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.
We've had data visualisation. We've had data journalism. But there's a missing layer that sport has ignored. Only the most passionate of fanatical sporting statisticians can get joy from the data that accompanies the world's most popular sport. There must be a better way of telling the stories behind the stats. Soccer has as much data as any other sport and with an estimated 3.5 billion fans, it has more audience than anyone else. But entertaining that audience, rather than simply informing them, is where the challenge lies. Richard Ayers, the digital innovator at Manchester City FC, one of the world's top soccer clubs, will reveal where the club is going and explore the best examples in the game. He'll look at the pace of change in Soccer's stats as the top club's strive to engage a wider demographic and will assess parallels in F1 Grand Prix, the differences with North American sports and the impact of second-screen experiences.
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 Brandon Wiley
Startups love the cloud. It's lean, it's agile, it's cost-effective for startups. As cloud services proliferate, it has become possible to run your web and mobile applications using 100% cloud services. This has an added benefit over using the cloud for part of your infrastructure. There are no servers to configure and no operations team to maintain the servers. There are only the code and the customers. This is the art of freefalling, where all you need to grow your application from an idea to a successful business is a laptop. This session will cover the process of moving to a pure cloud infrastructure, the advantages, and the pitfalls as well as how to avoid them.
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 Amy Webb
I was tired of terrible first dates. When I decided to try online dating, I wasn’t going to let my profile mugshot and a few lines about me decide my fate. Instead, I did what any enterprising young woman in my position would do: I gamed the system! I created a series of male user profiles, registered a bunch of accounts and logged in as men. For weeks, I studied all the women using that service and collected data on the ones who seemed most popular.
I eventually compiled everything into a deep data analysis. Then, I logged back into the service...this time as a woman...and created a profile using my own information, but skewed to the trends I uncovered. Within a week I had the most popular profile on the service. Two months later I was dating the person who would later become my husband.
What I learned: Most people don't understand their audiences. In this session, I’ll detail how I gamed online dating...and what that means for anyone trying to land a committed relationship with their users.
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.
by Josh Fraser
There’s definitely something going on with all of this cloud talk, but what does it mean for you? If you’re involved with a gaming, entertainment or digital company, it could mean the difference of getting your product or idea to market faster without too much capital investment or being able to beat out the traditional players stuck in their old school ways. You’re cutting edge, right? So why not take advantage of cutting edge technology for your business? Josh Fraser will help peel away the layers of how you can use cloud computing, addressing the key differences of clouds and how to choose the best cloud computing infrastructure for your company. Josh will be joined by Reza Rassool, CTO of Music Mastermind, who will share with you how the company started and launched their music application on the cloud. Attend this session to get a view of why companies such as Music Mastermind, Zynga, EA, and Big Fish Games are all running on the cloud.
The electric car could transform the way we think about transportation and energy. This is a disruptive technology that, if successful, may dramatically reduce dependence on oil, enable greater adoption of renewable energy, and shape how drivers think about personal mobility. However, there are many challenges and unknowns ahead. Cities around the world are collaborating to develop electric vehicle ready ecosystems, but will their efforts be successful? This presentation will provide an overview of an international movement, focusing on city leadership and the importance of information exchange.
by Prerna Gupta
The goal of this session is to demystify the “viral video” and demonstrate that there is in fact a science to creating viral hits. In this presentation, I will discuss my experiences producing viral videos that have received over 100 million views. I will share what I have learned about crafting a product message in the form of a viral video and maximizing video views. We'll analyze successful videos ranging from small hits (250k-500k views), medium hits (1M-5M views) and monster hits (10M+ views), breaking them down into the key “viral characteristics” that contributed to each video’s success. I will also discuss strategies for integrating product demos with these viral characteristics, and the trade-offs between including substantial product demos versus simple product placements. Finally, I will demonstrate how entrepreneurs on shoe-string budgets can employ these viral video strategies to gain widespread distribution for their products, by examining the adoption of my own product LaDiDa, which became a Top 10 Music iPhone App and has been used to create more than 20 million songs as a direct result of these viral video marketing techniques.
by Becky Wang
Today, we have data – lots of it. We can process information – in many ways. We have models to understand our process. With these tools and a dash of creativity, we are discovering surprising patterns of human behavior and by extension, a way to accurately predict our desires and our future. In fact, we can quantify movements, behaviors, desires, and moods on a scale that wasn’t possible before a series of advances in processing power, developments in psychology, the science of social networks and collaboration, and most importantly, access to data. As we have evolved from Web 1.0 to 4.0 – in this anticipatory era – what will we dream up next? Beyond addressability and ad relevance, marketing initiatives and product development, how else can businesses utilize these advances? In advertising, industry, & humanity, can we make the leap from inductive logic to intuition? Can we supplement our brain mechanics with these new tools to finally predict what makes us happy?
