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Friday, March 13
 

11:00am CDT

SXSW Home Room
Attend a SXSW Home Room session to achieve a few goals: first and foremost, you'll get tips from SXSW staff on the most compelling content and networking events for that day. These SXSW Home Room sessions are also a great way to meet other registrants with similar interests as yours. Strong one-on-one connections are the key to maximizing your SXSW experience!

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Speakers
avatar for Kelly Krause

Kelly Krause

IA Publicist, SXSW STAFF
avatar for Monica Sack

Monica Sack

IA Speaker Asst Coord, SXSW STAFF


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

11:00am CDT

The Climate Crisis: Challenge & Opportunity
2015 is a critical year for climate action.
The costs of carbon pollution have never been more clear: stronger storms, bigger floods and mudslides, deeper droughts, worsening fires, hotter temperatures, spreading tropical diseases, melting ice and rising seas, all brought on by our reckless pollution of the atmosphere—and yet there is hope.
This December, world leaders will gather in Paris to adopt a new global agreement to solve the climate crisis. Their meeting will take place as prices for clean, renewable electricity continue to plummet, demand for climate action continues to grow and governments take bold action.
In his session, former Vice President Al Gore will discuss the need for climate action, Live Earth: Road to Paris and the way forward for our civilization.

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Speakers
avatar for Al Gore

Al Gore

Former VP & Chairman/ Climate Reality Project, The Climate Reality Project
Former Vice President Al Gore is co-founder and chairman of Generation Investment Management. He is a senior partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and a member of Apple, Inc.'s board of directors. Gore spends the majority of his time as chairman of The Climate Reality Project... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Exhibit Hall 5

11:00am CDT

Turbocharging Social Activism with Data Standards
Turbocharging Social Activism with Data Standards: From Marriage Equality to International Human Rights. There are a million different systems & tools available to organizations doing policy & advocacy work - why is moving data between them so damn hard? Shouldn’t we have figured this out by now? Well, there is hope: the Open Supporter Data Interface (OSDI) is a common API defined by a critical mass of progressive vendors and organizations that allows for data to move easily between systems.
The existence of a common API reduces customer costs related to moving data between different systems & enhances the ability of innovators to create products for the marketplace. Data silos & closed systems have hampered the progressive movement since its inception. OSDI changes that by helping tools "talk" to each other while keeping data in sync. It puts the client, not the tool, more in control when integrating.

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Speakers
avatar for Tim Anderegg

Tim Anderegg

Dir of Data & Tech, New Organizing Institute
Tim Anderegg grew up in North Dakota and developed an interest in computers and politics at an early age to escape from the cold and make a difference in the world, respectively. After attending college in Southern California (for similar reasons), he moved to Washington DC to pursue... Read More →
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Gayatri Bhalla

COO, Catalist
At Catalist, Gayatri serves as COO and oversees operations and strategic partnerships. She began her career on Capitol Hill and on campaigns. Gayatri earned her MBA from the Yale School of Management and went on to a career in management consulting and marketing strategy. She has... Read More →
avatar for Josh Cohen

Josh Cohen

Founder & Chairman, Open Supporter Data Interface
Josh Cohen is a software professional, gay activist and the Founder and Chairman of the Open Supporter Data Interface Project (OSDI). The OSDI effort seeks lower integration costs and increase innovation by defining common APIand data structures for interoperability among products... Read More →
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Jason Rosenbaum

Director of Technology, Action Network
Jason Rosenbaum is a musician, organizer, and developer living in Washington, DC. After helping win health care reform at Health Care for America Now, he was brought on as a Senior Online Campaign Director at the Progressive Change Campaign Committee in 2010. While there, he helped... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

12:30pm CDT

Move Fast, Government, or Get Out of the Way
Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will discuss how the government is adapting to the rate and pace of technology by re-tooling the patent system, and aligning federal policy to fuel, not slow, innovation. Discover how these efforts help provide American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire.
The discussion will be opened with remarks from Michelle Lee, the Deputy Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the White House nominee to Direct the US Patent and Trademark Office.

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Speakers
avatar for Penny Pritzker

Penny Pritzker

US Secretary of Commerce, Obama Cabinet -- US Department of Commerce
Penny Pritzker has served as the 38th U.S. Secretary of Commerce since being sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on June 26, 2013. As Secretary of Commerce, she is focused on providing American businesses and entrepreneurs with the tools they need to grow and hire. Secretary Pritzker... Read More →
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Jon Steinberg

CEO, Daily Mail


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom A

12:30pm CDT

The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter II
In this dual conversation between an American and Africana Studies Scholar, Digital Strategist and upcoming author of "The Bombastic Brilliance of Black Twitter," Dr. Kimberly C. Ellis aka @DrGoddess, and Journalist / Journalism Educator, @MeredithClark, who completed her dissertation on "Black Twitter," in Fall 2014, a serious, fun and focused interrogation of the arc of Black Twitter will occur. While both panelists have an academic background, they each bring a history of cultural criticism as well as journalistic integrity, digital engagement and social media expertise to the fore. They will discuss the evolution of "Black Twitter," since 2009, the mainstream media's obsession since 2012, the various ways in which the community has been truncated and misrepresented, as well as the longstanding tradition of forthright Black assertion in public spaces, including #TrayvonMartin, #Ferguson, #ICantBreathe and #BlackLivesMatter, #Selma and #Selma2Ferguson.

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Speakers
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Meredith Clark

Journalism Educator, Mayborn School Of Journalism At The University Of North Texas
avatar for Kimberly "Dr Goddess" Ellis

Kimberly "Dr Goddess" Ellis

CEO, Dr Goddess Arts
Affectionately known as "Dr. Goddess," Kimberly C. Ellis, Ph.D. is an award-winning Scholar, Artist, Activist and Tech Entrepreneur who loves Social Media. A published author, speaker and producer, her work is found in The Pittsburgh City Paper, on Alternet.org, Salon.com, Ebony.com... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

12:30pm CDT

When a Moment Becomes a Movement
What does it take to create effective human rights impact in the world? Do we focus on what is happening locally or turn our attention towards international strategies? We believe it takes both. Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize winning grassroots organization with over 50 years of human rights work. We’ve investigated and exposed abuses, educated and mobilized the public and helped transform societies to create a more just world. Amnesty International USA reported on police brutality in Ferguson, MO, advocated for the release of 234 schoolgirls kidnapped in Nigeria, and mobilized the public to demand the release of a Sudanese woman on death row for refusing to renounce her faith. Steven W. Hawkins, Executive Director and Cammie Croft, Deputy Executive Director will lead a discussion on how technology can be used to leverage local responses to injustice and build an international movement capable of mobilizing millions to achieve human rights victory and policy change.

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Speakers
avatar for Cammie Croft

Cammie Croft

Deputy Exec Dir - Digital & Strategic Communications, Amnesty International USA
Cammie Croft is a nationally recognized digital and communications strategist for social good, providing digital, technology, and communications advice for private and public-sector clients. She is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Digital and Strategic Communications at... Read More →
avatar for Steven Hawkins

Steven Hawkins

Exec Dir, Amnesty International USA
Steven W. Hawkins serves as the Executive Director of Amnesty International USA. Prior to joining Amnesty International USA, Steve worked as an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund where he represented African American men facing the death penalty throughout the United States... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

12:30pm CDT

Your Laws, Your Data: Making Government More Open
Two decades ago, Congress began publishing some of its activities online, revolutionizing access to essential public information. The system was called THOMAS, after our third president. Managed by the Library of Congress, it aimed to serve as a central hub to find bills and resolutions, the Congressional Record, committee reports, treaties and so on. States and municipalities followed suit, building out data sets that are essential to a large variety of applications and services.
While technology has changed a lot since the mid 1990s, the quality of data coming from Congress and other branches of government has not kept up.
Creating a more open and comprehensive system of public data -- not only from Congress, but throughout government -- would make a variety of powerful new applications possible.
Join us for a discussion of how better data can empower citizen activists and public interest groups to make government more accountable, and more responsive.

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Speakers
avatar for Molly Bohmer

Molly Bohmer

Data Curator, Cato Institute
Molly Bohmer is the Data Curator at the Cato Institute where she manages the Deepbills Project and researches policy issues surrounding government transparency and data. She also works with the Congressional Data Coalition to promote the release of data in the legislative branch... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Schuman

Daniel Schuman

Policy Dir, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington
Daniel Schuman works at the intersections of law, policy, and technology as policy director for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a non-profit organization devoted to government transparency and accountability with a special emphasis on government ethics... Read More →
avatar for Molly Schwartz

Molly Schwartz

Assoc Fellow, R Street Institute
Molly Schwartz is a Fulbright scholar conducting research at the Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture and experimenting with user-centered design concepts at the National Library of Finland. Molly has been an analyst at the U.S. Department of State and is currently a policy... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Williams

Rebecca Williams

Policy Analyst, Data.gov
Rebecca Williams is the Senior Engagement Liaison for Data.gov building out the federal open data infrastructure and facilitating community engagement. Prior to joining the Data.gov team, Rebecca worked with the Sunlight Foundation on advocating open data best practices to local governments... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

3:30pm CDT

Commercial Threats to Freedom of Speech Online
Globally, there has been much attention paid to the threat that government entities may pose to individuals’ rights to speak and share information freely. However, far less attention has been placed on the role that bad acting companies and other commercial interests play in trying to squelch or suppress public statements and expressions online. From corporations suing respected journalists and news media for speech that they claim is libelous, to bad businesses suing users of online review sites for negative reviews, more and more often, people are finding their freedom of speech threatened online.
This panel of experts will discuss the current commercial threats to freedom of speech online and the possible solutions to this growing issue.

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Speakers
avatar for Amy Austin

Amy Austin

Publisher, Washington City Paper
Amy Austin, is the Publisher of Washington City Paper, an influential and award-winning alternative news media company in Washington DC. She is passionate about City Paper's work and dedication to creating well-reported and relevant local news and features and it's ability to serve... Read More →
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Paul Alan Levy

Atty, Public Citizen Litigation Group
Paul Alan Levy is an attorney with the Public Citizen Litigation Group, a public interest law firm that is a division of the consumer advocacy organization Public Citizen. After clerking for Hon. Wade H. McCree, Jr. (United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit) and being Special... Read More →
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Evan Mascagni

Policy Dir, Public Participation Project
Evan Mascagni graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2011. While in law school, Mascagni was Editor-in-Chief of the UDC Law Review, was awarded the Women’s Bar Association 2010 Founders Fellowship, and was awarded... Read More →
avatar for Laura Prather

Laura Prather

Lawyer, Haynes and Boone LLP
Laura Lee Prather is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone, LLP. Laura focuses her practice on First Amendment, intellectual property and media and entertainment litigation and appeals. She has significant government relations experience... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

3:30pm CDT

Experiments in Action: TEDx Meet Up
While we all work with the same tools and strive to meet the same expectations, no two TEDx events are the same. Thousands of take place all around the world every year and each brings a new idea or twist --- from hosting at low caste school in India, building out a highly interactive intellectual Oz, or inviting the top chefs to create low impact bento box meals, each event confidently pushes the envelope to foster engagement, connection and adoption of provocative new ideas.
As the saying goes, "give me the freedom of a tightly defined strategy". What is it about constraints that unlocks new possibilities?
How does this community share, build and create confidence for new?
How is courage fostered?

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Speakers
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Nancy Giordano

Founder & Lead Licensee, TEDxAustin
Described as endlessly optimistic with a passion for seeing the potential in everything, Nancy is a brand futurist with a drive to help iconic blue chip organizations and bold leaders transform to meet the expectations ahead. Sitting at the intersection of cultural, demographic and... Read More →
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Mike Lundgren

Partner/Dir, VML
Mike Lundgren is a partner and Director of VML’s Innovation Strategy Practice. Mike started in high-tech at GE and subsequently held leadership positions at Iomega, Apple and in the music industry as an advisor to multiplatinum artists. Mike is a patent-holder in the area of digital... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 504

3:30pm CDT

Gamifiying Peace: New Solutions in an Old Conflict
It’s commonly understood that gamification is an effective way of solving problems by incentivizing and reinforcing positive behavioral changes. As an Israeli Jew and an interaction designer, I wanted to test this theory by applying gamification principles to the most intractable, hardest to solve problem of all: the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. In my talk, I’ll present a location-based game built to put the Israelis and Palestinians in each others’ shoes, exploring the conflict through differing perspectives. For example, an Israeli teen playing the game would be exposed to the Palestinian experience through historical facts and figures, personal stories and testimonials, visualized data and simulated experiences, and vice versa. Inspired and concerned by events in my homeland, the vision behind the game is to create a system that can be used to create empathy and eventually reduce violence in conflicts everywhere.

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Speakers
avatar for Navit Keren

Navit Keren

Interaction Designer, Huge
Navit Keren (Interaction Designer) has a background in visual communication with emphasis on interaction design. At Huge, Navit works to develop concepts and digital solutions. Her previous work experience allows her to synthesize a wide range of social, technological and cultural... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

3:30pm CDT

How Latina Moms Are Raising NextGen Coders
Latina moms are creating communities to share resources on getting their kids to learn to code. Latino parents are taking a stronger interest in tech education. They are instilling culture, education and technology skills to help their kids build their future. These future developers will diversify the tech scene.

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Speakers
avatar for Sylvia Aguiñaga

Sylvia Aguiñaga

Program Coord/Student, DIY Girls/Los Angeles Public Library
Sylvia is Program Coordinator for DIY Girls, a non-profit that provides hands-on tech experiences for girls in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. There, she develops curriculum, makes sure program operations run smoothly, and guides the making process. Sylvia is currently working... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Olivarez Mazone

Jessica Olivarez Mazone

Owner, Tejana Made
Jessica Olivarez-Mazone is an English and ESL educator, a maker, and an entrepreneur. She received her BA in English/Communication from the University of Texas-RGV and is currently working on her MA in Reading. Her educational career is primarily focused on closing the literacy gap... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Melanie Mendez-Gonzales

Owner/Creator, Que Means What Blog
Melanie Mendez-Gonzales is the creator of ¿Qué Means What?, a Latino Lifestyle Blog inspired by her “cultural identity crisis” as a Mexican-American out of touch with her heritage. With her writing, Melanie encourages others to celebrate their own culture as she explores various... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

3:30pm CDT

How to Maximize the Google Grant
Good news! Your nonprofit organization probably qualifies for the $10k a month Google Grant! If leveraged efficiently, this means more volunteers, sponsors, donors, and brand awareness. The issue is, the average nonprofit spends less than 20 percent of the Grant because the Google AdWords platform is so robust. Yet, if utilized effectively, the Google Grant can become an organization's most effective method of digital outreach. The purpose of this session is to empower nonprofits with our most effective strategies that can be implemented immediately to see big results. Even if this is the first time you've heard of the Grant, you will leave the session equipped with the tools to make a difference for your organization. We're Google Partners and our niche is assisting nonprofits with the Google Grant.
BONUS: If you're a marketing agency or digital marketing consultant, we'll share our Google Grant business model with you in sourcing new non-profit clients to create a new revenue source!

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Speakers
avatar for Dave Martin

Dave Martin

Co-Founder, Nettra Digital Marketing
I have fun working with nonprofits! Specifically, we use the Google Grant and a combination of other digital marketing tactics to help our clients hit their goals.


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

3:30pm CDT

Meet the Mentors at SXSW: Creating Your Career
Join us as we go behind-the-scenes with historic legends of Fashion, Digital, and online media with CodeBlack Entertainment and the legendary April Walker of Walker Wear clothing. April and Jeff Clanagan are outstanding examples of how to leverage online media and turn it into a successful business that leads to new opportunities. April has been one of the leading voices for women in urban fashion having created looks for Aaliyah, Tupac, Biggie, Mike Tyson, and so many more. Today she is leveraging social media and digital to celebrate 25 years in the game. While Clanagan has created an entertainment empire that is breaking new ground.

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Speakers
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Paul Brunson

TV Personality/Life Coach, PaulCBrunson.com
In the last five years, television host, author and professional matchmaker, Paul Carrick Brunson, has become recognized internationally as one of the most successful matchmakers. Paul is the founder and president of the award-winning matchmaking firm, The Paul C. Brunson Agency... Read More →
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Jeff Clanagan

Producer, CodeBlack Films
The entertainment industry’s shifts are seismic, but visionary Jeff Clanagan has managed to remain in front of the next wave for over two decades. As Codeblack Enterprises President and CEO, Clanagan continues to set industry precedents by producing and distributing content that... Read More →
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Ella Rucker

Producer, Mentor Monday's
avatar for Michael Street

Michael Street

Sponsorship Chair, MVMT50
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April Walker

Founder, Walker Wear


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

3:30pm CDT

What Tech Startups Should Be Doing Next
Every company began as a startup. Even massive companies that are now known for having horrible cultures began with cultures that were often positive and passionate. While working at a 100 year-old organization early in her career, Jessica Lawrence experienced the textbook definition of unhealthy culture and outdated management thinking. Now, as the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup, a non-profit organization and the world's largest Meetup group, she sees the challenges that technology startups face and how they can easily slip into patterns of unhealthy culture by following old models of business. In this session, Jessica will explore the incredible opportunity that startups have to not just build great products, but to build a whole generation of better companies. She will examine the changing landscape of leadership and culture, and look at what ideas, skills, and practices are key to creating a better future of work and business.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Lawrence

Jessica Lawrence

Exec Dir, NY Tech Meetup
Jessica Lawrence is the Executive Director of NY Tech Meetup (NYTM), the largest Meetup in the world and a 37,000-member non-profit organization helping to build a sustainable and diverse technology industry in New York.


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 5-6

3:30pm CDT

Take A Shot: Injecting Tech into Your NPO Mission
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
No experience necessary except a belief that technology can make our world a better place.
What to Bring:
Note-taking implements, digital or analog.
Non-profits are using some of our hottest current technology to deliver extraordinary impact on the communities they serve. But how can your organization leverage tech trends to further its mission?
Hear from three nonprofit leaders and learn what they see as the best uses of technology to drive real results on an organization’s mission. We’ll share success stories—and miserable failures—while teaching you methods for integrating tech into your mission.
You’ll also get hands-on experience as we work together to come up with a technological solution to a complex societal issue. Together we’ll explore the questions you should be asking, the stories you should be telling and the technology you should be experimenting with.
This two and a half hour long workshop is for action-oriented, technology-focused, and cause-driven people who want to work together to enact positive change. Prizes will be given for the storyboards that show the most innovative and creative uses of technology to solve our chosen problem.
AGENDA:
1. Welcome and Introductions
2. The Tech Connection
3. Tech and Changing Behavior
4. Tech is the Solution, Big and Small
5. How to Plan and Implement a Tech Solution
- Goal
- End User
- What questions do I need to ask?
- Experiences
- Resources You Have People/Tech
- Resources You Need People/Tech
- Development
- Launch
6. Team Ann vs. Team Marty (Tech-Off)

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Speakers
avatar for Aaron Bramley

Aaron Bramley

Co-Founder, Lights. Camera. Help.
Aaron Bramley is a communicator and a collaborator with expertise in video, social media, public relations, marketing communications, media relations, eLearning, crisis communications, nonprofits, fundraising, and learning new things. For the last 8 years Aaron has worked as the Director... Read More →
avatar for Martin Dugas

Martin Dugas

CEO, Ronald McDonald House of Northern Alberta
Passionate about connection and collaboration, investing in ideas and strategies that create the circumstances for long term success. "Building systems that are smart so that people can be their best." Using innovation to activate inspiration and elevates us through practiced teamwork... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 303-304

5:00pm CDT

Education, Impact Investing and US Foreign Policy
The discussion will focus on the future of impact investing and how federal policy currently seeks to help unleash new capital, talent, and energy for political, economic, social and environmental good (eg, private equity funds in Egypt, Tunisia and Pakistan to support small and medium enterprises alongside microfinance platforms; empowering youth by supporting entrepreneurship and education through Young African Leaders Initiative and Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative). Part of the conversation will solicit from entrepreneurs and innovators their guidance on what we’re doing right, wrong and what more we can do. The conversation will also consider the role of government in plugging into the existing ecosystem and promoting the conditions and a culture for social entrepreneurship through presidential initiatives like WEAmericas (Womens Entrepreneurship in the Americas) and during health crises such as the recent Ebola outbreak.

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Speakers
avatar for Krishanti Vignarajah

Krishanti Vignarajah

Senior Advisor to the Deputy Secretary of State, United States Department of State
Krishanti Vignarajah currently serves as Senior Advisor to Deputy Secretary of State Heather Higginbottom and previously served Deputy Secretary William Burns and Thomas Nides. In this capacity, Ms. Vignarajah helps shape State Department and White House initiatives and programs on... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

5:00pm CDT

Global Water Crisis: Solvable
People living in impoverished areas die every day from drinking dirty water. While having access to clean water is a luxury that many of us take for granted, there are millions living in nations with no filtration systems in place. Kids drink from the same streams where animals bathe. In addition, there’s no clean water available for surgery if someone is injured, putting the wounded at risk of deathly infections. The goal is to take existing solutions in the form of portable water filters into countries that need them.
With these filters, dirty water becomes instantly clean – and drinkable. Lives are saved.
The idea isn’t to get one person to drop off 100 filters and call it a day. Let’s try to get 100,000 travelers to each pack 10 small filters, or team up with groups to implement projects with larger filters for an entire village. Then, the world will start to take notice.

