The Austin - International Tech Summit is co-hosted by SXSW, The Austin Chamber of Commerce and High Beam events. Attendance to this special event is by advance invite only. The Austin - International Tech Summit will feature 80 representatives from the local Austin tech industries, as well as 120 delegates from various countries who will be exhibiting at the SXSW 2012 trade show. Participating countries include France (including the cities of Angers, Bordeaux, and Paris), Singapore (coordinated by IDA and MDA), Germany (incl. the cities of Berlin and Hamburg), Ireland (coordinated by Enterprise Ireland), The Netherlands (coordinated by Handelsroute.nl), UK (including Wales, Scotland N. Ireland, as coordinated by UKTI Houston & Chinwag), Australia & New Zealand (coordinated by Austrade and SXSW), Spain (as coordinated by the Embassy of Spain in Miami), Finland (as coordinated by the Finnish Mobile Association), Brazil (as coordinated by MG Limited), Japan (as coordinated by the SXSW office in Tokyo), Israel (as coordinated by the Government of Israel Economic Trade Office) and Canada (as coordinated by the Canadian Trade Commission). If you are a SXSW Interactive, Gold or Platinum registrant and you live in Austin, then please e-mail Michelle Johnson at mjohnson at austin chamber dot com to get on the waiting list invite list for this event.
In the 19th century, the “penny press” revolutionized journalism by covering news that appealed to the broadest possible public. Today, as media organizations struggle to monetize online coverage and chase tech trends, they have all but abandoned less-than-affluent readers — and with them, the commitment to public service journalism. According to Pew, fewer than half of Americans who make under $75K a year go online for news. This panel will reconsider the digital divide in terms of information as well as technology. We’ll explore how low-income and working-class people – the majority of Americans – can be included in the future of online news. We'll discuss new models for participatory, data-driven local journalism. We’re not trying to save newspapers or kill them off. Our aim is to help bring journalism back to those who punch a clock. This Future of Journalism Track is sponsored by The Knight Foundation.
Public Media, or at least the public media funding model, has been cited as the future of the journalism industry. As Public Media continues to face funding challenges, there is an ongoing face-off between digital natives working towards innovation and baby boomers working to stay buoyant during uncertain times. The two groups seem to constantly disagree about what public media should be doing at this moment in time. Are the decisions made by the older generation too safe? Conversely, where are baby boomers' decisions risky but misguided? Legacy staff need to regard their younger colleagues as valuable resources necessary for the survival and success of public media moving forward. What themes of conflict are emerging between the two generations across organizations? This panel identifies the top 10 key challenges contributing to the stagnancy of public media and explores what actions we would take to ensure public media's future if we were in charge.
Brands today exist in multiple mediums, defined by multiple voices. The media brands inhabit is iterative, with no beginning, no end, and little permanency. In that context, adherence to a big idea and endless repetition of centralized, fixed rules can make a brand seem unresponsive and out of step with its audience. But without repetition, how does a brand create consistency? And without consistency, how does a brand maintain value? This panel will debate, show examples and outline a new model within which experience designers show how brands should behave.
From Apple to Zynga, privacy and security have dominated the headlines this year. Legislators, regulators, investors, the press, and the public are all tuning into these issues.
Get the inside track from ACLU lawyers, venture capitalists, technologists, and tech journalists about why and how to avoid mistakes that have landed other companies in hot water and make early decisions that are good for customers and good for the bottom line. This session is part of the Big Data Track sponsored by Gemalto.
What creates a successful and rewarding interactive elearning or distance education program? By exploring case studies, this panel examines several distinct approaches in answering this question based on the specific needs and demands of the students involved. Educators and students from non-profit institutions as diverse as an art and design college, a seminary, and other established universities discuss their experiences and success in designing distance and distributive learning programs based on their student learning objectives.
Everyone is looking for digital talent these days, from established tech firms, startups, advertising agencies to the biggest corporations. The ever-broadening makeup of the attendees of SXSW is a huge indicator of this. There’s a bigger crossover of technology and marketing than ever before. In many ways, we are all looking for the same talent. And it’s not just developers. We look for highly conceptual people who can come up with amazing ideas and inventions. As a result, creative technologists, digital strategists, designers and writers are in high demand. In this panel, recruiters from a variety of firms will discuss who they look for and how they find that talent. How can we improve our pipeline and process? Where are there new places to look? How can the talent make themselves easy to find? Are schools keeping up with the demand? This panel will be for companies and jobseekers alike, a look behind the curtain of how the matchmaking of employer and employee happens.
