Over the past decade, tech culture has gone mainstream into pop culture. The size and influence of the SXSW Interactive conference has grown in concert with the popularity of tech culture. This year that change was painfully evident in Austin…
Today I’m excited to join the editorial staff of aNewDomain [dot] net. aNewDomain is an exploration of technology culture founded by great tech luminaries (and TWiT cohorts) Gina Smith, John C. Dvorak, Eric Mack, and BYTE senior technologist Dr. Jerry Pournelle. My emphasis at aNewDomain will be editing and writing about technology in politics, culture, and media. And probably zombies.
The following post is a bullet summary and A New Domain reprint review of the 2012 SXSW Interactive conference.
I have recently returned from the sin and SWAG-filled series of life lessons known to the world as #SXSW Interactive 2012. I experienced much and may have learned a few things.
This previous March I was invited to moderate a panel on philanthropy at the SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas. The panel, organized by Sarah Vela (@Orchid8), was a lively and productive discussion that centered around how best to leverage social web technologies to increase philanthropic activity.
While the SXSW conference does not provide embeddable or downloadable links, the streaming audio is now available on the SXSW website.
From the SXSW website here is a description of the panel:
Recent research shows that online giving is growing at a rate of 40% annually. Driving and shaping this activity are some innovative tech startup companies looking to change the very nature of online giving. Using game mechanics, mobile technology, and principals of community management and engagement, these startups are giving younger adults more relevant ways to connect with, volunteer for and donate to nonprofits and causes that matter to them. Questions for this panel of industry representatives will include: What’s the future for social giving startups? How are they tapping into existing online communities to encourage philanthropy? And what are the down sides to having so-called “middleware” sites and applications in the mix?
Once again, I extend a grateful thanks to Sarah for inviting me to moderate, to panelists Ehren Foss, Leo Ramirez Jr, Naveed Lalani, and Thon Morse for their intelligent and thoughtful comments, and to the SXSW Interactive organizers for hosting us.
SXSW Interactive 2011 Takeaway
This is a quick and dirty bullet list of #SXSWi 2011 trends, observations, and accomplishments. While this list is limited to bullets, I’m happy to answer questions…