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Speakers
avatar for Guga Ketzer

Guga Ketzer

Creative Dir, Waves For Water
avatar for Jon Rose

Jon Rose

Founder, Waves For Water
As a professional surfer, Jon Rose traveled the world in pursuit of perfect waves and his adventures led him to some of the most breathtaking and remote locations in the world. After retiring from 13 years of pro surfing, in looking for his next move Jon was inspired by his father... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

5:00pm CDT

Increasing the Diversity of Tech Startup Founders
Minority-owned businesses are being formed at a faster rate than non-minority-owned businesses nationwide, and their economic impact is growing rapidly. In the tech industry this trend is reflected in the growing number of African American, Hispanic and Asian founders of tech startups. However, minority-owned ventures are awarded just 1% of venture and angel funding that is used to develop startups into successful enterprises. Our nation will benefit from the economic impact of the increasing number of diverse tech entrepreneurs. We need to increase access to the resources that will enable these founders to accelerate the growth of their ventures into large enterprises. Key resources needed to address this gap include mentors, tech accelerators and investors. Now is the time to build national and international awareness of how to create a more inclusive tech entrepreneurship community and engage the resources needed to stimulate the innovation that more diverse tech founders bring.

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Speakers
avatar for Kathy Burrell

Kathy Burrell

SVP, Small Business Banking Market Mgr, Bank of America
Kathy Burrell is a Senior Vice President with Bank of America, N.A. where in her current role serves as the Small Business Banking Market Manager for the Austin and San Antonio markets. Kathy has more than 16 years of experience in building relationships and implementing processes... Read More →
avatar for Darnell Kemp

Darnell Kemp

President & Co-founder, DreamFunded.com
—Darnell Kemp developed key partnerships, market analysis, product positioning, and a launch strategy for DreamFunded. Kemp focuses on business development and is the design lead for development of the online platform, content, and backend systems. He received a B.S. in Computer Scien... Read More →
avatar for Natalia Oberti Noguera

Natalia Oberti Noguera

Founder and CEO, Pipeline Fellowship
Dubbed "The Coach" by Marie Claire, Natalia (aka Ms. Oberti Noguera) is Founder and CEO of Pipeline Fellowship, an angel investing bootcamp for women that's changing the face of angel investing and creating capital for women social entrepreneurs. Natalia holds a BA in Comparative... Read More →
avatar for Keith White

Keith White

Founder/CEO, Trak Pay
Trak Pay is a mobile payments service and app launching in 2Q of 2015. Trak Pay enables small merchants to accept mobile payments with iPhones and Android devices. Trak Pay relieves merchants from investing hundreds of dollars in POS terminals. Conversely, customers are not required... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

5:00pm CDT

Social Stars to Super Stars: Latinos on the Rise
According to the U.S. Census, by the end of 2013, the total Latino population in the U.S. was over 54 million, making Latinos not only one of the fastest growing demographics, but also a powerful consumer force for major media companies and brands. So who are these new Latino influencers and how are they leveraging digital platforms to generate their own stardom and breakthrough to traditional media? This panel will feature industry veterans and emerging Latino YouTube talent discussing how Latino social stars are better engaging with audiences, as well as making themselves more appealing to advertisers, networks and studios. This includes monetization opportunities. We will also discuss how brands are looking at digital to incubate ideas and deliver more meaningful content to this market.

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Speakers
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Daniel Aguilar

Photographer, MiTú Network
avatar for Drew Baldwin

Drew Baldwin

CEO, Tubefilter
A passionate and outspoken advocate of technological innovation, free speech, and unhindered creative expression, Drew is the founder and CEO of Tubefilter (tubefilter.com), creator and executive producer of the Streamy Awards, (streamys.org), and executive director of Social Media... Read More →
avatar for Doug Greiff

Doug Greiff

Co-founder, CCO, Mitú Inc
Doug Greiff is the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of MiTu, a new Latino media brand and network of YouTube channels, that consists of the largest collection of Latino content creators and social influencers on the web.
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Maiah Ocando

Host/Actress/Author/Internet Personality, MiTú Network
Maiah Ocando is an explosive talent and rising superstar of the digital world who has conquered the Internet with her fresh and fiery insights on fashion and beauty. Her tireless energy, sharp sense of humor, and pop sensibility has quickly made her one of the most sought after Latin... Read More →
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Cris Ordaz

YouTube Makeup Guru, MiTú Network
Cris Ordaz, is a social influencer, content creator, and beauty guru on a mission to help women everywhere transform themselves from the inside out. On her YouTube channel, "MyMakeupCorner" Cris has inspired hundreds of thousands of young Latinas and now can be seen as co-host of... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

5:00pm CDT

Speed Networking: LGBT Meet Up
Expanding on our successful and well attended meet-up from last year, we plan to make this Meet Up even more interactive and entertaining. Quickly connect with an entire room of LGBT professionals in various fields and backgrounds from all over the country! Speed-networking is your opportunity to have multiple one-on-one brief introductions, talk about your latest idea and connect later during the conference. Develop your best elevator pitch, have your twitter handle ready to exchange and SPEED-NETWORK and GO!

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Speakers
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Joseph Kapp

Pres, LGBT Technology Partnership
Mr. Kapp brings years of experience in the technology industry to, having advised Fortune 500 companies on the use and implementation of new and emerging technologies. Mr. Kapp worked in KPMG’s Washington National Tax Practice advising on knowledge management and tax technologies... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 502-503

5:30pm CDT

Innovation, the Latin American Way
For decades, Latin America has been a testing ground for radical new ideas.
Today a combination of entrepreneurial states fostering innovation, creativity born out of difficulty and new available technologies are generating unusual social initiatives.
In this talk we will learn about smart cities experiments, participatory housing, social cableways to integrate the poor, the use of mime artists to conduct traffic, and bottom up initiatives like the Brazilian 'Constitution of the Internet'.
This examples will hopefully shed light on how Latin American culture can influence and inspire the rest of the world to shape and protect the two places where we live our lives today: our cities and our Internet.

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Speakers
avatar for Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch

Emiliano Rodriguez Nuesch

Director, Circus
Director at Pacífico, innovation initiative focused in urban resilience and disaster risk reduction.


Friday March 13, 2015 5:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am CDT

Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru: Better Together
With the creation of the Pacific Alliance three years ago, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Peru decided to move toward deeper economic and commercial integration.
Our four countries represent 214 million people, and our economies have a combined GDP of $2.1 trillion, which accounts for 37 percent of Latin America’s total GDP. Our foreign trade adds more than $1.13 trillion, and we receive 45 percent of total foreign investment flows in Latin America.
The Promotional entities ProChile, ProColombia, ProMéxico and PromPerú, and close work between the public and private sectors, LAB4 was created to be a laboratory of ideas concerning entrepreneurship and innovation which seeks to create the environment for businesses to be global.
In the panel we will discuss these efforts. We will talk about what experience each country is bringing to the table. And our efforts to create a fertile environment for companies to growth and share capital. Each country’s bringing unique experience.

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Speakers
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Erick Aponte

Trade Commissioner, Trade Commission Of Peru
Erick Aponte is the Trade Commissioner of Peru in Miami, directing the Trade Commission- a division of the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru which oversees the promotion of bi-lateral trade with the United States, tourism to Peru and Foreign Direct Investment to Peru for... Read More →
avatar for Sebastian Gomez

Sebastian Gomez

Exec Rep, ProColombia
Sebastian Gomez is the Trade Representative in Central U.S.A. for Colombian IT and audiovisual companies. Working directly for the Colombian Government Trade Bureau, Proexport Colombia. He works closely with Colombian and North American companies in creating opportunities of nearshore... Read More →
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Julio Carlos Marron

Sr Investment and Trade Commissioner of Mexico in Texas, Promexico
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Jorge Valdes

Consul General of Chile in Houston, Chile consulate in Houston


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 10AB

9:30am CDT

Church and Tech: The Unlikely Union Yields Real Help
An African American church leader and a Jewish digital entrepreneur walk into a bar… In this session, we’ll explore the unlikely (and some may say unholy) partnership forged between faith-based leaders and the lesbian-led, disruptive digital startup Benevolent. During this time of intense social action around African American communities, now is a critical time to consider where the tech world fits and stands. Join this session for real talk about what it takes to help people in American overcome challenges and how two vastly different leaders see the potential to forge real change and progress. In this conversation, Diane Johnson brings the church background including the soul and personal guidance while Benevolent founder Megan Kashner brings technology and a crowd of caring strangers. Come to this session to ask hard questions, draw inspiration and consider how your talents can combine with unlikely allies’ to impact people’s lives in important ways.

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Speakers
avatar for Diane Johnson

Diane Johnson

President & Founder, Mmapeu Management Consulting
Diane J. Johnson, Ph.D., M.Div 30+ years of experience, learning and service - business, public, community & social sectors. Intersection of community transformation, diversity & inclusion, organizational change, Spirit. Has trained, consulted and partnered with more than 8K orgs... Read More →
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Megan Kashner

Founder & CEO, Benevolent
Megan Kashner, LSCW, MBA, Ticked Off Social Worker, Founder & CEO of Benevolent is a seasoned nonprofit leader with more than 20 years of strategic management, community partnership building and organizational planning experience across the nonprofit sector.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 6AB

9:30am CDT

Civic Engagement from the Dorm to Dakar
Within the past few years ago the US State Dept’s eDiplomacy office has launched initiatives to increase citizen involvement in the government and develop civil society. Since 2010 35 events called TechCamps -- one to two day conferences – have been convened with about 2,850 participants across the globe, in which civil society organizations have worked on challenges and real world problems alongside international and local technologists to develop solutions, and the events connected these organizations to global networks of volunteer technologists. The Virtual Student Foreign Service (VSFS) program has given over 1,200 US college students the opportunity to to work with USG agencies without leaving home. The program has expanded since 2009 to 323 projects across 11 agencies in 2014-15, with 3,385 students applying. Following this success, State is launching the Virtual Fellows Program to recruit seasoned U.S. citizen professionals as virtual consultants on issues faced by State.

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Speakers
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Kara Andrade

Graduate Student, American University
Kara Andrade is co-founder of HablaCentro LLC and Not For Profit which develops curriculum to help people in Latin America become more digitally literate and civically engaged; conducts trainings in the use of digital tools to create more informed citizens; and connects collaborators... Read More →
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Eric Nelson

Director, Office of eDiplomacy, US Department of State
Eric Nelson, a career diplomat in the Senior Foreign Service, is the Director of the Office of eDiplomacy, an applied technology think tank for the United States Department of State. As part of the Bureau of Information Resource Management, eDiplomacy supports U.S. diplomats across... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

9:30am CDT

Cultural Placemaking Through Interactive Storytelling
In this fun and interactive workshop, heritage and preservation will be juxtaposed with interactive storytelling. Every community has its stories, its history and its legacy that we want to pass on. Austin's African American Cultural Heritage District invites you to share your ideas of giving the district a dynamic on-line presence. This map is of and is grounded in the African American Cultural Heritage District, comprising much of east Austin. This is an area of Austin rich in history and culture, but whose stories are often overlooked or not known in the rapidly growing Austin and gentrification of the neighborhood.
We will demonstrate our new interactive Discover Heritage Map which we collaboratively produce interactive multi-media with local middle school students. Hear what we've done so far and share your ideas for future development in a fun and interactive workshop.

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Speakers
avatar for Lisa Byrd

Lisa Byrd

Exec Dir, African American Cultural Heritage District
Lisa Byrd describes herself as a cultural worker. Cultural workers are those who provide opportunities for the creation and exhibition of culturally based art works and that they see those works as tools for community development and social change.
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Tim Eubanks

Facilitator, Eubanks Facilitation
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Matthew Gossage

Project Mgr, African American Cultural Heritage District
Filmmaker, journalist, teaching artist and Project Manager for African American Cultural Heritage District. Matt works with students at Kealing Middle School to make films, music, animations and other media to create the new Discover Heritage Map. This interactive community tool connects... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Ballroom F

9:30am CDT

Politics of Innovation: DC, Tech Working Together
Join Engine, US policymakers, and tech leaders to discuss the issues facing tech, innovation, and entrepreneurs in the new Congress. Are we keeping score yet?
The New Economy is driven by founders, funders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the consumers who fuel them. For decades, US policymakers have been behind the pace of innovation and seemingly too inundated by the rapidly changing landscape to sort through the noise and launch policies to protect both the consumer and the competitive landscape.
Join Washington’s public and private sector champions of innovation and entrepreneurs for a series of discussions on the 114th Congress’ challenges and opportunities; the likelihood of progress on privacy, patent reform, capital access, open internet, spectrum allocation, and cybersecurity; and what YOU can do to make a difference.
Engine is a technology policy, research, and advocacy organization that bridges the gap between policymakers and startups.
Presented by the Dell ATC Policy Labs

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Speakers
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Evan Engstrom

Policy Dir, Engine
Evan Engstrom is the Policy Director for Engine—an advocacy and research non-profit that connects government and the startup community, educating policymakers on issues of importance to tech startups—where he develops Engine's positions on the key policy issues facing entrepreneurs... Read More →
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Senator Jerry Moran

Senator, US Senate
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Jason Seats

Managing Dir, Techstars
Jason Seats is the Managing Director of Techstars in Austin.
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Krysten Sinema

US Representative, Austin Technology Council
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Kyrsten Sinema

US Representative, US Congress


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom

9:30am CDT

SXSW Home Room
Attend a SXSW Home Room session to achieve a few goals: first and foremost, you'll get tips from SXSW staff on the most compelling content and networking events for that day. These SXSW Home Room sessions are also a great way to meet other registrants with similar interests as yours. Strong one-on-one connections are the key to maximizing your SXSW experience!

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Speakers
avatar for Tammy Lynn Gilmore

Tammy Lynn Gilmore

Nonprofit Evangelist, SXSW STAFF
SXSW Interactive nonprofit evangelist, Gaelic footballer, sometime singer and actor. Austin, TX is where my heart is! I work on Global Impact and Policy programming for SXSW Interactive as well as SXgood programming, SXAméricas programming and the Dewey Winburne Community Service... Read More →
avatar for Danielle Zamora

Danielle Zamora

IA Exec Asst, SXSW STAFF


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

9:30am CDT

Why Black Leaders Matter in Technology
The Why Black Leaders Matter in Technology SXSW session will focus on the roles, responsibilities and impact that takes place when you merge of the worlds of entrepreneurship, culture, diversity, leadership and innovation. Sparked from the USA Today article on “Why black leaders matter in technology” (http://bdbx.co/1wR6jnB ). The session will focus on solutions and research from successful Black leaders in various tech industries to provide an outline for all communities. The Why Black Leaders Matter session is an inclusive session for all diverse communities to discuss the role of African-Americans in tech.
The goal for the session is not only to discuss the “why” but cover the who and how can all communities support inclusion and create more leaders in today’s society.

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Speakers
avatar for Wayne Sutton

Wayne Sutton

General Partner, BUILDUP.vc
Wayne Sutton is a serial entrepreneur and general partner at BUILDUP.vc. BUILDUP is dedicated to growing global innovations by bringing innovators together from an array of backgrounds and experience – technology, corporate, healthcare, design, environmental, social and political... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Ballroom E

9:30am CDT

Hackathon for Social Good
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Programming, design or UX experience is encouraged. IMPORTANT: After signing up through SXSW, please fill out this form to indicate what your current role is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/sxsw-hackathon-for-social-good-tickets-14170547489
What to Bring:
Bring your laptop to participate.
Join web and mobile experts in an all day Hackathon for Social Good, where programmers and designers work collaboratively to build programs and applications for awesome non-profit organizations. Hackathons begins with short presentations by non-profit representatives, then participants break up into teams to plan, design and build a website or application in less than eight hours. Unnerving, challenging and fast-paced? You bet. A mad adrenaline rush? Of course. And it’s always for a great cause.
The workshop will begin with an overview on how to run a successful Hackathon for Social Good, then go through each of the phases, including ideation, planning, design and build process, presentations and project pitches, and judging of the projects. This year's Hackathon for Social Good at SXSW will benefit the Austin Public Library.
Part 1:
Introduction / How to run a successful Hackathon for Social Good
Establishing Teams and Roles
Balance of designers, programmers, strategists and at least one project manager
Assess team member experience and tools on hand
Note: Don’t try to learn a new tool or application
Assign documentation leads for each team (photos, illustrations and project artifacts)
Exercise: Collaboration contracts
Part 2:
Intro / Ideation techniques
Ideation
Presentation from non-profit on their goals, needs, problems
Determine minimal viable product(s)
Commit to a concept (in conjunction with the client/non-profit)
Document concept and assignments
Exercise: Ideation sprint
Part 3:
Introduction / How to plan a project; rapid or agile dev practices
Planning
Goals and outcomes
Identify audiences
User experience
Technical / dev plan
Design plan
Establish deliverables and reviews
Exercise: Planning sprint
Part 4:
Intro / Keys of successful design and build sprints
Design and Build
Sketch interfaces and flow
Visual design
Data design
HTML templates
Exercise: Design / Build sprint
Part 5:
Intro / Giving a great presentation (show Gettysburg Address ppt and do an express version of Presentation Camp)
Develop presentation and project pitch
Collect project artifacts
Write presentation (10 slides / 5 minutes max., including demo)
Design and build presentation
Exercise: Break into teams and give a presentation / pitch (use presentations from past Hackathons?; Jason, Carolyn, myself and other attendees can offer feedback to the bold presenters)
Part 6:
Intro / the role of QA and how to archive project files
QA and Final Review
Make sure demo / prototype works
Go over presentation with team
Exercise: TBD
Presentation and Wrap Project
Give presentation (one or multiple team members)
Upload assets to Github and hand off project files to organizers
Clean up hack space
Exercise: TBD
Judging and Awards
Representatives from the non-profit, local experts and organizers
Each team gets recognition
Prizes or perks for top team(s)
Exercise: Review past projects; get feedback from audience

Post-Hackathon
Team members may want to continue to help non-profit and/or keep in contact with each other
Send thank you emails to participants
Exercise: None

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Speakers
avatar for Carolyn Chandler

Carolyn Chandler

Co-Founder/Chief Instructor, School For Digital Craftsmanship
Carolyn Chandler has been working in the field of User Experience Design for over 16 years, as a consultant and practice leader for companies such as Open Text and Manifest Digital. Now an independent consultant, her areas of specialty include design strategy, team workshops, interaction... Read More →
avatar for Jason Ulaszek

Jason Ulaszek

Founder, UX For Good
Jason Ulaszek leads the experience design innovation practice at Manifest Digital. He has worked with some of the biggest and most influential brands in the country, including Allstate, Cardinal Health, Kohl’s and Mattel, helping them identify new business opportunities to improve... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 306

11:00am CDT

21st Century Social Entrepreneurship and Policy
Entrepreneurs are one of the most powerful groups for affecting change around the world, creating unique economic opportunities and spurring local economies. But what about the entrepreneurs who are driven by improving society not just their industry, and are as concerned with community as the bottom line? It is social entrepreneurs who seek to generate social value and not just profits and are acting as the catalyst for developments that create long-term global good. As interest around social entrepreneurship grows and more people work to find solutions to large-scale social problems, government policies at the highest level must adapt as well, creating resolutions, laws and guidelines that foster entrepreneurship globally and allow social entrepreneurs to do the most good.

