The entry process for the 2014 SXSW PanelPicker begins Monday, July 1. Based on our numbers from last year, SXSW Interactive expects to receive more than 3000 speaking proposals before this entry process closes at the end of the day on Friday, July 26. So, how to make your idea stand out from the crowd? One important aspect of the PanelPicker process is the video component. In other words, be sure to include a compelling video of the presenter (or, the main speaker) as part of your PanelPicker application. Ideally this video explains the proposal in greater depth and lets viewers understand how great a public speaker you are. Remember that we value passion and energy at SXSW – so make sure these attributes shine through in the video that accompanies your application. For more info on this process, please refer to the PanelPicker FAQ.
We have spent the last two decades capturing the real world, turning it into ones and zeros. Bits replacing atoms, where digital was cool and physical was the forgotten relative. This will reverse in the next decade – physical will become the new frontier, and digital will seem a little bit boring. Robots, sensors, 3D printers, UAV – information technology will evolve from providing access to supporting direct human interactions. In the words of Chris Anderson of Wired Magazine – Atoms will become the new bits.
Today we live in a world where the exponential progression of technology is increasingly shrinking the lag time between what we can imagine and what we can create. We are rapidly converging to become a civilization of networked minds who will transcend all previous limits. As Erik Davis wrote in Techgnosis, "When everything becomes linked with everything else, matter becomes mind"
With the coming overlapping revolutions in biotechnology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence, the instruments to remake the world will be in everybody's hands.
You’re powering a revolution, but you don’t even know it.
Because while you’re heads-down in Angry Birds (Mighty Eagle FTW), entire industries are falling down under the weight of your casual needs. Indeed, the world has chosen to rebuild itself to meet those desires.
Lauded as the Henry Ford of this generation, Musk is the CEO and chief designer at SpaceX, where he overssees development of rockets and spacecraft for missions to Earth orbit and ultimately to other planets. In 2008, SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft won the NASA contract to provide a commercial replacement for the cargo transport function of the Space Shuttle, which retired in 2011. SpaceX has gained worldwide attention for a series of historic milestones. It is the only private company ever to return a spacecraft from low-earth orbit, which it accomplished in December 2010.
Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in 1989, will discuss: "Open Web Platform: Hopes and Fears". Berners-Lee is the Director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), the web standards consortium. He is an advocate for net neutrality, the Open Web and web standards.
Making new media content more accessible to more people has always been a popular programming topic at the SXSW Interactive Festival. To this end, we are excited about the upcoming John Slatin AccessU event at St. Edwards University in Austin. Scheduled May 14-16, this event is organized by our friends at Knowbility (who you may have visited with at the SXSW Trade Show).
Are you a startup that launched at (or just before) SXSW Interactive? If so, then we would love to hear your story. Please contact us and tell us about your experience.
What is your product? How did you market your launch at SXSW? What kind of launch goals did you have going into the event? Did you meet your goals? What were the rewards / challenges of launching at (or just before) SXSW Interactive? The more (and the more detail) you can tell us, the more we work on methods to improve the success of launches at SXSW.