Sessions at SXSW Interactive 2012 on Friday 9th March in Driskill Hotel

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  • Sex on the Web – The Sabotage of Relationships?

    by Julie Gillis, Sadie Smythe, Rosie Q and Mia Martina

    People want to confess who they are to someone, anyone. And they want to discover who they are through that dialogue. Bonding occurs through disclosure and empathetic acceptance of that disclosure, as a result of confession. It is the basic transaction of relationships. The producers of the Austin-based performance series BedPost Confessions will discuss ways in which sexual content on the Internet helps facilitate the forming of new relationships, assists in transforming relationships, and explore how accessibility to such content might also sabotage them. We will examine the following questions and will also open the session for questions at the end.

    Issues addressed in this session will include:

    -- Has the Internet helped us become more sexually open or just lonelier?
    -- How is the flow of sexually explicit images and conversation impacting the way we define commitment in a modern relationship?
    -- Does online sexual correspondence via sexting, Facebook, Twitter etc. sabotage relationships or help them?

    At 2:00pm to 3:00pm, Friday 9th March

    In Driskill Ballroom, Driskill Hotel

  • ASL: The Evolution and Future of Online Dating

    by Shon Mogharabi

    The 90’s introduced people to the wonders of dial-up internet, screen names, and the pursuit of digital romance. The only problem was, we never really knew who was on the other end of the screen. Today, there’s a higher level of transparency thanks to the explosion of social networks and dating sites. We voluntarily share our real names, photos, and personal information. But has our capacity for honesty changed online dating? Traditionally, dating sites have used algorithms that rely on user profiles and personal preferences to create matches, but what if the information submitted isn’t true? Sites such as Match.com are evolving their methods to provide more accurate results – like pairing algorithms with user behavior. We’ll hear from innovators in the digital dating world and get unique insights from people who’ve searched for love online. We’ll also see how technology is changing the dating game. Come find out the answer to the burning question: Has the internet made dating easier?

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 9th March

    In Driskill Ballroom, Driskill Hotel

  • Enhanced Interrogation: The Modern-Day Interview

    by Beth Davidz and Jayna Wallace

    You've updated LinkedIn. Created your about.me profile. Nailed your elevator pitch. Congratulations! You finally landed that elusive interview. Now what? Demand for talent in the tech industry is supposedly at an all-time high, but actually getting the job isn't as simple as it used to be. Running the interview gauntlet can range from technical questions to absurd mind games. These days it's no surprise to go through multiple phone screenings and Skype video conferences before you ever get to the onsite interview. What are they looking for? What will they ask? Find out how to survive the interview minefield.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 9th March

    In Citadel, Driskill Hotel

  • Shift & Reset: Solving Complex Problems

    by Brian Reich

    Join Shift & Reset author, Brian Reich, for this live podcast kicking off the discussion about the big themes of the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival. Brian will talk with some of SXSW's hottest speakers about the best opportunities and insights that emerged from this year's festival and the challenges that will define the year ahead. Hear about the trends and topics that everyone will be discussing all week in Austin -- and when they head home -- and the big plans for how those ideas will be used to change the world and how they will take shape in the days and weeks ahead.

    At 3:30pm to 4:30pm, Friday 9th March

    In Maximilian, Driskill Hotel