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Speakers
avatar for Kirsten Dickerson

Kirsten Dickerson

Founder and CEO, Raven+Lily
Before starting Raven + Lily, Kirsten’s career was divided by her passions for social justice and fashion. She spent 15 years doing both styling work in the film industry and working alongside global non-profits. Kirsten has traveled extensively to over 30 countries, starting with... Read More →
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Elizabeth Gore

Resident Entrepreneur, United Nations Foundation
Prior to joining the UN Foundation, Ms. Gore served as the director of development and corporate relations for the Points of Light Foundation. Her consulting experience includes the implementation and launch of The Great American Bake Sale, an anti-hunger initiative for Share Our... Read More →
avatar for Michael Young

Michael Young

Head of Dell’s Global Government Affairs & Public Policy Team, Dell
Michael Young serves as the executive director and head of Dell’s Global Government Affairs and Public Policy Team. With twenty years of government affairs and public policy experience, Mr. Young oversees Dell’s government affairs practice in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

11:00am CDT

Can Washington Protect the Net Economy?
Join the Internet Association, US policymakers, and tech leaders to discuss the issues facing tech, innovation, and entrepreneurs in the new Congress. Are we keeping score yet?
The New Economy is driven by founders, funders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the consumers who fuel them. For decades, US policymakers have been behind the pace of innovation and seemingly too inundated by the rapidly changing landscape to sort through the noise and launch policies to protect both the consumer and the competitive landscape. Until now. Join Washington’s public and private sector champions of innovation and entrepreneurs for a series of discussions on the 114th Congress’ challenges and opportunities; the likelihood of progress on privacy, patent reform, capital access, open internet, spectrum allocation, and cybersecurity; and what YOU can do to make a difference.
The Internet Association represents America’s leading Internet companies and their global community of users.
Presented by the Dell ATC Policy Labs

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Speakers
avatar for Hon Hakeem Jeffries

Hon Hakeem Jeffries

Congressman, US House of Representatives
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Adam Kinzinger

Congessman, US Congress
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Nika Pari Nour

Digital Dir, The Internet Association
Nika Nour brings 6 years of new media / Internet tech experience, 3 of which were on Capitol Hill working with politics and various offices in integrating digital into their campaign and official strategies. She also led outreach to various constituencies affected by technical le... Read More →
avatar for Eric Swalwell

Eric Swalwell

US Congressman, US House of Representatives
Congressman Eric Swalwell proudly represents California’s Fifteenth Congressional District, which includes a large portion of the East Bay. In January 2015, he was sworn in for his second term in the U.S. House of Representatives, continuing his work to bring new energy, ideas... Read More →
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Eric Swawell

US Congressman, US House of Representatives


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom

11:00am CDT

Diversity in STEM: Nurture or Nature
Was former Harvard President Larry Summers right when he said women lacked the innate ability to do science? And if so, how do you explain the underrepresentation of minorities – men and women – in STEM fields? Mounting research shows external factors are actually more at play. This panel features academic, industry, media and pop culture iconoclasts who are breaking down these barriers– including moderator Dr. Mae Jemison, the nation’s first female African American astronaut and Bayer's Making Science Make Sense science literacy advocate. Lindsey Shepard, Vice President, Sales and Marketing, GoldieBlox, on disrupting the “pink aisle” in toy stores with engineering toys for girls. Dr. Ran Libeskind Hadas, Chairman of the Computer Science Department, Harvey Mudd College, on how female coders are infiltrating Silicon Valley. Kimberly Bryant, founder and executive director, Black Girls CODE, who is working to bridge the digital divide. Presented by Bayer Corporation

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Speakers
avatar for Kimberly Bryant

Kimberly Bryant

Founder, Black Girls CODE
Kimberly Bryant is the Founder and Executive Director of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to introducing girls of color (ages 7-17) to the field of technology and computer programming with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts. Ms. Bryant's has enjoyed a... Read More →
avatar for Dr Mae Jemison

Dr Mae Jemison

Pres/CEO, The Jemison Group Inc
Dr. Mae C. Jemison is currently leading 100 Year Starship, an initiative seed funded by DOD’s Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) to assure the capability for human interstellar space travel to another star is possible within the next 100 years. She is also founder... Read More →
avatar for Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Ran Libeskind-Hadas

Computer Science Department Chair, Harvey Mudd College
Ran "RON" Libeskind-Hadas is the R. Michael Shanahan Professor at Harvey Mudd College where he also serves as the Department Chair. He previously served as Associate Dean of Faculty at Harvey Mudd where he worked on issues of diversity and helped develop a program to help students... Read More →
avatar for Lindsey Shepard

Lindsey Shepard

VP Sales and Mktg, GoldieBlox
Lindsey Shepard was Debbie Sterling’s first hire at GoldieBlox where she currently holds the title of Rainmaker and Resident Mom. GoldieBlox, a toy company out to inspire the next generation of future innovators, is a book series & construction set that engages kids to build through... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

11:00am CDT

Fostering Digital Literacy in the Developing World
As the digital world continues to transcend economic and social boundaries, an unexpected technology has emerged as a tool of empowerment and protection for women around the globe. Bitcoin, which has steadily been gaining traction in the mainstream banking industry, is a powerful and effective form of digital currency in developing nations. Through the nonprofit Digital Citizen Fund, women are utilizing Bitcoin to financially support their families and overcome obstacles such as access to bank accounts and high transaction fees.
As a gender-neutral currency, Bitcoin is redefining the world’s financial infrastructure. Our panel will discuss the ways in which digital literacy fosters entrepreneurship and financial independence, the value of digital creative expression, and how digital currency is leveraged to empower women in the developing world.

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Speakers
avatar for Sophie Kelly

Sophie Kelly

CEO, The Barbarian Group
Over the course of a 20 year career spanning Australia, Asia, Europe and the US, Sophie Kelly has built a formidable reputation for growing and transforming global brands.
avatar for Joyce Kim

Joyce Kim

Exec Dir, Stellar
Joyce is the Executive Director of Stellar.org, a nonprofit organization focused on open financial access. Stellar is a common payments platform that increases interoperability between diverse financial systems and currencies. Prior to Stellar, Joyce was a VC at Freestyle Capital... Read More →
avatar for Roya Mahboob

Roya Mahboob

Co-Founder, Digital Citizen Fund
Roya Mahboob is an Afghan entrepreneur and businesswoman. She is Founder and CEO of the Afghan Citadel Software Company, a full-service software development company based in Herat, Afghanistan and Digital Citizen Fund, an organization that aims to increase digital literacy and education... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

11:00am CDT

Humanitarian Drones: Locating Vietnam Era Bombs
As unmanned aerial systems are becoming more and more commonplace in the public eye, how can they be used not only for novelty - but for good? In setting out to answer this question, we found that not only do they have the ability to affect positive change, they also have the chance to save innocent lives.
This session will outline our development and eventual prototype testing of an unmanned aerial system (or drone) that uses multiple sensors on board to survey areas for eventual UXO clearance in war-torn areas. From 1964 to 1973, the United States dropped nearly 2 million tons of explosives on Laos to stop the movement of North Vietnamese troops and munitions. These munitions still affect daily life in the region and hamper economic growth. Using UAS to map potentially dangerous areas, personnel can survey the topography without endangering themselves or the local population.

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Speakers
avatar for Ryan Baker

Ryan Baker

CEO, Arch Aerial
Ryan Baker is the founder of Arch Aerial LLC, a firm that builds multi-rotor UAV's crafted for professional aerial photography and videography in tough environmental conditions. Arch Aerial UAV's have been adopted by production companies for films, vineyard owners, archaeological... Read More →
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Chance Coughenour

Marie Curie Fellow, E.U. FP7 Programme, Initial Training Network for Digital Cultural Heritage, Institute for Photogrammetry, University of Stuttgart
Chance received his BA in History at West Virginia University where he focused on the historiography of the British Empire in Hong Kong. Later, he obtained his MA in Archaeology and Heritage at the University of Leicester in England. The primary objective of his MA research was focused... Read More →
avatar for Adam Rabinowitz

Adam Rabinowitz

Associate Professor, The University of Texas at Austin


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

11:00am CDT

It Is Not Racist to Consider Race in Marketing
Over the past century, the conversation about race in the USA has changed drastically. So much so, that it’s considered “polite” to proclaim that “one does not see race.” While this statement comes from well-meaning people intending to say they do not prefer or hold in higher esteem one skin color over another, it has an unintended opposite meaning in a business context.
Of course we see race – and the reality is that with each country of origin, primary language, acculturation level and skin tone, comes a slew of behaviors, traditions and preferences. Marketers must recognize that the monolithic races of yesterday no longer describe the diversity that today’s New Mainstream.
Cesar M. Melgoza, CEO of Geoscape, created the most sophisticated way to discover America’s multicultural characteristics. In this presentation, he will discuss key strategies brands must understand and use in order to successfully propel their marketing efforts.

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Speakers
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Cesar Melgoza

CEO & Founder, Geoscape
César M. Melgoza is founder and CEO of Geoscape, an automated intelligence system which provides unique data products and analytic services for companies seeking to tap into the growth of new mainstream consumers in the U.S., Canada and Europe.


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

11:00am CDT

Mentor Session: Sam Gregory
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Sam Gregory

Sam Gregory

Program Dir, WITNESS
Sam Gregory is the Program Director at the human rights group WITNESS, focused on empowering millions of people to use video and technology for human rights effectively and ethically. He launched the Webby-nominated Human Rights Channel on YouTube (youtube.com/humanrights), and leads... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I

11:00am CDT

The Inspiring and Game-Changing Afro-Latina
Marketers and brands are finally taking notice of the Latina experience in the U.S. and are investing time and dollars in targeting to this power player. Unnoticed and even more diverse, the Afro-Latina has used the digital landscape to empower, educate and define her identity on her own terms. The versatility and appreciation of both Latino and African roots that Afro-Latinas embrace is now becoming a valuable trait in the workplace, in leading industries and most importantly as forward-thinking consumers and decision-makers. Discover the value, the mindset and the insights that bring you closer to understanding her.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica M Alarcon

Jessica M Alarcon

Founder, LATINEGRAS
​​The "Source" magazine called her "precocious figure on the spoken word scene," audiences compare her to Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, Macy ​Gray, Duffy, and Lauryn Hill.
avatar for Paulina Artieda

Paulina Artieda

Creative Dir, Mando Rayo & Collective/Mercury Mambo
Paulina is a Creative Strategist and Bloguera that has over 10 years of experience in the advertising industry. As a bicultural Latina her creative inspiration is driven by trends, stories y todo digital. Born in Ecuador and raised in Austin, TX, Paulina considers herself a travel... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Dailey-Wooley

Rebecca Dailey-Wooley

Ent/Lifestyle Blogger, Boriqua Chicks
Rebecca is a brand strategist that has developed strategic communication plans, advertising campaigns, and grassroots events for numerous brands during her career. With over 10 years experience in public relations, integrated marketing, and advertising, Rebecca has worked at companies... Read More →
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Omilani

Founder, LATINEGRAS
Jessica "Omilani" Alarcón is a graduate of Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She holds a dual Bachelor’s degree in Romance Literatures & Language (BA French/ BA Spanish). She graduated summa cum laude and upon graduation, immediately embarked upon a Fulbright Hays-Group Project... Read More →
avatar for Lizette Williams

Lizette Williams

Multicultural Mktg Leader, NA, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
Lizette Williams is currently Multicultural Marketing Leader, North America at Kimberly-Clark Corporation leading the organization’s multicultural marketing strategy across all brands. As part of her role, Lizette is charged with implementing a total market strategy throughout the... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

12:30pm CDT

Disasters, Data, and Hacker Humanitarians
Understanding how disasters happen and how to respond is a hard challenge. OCHA is the United Nations organization that coordinates international response to disasters. And it’s its responsibility to find the most appropriate ways to respond.
Data is essential to save lives in disaster situations. For instance, people’s locations can help understand mobility patterns. And with that knowledge we can forecast where to build refugee camps and how many.
Humanitarian organizations are constantly trying to tackle that challenge, but up to this point there isn't a single place where responders can find the data they need to make decisions.
HDX was created to support an emerging community of “humanitarian data scientists”. We are building a platform that allows data scientists to collaborate on disaster data with both data and skills. Fostering a community of humanitarian responders with a deep hacker spirit.

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Speakers
avatar for Luis Capelo

Luis Capelo

Data Analyst, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Passionate about creating data and analytical products, especially for the public sector. Obsessive learner; very technically oriented. Enjoys working at the intersection of design, intricate analysis, and policy.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

12:30pm CDT

Drones for Good
UAVs, or drones, have the potential to be important components of disaster relief. Their use in responding to crises is still in its infancy but increasing with each disaster. UAVs have the potential to find missing persons, take imagery for situational awareness and to potentially even deliver aid. This cannot be done without consideration of the ethical dimension. The panel will discuss how UAVs are being used today and where we think they will be capable of in the future. How can this be approached safely and where is UAV use appropriate?
The Humanitarian UAV Network brings together international humanitarian and UAV communities and supports the responsible growth of UAV use in humanitarian response. We do this by supporting a global volunteer network of professional, civilian and responsible hobbyist UAV pilots who facilitate information sharing, coordination and operational safety in support of a broad range of humanitarian efforts.

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Speakers
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Kate Chapman

Exec Dir, Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team
Kate Chapman is Executive Director at the Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT). HOT applies the principles of open source and open data sharing to improve the welfare of the communities where HOT works, especially those at risk of natural disaster or other crisis. Kate spent the... Read More →
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Christopher Fabian

Sr Advisor on Innovation to the Exec Dir, UNICEF
Christopher Fabian (@hichrisfabian) co-created and has co-lead UNICEF’s Innovation Unit in New York since 2007. Working with UNICEF’s 135 country offices, the Innovation Unit’s research and development priorities focus on near-term challenges in the world’s most difficult... Read More →
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Patrick Meier

Dir of Social Innovation, QCRI & UAViators
Patrick Meier (PhD) is an internationally recognized thought leader on the application of new technologies for crisis early warning, humanitarian response and resilience. He presently serves as Director of Social Innovation at the Qatar Foundation’s Computing Research Institute... Read More →
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Andrew Schroeder

Global Dir, Research & Analysis, Direct Relief International
As Direct Relief’s head of research and analysis, Dr. Schroeder leads an array of tech-driven initiatives to improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and precision of disaster prep and humanitarian response. Recent examples include Direct Relief's work with Palantir Technologies to... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

12:30pm CDT

How to Not Hire and Retain Employees of Color
It’s time for some real talk in ethnic diversity. Members of this panel will discuss awkward moments and racial microaggressions. 2014 saw the release of diversity numbers from tech companies big and small and the shared theme was that there’s a lot of work to be done to equalize the workforce. At the time the numbers were released, Google, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Yahoo are all under 5% Latino and under 2% Black.
In this discussion, Engineers and VCs from several prominent tech companies will discuss the unsuccessful approaches that have been taken and common pitfalls. They will delve into what’s being done to create more inclusive and diverse companies through reaching people earlier in the pipeline and investing in retention. Let’s push for companies that look like our nation. #moreofus

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Speakers
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Makinde Adeagbo

Engineer, Pinterest
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Ana Diaz-Hernandez

Assoc, Kapor Capital
Ana Diaz-Hernandez is on the investment team at Kapor Capital, a social impact venture capital firm in Oakland, CA. She evaluates deals, does diligence, and makes investment recommendations to the partners.
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Aston Motes

Founder, Assorted Bits
Aston Motes was the first engineer at Dropbox, where he worked on a wide variety of products, from the Dropbox.com website to the API thousands of 3rd-party developers use today. Before, Dropbox he did a stint at OkCupid working on CrazyBlindDate. Since leaving Dropbox, he’s shifted... Read More →
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Ola Okelola

Engineer, Facebook


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Della Rucker
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Della Rucker

Della Rucker

Principal/Managing Editor, Wise Economy Workshop/EngagingCities
Della G. Rucker, CEcD AICP has helped citizens, businesses, governments and nonprofits improve their communities' futures for about 20 years. Della has consulted, written and trained people to create strategy for economic revitalization, and to enable meaningful public participation... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

12:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Francesca Pick
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Francesca Pick

Int'l Community Connector & OuiShare Fest Chair, OuiShare
Francesca speaks, writes and consults about how the collaborative economy is disrupting industries, the power of community and collaboration. She is currently internationally developing the community and non-profit OuiShare and is chair of the collaborative economy conference OuiShare... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I

12:30pm CDT

Net Infrastructure: The Economy's Hidden Backbone
Join I2C, US policymakers, and tech leaders to discuss the issues facing tech, innovation, and entrepreneurs in the new Congress.
The New Economy is driven by founders, funders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the consumers who fuel them. For decades, US policymakers have been behind the pace of innovation and seemingly too inundated by the rapidly changing landscape to sort through the noise and launch policies to protect both the consumer and the competitive landscape. Until now. Join Washington’s public and private sector champions of innovation and entrepreneurs for a series of discussions on the 114th Congress’ challenges and opportunities; the likelihood of progress on privacy, patent reform, capital access, open internet, spectrum allocation, and cybersecurity; and what YOU can do to make a difference. The Internet Infrastructure Coalition supports those who build the nuts and bolts of the Internet, and we treat it like the noble profession that it is.
Presented by the Dell ATC Policy Labs

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Speakers
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Cheri Bustos

US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
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Hilary Van Der Meulen

Membership Dir, Internet Infrastructure Coalition
Hilary van der Meulen is the Membership Director of the i2Coalition. Hilary serves as our boots on the ground for engaging existing members in new ways and recruiting new members to help grow our organization. Hilary has 10 years of experience in the hosting and cloud industry. Prior... Read More →
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Cathy McMorris Rodgers

US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
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Rafael Laguna de la Vera

Pres and CEO, Open-Xchange
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Sunday Yokubaitis

Pres, Golden Frog
Sunday Yokubaitis has served as the president of Golden Frog since its inception in 2009. Golden Frog fights for online privacy and an open Internet. He is passionate about providing easy-to-use services that enable people around the world to achieve a reasonable level of online... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom

12:30pm CDT

Nonprofit Crowdfunding Bill of Rights
Last year, David J. Neff, Digital Engagement Strategist, PwC, and Miram Kagan, Senior Fundraising Principal, Kimbia, “crowdsourced” the crowdfunding donors’ bill of rights – what donors can and should expect from crowdfunding campaigns. This year, we’re turning the table and are working together with the nonprofit community to come up with their bill of rights and responsibilities. Specifically, whether you are a platform provider or a nonprofit, to what rights are you entitled and to what responsibilities should you adhere when hosting a crowdfunding campaign? We’ll work with session attendees to discuss/create ideas in an open forum, and follow up with social commenting and a final consolidated post. Not just theory, as we did in 2014 for the donors’ bill of rights there will be a firm and practical deliverable.
For the output of last year’s work, please visit: http://www.thenonprofittimes.com/news-articles/crowdsourcing-donors-confusing-fundraising-funding/

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Speakers
avatar for Miriam Kagan

Miriam Kagan

Sr Principal, Kimbia Inc
As a senior principal at Kimbia, I work with clients to embed strategy as a cornerstone of program and campaign management and drive understanding of factors impacting program performance, constituent relationships, as well as overall market trends. My passion is helping clients use... Read More →
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David Neff

Digital Strategy, PwC Advisory
Simply put, David helps people for a living. As a strategy consultant, digital marketer, content strategist, digital engagement pro, nonprofit expert, and campaigns expert David has been living in the Fortune 500 and nonprofit world for over thirteen years. He currently works as a... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

12:30pm CDT

Participatory Cities: Inspiring Access and Action
From Burning Man to places all over the world, how do cities become thriving centers of civic engagement? What tools and infrastructure help people to become makers of solutions? How do leaders inspire citizens to get involved? And how do the concepts of generosity, gifting, and the sharing economy come into play?
Diverse voices of business and community leaders speaking on cities across the U.S. and globe will share philosophies, approaches, and examples of what is working in these regions to get people involved in making their cities more creative and connected places to live.
From changemaking to participatory urbanism, this panel will examine examples of what it takes to create an atmosphere of invitation, inspiration, and innovation that compels individuals to engage in a larger civic and social ecosystem for the betterment of their communities.

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Speakers
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Ashoka Finley

Project Mgr, Ecocity Builders
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Rosie von Lila

Cultural Rel, Burning Man
Rosie is a communications specialist, relationship builder, and producer. She works with Burning Man as part of the Communications and Fundraising teams, and the Regionals Network team. Rosie is the lead producer of the annual Burning Man Global Leadership Conference, and supports... Read More →
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Lionel Mitelpunkt

Co-Founder, SHIFT
I am an educator and a learner. a World bridger and a challenger therefore an avid collaborator. I am an innovator and super-connector and that comes into play whenever I'm dealing with: people, projects, ideas and visions.
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Marlon Parker

Founder & Exec Dir, R Labs


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

12:30pm CDT

SXSW Daily Recap
What are the top trending topics at SXSW Interactive over the last 24 hours? Which products, established companies and startups are gaining buzz -- and which ones aren't. Attend the "SXSW Daily Recap" to hear industry experts discuss the event's most newsworthy speakers, stories, and emerging themes.

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Speakers
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John Rodriguez (J-Ro)

Pres, Stage Two
"Slacker" meets "The Social Network" with a little dash of "Purple Rain."
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Catherine Cheney

Special Projects Editor, Nationswell.com
Catherine Cheney is the special projects editor for NationSwell, a media company with a mission to elevate solutions to America's big challenges. She also works with the Newseum on its First Amendment and journalism conference for high school journalists. Previously, Catherine was... Read More →
avatar for Hugh Forrest

Hugh Forrest

IA Dir, SXSW STAFF
Forrest serves as the Director of the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival, where he guides the overall vision for the event as well as directs panel programming. He also spends much of his time with the all-consuming task of community management. Forrest graduated from... Read More →
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Michele Skelding

SVP Global Technology & Innovation, Austin Chamber of Commerce
Michele Skelding serves as the Senior Vice President of Global Technology and Innovation for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce where she leads the development and execution of the organization’s vision for Central Texas as a top global region for innovation, company formation... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

12:30pm CDT

We Are Not Robots: A CSR Meet Up
According to the Gini Coefficient, a measurement of income inequality, the wealth disparity in San Francisco is greater than that in Rwanda. With its tech industry contributing to the fastest growing income gap in the nation, San Francisco is a flash point of the division between rich and poor. The tech backlash, the pointing fingers solely at tech for social ailes, has become a rallying point for many people.
In response to the anger and frustration on both sides regarding this inequity, corporate social responsibility can be seen as a necessity. Yet, in a for-profit company whose primary goal is the bottom line, developing a strong Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) plan can be a challenge. This session will focus on the balancing act that is CSR. This Meet Up will explore the relationship of CSR within a company as well as specific issues regarding the tech backlash and the need for CSR in tech companies.

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Speakers
avatar for Megan Trotter

Megan Trotter

Community Programs Mgr, Zendesk
I am a community activist, local enthusiast, and experienced nonprofit program manager in San Francisco. My current work is based around corporate social responsibility and strengthening relationships to create positive social change.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 509

1:30pm CDT

six skills
Tahmina Watson strips away the rhetoric and uses her remarkable skills as an immigration attorney to make a compelling argument for how and why U.S. immigration policy is working against our own best interest. She also explores why a bipartisan Startup Visa for foreign entrepreneurs, which the U.S. Congress has repeatedly failed to approve, is now more crucial than ever for securing job growth and economic prosperity in America. Her insightful book reaches back through the generations to acknowledge immigrants’ contribution to the American economy and offers lively analysis of how, like fitting a square peg into a round hole, existing visa options are not working for the modern entrepreneur. Regardless of class or status, this book helps us all to understand that immigrants, through hard work and ingenuity, continue to help forge the U.S. economy -- creating untold numbers of well-paying American jobs. But as the U.S. fumbles in creating a legal path for them to come and live here, the rest of the world is catching up, embracing the entrepreneurs we are turning away. As a country, we must decide: If we want a future of continued economic prosperity, the Startup Visa is essential for keeping America in this global race.