"Just be yourself" is great advice -- but it's time to drop that "just," because there's nothing simple about it. Our social existence is rooted in our humanity, but increasingly mediated by machines. On one hand, we try to heed the injunction to be authentic by Being Ourselves online, even as Facebook is attempting to standardize online interaction via our "real" identities; on the other, we're more conscious than ever of the way social media invite us to present our real selves as performances. When a hoax like the Amina Araf "Gay Girl in Damascus" blog is exposed, we feel betrayed. But any identity system that makes life harder for the next would-be Amina Araf to fool us might also serve the interests of repressive governments and invasive marketers. We want it all: authenticity and trusted identity, privacy and the option of anonymity. Can we have it?
In 2011, social television hit the mainstream with networks across the board embracing social media in a big way, launching a myriad of products ranging from Facebook brand pages and Twitter handles to second screen experiences on mobile devices to drive buzz around on-air programming and connect with fans. Networks also started experimenting with different creative ways to bring advertisers into the social mix. In 2012 this trend will not only continue, but grow exponentially with networks bringing advertisers deeper into socially blended experiences with linear programming. During this panel, different networks will discuss not only how social buzz is translating into ratings success, but how brands are also reaping the benefits from engaged audiences across the different social platforms through integrated advertising campaigns. The panel will also look at how social media buzz has replaced the old system of courting television and film critics and the ways networks are now courting millenials who are critics in their own right with active digital thumbprint.
Panelists use “ripped-from-the-headlines” business cases to spur debate on the essential truths of corporate reputation and brand management. This session is sponsored by the Council of PR Firms.
by Carl Settles, Leslie Wingo, Sergio Alcocer and Kelli Coleman
With ethnic minorities now representing the largest and fastest growing segments of the consumer economy, the very definition of the general market is being challenged. Multi-cultural agency heads such as Translation’s Steve Stoute are eschewing their parent agencies (Mr. Stoute bought back a majority stake in his agency from Interpublic) in order to compete for a larger share of the marketing pie. In his book, The Tanning of America, Mr. Stoute lays out a compelling case for why he and many other multi-cultural agencies may be better suited to influence general market consumers than their largely mono-cultural counterparts.This panel explores the unprecedented opportunities for minority owned agencies and talent to move to the forefront of the advertising landscape. We’ll hear from key executives from GlobalHue, LatinWorks and Sanders\Wingo ad agencies as they lay out their visions for advertising in the 21st Century and the defining role minority media makers are playing in it.
Professionals have been offering psychotherapy online since 1995. While the earlier services focused on offering therapy through email, this has changed in recent years. With the popularity of video conferencing, it was inevitable that someone would invent a form of therapy called "naked therapy."
This intriguing panel will discuss how Internet and mobile technologies enable therapeutic interactions between professionals and individuals. Experts will discuss e-therapy, how it's changed over the years, and how technology is disrupting traditional professional relationships -- enabling therapeutic modalities not possible a decade ago... Even the possibility of "naked therapy." It should make for an interesting, heated discussion between practitioners of traditional forms of online therapy and the founder of "naked therapy."
This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
From the New York Times to Glamour Magazine, a universal question continues to percolate - why are women underrepresented in the tech industry? Explore the role mentorship plays in building a stronger and more inclusive community, while expanding opportunities for women to ascend to leadership roles. Panel discussion will examine the impact of women mentoring women, the positive results of enriching this community and the importance of empowering such partnerships. This panel will also look at the role men can and should play to open more doors for women in the industry. Engage, contribute and participate as a mentor or mentee! Help build a stronger, more inclusive tech community.
TechStars, is an elite startup accelerator in the world, and by the numbers, it is harder to get in to than any Ivy League school. One of the hurdles in the TechStars guantlet is the live interview. Come and watch the TechStars team conduct live interviews with actual finalist companies. TechStars will work to identify and push hard on the core issues and then will have a candid discussion with the audience about that company. It will be like being an insider to the selection process within TechStars, and we think it will be very educational for all early stage entrepreneurs and investors. This session has been sponsored by Mircrosoft.
by Dave McClure
YO STARTUPS – STOP WASTING YOUR TIME (AND FUNDING)! Hosted By Eric Ries (The Lean Startup) and Dave McClure (500 Startups), this 1-day track teaches pivotal metrics and actionable frameworks for building better, faster, and smarter companies. Learn to be agile, iterate quickly, and improve rapidly. Featuring leading startups and companies like Etsy, HubSpot, & more. This session is sponsored by The Lean Start Up.