by Jen Simmons
HTML5. It's more than paving the cowpaths. It's more than markup. There's a lot of stuff in the spec about databases and communication protocols and blahdiblah backend juju. Some of that stuff is pretty radical. And it will change how you design websites. Why? Because for the last twenty years, web designers have been creating inside of a certain set of constraints. We've been limited in what's possible by the technology that runs the web. We became so used to those limits, we stopped thinking about them. They became invisible. They Just Are. Of course the web works this certain way. Of course a user clicks and waits, the page loads, like this… but guess what? That's not what the web will look like in the future. The constrains have changed. Come hear a non-nerd explanation of the new possibilities created by HTML5’s APIs. Don't just wait around to see how other people implement these technologies. Learn about HTML APIs yourself, so you can design for and create the web of the future.
When building applications many technologists instinctively reach for familiar relational tools. NoSQL databases, rising in popularity, have contrasting performance metrics and engineering costs that depend on a number of factors. There is no obvious winner and it is easy to make wrong decisions. What it really comes down to is your data. How you receive it, how you get at it, and what you will be using it for are factors that should be reflected in your choice of a datastore be it relational or non-relational. This session is part of the Big Data Track is sponsored by Gemalto.
by Laura Hermann
It's been 30 years since Edward Tufte convinced designers that the visual display of quantitative information mattered. We illustrate evidence to promote understanding, but our choices to express science have changed. The pervasiveness of technology in our lives generates volumes of data. Increasingly, scientists and researchers make extensible versions of their datasets available. Crowdsourcing projects generate additional data sources. The result is a new diction to distinguish fact from fiction.We used to rely on science writers and designers to translate impenetrable academic and scientific studies. Today, citizens and academics alike have accessible ways to visualize information. Is that enough? Communicating about science requires balancing competing interests with conflicting evidence. The craft of science communication will evolve with new technology and the ways we decipher the political, social and economic context of available evidence will be increasingly critical.
Each year, thousands of technophiles descend upon Austin, bringing Internet-connected laptops, phones and tablets with them, and most of them think very little about keeping their personal communications secure. Open wireless networks in the convention center – and in hotels, bars and coffee shops – offer a convenient way to keep in touch with home, but also leave any data that is transmitted over those networks open to snooping by malicious individuals. In this session, host of Revision3 podcast Hak.5 and regular contributor on the TWiT network, Darren Kitchen, will walk attendees through live demonstrations of many ways in which their personal data are vulnerable while connected to the Internet at SXSW, and the steps they can take to keep that data private and safe. The tips and information from this session will benefit those who attend not only while they are at SXSW, but any time they sit down at their own local coffee shop and open up their laptop to fire off some email.
A surprisingly high percentage of entrepreneurs derail their startups because they fall in love with their idea. Emotional attachment to an idea leads to premature scaling and a number of other dangers. But, passion is a sacred topic among founders, who are often just as passionate about their passion as about their startups. Too often, we entrepreneurs equate rigorous scrutiny of our ideas with “negative thinking.” In this workshop we will transcend the false dichotomy between "positive" and "negative" thinking, and explore how entrepreneurial passion can bring danger along with its obvious benefits. Drawing on the latest psychological and business research, we will show how to scrutinize and strengthen your startup idea in a way that deepens your passion and confidence, and elevates your odds of success.
by David Hogue
Interfaces and devices are providing more and more power and functionality to people, and in many cases this additional power is accompanied by increasing complexity. Although people have more experience and are more sophisticated, it still takes time to learn new interfaces, information, and interactions. Although we are able to learn and use these often difficult interfaces, we increasingly seek and appreciate simplicity.
The Complexity Curve describes how a project moves from boundless opportunity and wonderful ideas to requirements checklists and constraints then finally (but only rarely) to simplicity and elegance. Where many projects call themselves complete when the necessary features have been included, few push forward and strive to deliver the pleasing and delightful experiences that arise from simplicity, focus, and purpose.