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Saturday March 14, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm CDT
ACC Ballroom G

2:00pm CDT

The Cake Is Not A Lie: Gamers and the US Workforce
Join the Entertainmnet Software Association, US policymakers, and tech leaders to discuss the issues facing tech, innovation, and entrepreneurs in the new Congress.
The New Economy is driven by founders, funders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the consumers who fuel them. For decades, US policymakers have been behind the pace of innovation and seemingly too inundated by the rapidly changing landscape to sort through the noise and launch policies to protect both the consumer and the competitive landscape. Until now. Join Washington’s public and private sector champions of innovation and entrepreneurs for a series of discussions on the 114th Congress’ challenges and opportunities; the likelihood of progress on privacy, patent reform, capital access, open internet, spectrum allocation, and cybersecurity; and what YOU can do to make a difference. ESA is exclusively dedicated to serving the business and public affairs needs of companies that publish computer and video games.
Presented by the Dell ATC Policy Labs

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Speakers
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Tony Cardenas

US Congressman, US House of Representatives
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Bill Flores

US Congressman, US Representative
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Erik Huey

SVP of Government Affairs, Entertainment Software Association
Since 2009, Erik Huey has served as the Senior Vice President for Government Affairs at the Entertainment Software Association (ESA), the trade association representing the business interests of interactive entertainment software publishers and console makers.
avatar for Cris Turner

Cris Turner

Head of Office--North American Government Affairs, Dell
Cris Turner is Director and Head of Office of North American Government Affairs for Dell Inc, where he manages all levels of government affairs for the United States and Canada. Cris joined Dell in 2008 as manager for government affairs. In that role, Cris led Dell’s global cybersecurity... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom

3:30pm CDT

City 2.0: Why Local Gov. Bets on Civic Innovation
Rapid technological advances, explosive urban growth, and changing economic dynamics are presenting a host of new challenges for U.S. cities. In order to stay competitive, urban leaders are re-envisioning how to run their cities, from meeting the basic needs of constituents to tackling complex urban challenges.
Leaders from cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco have embraced a new approach. By using open data, adopting new technologies, and leveraging the talents of their most creative citizens, these cities are betting on a new era of policy-making.
Civic innovation is taking root in municipalities across the country. But is it effective in tackling real urban problems? Or is this latest trend all hype and no game? The movement’s drivers in each of these cities will convene to discuss their unique and varied approaches, sharing best practices, pain points, and suggestions for how to take civic innovation past a well-designed transit app.

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Speakers
avatar for Brenna Berman

Brenna Berman

Commissioner & Chief Information Officer, Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology
Brenna Berman joined the Emanuel administration in 2011 as Deputy Budget Director focused on enterprise initiatives and performance management. After a year in that role, Brenna transitioned to DoIT as 1st Deputy Commissioner to focus on enterprise IT consolidation and operational... Read More →
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Rebecca Foster

Dir of Social Impact Investment, Office Of Mayor Edwin Lee San Francisco
Rebecca is the Director of Social Impact Investment in the Office of Mayor Lee in San Francisco, where she recently spent a year as a Fuse Corps Executive Fellow as a Senior Advisor to the Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation. She is leading the City’s exploration of pay for success... Read More →
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Nigel Jacob

Co-Chair of Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston City Hall, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics Boston City Hall
With an extensive background in collaborative, citizen-facing technology projects, Nigel Jacob co-founded the Office of New Urban Mechanics – a civic innovation incubator within Boston’s City Hall. Nigel also serves as Mayor Menino’s advisor on emerging technologies. In both... Read More →
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Brian Kenner

Deputy Mayor, DC Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning & Economic Development
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Kerry O'Connor

Chief Innovation Officer, City of Austin
Kerry O’Connor is Austin’s Chief Innovation Officer, having joined the City at the end of March 2014.
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Jessica Singleton

Digital Director, Office of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio
Currently the Digital Director for the City of New York, Jessica has a background in political campaigns. She previously served as the Digital Director for Bill de Blasio's mayoral campaign and served as Deputy Digital Director for President Obama's re-election bid in Pennsylvania... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

3:30pm CDT

Civic Hackers and Advocates Meet Up
Across the nation, people like us are bringing their skills to bear to improve their communities. Some are building apps based on government data and services. Some are analyzing policies or doing outreach. Others are designing and creating new resources to help their community. Open Austin and supporting groups invite all civic hackers, civic advocates, and their supporters for a meetup. We'll have an opportunity to share our concerns and successes, and discuss ideas to bring back to our communities.

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Speakers
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Chip Rosenthal

Chair, Open Austin
Chip is a developer focused on open source software and internet services. He’s a recognized leader of the civic and community technology movements in Texas. He served for twelve years on the City of Austin Community Technology and Telecommunications Commission. He currently chairs... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 504

3:30pm CDT

Fail Fast, Save the World: Prototyping for Good
In humanitarian response, the stakes are literally life and death, and the fear of failure is palpable. While the aid community’s dedication to social good is admirable, risk aversion in conflict and disaster response has led to an endless cycle of elaborate, unfocused, long-term interventions that are meandering, ineffective and often collapse under their own weight.
Over the past decade the startup community has shown us a new way to innovate. Technology entrepreneurs use design thinking and rapid prototyping to create novel products and platforms with limited resources. It’s time for this lean, efficient, “fail fast” approach to disrupt humanitarian programming just like it’s revolutionized software development.
In this session we’ll look at a new paradigm for crisis response, using human-centered design, lean startup ideas, and agile project planning to fail —- for good.

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Speakers
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Jonathon Morgan

Founder/Principal, Good At The Internet
Jonathon builds digital products at agencies, corporations and startups, focused on product strategy, software architecture, data science and engineering leadership. He runs technology and product development at CrisisNET, Ushahidi’s streaming crisis data platform, consults on machine... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

3:30pm CDT

Government Surveillance: How You Can Change It
Governments have a duty to protect their citizens, but recent disclosures about Americas surveillance practice's worldwide highlighted a need for reform. The balance in too many countries has tipped too far in favor of the state and away from the rights of the individual - rights that are enshrined in our Constitution. We have seen a lot of change in attitude, but is it enough to restore trust among users and confidence of citizens around the world? The panel will discuss the need for the technology community to push reform. While efforts are underway, the PATRIOT Act must be reauthorized by May 2015. Learn what we must reform to protect the Internet and privacy rights.

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Speakers
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Ellen Dargie

Counsel/Congressman Issa, US House of Representatives
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Christian Dawson

Chairman, Internet Infrastructure Coalition
Christian Dawson is Chief Operating Officer of web hosting provider ServInt In his current role, he is responsible for the overall management of ServInt's business operations. He was a founder of the Save Hosting initiative, designed to galvanize web hosting providers in matters of... Read More →
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Harley Geiger

Sr Counsel & Advocacy Dir, Center for Democracy & Technology
@HarleyGeiger
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Ben Young

VP, General Counsel, Peer 1 Hosting
Ben Young is an avid outdoor enthusiast. So much, in fact, that he’ll hike 50 kilometers in one day just to prove it. Ben holds degrees from both Emory University in Georgia, and Vanderbilt Law School in Tennessee. Ben is the legal face of Peer 1 Hosting. His department defends... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

3:30pm CDT

Legend of the Black Techie: The New Moses
Men fill 80% of the technical positions at the leading tech companies and only 1% of engineers at major tech companies are Black, 3% for Hispanics. Silicon Valley clearly has a diversity problem.
Are you a techie who also happens to be a person of color? Do you feel pressure to get more of people of color hired? Find yourself having to act as the sole "Ambassador of Blackness", championing civil rights at your place of work? As major tech companies seek to change their dismal multicultural staffing demographics, what can or should we be doing in the meanwhile to help from the inside out?

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Speakers
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Tynicka Battle

Founder, Tynicka Battle Digital
Tynicka Battle is a leading creative strategist in digital media. Her breakthrough campaigns for clients such as Lady Gaga set the bar for industry success. She is the founder of Tynicka Battle Digital, a digital marketing group based in Princeton, NJ. Tynicka's clients range from... Read More →
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Lynne d Johnson

Tech Evangelist + Digital Engagement Strategist, LdJ Communications
Lynne d Johnson is an astute digital and social media strategist who has led cross-functional teams to develop creative consumer content and community experiences for popular media brands like Vibe, Spin, and Fast Company.
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Billy Johnson Jr

Sr Editor, Yahoo
Billy Johnson, Jr., a senior editor for Yahoo! Music, has been covering hip-hop, R&B and pop music for more than 20 years and has interviewed the likes of Beyoncé, Janet Jackson, Quincy Jones, Kanye West, Eminem and Mary J. Blige. He began his trek at Yahoo in 2001. His work has... Read More →
avatar for Karine Travieso

Karine Travieso

VP, Mktg & Prom, Turner Broadcasting
Karine currently serves as Vice President of Digital Marketing and Sales for the Emerging Consumer division of Turner Broadcasting. Her roles is to set digital marketing strategies for advertisers across all Turner Entertainment properties including: Adult Swim, Cartoon Network and... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

3:30pm CDT

Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics
The Office for National Statistics is the UK’s largest independent producer of official statistics and is the recognised national statistical institute for the UK. It is responsible for collecting and publishing statistics related to the economy, population and society at national, regional and local levels. It has a website that serves around a million users a month and publishes many of the key statistics that influence the UK economy and politics.
That website has been called “..a national embarrassment.”, “..virtually unnavigable” and "the worst, most important, website in the UK."
We will talk about the challenges we faced, the standards we have embraced and what we learned from other official statistics organisations around the world and especially from the open [government] data community.

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Speakers
avatar for Matthew Jukes

Matthew Jukes

Head of Digital Transformation, Office for National Statistics
Hi, I’m Matt Jukes. I’m the Head of Digital Transformation for a ‘non-ministerial department‘ in the UK.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

3:30pm CDT

Making Sense of the Competitive Comms Landscape
Join COMPTEL, US policymakers, and tech leaders to discuss the issues facing tech, innovation, and entrepreneurs in the new Congress. Are we keeping score yet?
The New Economy is driven by founders, funders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the consumers who fuel them. For decades, US policymakers have been behind the pace of innovation and seemingly too inundated by the rapidly changing landscape to sort through the noise and launch policies to protect both the consumer and the competitive landscape. Until now. Join Washington’s public and private sector champions of innovation and entrepreneurs for a series of discussions on the 114th Congress’ challenges and opportunities; the likelihood of progress on privacy, patent reform, capital access, open internet, spectrum allocation, and cybersecurity; and what YOU can do to make a difference.
COMPTEL is an advocate for a competitive communications marketplace.
Presented by the Dell ATC Policy Labs

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Speakers
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Rene Ellmers

US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
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Renee Ellmers

US Congresswoman, US House of Representatives
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Joe Kennedy

US Congressman, Austin Technology Council
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Ben Lujan

US Congressman, US Congress
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Chip Pickering

CEO, COMPTEL
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Alan Schoenbaum

Chairman, Austin Technology Council


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom

3:30pm CDT

Social Media and Diversity: The ROI for Brands
Within the next 5 years, multicultural consumers will drive 86% of the total spending growth in retail. Looking at future potential earnings without including these groups will only address 10% of the growth opportunity; leaving money on the table. Racially diverse populations have $3.2 trillion in buying power while LGBT buying power is currently $790 billion. It's important for brands and marketers to recognize and harness this immense potential. The best decision a brand can make is to embrace emerging markets within its marketing and business strategy. Social media allows brands and marketers to build communities and start conversations among emerging and diverse audiences in ways that were not possible before. The panel will focus on how brands and marketers can strategically create an inclusive, authentic community using social media in order to create loyal, life-long customers and brand advocates.

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Speakers
avatar for Andre Blackman

Andre Blackman

Principal Strategist, Pulse+Signal
Andre is an influential, connected agent of change within the healthcare and social innovation community. Andre leads Pulse+Signal and is passionate about the intersection of media, technology and design concepts as it relates to the improvement of population health impact and social... Read More →
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Nailah Blades

CEO, Donna+Nailah
Nailah Blades is the CEO and co-founder of Donna + Nailah, a full-service social media agency specializing in consumer lifestyle brands. Passionate about communication and community, Nailah holds a master’s in Communication and Leadership Studies from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s... Read More →
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Abraham Cajudo

Founder/Dir, Framekicker
Abe Cajudo is a flux artist, progressive storyteller and freelance creative consultant from the Bay Area, California. He helps businesses build deeper connections with their customers by telling better stories—no matter the medium. Abe is the author of one book, director and editor... Read More →
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Pam Slim

CEO, Ganas Consulting LLC


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

3:30pm CDT

Cultural Placemaking Through Interactive Storytelling

Speakers
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Lisa Byrd

Exec Dir, African American Cultural Heritage District
Lisa Byrd describes herself as a cultural worker. Cultural workers are those who provide opportunities for the creation and exhibition of culturally based art works and that they see those works as tools for community development and social change.
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Matthew Gossage

Project Mgr, African American Cultural Heritage District
Filmmaker, journalist, teaching artist and Project Manager for African American Cultural Heritage District. Matt works with students at Kealing Middle School to make films, music, animations and other media to create the new Discover Heritage Map. This interactive community tool connects... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 5:00pm CDT
Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater Boyd Vance Theater

5:00pm CDT

America Meet World: How Global Satirists See Us
As the 2016 US presidential elections approach, the media is already buzzing with bets. (Is Hillary really running?) And naturally the world is watching, as US politics not only impact global economies, but also the horse show of US presidential elections is frankly the best show in town. (Could we make up “binders full of women”?)
To share unique, funny and eye-opening perspectives, we’re bringing together some of the best global satirists to reflect on American politics. Joined by Saman Arbabi, producer of the most popular satirical television shows in Iran; Anuvab Pal, author, playwright and India’s smartest comic according to the New York Times; David Kibuuka, international correspondent for South Africa’s Emmy-nominated political satire show LNN, and moderated by Trina DasGupta, founder of the first global comedy platform, America Meet World, this session will explore political satire around the globe and (with no shortage of humor) reflect upon how the world sees us.

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Speakers
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Saman Arbabi

Exec Producer, Voice of America
Saman Arbabi is an Iranian-American award winning international journalist and Creator & Executive Producer of Iran's most popular satirical television shows Parazit and OnTen. Parazit has been called the "Daily Show of Iran" and is one of the most popular (and most controversial... Read More →
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Trina DasGupta

CEO & Founder, Single Palm Tree Productions
Trina DasGupta is the CEO/Founder of Single Palm Tree Productions (SPT), a media company dedicated to leveraging entertainment to help build global understanding. SPT’s primary project is AmericaMeetWorld.com, the world’s first global comedy platform. A producer, writer and interdisciplinary... Read More →
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David Kibuuka

Professional Comedian, Actor, Late Night News with Loyiso
David's family fled the tyrannical rule of dictator Idi Amin in his native Uganda and settled in rural South Africa. Since then David Kibuuka has gone on to become one of the most prolific comedians South Africa has ever seen, being featured regularly on television, films and all... Read More →
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Anuvab Pal

Comedian, Writer, Home Grown Comedy (Management)
Anuvab is a world renowned stand-up comedian, screenwriter and playwright from Mumbai, India. He co-wrote the highest grossing Indian English language comedy of all time, Loins of Punjab Presents, and his book, The President is Coming, was made into India’s first mockumentary film... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

5:00pm CDT

Latino Tech-Culture Powers Up
NPR, Nielsen, AT&T and EthniFacts examine how Latinos are using technology to explore and redefine their evolving cultural identities. Trends writer & researcher, Guy Garcia, will moderate a panel featuring Maria Hinojosa of "America by the Numbers" which focuses on the dramatic demographic shifts affecting the country. Joining Maria will be Monica Gil of Nielsen who will share the most recent technology usage cross-platform data used by Latinos. Cristina Gamboa of AT&T will join them to discuss the business implications for companies like AT&T, one of the largest technology companies in the world.

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Speakers
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Cristina Garcia Gamboa

Dir of Hispanic Mktg & Advertising, AT&T
Cristina is responsible for Marketing Strategy and Advertising of AT&T’s Hispanic Home Solutions program. It is an integrated approach that revolves around the customer; gathering customer insights, then defining the strategy and execution of many programs across all tactics. Her... Read More →
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Guy Garcia

Pres New Mainstream Initiatives, EthniFacts
Social trend tracker, award-winning author and multimedia entrepreneur, Guy Garcia is a leading voice in the social and demographic shifts that are redefining America. His book, The New Mainstream: How the Multicultural Consumer is Transforming American Business, is both a wake-up... Read More →
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Monica Gil

Sr VP & GM Multicultural Growth & Strategy, Nielsen
Mónica Gil is senior vice president and general manager of Multicultural Growth and Strategy at Nielsen, the leading global provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy. In this role she is responsible for driving growth, providing superior market understanding... Read More →
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Maria Hinojosa

Anchor & Exec Producer, Latino USA, NPR, Futuro Media Group
As the anchor and executive producer of the long-running weekly NPR show Latino USA, and as anchor of the Emmy Award-winning talk show Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One from WGBH/ La Plaza, Hinojosa has informed millions of Americans about the fastest growing group in our country. Previously... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

5:00pm CDT

MAYDAY: The Fight to Save American Democracy
Lawrence Lessig, a Harvard law school professor, technology theorist and longtime advocate of getting big money out of politics, will give a talk entitled "MAYDAY: The Next Phase in the Fight to Save American Democracy." Long opposed to “big money” in politics, he launched a “super PAC to end all super PACs”, which he named Mayday PAC on May Day 2014. Prof. Lessig will discuss how fundamentally good people, with good intentions, have allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests and a tiny fraction of the wealthiest citizens, and how this exploitation has become entrenched in the system. He will use examples that resonate powerfully on the Right and on the Left, using real-world analogies and real human stories. He will offer ideas and achievable solutions to regain control of our corrupted, yet redeemable, representational system.

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Speakers
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Lawrence Lessig

Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Lawrence Lessig is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to rejoining the Harvard faculty, Lessig was a professor at Stanford Law School, where he founded the school's Center for... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Exhibit Hall 5

5:00pm CDT

Method Matters in Civic Engagement – But How?
Does the mechanism for government participation and civic engagement matter? The data says yes. Mobile and online tools that enable participation in government are changing what gets said as well as who listens. MindMixer works with 900+ city and local governments on how to reach out to their citizens through online civic engagement software, and recently embarked on a project to measure exactly how different the online civic engagement process looks compared with the traditional town hall meeting. Working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Governance Lab and several partner cities in a first-of-its kind research study, these entities aim to review the promise and the caution of what online civic participation can mean for governments that seek to listen to and learn from their constituents. Ben Armstrong, lead researcher for MIT & Nick Bowden, CEO of MindMixer will present the findings of the study and the exposit on the results from two very different points of reference.

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Speakers
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Benjamin Armstrong

Researcher, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ben Armstrong is a researcher at MIT's Governance Lab where he studies how online tools are changing democracy in U.S. cities. Ben previously worked at Google and is on the Board of Directors of WellDone International, the developer of open-source hardware that monitors remote infrastructure... Read More →
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Nick Bowden

CEO, MindMixer
Nick Bowden | Chief Executive Officer


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

5:00pm CDT

Re-imagining Privacy for Consumers and Developers
Join the App Developers Alliance, US policymakers, and tech leaders to discuss the issues facing tech, innovation, and entrepreneurs in the new Congress. Are we keeping score yet? The New Economy is driven by founders, funders, innovators, entrepreneurs, and the consumers who fuel them. For decades, US policymakers have been behind the pace of innovation and seemingly too inundated by the rapidly changing landscape to sort through the noise and launch policies to protect both the consumer and the competitive landscape. Until now.
Join Washington’s public and private sector champions of innovation and entrepreneurs for a series of discussions on the 114th Congress’ challenges and opportunities; the likelihood of progress on privacy, patent reform, capital access, open internet, spectrum allocation, and cybersecurity; and what YOU can do to make a difference. The ADA is a global membership organization supporting developers as creators, innovators and entrepreneurs.
Presented by the Dell ATC Policy Labs

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Speakers
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Mario Diaz-Balart

US Congressman, US House of Representatives
Mario Diaz-Balart is currently fulfilling his 7th term in the U.S. House of Representatives. At the beginning of the 112th Congress, Diaz-Balart was asked to serve on one of the most prestigious committees: House Committee on Appropriations. As part of the House Committee on Appropriations... Read More →
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Erik Paulsen

US Congressman, US House of Representatives
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Jon Potter

Pres & Co Founder, Application Developers Alliance
Jon Potter
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Filemon Vela

US Congressman, US CTO The White House


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Omni Downtown Capital Ballroom

5:00pm CDT

Real Talk About Civic Tech
“Civic tech” attempts to apply the benefits of the Internet to government. It has begun to grow into being a force impacting national and local policy. As it becomes more mainstream, critics question how impactful these tools and approaches are for citizens. Does civic tech produce more responsive governments and stronger communities? Or does it widen the gap between the digital haves and have-nots? This panel will discuss tools and approaches that have and have not worked and what needs to happen next.