It's common to call the printing press revolutionary. But the printing press did not eliminate handwriting. To this day, we have Moleskine notebooks, Post-It Notes, hipster PDAs. Similarly, the digital revolution will not kill print. We still buy books online and mark them up with pencils and highlighters. Pens are still more ubiquitous than digital mobile apps. People pay for photographic prints to hang on their fridges and walls. Bookstores do not merely exist; they legitimate neighborhoods. Every coffee shop has a bulletin board full of printed posters. Instead of predicting "The Future of Print in the Digital Age," this panel celebrates the present of print, and focuses on emerging print-digital hybrids. The panel consists of a printer, a couple of scholars, a poster distributor, and a print photographer who started a photo booth. Together we will explore projects that capitalize on the permeability of the boundaries separating manual, print, and digital realms.
Your browser is the most important program on your computer and until recently there were no built-in, industrial-strength tools available for debugging web pages. As web apps become more sophisticated, so do the debugging environments. Representatives of the major browsers discuss the similarities (and differences) between the tools and we look at how they address the needs of the 2012 developer: debugging Web Workers, tweaking CSS colors to perfection, remote debugging of mobile devices and all the other functions that make in-browser development as easy as falling off a console.log().
On 2010, the U.S. Copyright Group quietly targeted tens of thousands BitTorrent users for legal action in federal court in Washington DC. The defendants, who started off as unnamed "John Does", were accused of having downloaded independent films such as "Far Cry," "Steam Experiment," and "The Hurt Locker" without authorization. The organization went on to sue thousands of defendants at a time, hoping to extract quick and easy settlements. By the end of the year, U.S. Copyright Group had been joined by similar companies that sued people all over the United States for allegedly downloading porn and for reproducing newspaper articles in blogs. In less than two years, copyright trolls have sued almost 200,000 people.
Who are the copyright trolls? What should you do if you are a content owner approached by copyright trolls? What should you do if you are one of the 200,000 people being sued? And what is being done about this new and disturbing business model?
Startup Case Studies' from Etsy & others on building your product including 'insider tips' on agile development, minimum viable product, and continuous deployment. Hosted by Eric Ries.
Back in the day, the American anime experience was limited to a couple shows on TV and a small selection at your local comic book shop. Now, anime is a multi-million dollar industry, and traditional entertainment outlets turn to anime to tell their stories with increasing frequency. Join representatives from leading anime, gaming, and digital media companies as they gather to discuss anime’s impact on pop-culture, and find out how anime impacts your life in ways you might not even suspect. From your mobile device to the movie theater, in your video games and on your DVR, anime is everywhere. It’s more than cartoons – It’s a thriving, influential culture.
Healthcare is 18% of US GDP and will be 37% by 2050, if nothing changes. We must reinvent how we deliver healthcare. In the past year, prizes and challenges have come in to vogue in the health sector. Prizes and challenges have a long history of benefiting humanity and driving major breakthroughs, for example a prize was used to incentivize the first flight across the Atlantic. Prizes are effective at crowdsourcing innovation, accelerating progress, and attracting new talent. Some of the leading prize evangelists will describe their platforms from big dollar prizes to more modest amounts along with lessons learned. The XPrize Foundation is launching a bid to fund a $10M XPrize for a Tricoder device; Health 2.0 has launched over 25 challenges with over 150 teams; NASA has built and open innovation strategy for health and the government is seeding grand challenges for global health. We are in the early stage of challenges for health and most are focused on apps, games, and data visualizations. Come hear how we can use challenges to fix healthcare, spur new business models, and avoid prize and app fatigue. This Future of Health Track is sponsored by Aetna.
Take the dynamic world of cross-platform gaming and mix it with the knowledge garnered from the former CEO and co-founder of MySpace and you’ve got a behind the scenes look at the ins and outs of the $5.5 billion social gaming market. Now helming Social Gaming Network (SGN), Internet pioneer DeWolfe is best known as co-founder of MySpace, the online network that redefined the concept of socializing around shared interests. With his finger always on the digital pulse, Chris sits down with USA Today’s Mike Snider to discuss the social gaming opportunity, lessons learned…and how cross-platform gaming is adding up to big bucks.
