Let go of everything that doesn't make your life awesome! With three key principles and numerous practical tips, Discardia helps you solve specific issues, carve away the nonsense of physical objects, habits, or emotional baggage, and uncover what brings you joy. This SXSW reading from Dinah Sanders' new book Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff will feature staying on target, little decisions, and big priorities. Maintaining focus on what you most want to achieve in the face of a world of distractions is hard, but you can do it – even when you don't always have anyone above you helping to maintain that big picture perspective. Come hear about techniques which can help you in your work—whether you're part of a team or working on your own. Learn how to make your hour-to-hour decisions serve your longer-term priorities.
Why do some tech communities thrive while other fail? What can you do to start, fix or grow your city's startup scene?
This panel will take a grounded look at the key ingredients of successful startup communities in any geography. We'll look the role that events, spaces, accelerators, VC, angels, universities, and government play in the equation, and we'll dissect the intangibles as well - including culture, philosophy, mentorship, education, and more. We'll also have some time at the end for audience questions. Panelists include Brad Feld, Paige Craig, Mark Davis, Nick Seguin, Marc Nager and Andrew Yang.
Touch technology is all the rage in the consumer electronics market. The proliferation of tablet computers, next generation game consoles, and advanced smart phones are pushing the evolution of human interaction with technology into a much more physical realm. Beyond the small, intimate devices, there is a second digital frontier emerging: large-scale, grand-gesture, digital installations in museums, live events, at retail, and on trade show floors.
Where does the virtual end and the physical begin? How does storytelling evolve to adapt to the blurring of the line between the two worlds? How will these more public and group experiences use touch and gesture to engage, teach and inform? And how quickly will audiences adapt to these new technologies? Join our panel of Creatives and Futurists from Juxt Interactive, Second Story, and We Like Small, as they take a look forward into the future of this emerging technological landscape.
9th–13th March 2012