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Speakers
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John Bracken

VP/Media Innovation, Knight Foundation
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Catherine Bracy

Dir of Community Organizing, Code for America
Catherine Bracy (Director of Community Organizing) Until November 2012, she was a product manager and director of the Obama campaign’s technology field office in San Francisco, the first of its kind in American political history. In that role she was responsible for organizing technologists... Read More →
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Garlin Gilchrist II

Deputy Technology Dir for Civic Community Engagement, City Of Detroit
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Michael Nutter

Mayor, City of Philadelphia
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Daniel X O'Neil

Exec Dir, Smart Chicago Collaborative


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

5:00pm CDT

Speaking Duckface to Power: Selfies and Activism
From the Syrian Jihadist #selfies to the recent #selfie rallies conducted on social media websites in solidarity with various economic, political, and social issues around the world, taking and sharing #selfies have turned into a popular form of visual expression and activism in the digital networked era. This Core Conversation will thus examine the aesthetic, technological, commercial and sociopolitical function and impact of online self-portraits, and will particularly focus on the ways by which #selfies and #selfie activism challenge the contemporary notions of the state, government, Capital, urban design, copyright, privacy, and civic engagement. Aside from revisiting the historical dichotomy between the private and the public within the feminist discourse, the conversation will also trace the global history of portraiture in the arts and photography from the 19th C to the drug cartel #selfies of present day Mexico to self-shot and uploaded close-up orgasms on indie-porn sites.

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Speakers
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Mona Kasra

Visiting Assistant Professor, UTDallas
Mona Kasra is a media artist, educator, and a PhD candidate at University of Texas at Dallas in Arts and Technology with a focus in Emerging Media & Communications. Her research begs political and theoretical questions about the power of image in our digital culture and cross-culturally... Read More →
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Lea Muldtofte Olsen

PhD Student, Aarhus University


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

5:00pm CDT

Where Are The Black Designers?
In 1991, AIGA organized a working conference titled "Why is Graphic Design 93% White? Removing Barriers to Increase Opportunities in Graphic Design". And over 25 years later, we're still trying to come up with the answer.
Diversity is a hot topic in the design community. Conferences promise to do better every year after unveiling all-White speaker panels. Design-driven companies in Silicon Valley like Twitter report only two percent of their US-based employees are Black. And between magazines, podcasts, and other media, the field of design can look like a monoculture.
How do we fix this? Can we fix this? And what is the overall benefit of diversifying the design industry? Maurice Cherry will explore these questions and more in this session.
He'll share information distilled from dozens of interviews with Black designers of all stripes, and attendees will walk away with information they can use to diversify their companies, conferences, departments, or meet ups.

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Speakers
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Maurice Cherry

Creative Principal, 3eighteen media
Maurice Cherry is the editor-in-chief of Revision Path, host of the Revision Path podcast, and curator of 28 Days of the Web. Maurice is also creative principal at 3eighteen media, a design and consulting agency in Atlanta, GA, and the founder and chairman emeritus of the Black Weblog... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

6:30pm CDT

SXgood Kickoff Party
Come together to celebrate the #SXgood programming at this year’s SXSW by joining partners & supporters for the kickoff party. Mix & mingle with attendees from a range of fields, including social innovation, impact design & cause issues. Meet representatives from various organizations including United Nations Foundation, Beaconfire, +Social Good and Wonderloop. Event entertainment will be provided by Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

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Saturday March 14, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm CDT
ACC Room 8BC
 
Sunday, March 15
 

9:30am CDT

Digital and Social Government Meet up
A new generation of government leaders is using digital platforms to engage constituents, empower communities, drive innovation, and deliver on their missions. Digital solutions have become a powerful medium to deliver messages. More importantly, governments can now powerfully listen to, and interact with, constituents – in a more time-effective manner than ever before. These transformative governments are enabling citizens to engage in meaningful ways with leaders, to work together to solve many of the community’s problems themselves, and to empower citizens and reduce stress on their already budget-constrained and resource limited operating environment. In this Meetup, come engage in an open dialogue on the innovative approaches that governments are taking to deliver services and solve some of the world’s toughest challenges. Share your own ideas, innovations and discuss how to overcome barriers to implementing digital solutions in the public sector.

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Speakers
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Laura Bryce

Director, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
JW Marriott Room 504

9:30am CDT

Diversifying the Tech Workforce: Impact at Scale
Every month, the tech industry adds about 9,600 jobs to the U.S. economy. By 2018, it will have added another 1.2 million new jobs, boasting an average salary of $78,000. But, women make up just 22 percent of the computing workforce, and Latino and African-American workers each make up less than five percent. Youth from underrepresented groups are in critical need of access to 21st Century skills for success. This panel, a follow-up from a successful 2014 SXSW panel, explores both the needs and the solutions to diversifying our U.S. tech workforce and building a tech pipeline. It will also include a discussion of how far we’ve come since last year and dive deeper into the question of bringing our respective efforts and impact to scale.

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Speakers
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Damien Hooper-Campbell

Diversity Strategist, Google
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Karla Monterroso

VP of Student Programs, CODE2040
Karla Monterroso is committed to closing the opportunity gap for Blacks and Latinos in the United States. She believes CODE2040 sits in the perfect intersection of a skills- and network-building opportunity for Black and Latino talent and a systems change opportunity for a critical... Read More →
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Jason Towns

Director, CODE2040 Residency, CODE2040
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Hank Williams

Founder, Platform
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Lyle Wing

Dir, RainbowPUSH Silicon Valley Technology Project


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Ballroom E

9:30am CDT

How Big Data Can Transform Poverty Policy
Despite 50 years of well-intentioned policies, poverty in America remains stubbornly high and income mobility is at its lowest in decades. But transformation is on the horizon. By increasing their reliance on big data and analytics, communities, states, and even the federal government are shifting toward results-oriented programs, boosting effectiveness and accountability across program areas.
This new interest in evidence-based initiatives is bringing hope to many communities, changing the lives of America's homeless, single mothers, convicted felons, and underprivileged children. However, more needs to be done. In this panel, Congressman John Delaney (D, MD) will be joined by top nonprofit experts to discuss the successes of data-driven programs, the barriers to their expansion, and the ways in which the tech community can marshall its resources to tackle one of the greatest public policy challenges facing America today.

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Speakers
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Kevin Corinth

Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
Kevin Corinth is a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he studies homelessness and poverty. His current research evaluates the effectiveness of Housing First policies in reducing homelessness, and examines the role of social detachment in homelessness incidence... Read More →
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John Delaney

Congressman, United States House Of Representatives
Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-6) is the only former CEO of a publicly traded company in the House of Representatives. Congressman Delaney founded and led two NYSE-listed financial services companies before the age of forty and is a past winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of... Read More →
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Michele Jolin

Managing Dir, America Achieves
Michele Jolin is a Managing Partner for America Achieves, leading the organization's Results for America initiative, which works to develop recommendations and bipartisan support for investing public funds in evidence-based solutions that can be taken to large scale. Michele also... Read More →
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Lori Sanders

Sr Fellow, R Street Institute
Lori Sanders is the outreach director and a senior fellow at the R Street Institute. In this role, she manages R Street's research on income mobility, coordinating and publishing work on the importance of evidence-based approaches to poverty reduction. She is also responsible for... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 10AB

9:30am CDT

SXSW Home Room
Attend a SXSW Home Room session to achieve a few goals: first and foremost, you'll get tips from SXSW staff on the most compelling content and networking events for that day. These SXSW Home Room sessions are also a great way to meet other registrants with similar interests as yours. Strong one-on-one connections are the key to maximizing your SXSW experience!

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Speakers
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Christine Auten

Interactive/V2V Festival Producer, SXSW STAFF
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Caroline St Romain

IA Festival Art, SXSW STAFF


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

11:00am CDT

Confronting Injustice

Speakers
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Bryan Stevenson

Exec Dir, Equal Justice Initiative
Bryan Stevenson is a public-interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. He's a professor of law at New York University Law School and the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, an Alabama-based group... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

11:00am CDT

Accessibility Meet Up
Accessibility is one of the key ingredients to any good product design by helping create a more intimate relationship with how customers interact with a product or service. Join Frances West, IBM Chief Accessibility Officer, to share ideas, best practices, and raise awareness about inclusive design. With more than 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide, in addition to the aging population, novice technology users, and people with language, learning and literacy challenges, the demand for accessibility is a mainstream requirement for governments and businesses worldwide. And, the success of mobile, social, smart TVs, wearable devices and cognitive technologies will depend on the integration of adaptive, intuitive and accessible technology. Therefore, accessibility grounded in a company’s values helps connect with customers, enable an inclusive workplace, make information more meaningful and consumable, and transform not only the way we do business, but our society as a whole. Presented by IBM.

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Speakers
avatar for Frances West

Frances West

Chief Accessibility Officer, IBM
Frances West is the IBM Chief Accessibility Officer. In this role, Frances works to establish IT accessibility standards, shape government policies, and develop human-centric technology and industry solutions that not only create an inclusive workplace environment but are designed... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 504

11:00am CDT

Can Fandoms Fix Tech's Gender Gap?
According to the National Center for Women and Information Technology, 12% of 2012 computer science degree recipients from major universities were women. That number represents a staggering decline from just a decade ago. We talk a lot about closing the gender gap, but how can we if universities aren't producing more women in STEM fields? Jessica McDonald, Director of Marketing and Communications for SparkFun Electronics, argues that the answer lies in changing how we think about teaching technology. She'll present original research describing how participation in fandoms--yes, fandoms--through sites like Tumblr and cosplay are shaping a new generation of techie girls, as well as discuss initiatives her company has taken based on this research in an effort to help close the gender gap.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica McDonald

Jessica McDonald

CMO, SparkFun Electronics
Jessica McDonald lives in Denver and is a technophile, gamer, and all-round geek. She serves as the marketing director for SparkFun Electronics in Boulder. She earned her Master’s degree from the University of Denver and holds undergraduate degrees from The Pennsylvania State University... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

11:00am CDT

Enhancing Human Functionality With Technology
As kids we long to be superheroes. We yearn for jetpacks, space travel and teleportation. Hopes get dashed when we discover Batman's life costs $682 million. Commoditized space travel thrills us, but then we realize we'll never go. We fund Kickstarter space travel projects and dream practically. We hope for chargerless electronics and productive commutes to work.
Our parents get sick, our peers get debilitating diseases and we take on caregiving responsibilities we didn’t foresee. We ponder the practicality of jetpacks, realize they may never happen and realize we may be disabled at some point. We forget about our wishes and look for things to simplify life; ways to interpret needs of someone who can't speak or how to pay for sh*t you need if you fall ill.
It doesn't have to be dismal and we don't have to settle. We can design smarter solutions to make life better for everyone. Join us for a conversation with advocates who are actively looking at solutions to better humanity.

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Speakers
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Mick Ebeling

CEO/Founder, Not Impossible
Recently honored as one of the Top 50 Most Creative People of 2014 and the 2014 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian of the Year Award, Mick Ebeling is a film/television/commercial producer, philanthropist, technology trailblazer, author, entrepreneur and public speaker. Ebeling is CEO of Not... Read More →
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Virginia Ingram

Partner, The Workshop Group
Virginia cut her teeth in the digital space when it was only an emerging industry. She’s come a long way since those early days -- working for the first DSL company in New York (back when AOL dominated) and riding out the dot-com boom at an internet incubator.
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Holly Stiles

Attorney, Disability Rights NC
Holly has worked for Disability Rights NC, the North Carolina Protection & Advocacy System for people with disabilities, since 2009. She has focused much of her recent litigation activity on addressing the disability-based stereotypes and assumptions that institutions are attaching... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

11:00am CDT

How Public Policy Protects Patents and Startups
Patent trolls are an expensive drain on innovation and on the US economy. They target developers, businesses and technology users in hope of a quick, lucrative settlement – because fighting them is even more costly. In this session, policy experts on patents will highlight the growing problem patent trolls pose; showcase the need for patent law reform; and discuss the weapons to battle these cash-hungry trolls. There is a lot of noise surrounding patent trolls and what the government, courts and entrepreneurs are doing to fight them. Learn how Congress is working in a bipartisan way to address the problem and what you can do to help.

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Speakers
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Vishal Amin

Sr Counsel, US House of Representatives
Vishal Amin currently serves as Majority Senior Counsel on the House Judiciary Committee, where he serves as a senior advisor to the Chairman and Committee Members on issues dealing with intellectual property, international trade, competition and technology policy. Earlier in his... Read More →
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Alyssa Gowens Betz

Dir, TwinLogic Strategies
Alyssa Gowens Betz is a Director at TwinLogic Strategies.
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April Boyd

Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs, TwinLogic Strategies
April Boyd Senior Director of Federal Government Affairs Yahoo, Inc.
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Kate Doerksen

CEO/Co-Founder, Ditto.com
Kate Doerksen is an athlete turned investor turned e-commerce entrepreneur. After graduating from Stanford Business School in 2011, Kate cofounded DITTO.com, an ecommerce site selling designer eyewear which features cutting edge new video “try-on” technology that shows you whether... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

11:00am CDT

Latino Content Creation Goes Digital
NALIP Presents: Currently Latinos are the fastest adopters in tech advances, in turn making us a valuable audience when it comes to consumer numbers via digital platforms. So why aren't we seeing our faces and hearing our stories? How can today's Latino talent move their project ideas into the digital age? With an industry hunger for Latino content and little outside development, how can content creators take advantage of the digital resources available within media and the communities they help shape? This will be a conversation that will enlighten the attendees on the opportunities, such as crowd funding and the steps needed to take their project from traditional to digital.

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Speakers
avatar for Beatriz Acevedo

Beatriz Acevedo

President & Founder, MiTú Network
Beatriz is a Founding Partner and President of MiTu Network & HIP EntertainmentGroup. She brings to the companies over 20 years of entertainment industry experience, having created, developed and produced over 1,000 half-hours oforiginal, primetime programming in English, Spanish... Read More →
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Axel Caballero

Exec Dir, National Assoc of Latino Independent Producers
Axel Caballero, Executive Director, comes to NALIP with an extensive background in media production, community engagement and organizational development.
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Borja Echevarría De La Gándara

VP of Digital for Univision News, Univision
Borja, Echevarría de la Gándara, a 2013 Nieman-Berkman Fellow in Journalism Innovation, is vice president of digital for Univision News. He previously served as the deputy managing editor at El País, Spain’s largest daily, where he guided his newsroom toward a digital-first strategy... Read More →
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Lisa Garcia Quiroz

SVP/Time Warner Inc/Pres/Time Warner Foundation, Time Warner Inc
Lisa Garcia Quiroz is the Senior Vice President of Time Warner Inc. and President of the Time Warner Foundation. In her capacity at Time Warner, Ms. Garcia Quiroz has been charged to ensure that Time Warner’s investments in people, community and content are reflective of a leading... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

11:00am CDT

Mentor Session: Emily Steinberg
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Emily Steinberg

Emily Steinberg

Business Activation, Marathon Kids
Emily is a value-generating, transformation-loving, accidental techie and mistress of all things 'Business Activation' in the world of Austin's homegrown non-profit, Marathon Kids.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III

11:00am CDT

Transgender in Tech: Past, Present, Future
This panel brings together three figures who have helped make history advancing transgender inclusion in tech spaces. Meghan Stabler, senior director CA Technologies, helped open the industry to trans people through her work with the Human Rights Campaign and was Working Mother Magazine's 2014 Working Mother of the Year. Brielle Harrison, a user interface engineer at Facebook, helped create and implement that platform's industry-leading custom gender options. Dr. Kortney Ziegler envisioned and built Trans*H4CK, a hackathon and speaker series that spotlights transgender created tech and entrepreneurship. Allyson Robinson, Vice President for Knowledge and Impact at the LGBT Technology Partnership in Washington, D.C. and a transgender pioneer in her own right, will facilitate a conversation among these trailblazers about the trajectory of transgender inclusion in tech and what it might mean for the future of diversity in the industry.

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Speakers
avatar for Brielle Harrison

Brielle Harrison

Sr Software Engineer, Facebook
Brielle has been a professional software engineer for 15+ years and has worked at a variety of different types of jobs. She has a strong love for anything that has to do with programming. Amongst other companies, she has been a senior level engineer at SmugMug, Google, Netflix and... Read More →
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Allyson Dylan Robinson

VP, Knowledge & Impact, LGBT Technology Partnership and Institute
An award winning social entrepreneur and movement strategist, Allyson Dylan Robinson has built a career advising and leading organizations on the vanguard of social change. She is founder and principal of Warrior Poet Strategies, a Washington, D.C. based consulting firm advising clients... Read More →
avatar for Meghan Stabler

Meghan Stabler

Sr Dir & Advisor, CA Technologies
Meghan focuses on bringing ingenious programs and solutions to IT and customers. She is an accomplished business executive with extensive global expertise as a strategist, technologist, marketer and communicator. With her brain processing faster than most microchips, she’s consistently... Read More →
avatar for Kortney Ziegler

Kortney Ziegler

Founder, Trans*H4CK
Kortney Ryan Ziegler is an award winning artist, writer, and the first person to hold the Ph.D. of African American Studies from Northwestern University.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

11:00am CDT

Write the Next Chapter in the LGBT Movement
As the battle for marriage equality now becomes a question of when and not if, LGBT organizations are eager to keep supporters mobilized in the fight for greater equality here at home and abroad.
In the past decade, digital innovation has provided ways for the LGBT community to connect, share stories, advocate and ultimately win hearts and minds. It's helped broken down barriers and given birth to many campaigns from the It Gets Better Project to the Human Rights Campaign’s Red Logo effort.
Many LGBT & allied advocates have attended the SXSW LGBT meet ups and found them useful for networking. This conversation builds on them by encouraging community members to take part in a conversation on how we can write the next chapter of the LGBT movement together with digital innovation.
While conversation will include a variety of LGBT advocates and organization representatives, its goal will be to tap fresh solutions from fresh faces.

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Speakers
avatar for Scott Zumwalt

Scott Zumwalt

Sr Dir, Bully Pulpit Interactive
Scott Zumwalt is a senior director at Bully Pulpit Interactive. Scott helps lead some of BPI’s major client engagements drawing on his diverse background in digital advocacy for non-profits and political campaigns. Scott is considered one of the leading digital innovators in the... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

12:30pm CDT

Activism At Its Best: Drive Supporters To Do More
Activism is motivated by personal and emotional connections we have to our communities, tribes and beliefs. It's a drive to want to effect change for the better. But are we as change leaders doing all we can to create forward progress that achieves real impact?
It's time we collectively take our digital advocacy programs beyond focusing on email acquisition to a broader movement. By cultivating relationships with activists and empowering a community of dedicated followers, you can achieve great success for both your organization and its mission. Hear from four organizations as they discuss what it means to build out campaigns that matter with calls to action that drive substantive work.

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Speakers
avatar for Hilary Gridley

Hilary Gridley

Campaigns Mgr, DoSomething.org
As a campaigns manager at DoSomething.org, Hilary activates young people around the country to take action on environmental and animal welfare issues. She runs national cause campaigns from start to finish, from research through ideation, execution, and wrap. She has run campaigns... Read More →
avatar for Pulin Modi

Pulin Modi

Senior Campaigner, Change.org
Pulin Modi is a senior campaigner at Change.org. His goal is to empower the platform’s users to run effective, inspiring campaigns on many issues including animals, the environment, health, and food.
avatar for Lori Painter

Lori Painter

Dir of Mrkg Engagement, PETA
Lori Painter oversees the advocacy, mobile marketing and email marketing programs for PETA. She combines her background in marketing and technology to make sure PETA’s more than 2M supporters are able to advocate for animals as easily as possible. Reply Y and Instant Advocacy, two... Read More →
avatar for Sara Thomas

Sara Thomas

Sr Strategist, Digital Advocacy, World Wildlife Fund
Sara Thomas leads the digital advocacy program for WWF-US. In her role, she develops and implements digital engagement strategies across platforms to drive activism for conservation. Under Sara’s leadership, WWF launched a responsive Action Center focused on deepening relationships... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

12:30pm CDT

Connected Vehicles: Challenges and Possibilities
Connected cars will transform our lives, influencing everything from the routes we take to work to how we find the closest “rock star” parking spot.
Connected technologies allow cars to talk to each other, as well as talk to the surrounding transportation infrastructure (traffic lights, satellites, sensors, etc.) using wireless technology. By providing real-time traffic, transit and parking data, these technologies open up opportunities to reduce traffic, accidents and pollution. At the same time, the new connectivity also brings to light new privacy and security issues that include the potential for car hackers.
National transportation and technology experts from the Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin will break down the technologies, challenges and benefits of the connected car.
Presented by The University of Texas

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Speakers
avatar for Chandra Bhat

Chandra Bhat

Dir, Center for Transportation Research, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Chandra Bhat is a Professor of Civil Engineering and is recognized internationally and nationally as a leading expert and pioneer in the area of transportation planning. He is the most cited researcher in the transportation field today, based on those registered with the Google... Read More →
avatar for Robert Heath

Robert Heath

Cullen Trust Endowed Professor, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Texas at Austin
Robert W. Heath Jr. received the Ph.D. from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, in 2002, all in electrical engineering. From 1998 to 2001, he was a Senior Member of the Technical Staff then a Senior Consultant at Iospan Wireless Inc, San Jose, CA where he worked on the design and implementation... Read More →
TH

Todd Humphreys

Dir UT Radionavigation Laboratory, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. Todd Humphreys is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, and Director of the Radionavigation Laboratory at UT-Austin, which specializes in developing theory and technologies for secure... Read More →
avatar for Michael Walton

Michael Walton

Ernest H Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin
Dr. C. Michael Walton is Professor of Civil Engineering and holds the Ernest H. Cockrell Centennial Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas Austin. Dr. Walton researches intelligent transportation systems and intermodal freight logistics in addition to transportation systems... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Radisson Town Lake Riverside Ballroom

12:30pm CDT

Hacking the Hackathon for the Social and Civic Good
We all know what hackathons are about. But what if we don’t?
In the last two years, civic hackathons have been popping up across the US, breathing new life into what has traditionally been a commercial concept. These civic hackers focus not only on building new apps with open data, but also on expanding the ability of less technically-proficient users to interact with the data driving decisions in their communities.
Now, this shift away from prize money all-nighters toward technological volunteerism has manifested as blended civic and social good hackathons with projects largely driven by activists and non-profit organizations in need of solutions, support, or expertise they do not have the resources to acquire on their own.
By reimagining hackathons into platforms for social innovation you create the opportunity for digital creatives to come forward with their core talents and skill sets in order to address local issues through a focus on community-sourced solutions.