In this session, David M. Hogue, Ph.D. - VP of Experience Design, applied psychologist, and adjunct faculty member at San Francisco State University - will introduce the Complexity Curve, discuss why our innovative ideas seem to fade over the course of a project, explain why "feature complete" is not the same as "optimal experience", and offer some methods for driving projects toward simplicity and elegance.
by danah boyd
This solo presentation will cover the culture of fear and the consequences of visibility. Acclaimed researcher danah boyd will weave together the predator panic and bullying phenomenon with the socio-political dynamics around otherness, the rise of fear alongside the increased ability to connect with others around the globe, the empowering rhetoric of the Arab Spring along the rise of local networks of power. She will call into question some of our utopian assumptions about all of the automatic democratic possibilities of technology and offer a challenge to folks about the need to step out of our techno-bubble and engage with people who are fearful of technology.
by John Hagel
“Why we are losing the war for talent and how technology can make a difference”
Senior executives widely acknowledge they are in a war for talent, but they are focused on the wrong battlefronts. The success of Dilbert and The Office suggest that we are losing the war for talent. New generations of technology, in particular cloud computing, social software and big data analytics can help companies to reverse this trend. To do this, however, executives must shift their focus to the day to day work environment as the place where the war for talent will be won or lost. If we took talent development as a top priority, how would we redesign all dimensions of our work environment and what role might these new technologies play in that redesign?
The Brazilian Dream project is a qualitative and quantitative research - the first to promote a view that explores what the 18-24 year-old youth thinks about Brazil, and what they think they can do to impact the country development.
This session will present an overview of the main findings of the research.
It will cover how world and local drivers are affecting the way youngsters think, live and act for their country.
It will provide an understanding of how the perspective they have of the main social institutions is changing and why.
The study reveals who are the young innovators, changemakers, social activists that are already doing something that is meant to change Brazil - how they act, which projects they are involved with.
The output of this 18-month project is rich with insights, quantitative data and inspiration for anyone who wants to go beyond the economic-based visions that have been surrounding the idea of an "emerging country". It helps understand the behaviors that are behind the take-off Brazil's being going through.
The job of a web designer these days includes designing for content that changes, is highly dynamic, and often does not yet exist. Gone are the halcyon days of static, 5 page websites that are just as rigid as a printed brochure (let's be honest, we don't miss that). This reality has created a great deal of debate within our industry and a fair amount of difficulty in our design processes.
In this session we'll cover some basic design concepts and principles that can be applied when designing for CMS-driven websites. We'll also outline some tips and tricks for your design process, and explore some of the biggest hurdles and potential pitfalls in designing for yet created and ever-changing content.
by Chip Conley
Chip Conley is the founder and was the CEO of America's second largest boutique hotel company. Initially, he thought he needed to be superhuman to be successful, but after two dozen years as CEO, he realized that he just needed to be a super human to create the habitat for success that arose at Joie de Vivre Hospitality. Using iconic psychology theories from Abraham Maslow (PEAK) and Viktor Frankl (Emotional Equations), Chip wrote a couple of best-selling books dedicated to helping business leaders understand how to be more emotionally intelligent in the workplace. Using a series of equations he's created with psychologist and mathematicians, Chip will help you understand the emotional building blocks that create anxiety, disappointment, joy, authenticity, and wisdom. Perfect for anyone wanting to understand themselves, their fellow employees, and their customers.
Imagine an imaging chamber placed around an entire community. What if we could, with permission, record and display nearly every facet of behavior, communication, and social interaction among its members as they live their everyday life? This potential would afford rich insights into humanity - how societies operate, how real world relationships form and change over time, and how behavior and choices spread from one person to another. We could diagnose the health of a community, and of its individuals. We could even measure the effects of feeding this information back to them.
At the MIT Media Lab, we have built the beginnings of what we call “The Social MRI.” You don’t need a huge chamber – just a bunch of modern smartphones. Using our mobile sensing software, we transformed a residential community into a living laboratory for over 15 months. Many signals were collected from each participant, altogether comprising what is, to date, the richest real-world dataset of its kind. As part of our continuing research, we are developing new tools to realize "the quantified self", and architectures to do all of this from a user centric perspective – where individuals own their data, and privacy is embedded into the framework.
This talk will highlight surprising results from the study, introduce our open source tools developed for data collection, and discuss how the lessons learned could extend to improve the consumer and business worlds.
by David Robertson
In June 2003, Jørgen Vig Knudstorp presented the results of his internal study to the Board of LEGO. In a devastating report, he told them that 2003 was going to be a terrible year and 2004 was likely to be worse. The company had defaulted on its loans, was running out of cash, and might not survive.
How did LEGO get in such trouble? In a word, innovation. LEGO’s managers had followed the advice of academics and consultants – advice that is still being given today – about how to manage innovation: head for blue ocean markets, practice creative disruption, build an innovation culture. That advice almost led LEGO to ruin.
After verifying Knudstorp’s findings, the Board restructured the management team and appointed him CEO. Within two years, Knudstorp and his team had fundamentally redesigned how LEGO managed innovation, and built one of the most sophisticated innovation systems in the world. Today, LEGO is the most profitable and fastest growing company in the toy industry, with growth and profitability rates similar to Apple’s.
The goal of this talk is tell the SXSW audience the LEGO story and the lessons they can learn from the company’s fall and rebirth.
9th–13th March 2012