge, and energy to be captured and directed towards a common good.
by Kara Nortman
Everyone wants a good deal, but offering your company’s products through burgeoning deals platforms such as Groupon, Dealmap and others can erode your margins when not used strategically. Whether you sell shoes, yogurt or iPads, this panel will discuss how small businesses can uniquely and effectively tap into group deals, as a key piece of a smart overall marketing strategy, without harming their product's street cred or company's bottom line.
by Cathleen Ash
Getting Tech Savvy in rural Texas – a few of the students will join me as we present how we turned a closed, defunct, dirty library into the happening spot on campus - now including a gaming club, open mic night, library club, blogs, podcasts and more. In just three years, we've quadrupled usage numbers, encouraged all-community relations, appeared on the local news and radio, and engaged more students with technology than ever before – all at almost a tenth of the budget of the lowest performing schools in Texas (less than $2/student/book verses $16+).
Specific grants, donors, community buy-in (Laura Bush Library Foundation, DonorsChoose.org, Project Hope, Fine Arts Department, Austin Lyric Opera) have pulled together and the students are more experienced, tech-savvy and ready to work for chances to go places and get things.
We will showcase how we did it, what we used, and provide specific ideas about student use of tech at the rural level – and how to increase it.
by Rob Reid
With book sales going digital much faster than music sales did, why is the publishing industry growing, and not imploding? How threatened are publishers & labels as content creators start developing audiences directly through iTunes and Kindles? What does this mean for independent writers & musicians? And do our deranged copyright laws benefit anyone but profiteering lawyers? Rob Reid’s talk will compare the online challenges faced by publishing vs. music. Rob founded Listen.com, which created Rhapsody – the first digital music service fully licensed by every major label. Rhapsody remains one of the largest online music services, and is owned by MTV and RealNetworks. Now an author, Rob’s in the thick of another industry’s digital transformation. Rob’s book Year Zero (published by Random House this July) addresses some of these issues. In it, aliens seek to erase the ruinous fines on their vast collections of pirated American music by destroying the Earth. Parts of it are made up.
by Ruth Suehle
“Open source” was once a way to describe software code and a collaborative model for its development. It's now a business model, an education model, and the future of government. It's changing our lives through its principles: Openness. Transparency. Collaboration. Rapid prototyping.
It's also the best way to get your ideas heard, make the world a better a place, and still turn a profit. No matter what business you're in, you can take a lesson from open source.
Do you or your company apply open source principles like collaboration and transparency daily? Many are, and the old habits are cracking. New business methods are taking root. Schools are turning to open source to improve education. Even governments are embracing openness and sharing more.
Learn how the principles that made open source an innovative software development model can stimulate innovation and make the world a better place--in any part of any business anywhere. Simply put, the future is openness.
by Charles Ying
If you're at a small organization, you might have more great ideas and willingness to serve your community than you do time, money, or help. Lots of small organizations in your shoes--associations, societies, coalitions, departments, units, health advocacy groups, community health centers, and non-profit start-ups--use social media for outreach, education, PR and promotion. Financial and human resource limitations make social media appealing for achieving organizational goals. But don't just assume that if you build it, they will come. And, don’t limit yourself to using the same strategies as larger organizations with more resources. If you want to do big things with social media at your small organization, you have to be creative and flexible, use what works, and know thyself. This presentation will help you think through developing, implementing, and measuring an effective campaign by sharing details of success stories from professional organizations and health advocacy groups.
9th–13th March 2012