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Speakers
avatar for Claire Dunn

Claire Dunn

Digital Producer, Spredfast
Claire Dunn is currently a digital producer helping organizations build meaningful relationships with their audiences through engaging social media experiences. She worked in collaboration to conceptualize and develop ATX Hack for Change and served as lead organizer for the event’s... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

12:30pm CDT

Helping LGBT Homeless Youth with Technology
Technology, especially mobile tech could mean the difference between life or death for the over 40 percent or about 650,000 of homeless youth that identify as LGBTQ on our streets today.
Frequently these LGBTQ youth end up on the streets after family conflicts over sexual orientation or gender identity and are forced to develop a family of their own. Often times these youth are fearful about revealing their gender identity or sexual orientation to traditional social services but lack the resources to access LGBTQ friendly help. For homeless LGBTQ youth on the streets, access is vital in connecting with supportive networks, service providers, prospective employers or finding safe and welcoming spaces.
Join LGBT homeless youth experts from around the country to learn how they are tackling the issue head on by providing services, tools and resources through technology.

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Speakers
avatar for Jama Shelton

Jama Shelton

Deputy Exec Dir of True Colors Fund, LGBT Technology Partnership.org
For more than a decade, Jama Shelton has worked in the field of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth homelessness. After receiving an MSW in 2004, Jama began an 8 year stint at the Ali Forney Center, an organization that provides housing and supportive services... Read More →
avatar for Christopher Wood

Christopher Wood

Executive Director, LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute
Currently, Mr. Wood serves at the LGBT Technology Partnership & Institute's Executive Director. Most recently, Mr. Wood has served as a consultant to national LGBT organizations on various projects including transgender economic development programs. In this capacity, Mr. Wood provided... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

12:30pm CDT

Ireland – A Global Technology Hub
Europe's fastest growing economy is coming to America's fastest growing city.
As Ireland becomes the first European country to open a Consulate in Austin, the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) comes to SXSW Interactive to talk about why Ireland has become the fastest growing economy in Europe and the policies which have made it a global tech hub.
Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone, with barrier-free access to the European market of half a billion people. The combination of a strong talent pool, business-friendly policies, innovation and a great quality of life have created a tech ecosystem that has attracted the world's top born on the internet companies as well as generating a vibrant startup culture of Irish entrepreneurs.

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Speakers
JB

John Burnett

Correspondent, NPR
EK

Enda Kenny

Taoiseach (Prime Minister), Government of Ireland
BiographyEnda Kenny was elected as Taoiseach on March 9th 2011.He was elected Leader of Fine Gael in June 2002. Since then, he has rebuilt the party. Under his leadership Fine Gael has gained seats in every single location.In the general election in 2011 Fine Gael won 76 seats, becoming... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

12:30pm CDT

Running A Non-Profit Like A Start-Up!
Like for-profit organizations, nonprofits face issues of sustainability and growth. This panel will examine what can be learned and gained by nonprofits functioning like a for-profit company. And more specifically, how operating like a startup can help nonprofits overcome challenges encountered at inception and during their day-to-day operations. The panel will bring together a group of successful social entrepreneurs who have graduated from the accelerator, Y Combinator, for al discussion about starting and scaling a nonprofit guided by practices until recently associated with startups. Participants will hear about the pros and cons of adopting such practices and how doing this can foster innovation and help nonprofits reach their goals.

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Speakers
avatar for Kate Courteau

Kate Courteau

Dir of Nonprofits, Y Combinator
kate courteau is the director of nonprofits at y combinator. she joined the y combinator team in 2005 as their chief actual architect and has been in charge of design and facilities ever since. she has also run her own private architectural practice since 2000. as a part of this practice... Read More →
avatar for Paul Duan

Paul Duan

Founder/Pres, Bayes Impact
Paul is the co-founder and President of Bayes Impact, a YCombinator-backed startup NGO that solves big social problems and modernizes governments using data science. Bayes Impact builds operational solutions that improve the lives of millions of people at a scale only possible with... Read More →
avatar for Edith Elliott

Edith Elliott

Co-Founder, CEO, Noora Health
Edith Elliott is the co-founder and CEO of Noora Health, a nonprofit that unleashes the potential of patients and their family members by training them with skills to tremendously improve clinical outcomes, provide care and save lives. Edith believes that everyone, everywhere deserves... Read More →
avatar for Ryan Seashore

Ryan Seashore

Founder/Exec Dir, CodeNow
I'm the founder of CodeNow, a non-profit focused on teaching underrepresented high school students foundational skills in computer programming through free extra curricular off campus trainings. This is essential because it lowers the barriers normally associated with programming... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

12:30pm CDT

Winning Over China's Wired Women
15 percent of Chinese women would give up seeing their families for a month over giving up their smartphones (MLS, 2014). Chinese females are also more trusting and less private online. Making them more digitally addicted and behaviourally different from women (and men) in the "West."
75 percent of Chinese women control home budgets and 30 percent of China’s millionaires are women. They are today’s biggest digital influencers and the engine driving one of the world's largest economies. This perfect storm of technology, income, independence, and anonymity is empowering them to become disruptive game changers - and a demographic for everyone to clock. Our talk will explore the macro forces driving this trend: from a changing “cosmopolitan” China to a growing domestic tech and e-commerce market, different demographics of Chinese women and how technology is shaping their diverse habits, desires and behaviours. And finally, how you as a business can innovate and cater to these unique behaviours and needs.

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Speakers
avatar for Tara Hirebet

Tara Hirebet

Head of Asia Pacific, Contagious Consulting, Contagious Communications
Tara Hirebet is the Head of Asia Pacific for Contagious Consulting. She is spearheading the consultancy division across the region, via bespoke consultancy projects (trend briefings, innovation workshops, creativity and training programmes.)
avatar for Jonathan Koh

Jonathan Koh

Technology, BBH Shanghai
After studying Chinese at UT, Jonathan went to live in China in 2006 to “get China experience”. He translated for a beauty pageant and taught English to the Chinese Olympic team before getting into advertising, where he is now building social & digital business at advertising... Read More →
avatar for Evelina Lye

Evelina Lye

Head of Mktg Asia Pacific, SapientNitro
Evelina leads the marketing efforts for SapientNitro Asia Pacific and is at the forefront of building the agency brand in the region, across markets in Singapore, Hong Kong, China and Australia. SapientNitro is one of the most highly awarded interactive marketing and technology... Read More →
avatar for Padmini Pandya

Padmini Pandya

Corporate Strategy Asia Pacific, SapientNitro
When referring to Padmini, the words entrepreneur, polymorph, and risk taker come to mind. Her breath of experience spans building three start-ups before her 30th birthday, consulting for two Asian companies, running performance media, & expanding SapientNitro’s footprint in Asia... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

1:30pm CDT

#BlackLivesMatter In Austin

Speakers
NL

Nelson Linder

Austin Chapter President, NAACP
GV

Gregory Vincent

VP, Diversity and Community Engagement, The University of Texas at Austin


Sunday March 15, 2015 1:30pm - 2:30pm CDT
Carver Museum Boyd Vance Theater Boyd Vance Theater

3:30pm CDT

We Want Your Body In Our Registry
Every day, 20 Americans die waiting for an organ transplant. ORGANIZE has a plan to bring that number down to zero.
In 2012, Jenna Arnold and Greg Segal co-founded ORGANIZE, a startup using new media to revolutionize the unwieldy organ donation registration process. While the public desire and medical resources exist to end the organ shortage many times over, bureaucratic processes of registration and information circulation simply haven’t allowed organs to get to the people who need them. Solving the organ donation crisis is not a medical challenge; it’s a task of business and distribution.
Jenna will discuss the challenge of working with government while overcoming its inefficiencies, a strategy applicable in many other social arenas, and will walk through how certain tech upgrades save more lives. This session will also explore ways to bring edginess, cheekiness and sexiness to a social issue mired in the taboo category of death.

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Speakers
avatar for Greg Segal

Greg Segal

Co-Founder, ORGANIZE
Greg Segal is the co-founder of ORGANIZE, a non-profit leveraging technology, open-data, and behavioral economics to increase the number of organ donations in the US. ORGANIZE has been called by FastCompany “the non-profit to end the organ shortage”, named 35 Under 35 by INC Magazine... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B

3:30pm CDT

Deep: What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves
While on assignment in Greece, journalist James Nestor witnessed something that confounded him: a man diving 300 feet below the ocean’s surface on a single breath of air and returning four minutes later, unharmed and smiling.
This man was a freediver, and his amphibious abilities inspired Nestor to seek out the secrets of this little-known discipline. In Deep, Nestor embeds with a gang of extreme athletes and renegade researchers who are transforming not only our knowledge of the planet and its creatures, but also our understanding of the human body and mind. Along the way, he takes us from the surface to the Atlantic’s greatest depths, some 28,000 feet below sea level. He finds whales that communicate with other whales hundreds of miles away, sharks that swim in unerringly straight lines through pitch-black waters, and seals who dive to depths below 2,400 feet for up to eighty minutes—deeper and longer than scientists ever thought possible. As strange as these phenomena are, they are reflections of our own species’ remarkable, and often hidden, potential—including echolocation, directional sense, and the profound physiological changes we undergo when underwater. Most illuminating of all, Nestor unlocks his own freediving skills as he communes with the pioneers who are expanding our definition of what is possible in the natural world, and in ourselves.

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Speakers
avatar for James Nestor

James Nestor

Author, N/A
James Nestor has written for Outside Magazine, Men's Journal, Dwell Magazine, National Public Radio,The New York Times, The San Francisco Chronicle Magazine, and more. His science/adventure book, DEEP: Freediving, Renegade Science, and What the Ocean Tells Us about Ourselves (Houghton... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 3:50pm CDT
ACC Ballroom G

3:30pm CDT

Beyond the Diversity Data: Strategies that Work
In 2014, the world’s leading tech companies released their workforce employment data for the first time, revealing just how vastly underrepresented people of color and women are in the sector. Nevertheless, the release of this data offered an important starting point to develop and carry out strategies to diversify the tech and entrepreneurship pipeline. This panel explores current and emergent efforts and thinking behind ways to create a tech sector that is led by and works for all.

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Speakers
avatar for Anitra Collins

Anitra Collins

Prog Mgr for Diversity & Inclusion, Twitter
As the Program Manager for diversity and inclusion, Anitra focuses on making Twitter a more awesome place to work and one that reflects the vast and varied backgrounds of their users. Anitra joined Twitter in 2012 and held roles in Recruiting Operations and Project Management before... Read More →
avatar for Freada Kapor Klein

Freada Kapor Klein

Partner, Kapor Capital
Freada Kapor Klein, PhD, Co-chair, Kapor Center, is an entrepreneur, activist and leader in the field of organizational culture and diversity. Freada is a pioneer in developing models for revenue and sustainability of non-profits, and is an active advisor and mentor to social entrepreneurs... Read More →
avatar for Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar

Pres & CEO, Voto Latino
María Teresa Kumar is the founding President and CEO of Voto Latino and an Emmy-nominated contributor with MSNBC. Under her leadership, Voto Latino has become a key factor in national elections by directly registering over 225,000 new voters and influencing millions more through... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Lee

Lisa Lee

Diversity Program Mgr, Pandora
Lisa Lee manages diversity programs at Pandora. Prior to Pandora, Lisa started her career in tech as one of the early employees at Facebook. During her seven years there, she worked in user operations, product operations, and diversity at Facebook. She was the founder & chair of Facebook's... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

3:30pm CDT

Legal Hackers: A Global Movement to Reform the Law
It’s a constant refrain: the law fails to keep up with technology, and lawyers themselves are in the dark ages. But what can be done?
A growing movement of “Legal Hackers” may have the answer. Legal Hackers are lawyers, policymakers, technologists, and academics who have applied the “hacker ethic” to the legal profession as a means of fostering ground-up change in an industry that desperately needs it.
Beginning in 2012 in NYC, the legal hacking movement has now spread across the country and, increasingly, around the world. Legal hackers congregate in cities like DC, LA, London, Seattle, and Stockholm. They host “legal hackathons” to tackle issues like access to justice, open data, and digital privacy, and gather in meetups and workshops geared toward lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
In this panel, we will hear from a few of the leaders of the movement about what legal hacking is, how it is changing the legal industry for the better, and what the future holds.

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Speakers
JD

Jameson Dempsey

Assoc, Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Jameson Dempsey is an associate in Kelley Drye & Warren’s Washington, D.C. office and a member of the firm’s Telecommunications, Privacy & Information Security, and TCPA Defense practice groups. Jameson counsels a diverse array of companies in the technology, media, and telecommunications... Read More →
DL

Dan Lear

Dir of Industry Rel, Avvo
Dan Lear is a technology lawyer, facilitator, and gadfly. He is currently the Director of Industry Relations for Avvo.com, an online legal marketplace. In that role he is responsible for the company's relationship with lawyers, the legal industry, and legal technology companies and... Read More →
avatar for Amy Wan

Amy Wan

General Counsel, Patch of Land
Amy Wan is General Counsel at Patch of Land, a real estate crowdfunding startup that specializes in short-term peer-to-peer real estate debt. She brings deep experience in legal innovation and the rethinking of legal services. In 2014, she was named one of the top ten women to watch... Read More →
avatar for Phil Weiss

Phil Weiss

Assoc, Fridman Law Group PLLC
Phil Weiss is a transactional/corporate attorney for startups, developers, and creative agencies, and is an Adjunct Professor of Clinical Law at Brooklyn Law School. Phil founded New York Legal Hackers, in 2012, and founded Legal Hackers, the mothership organization that is spearheading... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

3:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Will Palley
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Will Palley

Will Palley

Head of Strategy & Insights, MindBodyGreen
Will is Head of Strategy and Insights at MindBodyGreen, the fastest growing digital lifestyle media platform where millennials discover and share content on health and happiness. He is a respected trendspotter, thought leader and consumer insights expert. He has worked extensively... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I

3:30pm CDT

Super WiFi: Redefining Connectivity in Memory of TV
Unused television white space has fallen into disuse in the digital age and has come to be known as Super WiFi--so dubbed, by the FCC. These old unused UHF/VHF TV frequencies can in fact be used to create new networks that would allow many people currently deprived of Internet in the world access to get online. Retrofitting spectrum is an example of what Kenyan author Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor calls the “ethical imagination.” Using creativity for solutions in the real world in a conscientious manner. Over 60 million people in the U.S. remain without access to the Internet. These airwaves are an invaluable national resource that will enable affordable, long distance, high speed wireless connectivity for the underserved. If the FCC soon auctions off licenses to the highest bidder for the unused frequency, it would be like selling naming rights to our national parks. The discussion will focus on connectivity and the creative and future use of Super WiFi (unused television spectrum).

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Speakers
SA

Saman Arbabi

Exec Producer, Voice of America
Saman Arbabi is an Iranian-American award winning international journalist and Creator & Executive Producer of Iran's most popular satirical television shows Parazit and OnTen. Parazit has been called the "Daily Show of Iran" and is one of the most popular (and most controversial... Read More →
avatar for Greta Byrum

Greta Byrum

Senior Field Analyst, New America Foundation
Greta Byrum is an urban planner and a Senior Field Analyst at New America, where she designs and implements collaborative neighborhood technology projects. Greta's work focuses on the meeting-place between urban planning, evolving technology practices, and resilience. Her work is... Read More →
avatar for Mary Ellen Carroll

Mary Ellen Carroll

Director, Public Utility 2.0/VUUM
Mary Ellen Carroll’s prolific career as a designer and technologist /conceptual artist spans more than twenty years and a range of disciplines, from art to architecture, public policy, writing, performance and film.
avatar for Joseph Grima

Joseph Grima

Founder, Space Caviar
Joseph Grima is an architect, writer, curator and researcher based in Genova, Italy. He is the founder of the design research studio Space Caviar, the director of the Ideas City festival at the New Museum (New York) and co-artistic director of the first Chicago Architecture Biennial... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

3:30pm CDT

SXSW Eco Meet Up
Join SXSW Eco staff and friends to celebrate the 2015 season launch! Held each October in Austin, TX, SXSW Eco is a creative platform for disruptive leaders in technology, design and social impact. Stop by to meet the team and learn how you can submit panel ideas, apply to launch your startup or design project and get involved!

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Speakers
avatar for Morgan Catalina

Morgan Catalina

Exec Producer SXSW Eco, SXSW STAFF


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 502-503

3:30pm CDT

SXSW Extended Session With Michael Slaby
A new addition to this year's schedule, the SXSW Extended Session allows industry experts to provide in-depth analysis of a single trending topic at the 2015 event. This panel will pull from the various conversations that occur at SXSW, then offer even more depth, focus, context and perspective. Topic and speakers to be announced (and to be determined by the issues and stories that are gaining the most traction in March at SXSW).

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Speakers
MS

Michael Slaby

Managing Partner, Timshel


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

3:30pm CDT

The Digital Kaleidoscope: How Race Appears Online
Race is inherent within the design, culture, and experience of the Internet. Some racialized components garner public attention, like Twitter and YouTube, while other digital aspects regarding race get overlooked, including Google searches, online ads, Facebook groups, and mobile applications. When and how do YOU notice race online? This session puts the "interactive" into the SXSW Interactive Festival: consider this hour a friendly, focused gathering for SXSW participants to understand the significance of race in digital interactions. Our conversation features scholarly research and the “fishbowl” format to provide opportunity for YOU to give voice to your experiences about race online. Attendees of this session will experience a dynamic discussion format to take home to use. By the end of the session, attendees will have learned about perspectives on race different from their own, including those rooted in academic research and those stemming from other participants' experiences.

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Speakers
avatar for Jenny Korn

Jenny Korn

Scholar of Race & Gender Online, UIC
Jenny Ungbha Korn is a scholar of race, gender, and online identity with academic training in communication, sociology, theatre, public policy, and gender studies from Princeton, Harvard, Northwestern, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The winner of multiple research awards... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

3:30pm CDT

Why Does the Internet Hate Women?
This panel makes the case that online harassment against women must be characterized as gender violence with huge impact to human rights and free speech. No one is safe from online harassment, but there is a huge difference between the way men and women are affected by this problem in online discussions. Men usually have their competence and skills questioned, whereas attacks against women are mostly sexually related. They range from critics to her appearance to even rape threats, and they are widespread. The case of Anita Sarkeesian and Caroline Criado-Perez are only two high-profile examples of the millions of aggression suffer online every day. The cost to society is enormous: they undermine the dignity of women, reduce them to sexualized bodies and delegitimize their voices as citizens. The result is detaching them from online discussions and suppressing their opinions or contributions to society (from bold activism actions to simple tasks as creating YouTube videos about fashion).

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Speakers
avatar for Juliana de Faria

Juliana de Faria

Founder, Think Olga
Juliana de Faria is a Brazilian journalist and founder of Think OLGA, a feminist think tank focused on empowering Brazilian women that promotes workshops, panels, meetings, books, crowdsourcing projects and exhibitions.
avatar for Amanda Luz

Amanda Luz

Editor, Editora Abril
Amanda Luz is the managing editor of MdeMulher, the biggest website network for female audience in Brazil. Working with a dozen magazine brands that reaches a great number of Brazilian women, she is able to explore closely in which ways the conversation and depiction of women by media... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

3:30pm CDT

4:00pm CDT

Conquering Silicon Valley's Brutal Ageism
Is the golden age of programming really 22? Kent Brewster does not think so. At 53, Kent is the author of Pinterest's browser extensions, photographer attribution program, and the third-party JavaScript behind the Pin It button, which is seen billions of times per day all over the Internet.
In this talk, Kent will explode some common myths, such as: younger managers can't handle older employees; you shouldn't hire people with lives outside of work and only new grads have the stamina required for "crunch time".
He will also talk frankly about what older engineers can do to find work, stay employed and avoid getting shunted into middle management.

