by Ben Stockman
SXSE Founder Ben Stockman talks through the festival, its reasons, its motives and its future
by Ruth Barnett
One of the first ever social media correspondents and a former political & tech journalist at Sky News, Ruth now looks after communications for Swiftkey, the award-winning keyboard app for smartphones and tablets that learns from you to offer better auto-corrections and next-word predictions. Ruth will be sharing her perspective on how technology has changed the way we do business.
Disruption is one of the best things about social media - what's cool today might be yesterday's news tomorrow! How is it being used to cause trouble and mix things up? With the success of RATM4XMAS destroying the X-Factor's Christmas hijack, disruptive brand campaigns causing controversy and increasing sales, and the ability to buy your way to the top now common practice, how are the doers of social making a difference?
Technological advances have changed the way we communicate, and by extension the way we do business. Hear from some of the leading lights in London's business community, from entrepreneurs, to agency life, through giving students a helping hand to create their own business - how is business changing, and where will it go next?
Jon Morter, RATM4XMAS supremo & the scourge of Simon Cowell, has been applying his rabble-rousing to cynical and poorly done corporate social media. From cat pics to buzzwords and bullshit, Jon's take on corporate social pages needs to be seen to be believed!
"Like us on Facebook if you like that our event is on a Friday!"
The very idea of "community" has been blown apart by social media - where once a community was defined by geographical boundaries, now we're seeing communities defined by interest, by collaboration and by ideas - how is this changing the way we communicate?
The music industry has suffered at the hands of a failure to deal with the onslaught of sharing, downloading & piracy in the early days of the information revolution - but how is it coping now? Have labels and musicians found a new & better way to operate?
Politics is one of the last bastions of digital resistance - although now, thanks to technology, people have more access to tools that can influence government than ever before. How are the political parties coping in the face of the information revolution? How are lobbying groups changing the landscape using digital?
Mobile technology has fundamentally changed the way we take, store, edit and view pictures. What are we likely to see the more this technology develops (see what we did there)?
Sue Llewellyn is a former BBC TV news journalist turned social media consultant and trainer - she'll be sharing her experiences, explaining how social has affected the news, and much much more!
Film and television have been the most obvious beneficiaries of the advances brought on by tech. From digital effects to online players and YouTube celebrities, how has what we've seen so far influenced what we might see in future?
How are social and web connecting people in new ways to the environment? What opportunities might we see in the future? What is technology doing to our ability to conserve and restore our environment, our buildings and our heritage?
by Bernie Hogan
Bernie's research interests lie at the intersection of social networks and media convergence. That is, what medium do people use with their ties, and when?
With new media, individuals simultaneously have more convenience but also more complexity, expenses and social pressure to adopt. Some individuals thrive in this new media ecology, while others feel it has isolated them. Within this framework, Bernie examines the eroding home-work boundary, the digital self, and the shift from public spaces to cyberpublics.
Bernie will be sharing his perspective on how technology is changing our behaviour, our development, our relationships and more!
What is the advance in communication and technology doing to our ability to learn? How are students and teachers communicating in the face of the information revolution, and how is their future going to be shaped by tech?
SXSE's crystal-ball gazing session - what are we likely to see in our near and distant future? How far will technology take us before our systems, society and behaviour is unrecognisable from that of even 10 years ago?
24th November 2014