Appearing at the 2012 SXSW Interactive Festival, IBM is looking for top entrepreneurs to join our Startup Showcase Video Series. We will be in the Startup Village hosting an audience participation session where your ideas count! Bring your smart phone and have ‘real time’ interaction with our panelists as we discuss entrepreneurial perspectives on Crowdsourcing, Social Entrepreneurship and more! Your participation during the session can help influence you being selected as one of four finalists for the IBM Startup Showcase Video Series. Following SXSW, we will work with our finalists to create the Video Series, capturing conversation about their startups and hear how they are improving the lives and businesses of their customers. The video series will be delivered through multiple channels reaching tens of thousands of developers, consumers, investors, and businesses around the world. This session is sponsored by IBM.
by Daxton Stewart, Kathleen Olson, Riyad Omar and Victoria Ekstrand
Social media have made sharing information with friends and followers easier and quicker, but federal copyright law is struggling to adapt to the challenges presented by these tools. When hot news breaks, how soon can it be tweeted? If an image is shared via Flickr or Facebook, can it be used for news or marketing purposes? Is it fair use to post portions of song lyrics, news articles, or YouTube videos on your Tumblr? What legal ramifications do mock Twitter accounts face? Will Creative Commons save us all? This panel of attorneys, scholars and media professionals discuss how courts and the industry have been handling these issues and some possible solutions to resolve them.
We've gathered the brightest and most opinionated minds from Kotaku, Destructoid, KillScreen and the Verge to discuss emerging topics in video game development. Topics will include: how mobile/tablet could kill consoles, connectivity across all gaming platforms, movement-based interfaces, adaptable AI, games in education and game devices as cross-over consumer products untethered from consoles. Join us in a very animated and informative conversation about the future of games.
Good libraries are community-minded, technologically-aware, devoted to increasing access to information, and interested in preserving the local cultural heritage. Good newspapers aggregate and curate information for their readers, prioritize the local population, and are the record of a place, a time, a citizenry. Both believe they must tell stories for everyone, not just themselves.
Libraries have experience with media production, and are already a known community resource. Supporting communication within their community falls within the library’s mandate to increase access to information. Building on the “maker” ethic, how can libraries help their communities make their own news, write their own stories, publish their own histories?
Panelists use “ripped-from-the-headlines” business cases to spur debate on the essential truths of corporate reputation and brand management. This session is sponsored by the Council of PR Firms.
No sticky mat necessary, though we'll address sticky situations arising from poor online social media manners and how to heighten our collective consciousness as upright citizens of the social media community through the lens of the yamas--the five universally ethical disciplines of yogic philosophy that govern how we interact with others. Transcending creed, country, age and time, these include non-violence, truth, non-stealing, continence, and non-coveting. We'll explore how online social media's far-reaching platform coupled with the implementation of the yamas breeds powerful potential for personal growth and philanthropic progress. No matter the model, the domain, or the product/mission/vision: the tipping point that will bring home humanity’s collective blue ribbon in advancing positive social change is perhaps best liberally paraphrased in the words of Krishna in the yogic text, the Bhagavad Gita: 'You have a voice and a purpose. For Pete’s sake, use them.' As online bodhisattvas-in-training minding our Ps and Qs and setting our integrated intentions toward information, news and POV dissemination, together we can, in the words of Gandhi, be the change we wish to see in the world. We'll share wellness tools to support you while you’re off saving the web wide world and explore the value added to both the person and the populace in bringing mindful media to the masses, one heartfelt hashtag at a time. Don’t worry, we won’t make you chant (well, maybe we will).
At UrgentGenius.com, we've spent 2 years gathering examples of ideas that have achieved stand-out by hijacking the news or have created real-time content. For SXSWi we've searched the globe to find real-time topical genius. The result? Well, it sounds like a bad joke: What do you get when 3 strangers – a Brit, a Dutchman and a man from Taiwan - walk into an Austin bar with a lady snake that promptly escapes. Chaos and a hopefully engaging panel ensues. The sharp-tongued @BronxZoosCobra gained 200,000 followers as she live-tweeted her escape from the zoo. She is the second-most followed animal on Twitter and will be the conference's first reptile speaker. Michael Logan heads up the content arm for satirical animators NMA while Remco Marinus shot a new commercial every day for IKEA's 365 campaign. This Future of Journalism Track is sponsored by The Knight Foundation.
This January, 15 million people came out and had their voice heard in opposition to the Stop Online Piracy Act and the Protect IP act. Major technology organizations and startups, such as Mozilla, Wordpress, and Wikipedia, took their first ever leap into engaging into technology policy issues. The Internet spoke, and for a single day was virtually unified in its opposition to these bills.
So SOPA and PIPA are dead, right? Well, not actually.
In this session, we'll discuss how we're just at the beginning of a much longer battle. We'll examine what's at stake for the future of the open internet. What could change if things turn out differently? Why should entrepreneurs, technologists, creators, and members of the internet community care? What are the real issues that could effect each and every one of us if we don't continue in the direction of a free and open internet? And why does the internet need us now?
9th–13th March 2012