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Speakers
avatar for Kent Brewster

Kent Brewster

Widgeteer, Pinterest
Kent Brewster copyedited the Atari 400/800 BASIC Programming Manual in 1977 as a 16-year-old high school student, and has been playing around with computers ever since. He helped Yahoo! open up Pipes and Hack Day, built the original iPhone and Android apps for Netflix, and now breaks... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B

4:15pm CDT

Is It Finally the Age of the Woman Entrepreneur?
Will 2015 be the breakout year for women entrepreneurs? Will we finally stop seeing endless headlines about how few women start companies, how hard it is for them to raise venture capital, and how few girls study STEM? Last year, the number of $10-million-plus women-owned firms increased by 57%, the amount of angel funding going to women entrepreneurs rose 40%, and VC funding for women-led business rose 20%. While men still outnumber women when it comes to starting, and raising funding for, new businesses, this year we’ll reach a turning point – where at least it won’t be ‘novel’ to be a female founder. Hear from Jane Park, CEO and founder of Julep, about her path from owner of a single nail salon to CEO of the fastest-growing beauty brand today. Jane has raised $56M from top VCs such as Andreessen Horowitz and Maveron and can share first-hand observations about how the tide has turned for women entrepreneurs in just the past few years.

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Speakers
JP

Jane Park

CEO & Founder, Julep Beauty Inc.
Jane Park is CEO and founder of Julep Beauty, the fastest-growing omnichannel beauty brand. She is a leading national expert in beauty and color trends, and her insider beauty tips have been featured in publications such as Redbook, Oprah Magazine, Us Weekly, Allure, and Vogue. Prior... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B

5:00pm CDT

Civic Leaders Need New Civic Technologies
Innovations in technology need to be leveraged to expand our communities’ capability to access public services and increase civic engagement. However the main player in the field is struggling in an era where there is a commonly held perception that government does not work. A 2012 Gallup Poll found only 18 percent of American's placed a great deal of trust in government. More importantly, many have started to believe what happens in government will not impact their lives. That’s where philanthropy comes in.
Currently playing a leading role as convener, civic institutions are bringing leaders from the public sector, business and academia together with our tech savvy citizens to identify better ways for all of us to engage government and engage each other. Come and indulge in a quick fire look into how civic leaders and nonprofits can use new civic technologies to become more nimble and flexible in their communities and help them respond to entrepreneurial opportunities as they arise.

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Speakers
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Ryan Ginard

Mgr of Civic Leadership Fund, The San Diego Foundation
Ryan moved to San Diego from Brisbane, Australia where he spent five years as a Policy and Media Advisor and has presided over a number of federal, state and council campaigns as a campaign manager and organizer. Ryan previously helped establish a community fund that supports projects... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B

5:00pm CDT

#Winning: Creating Cubic Wins Across Communities
At the foundation of a sustainable ecosystem lies the underlying principle that the different elements in that space need and want to support each others success. Building a strong social impact eco-system takes time and most investors won’t open the floodgates to capital until they know that the ecosystem is healthy enough to support different companies cycling through it. When investment happens it creates ripples of impact in the community. We must find responsible ways to incorporate the community's value and get their buy in for long-term success. This means that schools, local government, non-profits have to also have an opportunity to share in the windfall. Where do we start? We are exploring the concept of the “cubic win”, where startup, investor, and community partners win. This panel will discuss exactly how to go about creating these wins.
Presented by Core Media

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Speakers
avatar for Aaron Britt

Aaron Britt

Senior Editor, IDEO
As IDEO.org's Senior Editor, Aaron leads our storytelling, editorial strategy, and social media efforts to spread human-centered design. With over a decade of experience as a journalist, Aaron's job is to figure out which stories count, how to best tell them, and how to make them... Read More →
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Susan Can

Sr Dir Corporate Equity & Partnerships Johnson & Johnson Global Corporate Affairs, Johnson & Johnson
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Nishe Modoyan

Connector, SocialGood.tv
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Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom

Chief Impact Officer, Singularity University
Emeline Paat-Dahlstrom is the Chief Impact Officer for Singularity University (SU). Her role is to oversee the implementation of SU’s mission – to educate, inspire and empower leaders to leverage exponentially accelerating technologies addressing humanity’s grand challenges... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Austin City Hall Council Chambers

5:00pm CDT

A Conversation with Senator Rand Paul
Kentucky Senator Rand Paul joins Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith for a special interview at SXSW. The conversation will cover how technology has transformed politics, campaigning, governing and citizen engagement and the future of tech policy.

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Speakers
avatar for Rand Paul

Rand Paul

Senator, US Senate
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Evan Smith

CEO & Editor-in-Chief, The Texas Tribune
Evan Smith is the Editor-in-Chief, CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan digital news organization recently called “one of the nonprofit news sector’s runaway success stories.” The Tribune's deep coverage of Texas politics and public policy can be... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 5-6

5:00pm CDT

How to Fix American Politics
The biggest problem facing American politics is the one that no one is focusing on. In every single institution in our world we have aggressive systems to identify, recruit, and train talent, and we understand that nothing works without investing in good people and giving them the support they need to succeed. The only place we don’t have this approach is in American politics, if we ever want to fix American politics, we have to start here. In 2016,Run for America will recruit, train, and run a group of 12 high talent,next generation leaders who come from backgrounds as entrepreneurs, innovators, educators, and social entrepreneurs for Congress in a totally new kind of campaign. In this session, we'll look at this central challenges in reforming American politics, how tackling them is easier than many think, discuss the entrepreneurial approach RFA is taking to do this, and the importance of entrepreneurs and technologists engaging in the effort to build a 21st century government.

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Speakers
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David Burstein

CEO & Founder, Run for America
David is the CEO and Founder of Run for America, a disruptive post-partisan initiative to bring a new generation of talent into our political system and catalyze political leaders to start solving our biggest problems. He is the author of Fast Future: How the Millennial Generation... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

5:00pm CDT

Investors Looking for Diverse Startups to Fund
Most angel investors, venture capitalists and private equity funds suggest they can't find access to viable and fundable minority and women owned startups, early stage or growth stage companies. In contract, minority and women-owned founders and cofounders suggest they aren't able to obtain angel investment or private equity funding. In fact, less than two percent of all venture capital goes to black and brown startups. Less than four percent to women. During this interactive and candid conversation on how to close this private equity chasm, active investors will learn how to connect with minority and women owned companies. Minority and women owned companies will learn how to connect with investors and how to best position themselves for navigating the investment ecosystem. 

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Speakers
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Ross Baird

Executive Director, Village Capital
Ross Baird, Executive Director
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K.P Reddy

General Partner, Ctw Venture Partners
K. P. Reddy is a nationally recognized speaker for entrepreneurs and Fortune 5000 companies. His expertise in building companies for over 20 years has made him a sought-after speaker and advisor. A wealth of knowledge in multiple areas, K.P. is a globally recognized expert on advanced... Read More →
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Judy Robinett

CEO, Judy Robinett Ventures
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Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

5:00pm CDT

Los Tequis: The Heart of Total Market Dominance
With an expectation of growth by 50 percent in purchasing power in 2015, Latinos have become the most connected group of high spenders in the market. Find out how creating a campaign from a digital perspective that targets these consumers can yield spectacular results for a brand's total market efforts.

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Speakers
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Jose Antillon

Group Creative Director, LatinWorks
Geek, guitar player, gamer and advertiser.
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Micky Ogando

CCO, Bakery
Micky is a creative thinker, strategist, and producer. In the span of his career, he's found interest in multiple disciplines such as art direction, game design, illustration, A/V production, and more recently, product development. In 2010, Micky co-founded Bakery, a digital full... Read More →
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Matt Reyes

CEO, Department of Influence
Nationally-recognized and driven by purposed-based marketing, Matt helps organizations ranging from major brands to cultural arts institutions define their purpose, create authentic word of mouth, and become innovative. He also serves as a judge for the SXSW Interactive Awards each... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

5:00pm CDT

Mentor Session: Jennifer Hoelzer
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

5:00pm CDT

Millennials: The Unstoppable Force
90 million Americans make up the Millennial generation. They are a tech savvy, highly educated, and engaged group poised to change the world around them. Unfortunately, they are facing a number of hurdles such as unprecedented unemployment and a status quo hindering new innovations and technology. In the midst of this climate, a growing cast of young leaders are emerging to change the narrative. Through this bipartisan panel, we will hear from Millennial elected officials who are putting aside partisan labels and working to change our future together.

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Speakers
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Rebecca Coffman

Press Secretary, Generation Opportunity
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Evan Feinberg

President, Generation Opportunity
Evan Feinberg (FINE-burg) is the President of Generation Opportunity, an organization advocating for economic opportunity for 18-34 year olds through less government and more freedom. In 2012, Evan became one of the first Millennials to run for United States Congress in his hometown... Read More →
avatar for Tulsi Gabbard

Tulsi Gabbard

Member of Congress, US House of Representatives
Tulsi Gabbard was born in Leloaloa, American Samoa in 1981, the fourth of five children. At the age of two, Tulsi and her family settled in Hawai'i where as a teenager, she co-founded the Healthy Hawai'i Coalition, a non-profit teaching children to take care of themselves and the... Read More →
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Will Hurd

Congressman, U.S House Of Representatives


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

5:00pm CDT

Slacktivism: Monster or Myth?
Slacktivism implies that supporting something online has no lasting impact. It’s a myth. Social *does* make money for nonprofits, you’ve just got to know how. From the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to Stephen's Sutton's $7 million individual fundraiser, the past twelve months have seen the maturity of social giving, and we’ll talk how causes can make the most of it. In this session from the world’s largest social platform for giving, we'll discuss turning likes into donations, including hacks for integrating with Facebook and Twitter to increase the distribution and click-through rate of the stories your supporters publish about your cause. And with tablets and smartphones now dominating how people behave online, understanding how nonprofit supporters act differently on mobile is vital – the insight we share about mobile supporters might surprise you...

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Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Waddingham

Jonathan Waddingham

Social Prod Mgr, JustGiving
I'm the social product manager at JustGiving, specialising in social media integration, digital strategy and online fundraising. I'm passionate about how the social web has revolutionised the way people interact with each other and how causes can use the internet to create enormous... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

5:15pm CDT

Social Data in the Time of Cholera
Since Twitter data was first used to pinpoint the spread of cholera in Haiti after the earthquake, the use cases for Twitter data in humanitarian causes have multiplied. Twitter data research has been used to identify postpartum depression, help with natural disaster response, identify outbreaks of food poisoning, understand attitudes around smoking and so much more. With social data serving as the largest archive of human behavior to ever exist, how can we turn this data into real-time warning systems? I’ll look at how social data has been used in the past, our own research and endeavors and the possibilities we see for social data in humanitarian efforts going forward.

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Speakers
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Scott Hendrickson

Data Scientist, Twitter
Dr. Scott Hendrickson is the Principal Data Scientist at Gnip (a subsidiary of Twitter), the world’s largest and most trusted provider of social data. At Gnip, he is responsible for data science projects that help Gnip and Gnip's customers understand and more effectively use social... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B

5:30pm CDT

Homeless and Social Media
Over the years social media has boomed and access to programs like Twitter, Facebook and other social media tools have become availiable on even the cheapest devices. With the growth of socal media so has its use among the homeless across the country. Homeless are able to communicate with friends, non-profits, total strangers and even celebrities. Non-profit Facebook campaigns or short Youtube videos are nice but nothing beats actual engagement with homeless. Through Social media homeless are able to have a direct voice with their community where as before homeless had to rely on non-profits to try to tell their story.

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Speakers
avatar for Greg Staffa

Greg Staffa

Writer, Your Entertainment Corner
Northwest Airlines saw fit to terminate Greg Staffa after he was hurt on the job by pointing to his weight to get out of the work comp liability. Disabled and unemployed in 2009, just as the economy was falling, proved to be too much and by the end of the year, Staffa lost his home... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:30pm - 5:45pm CDT
ACC Ballroom B
 
Monday, March 16
 

9:30am CDT

Creating Inclusive Startup and Tech Ecosystems
African Americans and Latinos entrepreneurs receive less than two percent of all private equity capital invested. Women entrepreneurs receive less than four percent. In this session, we'll discover viable and definitive solutions to closing the exposure, talent, technical assistance, mentorship and private equity gaps in underserved and underrepresented communities in America and beyond by creating end to end startup and technology ecosystems. We'll learn how to authentically engage with underrepresented communities for talent, startups, advisors, investors and investments. Join us as we discuss solutions in supporting leaders and experts that are building tech and startup ecosystems in their community to provide resources for aspiring entrepreneurs.

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Speakers
avatar for Peter Barth

Peter Barth

CEO, The Iron Yard
Peter is founder and CEO of The Iron Yard, which operates the largest intensive code school in the country, 2 of the top vertical specific startup accelerators, and free kids programming classes in 14 cities.
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Erin Horne McKinney

Technology & Innovation Sector Mgr, District of Columbia
Passionate about emerging technology and entrepreneurship, Erin Horne McKinney serves as the Mayor of Washington, D.C.'s Tech and Innovation Sector Manager representing technology firms, entrepreneurs, and organizations. Erin is a serial tech entrepreneur with nearly two decades of... Read More →
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Rodney Sampson

Founder, Opportunity Ventures/Opportunity Ecosystem
Rodney Sampson is a serial entrepreneur (4 startups/2 exits), angel investor and author of four books, including Kingonomics: Twelve Innovative Currencies For Transforming Your Business & Life, Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sampson is also an Advisor to high growth startups... Read More →
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Chad Womack

Dir STEM Education Initiatives, United Negro College Fund


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Ballroom E

9:30am CDT

Fast, Fair & Open: The FCC’s Broadband Future
Gigi B. Sohn is Counselor to the Chairman in the Office of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. She will talk about how recent proposals on net neutrality, community broadband and broadband speeds will change the future of broadband in the US.

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Speakers
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Gigi Sohn

Counselor to the Chairman, FCC
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Laura Sydell

Digital Culture Correspondent, National Public Radio
Laura Sydell fell in love with the intimate storytelling qualities of radio, which combined her passion for theatre and writing with her addiction to news. Over her career she has covered politics, arts, media, religion, and entrepreneurship. Currently Sydell is the Digital Culture... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Ballroom A

9:30am CDT

Latino Opportunities in Technology
An engaging and interactive presentation of technology professionals highlighting new ways to thrive and advance as a tech professional. We will specifically focus on the new opportunities we see for Latino and female talent in the decade ahead. The continued development of new platforms, new devices and new apps means lots of new career paths— and it is always best to think about tomorrow’s opportunities. Join us for this fascinating discussion on the best career paths for Latinos and women in the next ten years.

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Speakers
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Liliana Monge

Founder, Sabio
Has over eleven years of economic development expertise, and is highly attuned to developing and managing federal funds. Previously, Ms. Monge was a redevelopment consultant at The Ometeotl Group, a redevelopment consulting firm that specializes in working with public agencies. She... Read More →
avatar for Gregorio Rojas

Gregorio Rojas

Founder, Sabio
Currently the Co-Founder of Sabio.la.


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Ballroom F

9:30am CDT

PanelPicker Tips for Success
In July 2015, SXSW will start accepting speaking proposals for the March 2016 event via the PanelPicker interface. This process is a very competitive one – only about one in five proposals are accepted. Attend this session to learn basic tips on how to give your great speaking idea the best chance for success in this process.

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Speakers
avatar for Todd Hansen

Todd Hansen

IA Content Programmer, SXSW STAFF
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Kathryn Irwin

IA & V2V Fest Programmer, SXSW STAFF


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

9:30am CDT

CANCELED - Cause Video and the Race to Measure Emotional Impact
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Must be familiar with how to record a video with a smartphone.
What to Bring:
Bring your smartphone and laptop.
This four-hour, interactive workshop led by Columbia University Digital Media Strategy Professor Marcia Stepanek and USA Today's ""Talking Tech"" Columnist Jefferson Graham will explore best practices in the evolution of short-form video as a critical tool for conveying urgency, proof, and relevancy for social good—and explore new efforts by media companies, causes and activists to score video stories on whether they move people to action.
This hands-on session—part screening, part lecture and part video-making—will demonstrate some of the newest ways to measure video impact and build cross-sector support that can endure from one campaign to the next. Attendees will gain working knowledge of the 10 types of cause videos being used most successfully in the social good sector today, and discover which types are best for creating specific outcomes. Attendees will crowd-shoot and edit a micro-video during the last half of the workshop, to apply first-half takeaways.

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Speakers
avatar for Marcia Stepanek

Marcia Stepanek

New Media Dir/Faculty, Columbia University
Marcia Stepanek is a journalist, videographer, digital media strategist, associate professor and author of the forthcoming book, "Swarms: The Rise of the Digital Anti-Establishment." Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the Huffington Post, Contribute, Salon, msnbc.com, and... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 1:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 306

10:00am CDT

11:00am CDT

Do You Library? Meet Up
Do YOU library? Connect with some of the nation’s most creative, forward-thinking library professionals and supporters to find out how to leverage libraries as a platform to fuel your passions and successes. By gathering with other thought-leaders in this informal setting, you’ll learn how libraries (and librarians) are fostering entrepreneurship, transforming their spaces into showrooms for prototyping and discovery, and helping to build more knowledgeable communities. Libraries have evolved into places that support ideas, creativity and exploration through participation, where users take the reigns to define their own experience. This informal meet-up is designed the same way: Bring your ideas, questions, challenges and good spirits no matter from which industry you hail to learn how libraries are not the same old shhh.

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Speakers
avatar for Brenda Huettner

Brenda Huettner

Owner, P-N Designs Inc


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 508

11:00am CDT

Engage Latino Millennials, Change the World!
This session will expose participants to the ideas, technologies, and trends driving Latino Millennials – the youngest, largest generation of US Latinos. A fresh survey will present new insights on what we know about this group of young people. Speakers will share insight on three topics: the trends in use of technology and social media; insight on the motivations and issues that drive young Latinos; and how to engage these young Americans to change the world.

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Speakers
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Mariana Atencio

Host, Fusion TV
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Jason Llorenz

Part Time Lecturer, Rutgers University
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Mark Lopez

Director, Hispanic Research, Pew Hispanic Center
Mark Hugo Lopez is director of Hispanic research at the Pew Research Center. He studies the attitudes and opinions of Latinos, Hispanic views of identity, the political engagement of Latinos in the nation’s elections, and Latino youth. Lopez also coordinates the center’s National... Read More →
avatar for Alicia Menendez

Alicia Menendez

Reporter/Host, Fusion TV
Alicia Menendez Anchor, “Alicia Menendez Tonight” 7:00 p.m., ET
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Elianne Ramos

Pres, Speak Hispanic
Elianne is the Principal and CEO of Speak Hispanic Communications. Known online as @ERGeekGoddess, she is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur and Latino community advocate, building large-scale engagement through social media and public relations and encouraging inspiration... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

11:00am CDT

Latinos: Get Your Voice into Product Development
For Latinos working in technology, we did not need Google and Apple to release diversity numbers for us to understand we are vastly underrepresented. While tech is not the easiest field to be a Latino, it is an important field for us as a community to make traction in.
We know that technology companies need our unique perspective as Latinos to tap into our large and growing consumer base. However, in a field with so few of us it is easy to quickly lose this perspective.
In this session, we will discuss how our panelists were able to get their voices heard into product design, development, and marketing. We will also discuss how they use their Latino voices to make products better and more successful.
We will close the session with tips from the panelists on how they have retained their unique voice and open the floor for questions from the audience.

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Speakers
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Karen Siles

Staff Software Engineer, IBM Cloud
Karen is a Staff Software Engineer at IBM. Karen has recently joined the Cloud Infrastructure Services with GTS at IBM . Karen's focus is Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS) on top of SoftLayer. Her background includes experience in Middleware Support, installation, migration, and deployment... Read More →
avatar for Alberto Vargas Talavera

Alberto Vargas Talavera

Product Manager, Phunware Inc
Alberto is a business leader who has helped several technology startups create software products that customers love.
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Becky Trevino

Senior Director, Rackspace Hosting
Becky Trevino is the Senior Director, Global Campaigns & Product Marketing at Rackspace, the #1 Managed Cloud Company. Becky previously served as the Director and General Manager of Rackspace's Managed Infrastructure business unit. In this role, she she grew Monthly Recurring Revenue... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

11:00am CDT

Operation Choke Point and Alternative Currencies
Can you imagine being denied a bank account just because some bureaucrat disapproves of your job? It could happen to you!
Launched in early 2013, “Operation Choke Point” is a joint effort by the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the bank regulators to limit access to the bank payments system by various businesses. Initially targeted at small-dollar nonbank lenders, Choke Point has grown to cover a variety of legitimate businesses that just happen to be unpopular with DOJ.
Since, in today’s economy, almost any economic activity depends on access to the payments system, allowing the DOJ to arbitrarily limit access represents an almost unprecedented abuse of power. Many targeted businesses and individuals are turning to digital currencies such as bitcoin and dogecoin in order to survive without access to the traditional banking system.
What can be done about Operation Choke Point, who is being targeted, and what implications does this hold for the future of digital currencies?

