SXSW 2012 In Austin Coming Up Fast

Mike TuttleIT Management

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The famous South By Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas is coming up next month. The festival consists of three parts: Interactive, Film and Music. The Film and Music portions of the festival have their own followers and scene in their own right. Lots of new bands get discovered and independent films get picked up.

The "Interactive" portion of the festival is of particular interest in the business world due to its emphasis on emerging technologies, social media, and featuring of up-and-coming minds in fields of science and business. This portion runs March 9-13.

Past speakers at SXSW Interactive include:

  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Jane McGonigal
  • Mark Cuban
  • Thomas Dolby
  • Cory Doctorow
  • Malcolm Gladwell
  • Philip Glass
  • Ana Marie Cox
  • Dan Rather
  • Todd Rundgren
  • Jimmy Wales
  • Guy Kawasaki
  • Gary Vaynerchuk
  • Danni Ashe
  • Topics for 2012 include:

  • Security and Privacy in Social Networks
  • Priming Audiences for a Truly Social Olympic Games
  • New Career for Journalists: Online Video Producer
  • Facebook Credits: Not Just for Virtual Goods
  • Can Printed Electronics Save the Music Industry?
  • Detroit Future: A Media Based Economy
  • Social Broadcasting in Open Source Communities
  • Netflix and Twitter: What's Under the Hood
  • Social Media and Politics Meet Up
  • Social Media Boundaries: Personal/Personnel Policy
  • and hundreds more.
  • For 2012, keynote speakers are:

    Baratunde Thurston - comedian and Director of Digital for The Onion.

    Amber Case - cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer.

    Ray Kurzweil - inventor, author, futurist.

    Jennifer Pahlka - founder of Code for America

    SXSW Interactive bills itself as an "incubator of cutting-edge technologies… [featuring] five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer."

    SXSW describes attendees to the festival as "uber-geeks and digital creatives who push the cutting edge of technological change".

    Panel topics cover everything from web design, usability, and blogging to wireless innovation and new technology business models.

    Are you planning to attend SXSW? Have you attended before. Tell us about your experience or plans.

    Mike Tuttle
    Writer. Google+ Writer for WebProNews.