Let the Panel Picking Begin! (Round 1)

Every year thousands of panels are submitted to the SXSW Interactive conference. Either lots of people have some really interesting things to say, or they are hoping to get picked to for the free pass. Whichever the motivation, voting by the public makes up about a third of the scoring. And that leads to lots of lobbying on blogs all over the world! At Dachis Group, we’re pitching 16 panels, which you can find here.

Your humble editors do not have a panel in the running, however we’d like to point out a few Austinites that have panels that need picking. So please vote! If there is a panel that we didn’t include, feel free to promote it in the comments below.

Hammurabi, Horseshoes, and Hookers in Social Media

My colleague Peter Kim’s advanced talk: Understanding why social media works the way it does can be traced back to origins well before The Cluetrain Manifesto. He’ll take a look into anthropology and the concepts of communal sharing, authority ranking, equality matching, and market pricing to analyze how social media works today. Most importantly, he’ll discuss how brands – armed with an understanding of these basic ideas – can activate them in today’s social media environment.

The Semantic Web has gone mainstream! Wanna bet?

My friend Juan Sequeda has been trying to get a Semantic web panel into SXSW for three years running. Perhaps this will be his year! From Juan: In 2005, I started learning about the so-called Semantic Web. It wasn’t till 2008, the same year I started my PhD that I finally understood what the Semantic Web was really about. At the time, I made a $1000 bet with 3 college buddies that the Semantic Web would be mainstream by the time I finished my PhD.

Women in Tech, quit bitchin’ & start doing!

By Austin entrepreneur Tina Cannon: There has been a great deal of trash talking in the social media sphere these days about women in tech or the lack there of. Some say it is the fault of the male IT machine, others says women need to “put on their big girl panties and deal with it” – either way ladies, we cannot change the game if we are not even on the field.

3 Secrets to a Killer Elevator Pitch

Josh Baer at Capital Factory is the master of the pitch. Here is his pitch for his session, a followup to last year’s standing room only session: Everyone in a startup should be able to give the “elevator pitch”, even the programmers! Having the right pitch can help you land a big customer, attract investors, and just explain what you do to your mom. Learn about the 3 secrets to a killer pitch from an expert speaker who has pitched at TechCrunch50, SXSW Accelerator and Ignite.

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Let the Panel Picking Begin! (Round 1)