SXSW Interactive 2008 panels

SXSW 2008 Interactive

I was browsing the 2008 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive panels for some topics that sound interesting and I ran into a little problem.  It’s not the 3 hour drive to Austin.  It’s not the $400+ entry fee.  It’s not the dizzying array of ironic hipster t-shirts that I will likely encounter.

I found so many interesting panels that I will surely need to clone myself through some unearthly Lovecraftian manner to see everything I want to see.

I’m OK with that, as long as my clones wear pants (I’m not going through THAT embarrassment again).  Anyhow, it would be quite convenient if one of me could make a Taco Cabana run while the other me is listening to an interesting panel on building an audience for your social networking application.

Regardless of my cloned status, here are the panels I thought sounded interesting this year:

1. Business
10 Tips for Managing a Creative Environment (Bryan Mason)
Unconventional Collaboration: Tips for Local and Remote Teams (Jason Fried)

2. Content
Accessible Rich Media (Sharron Rush)
Behind the Scenes at the Onion News Network (Sean Mills)
Roll Over Gutenberg, Tell McLuhan The News (George Kelly)

3. Design
A General Theory of Creative Relativity (Jim Coudal)
Blood, Sweat, and Fear: Great Design Hurts (Michael Lopp)
Design Control in a Digital World: Getting It and Losing It (Khoi Vinh)
Design Eye 2008 (Keith Robinson)
God (and Design) is in the Detail (Naz Hamid)
Logos: Why They’re Irrelevant and Can Actually Hurt Your Business (Bryan Zmijewski)
Magic and Mental Models: Using Illusion to Simplify Designs (Jared M. Spool)
Make It So: Learning From SciFi Interfaces (Nathan Shedroff)
Meet The Architects (Molly Wright Steenson)
Social Design Strategies (Emily Chang)
Tools for Enchantment: 20 Ways to Woo Users (Kathy Sierra)
Wireframing in a Web 2.0 World (Richard Rutter)

4. Marketing
Self Replicating Awesomeness: The Marketing of No Marketing (Brian Oberkirch)
Totally Wired Teens: How Teens are Using Your Applications (Anastasia Goodstein)

5. Mobile / Wireless
Getting Unstuck II: From Desktop to Device (Liz Danzico)
How Many Clicks to the Center of…? (Conleth O’Connell)
Life after the i-Phone (Kate Ryan)
Mobile Phones: International Devices of Mystery (Michael Sharon)
Using Entertainment to Create Effective Mobile Advertising (Abam Zbar)

6. Next Generation
The Art of Speed (Tim Ferriss)
Hardware Mashups: Introducing the Long Tail of Gadgets (Peter Semmelhack)
Online Identity Crisis (Jason Levitt)
The Science of Designing Interactions (Andreas Weigend)

7. Programming
Catching up with Accessibility: The Basics Quickly (Shawn Henry)
Content Management System Roundup (George DeMet)
Creating Findable Rich Media Content (Jennifer Taylor)
Creative Collaboration: Building Web Apps Together (Paul Hammond)
Everything I Know about Accessibility I Learned From Star Wars (Derek Featherstone) Filching Design (Lindsey Simon)
Getting There Faster By Using Open Code (Jack Moffitt)
Make Your Client-Side Code Ready for Internationalization (Jon Wiley)
Scalability Boot Camp (Jakob Heuser)
Secrets of JavaScript Libraries (John Resig)
Web Service APIs Your Mom Will Love (Ben Vinegar)

7. Social
Building Portable Social Networks (Jeremy Keith)
Social Network Coups: The Users are Revolting! (Annalee Newitz)
Social Networking and Your Brand (Jina Bolton)
The Supercollider: A Hero of the Social Network (Souris Hong-Porretta)
The Suxorz: The Worst Ten Social Media Ad Campaigns of 2007 (Henry Copeland)
Taking Over the World: the Flickr Way (Simon Batistoni)
True Stories from Social Media Sites (Rashmi Sinha)

Let me know if you’re planning on going to SXSW this year and maybe we can hang out with Lou Reed, the original rock-n-roll animal.  He’s this year’s keynote speaker for the music festival.

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2 Responses to SXSW Interactive 2008 panels

  1. agenthandy says:

    bummed to see i didn’t make the cut. 😉

  2. Dave says:

    Which panel are you hosting?

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