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Speakers
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Perianne Boring

Founder & Pres, Chamber of Digital Commerce
Perianne M. Boring is the founder and President of the Chamber of Digital Commerce, the first U.S. based trade association dedicated to promoting bitcoin and digital assets to public-policy makers. Boring is a sought after speaker, and author of the "Boring Bitcoin Report", a popular... Read More →
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Mark Calabria

Dir of Financial Regulation Studies, Cato Institute
Mark A. Calabria is director of financial regulation studies at the Cato Institute. Before joining Cato in 2009, he spent six years as a member of the senior professional staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. In that position, Mark handled issues... Read More →
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Cathy Reisenwitz

Editor-In-Chief, Sex and the State (blog)
Cathy Reisenwitz is an Editor at Young Voices and a D.C.-based writer and political commentator. She is Editor-in-Chief of Sex and the State and a columnist at Townhall.com and writer for Bitcoin Magazine. Her writing has appeared in The Week, Forbes, the Chicago Tribune, The Daily... Read More →
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Ashe Schow

Opinion Writer, Washington Examiner
Ashe Schow is a columnist for the Washington Examiner and has written extensively about cryptocurrencies, Washington's obsession with them and what they can be used for. She's most acquainted with Dogecoin and the work its founders are doing to promote cryptocurrencies as fun as well... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

11:00am CDT

The Share Economy is Failing. Abort or Retry?
The Share Economy is a continuum of evil: from the purely generous (like CouchSurfing.org) to the prima fascia evil (cough cough MonkeyParking). But even those apps that seem harmless, if not good (think: RelayRides) disrupt more than the industry they ostensibly target. They disrupt the way we view public space and public goods. They disrupt the very idea of "private property," and, for that matter, of "sharing." This session will ask: are there parts of our economy that we should wall off from monetized sharing? What happens when people can go into the business of sharing - especially if that business relies on the use of (if not the sharing of) public space? Should the share economy be folded into the regular economy and thus abide by all its regulations, should it sit alongside the regular economy with its own set of regulations, or should it simply be shut down like a Napster for this decade?

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Speakers
avatar for Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Gadi Ben-Yehuda

Innovation Fellow, IBM Center for the Business of Government
Gadi Ben-Yehuda is the Director of Innovation and Social Media for The Center for the Business of Government. He speaks and writes extensively, delivering presentations all over the US and internationally. His articles have appeared online and in print in publications ranging from... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

11:00am CDT

What #BlackLivesMatter Teaches Us About Solidarity
#BlackLivesMatter has become a powerful call to action in similar shootings of young African American males, but has also been a catalyst for communities of color to band together. We'll explore the genesis of this movement, how it's reshaping conversations, creating a dialogue around the value of life, and what it's done to reignite a civil rights movement in this country.

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Speakers
avatar for Alicia Garza

Alicia Garza

Special Projects Dir, National Domestic Workers Alliance
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Opal Tometi

Exec Dir, Black Alliance For Just Immigration


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

12:30pm CDT

Engaged Journalism: Connecting With News Audiences
How are today’s journalists finding new ways to engage the audience they once took for granted? Jake Batsell has spent the past two years visiting innovative news organizations that are experimenting with new methods to connect with – and yes, monetize – their readers, viewers, and digital users. Batsell, an assistant professor of journalism at Southern Methodist University and a visiting research fellow at The Texas Tribune, conducted interviews with more than 100 journalists across the United States and United Kingdom for his forthcoming book, Engaged Journalism: Connecting With Digitally Empowered News Audiences. The goal is to demonstrate that, at a time when news organizations are losing agenda-setting power, journalists can still thrive by earning their audience's attention through a combination of online technology and personal interaction.

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Speakers
avatar for Jake Batsell

Jake Batsell

Asst Professor, Southern Methodist University
Jake Batsell is an assistant professor at Southern Methodist University’s Division of Journalism in Dallas, where he teaches digital journalism and media entrepreneurship. He conducts academic research on audience engagement, media convergence and emerging mobile platforms. Batsell... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm CDT
ACC Ballroom G

12:30pm CDT

Engagement Strategies for Niche Communities
The secret’s out: good snacks are engaging. At this session, we’ll segment the room into smaller groups to discuss some frameworks and proven tactics for building and engaging niche communities. Bring your own challenges, goals, and ideas to share and you’ll leave with at least two new contacts. Join us for good snacks and even better people.
Our theory is that to make your project a success, the right people have to learn about it at the right time. So how do you identify the specific type of person that is the right fit? And then once you’ve figured out who these super-special folks are, how do you turn them into engaged super-users? And how do you keep the super-users interested?
Join us to share your know-how on how to leverage technology to turn a super-specific target audience into a super-special, super-engaged community. We’ll break the room into teams that will compete (ahem, collaborate) to solve real-life cases and present solutions to eachother.

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Speakers
avatar for Eric Facas

Eric Facas

Founder, Media Cause
Eric is the founder and CEO of Media Cause, a digital marketing agency that works exclusively with nonprofits and causes. Eric is also the founder and President of Social Good Labs, an incubator for new nonprofits and social good startups. As a social entrepreneur and advisor, Eric... Read More →
avatar for Kate Forester

Kate Forester

Social Sector Startup Builder and Connector, start-up builder
Based in New York City, Kate Forester grows ideas, companies and connections. She developed Repair the World’s Finance & Operations from launch to support 36 employees in six cities and now serves as Board Chair of Challah for Hunger. Having grown up in Ithaca and attended Cornell... Read More →
avatar for Lauren Wagner

Lauren Wagner

Sr Mgr Mktg Strategy, VolunteerMatch.org


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

12:30pm CDT

Latin America: Silicon Valley’s New Frontier
Latin America is booming and Silicon Valley is taking notice. Over the past few years, Latin America has experienced rapid growth in terms of technology adoption, mobile penetration, new forms of transportation, technical talent and innovation and social media engagement. Additionally, global landmark events such as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics have brought Brazil to the global spotlight.
Technology companies want to be a part of this action, which is why leading tech companies such as Evernote, Uber, Google and Prezi are investing heavily and rapidly expanding their presence in Latin America.  
Come hear from seasoned executives from top Silicon Valley companies that are responsible for driving their company’s growth and expansion in Latin America. And come learn why Silicon Valley has its eye on its newest startup: Latin America.

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Speakers
avatar for Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Head of Latin America Go-To-Market Strategy & Operations, Google
avatar for Josue Gonzalez

Josue Gonzalez

Corporate Latin America Sales Mgr, Google
Josué González has worked for the past 15 years with CEOs, Senior IT, HR and Finance Executives to leverage information and data as some of the key assets they need to do their jobs efficiently by improving efficiency, reduce costs and increase collaboration and sales within the... Read More →
avatar for Rocio Medina van Nierop

Rocio Medina van Nierop

Regional Mgr, Latin America, Prezi
Rocío is Regional Manager for Latin America, Spain and Portugal at Prezi. She manages Prezi’s operations in the region, her strategies and business alliances have resulted in a rapid brand adoption across Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. Rocío holds a degree in Marketing... Read More →
avatar for Luis Samra

Luis Samra

GM, Latin America, Evernote
Luis Samra, General Manager, Latin America, Evernote
MZ

Megan Zoback

Head of Expansion for the Americas, Uber
Megan Zoback is the Head of Expansion for the Americas at Uber, a mobile application that connects you with a driver at the push of a button in over 150 cities around the world. Prior to her current role leading Uber's expansion, she was an international launcher, on the ground operationalizing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

12:30pm CDT

SXSW Daily Recap
What are the top trending topics at SXSW Interactive over the last 24 hours? Which products, established companies and startups are gaining buzz -- and which ones aren't. Attend the "SXSW Daily Recap" to hear industry experts discuss the event's most newsworthy speakers, stories, and emerging themes.

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Speakers
avatar for Todd Hansen

Todd Hansen

IA Content Programmer, SXSW STAFF
avatar for Susan Lahey

Susan Lahey

Reporter, Silicon Hills News
avatar for James Moore

James Moore

Founder - Big Bend Strategies, Big Bend Strategies
New York Times bestselling author of six books, Emmy-winning former TV news correspondent, frequent MSNBC guest political analyst, founding investor and former board member of tech start ups, public and media relations, crisis communications and business development consultant, co-founder... Read More →
AP

Austin Powell

Managing Editor, The Daily Dot


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

12:30pm CDT

The Silk Road Case: Impacting Our Digital Future
Lyn is the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the man the Federal Government convicted of seven felony counts based on the accusation that he created and operated the anonymous online marketplace Silk Road. She had a front row seat at what has been called the most important trial in America. She will share this experience and address the impact of this landmark case; why the trial was unfair; and how it will set precedent and impact our freedoms - both on and offline.

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Speakers
avatar for Lyn Ulbricht

Lyn Ulbricht

CEO, Ross Ulbricht Legal Defense Fund
I am the mother of Ross Ulbricht, the man accused of creating and running the Silk Road anonymous online marketplace. Although I have no private information about the case and am not a lawyer, I am in close communication with Ross and his attorney, Joshua Dratel. I am also an author... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

12:30pm CDT

We Take It for Granted: Defending All Human Rights
When we log onto the Internet most of us take for granted the right we have to write and say whatever we want. We take for granted the right to find out the information we are looking for. We take our security for granted, the right to associate with the people we want, the right to be secure in our digital possessions. While we take these freedoms as given, many of them are coming under threat from state, private, vigilante, and commercial actors. From bulk surveillance to Network Neutrality to DDoS-as-censorship, bloggers, activists, journalists, free thinkers, and everyday web surfers around the world are being censored and taken offline just because the guy with the bigger stick doesn’t agree with their point-of-view. The Internet was built for all of us, not just the powerful, but like with any resource people will try to take advantage of it for personal gain.

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Speakers
avatar for Kenneth Carter

Kenneth Carter

Counsel, CloudFlare
With an eclectic background in just about everything, Ken has developed an expertise in several subject matter areas in electronic communications. He is a recognized authority on spectrum economics, winning 2 research prizes on the subject. His published work includes more than 25... Read More →
avatar for Tekedra Mawakana

Tekedra Mawakana

Global Head of Public Policy, VP & Deputy General Counsel, Georgetown University School Of Foreign Service
Tekedra is the Vice President & Deputy General Counsel of Global Public Policy for Yahoo. She leads a team of regional public policy experts in the US, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, Middle East and Africa, as well as global subject matter experts for privacy, human rights and... Read More →
avatar for Michael Samway

Michael Samway

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University School Of Foreign Service
Michael Samway is an adjunct faculty member at Georgetown University in the Master of Science in Foreign Service Program where he also leads an initiative on business, human rights and technology. He's also a former visiting scholar at the Center for Business and Human Rights at NYU's... Read More →
avatar for John Scott-Railton

John Scott-Railton

Research Fellow, University of Toronto
John Scott-Railton is a Research Fellow at the Citizen Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto. He tracks targeted digital threats against civil society, as well pro-state hackers and cyber militias. Lab projects he has contributed to have been used in legal actions... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

1:00pm CDT

The Last 50 and the Next 50 Years of Learning
If you see how much learning has changed in the last 50 years, you will want to attend this session for a discussion on where learning will land 50 years from now. Starting with chalk and landing in 2015 with computers and tablets – where will innovation go next? Speakers will also address the impact of this change on the masses.

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Speakers
QP

Quentin Paquelier

Project Mgr, Digital Codex University
avatar for Carsten Rudolph

Carsten Rudolph

CEO, BayStartUp GmbH
Carsten is managing director of BayStartUp, an organization helping startups getting financed. Besides a large Angel and VC network, BayStartUp also manages businessplan competitions all over Bavaria. Carsten has been engaged in the German startup community for 15 years, in various... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Austin City Hall

1:30pm CDT

3:00pm CDT

Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper
In the face of today’s environmental and economic challenges, doomsayers preach that the only way to stave off disaster is for humans to reverse course: to de-industrialize, re-localize, ban the use of modern energy sources, and forswear prosperity. But in this provocative and optimistic rebuke to the catastrophists, Robert Bryce shows how innovation and the inexorable human desire to make things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper is providing consumers with cheaper and more abundant energy, faster computing, lighter vehicles, and myriad other goods. That same desire is fostering unprecedented prosperity, greater liberty, and yes, better environmental protection.
Utilizing on-the-ground reporting from Ottawa to Panama City and Pittsburgh to Bakersfield, Bryce shows how we have, for centuries, been pushing for Smaller Faster solutions to our problems. From the vacuum tube, mass-produced fertilizer, and the printing press to mobile phones, nanotech, and advanced drill rigs, Bryce demonstrates how cutting-edge companies and breakthrough technologies have created a world in which people are living longer, freer, healthier, lives than at any time in human history.
The push toward Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper is happening across multiple sectors. Bryce profiles innovative individuals and companies, from long-established ones like Ford and Intel to upstarts like Aquion Energy and Khan Academy. And he zeroes in on the energy industry, proving that the future belongs to the high power density sources that can provide the enormous quantities of energy the world demands.
The tools we need to save the planet aren’t to be found in the technologies or lifestyles of the past. Nor must we sacrifice prosperity and human progress to ensure our survival. The catastrophists have been wrong since the days of Thomas Malthus. This is the time to embrace the innovators and businesses all over the world who are making things Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper.

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Speakers
avatar for Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce

Author/journalist/speaker, robertbryce.com


Monday March 16, 2015 3:00pm - 3:20pm CDT
ACC Ballroom G

3:30pm CDT

'CAT'astrophe: Good, Bad and Ugly of Internet Cats
The Internet has an insatiable appetite for cats like Grumpy Cat and Lil’ Bub. Unfortunately, the virtual popularity of cats hasn’t translated into more real adoptions. Of the 8 million dogs and cats that enter U.S. animal shelters each year, about 4 million are euthanized. Sadly, cats are more likely to be euthanized than dogs. Cat behavorist and TV host Jackson Galaxy and Bryan Kortis, author and TNR expert for PetSmart Charities, will discuss new data and reasons why cats, despite their Internet popularity, don’t get the same respect as dogs. Cats don’t visit the veterinarian as often as dogs, and cats who become lost are much less likely to be reunited with their owners. We need to change this attitude because let’s face it; cats don’t really have eight more lives to live. We'll ask for your ideas on how to take the obsession and fascination we have for Internet cats, use the power of social media and advocate for change so that more lives are saved.

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Speakers
avatar for Jackson Galaxy

Jackson Galaxy

Television Host & Cat Behaviorist, WME Entertainment
A cat behaviorist by day and rock ‘n’ roller by night, Jackson Galaxy, host of Animal Planet’s My Cat From Hell, challenges the traditional cat lover persona with his tattoo clad arms and guitar case filled with cat toys. With over 15 years of experience working with animals... Read More →
avatar for Bryan Kortis

Bryan Kortis

Program Mgr, PetSmart Charities
Bryan Kortis currently serves as a program manager for PetSmart Charities, overseeing their Free-roaming Cat Spay/Neuter grants as well as other initiatives designed to humanely and effectively manage feral and stray cat populations. The co-founder and former executive director of... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

3:30pm CDT

Asian Connection SXSW Meet Up
Looking to expand across Asia? Asia is a highly fragmented region – each country itself can contain multiple languages and cultures. Startups interested in expanding overseas will need more than just a good product to win in each country; they need a network, knowledge, and insights in order to to find business partners and localize products to suit local needs. "Asian Connection SXSW" will enable you to meet key individuals and companies that can help your startup expand into said market.
If you’re interested to expand into Korea, China, Japan, and/or Singapore/Malaysia, "Asian Connection SXSW" will serve as a great platform for for you to introduce yourself to startup communities in these countries.
You don't have to be an Asian to attend. But, you should take part in this meet up if you want to learn more about startup ecosystems in Asian cities -- or if you want to try to find an opportunity for your next amazing project in Asia.

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Speakers
HR

Hahn Ryu

Mgr, D Camp


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 502-503

3:30pm CDT

Hold The Queso: Marketing to Latinas
Latinas are the holy grail of marketers. With 86 percent saying they are the primary decision makers in their households, Latinas are pivotal to the Hispanic market’s $1.2 trillion in annual buying power.
But before you go into "fiesta" mode, throwing around sombreros, confetti, and some random Spanglish, consider this:
—Latinas are way more diverse than you think
—Latinas are way are more sophisticated than you think
—62% of Latinas wish for more lifestyle information written for "Latinas like me."
As a Latina lifestyle expert, Emmy-nominated host, and co-author of Border-line Personalities: A New Generation of Latinas dish on Sex, Sass, and Cultural Shifting I’ll help define who YOUR Latina customer is and what she NEEDS, so you can begin talking TO her instead of talking AT her. I'll share my expertise from launching my own website, offering lifestyle tips on the Today Show, and working in Latin media to help you create campaigns that are effective, not offensive.

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Speakers
RM

Robyn Moreno

Founder at Robynmoreno.com, RMK Media Group
Robyn Moreno is a Latina lifestyle expert, Emmy-nominated TV host, author, and blogger at PocketsofPretty.com, a weekly newsletter and blog that helps women easily infuse beauty and joy into everyday life.


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

3:30pm CDT

Let’s Supersize Wi-Fi and Change the Future
We need more Wi-Fi. Three decades ago, the FCC designated its first significant swaths of unlicensed spectrum for public use in so-called “garbage bands.” This “garbage” spectrum is where Wi-Fi was born. Today, Wi-Fi is an essential on-ramp for Internet connectivity. More than half of us have used public Wi-Fi—and more than sixty percent of us rely on it at home. Due to the low barriers to entry, Wi-Fi is the perfect sandbox for experimentation. It fosters innovation. It is responsible for more than $140 billion of economic activity annually—and it’s only going to grow.
This is good stuff. We need to keep it coming. So we need public policies that support more Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum activity—and we need them now.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica  Rosenworcel

Jessica Rosenworcel

Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
Jessica Rosenworcel was nominated for a seat on the Federal Communications Commission by President Barack Obama and on May 7, 2012 was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate. Commissioner Rosenworcel brings a decade and a half of public sector and private sector communications... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

3:30pm CDT

Mentor Session: Jonathon Morgan
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
avatar for Jonathon Morgan

Jonathon Morgan

Founder/Principal, Good At The Internet
Jonathon builds digital products at agencies, corporations and startups, focused on product strategy, software architecture, data science and engineering leadership. He runs technology and product development at CrisisNET, Ushahidi’s streaming crisis data platform, consults on machine... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I

3:30pm CDT

On the Frontlines of the Social Media Jihad
Extremists have emerged from the dark web to exploit social media to broadcast their narratives and recruit impressionable youth. Governments, on the other hand, have been hampered in their ability to fight extremist narratives for several reasons, including recent NSA allegations and restrictions on entering religious conversations. This panel will bring together government officials, NGOs, and the tech community to explore ways to confront the vibrant extremist activities on the Internet and social media while firmly protecting personal freedoms and the free expression of ideas. We will discuss the success & failure of various programs, the evolving social media strategies of extremist groups, and try to find a common ground that reduces real-world violence and builds resilience among communities at risk.

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Speakers
avatar for Shahed Amanullah

Shahed Amanullah

CEO & Co-Founder, LaunchPosse
Shahed Amanullah, a veteran of several Silicon Valley startups, currently serves as CEO of LaunchPosse, a startup that helps people leverage social networks to enable entrepreneurship. Prior to starting LaunchPosse, Shahed served as a Senior Advisor at the US Department of State... Read More →
avatar for Humera Khan

Humera Khan

Exec Dir, Muflehun
Humera Khan is the Executive Director of Muflehun, a think tank specializing in preventing radicalization and countering violent extremism (CVE). Ms Khan designs and implements CVE-specific and CVE-relevant programs for prevention, intervention and interdiction of violent extremism... Read More →
avatar for Nadia Oweidat

Nadia Oweidat

Sr Fellow, New America Foundation
Dr. Nadia Oweidat is a non-residential Senior Fellow at New America Foundation with a D.Phil. in Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford. Prior to her doctoral studies, Dr. Oweidat worked as a Research Associate at the RAND Corporation where she led several research projects... Read More →
avatar for Matthew Rice

Matthew Rice

Analyst, National Counterterrorism Center
Matthew Rice is a strategic planner within the Directorate of Strategic Operational Planning, where he coordinates US government policies related to counterterrorism. His portfolio focuses on terrorist use of the Internet, with a special focus on the use of social media for radicalization... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

3:30pm CDT

The Future of Latino Entrepreneurship
Different cultures & philosophies are represented in the Latino entrepreneurship community. A unifying characteristic which binds us together is the belief in the American dream. Through entrepreneurship, hard work & a healthy sense of community integration, great success can be accomplished. Several cities across the US & Americas have seen a rise in Latino(a) entrepreneurship success. This session addresses how the new face of the Latino(a) entrepreneur is shaping up regionally, nationally & internationally as well as how this Hispanic Chamber in tandem with the City of Austin and partners are involved to help grow & support this vibrant ecosystem right here in Austin.
Topics covered:
A) Latino(a) business / entrepreneurship research.
B) Trends, insights & case studies for entrepreneur success.
C) Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy - International & Domestic
It's an interactive session so come ready to share your feedback to further develop this Entrepreneur ecosystem.

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Speakers
avatar for Tony Aguilar

Tony Aguilar

Co-Founder, Student Loan Benefits
Tony is a former professional poker player turned socialpreneur. His passion is creating businesses and organizations that tackle social and economic problems.
avatar for Ruben Cantu

Ruben Cantu

Founder, CORE Media Enterprises
avatar for Mark Madrid

Mark Madrid

Pres & CEO, Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Mark L. Madrid is President and CEO at the Greater Austin Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GAHCC).
avatar for Thomas Miranda

Thomas Miranda

Founder & CEO, Sparkovation IT LLC
Thomas Miranda is Founder of Sparkovation IT, LLC, a management and technology advisory firm specializing in strategic planning, capability alignment and technology integration for various sized companies. His firm helps entrepreneurs & executives assess, align and design business... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

3:30pm CDT

VodkaforDogPeople: Matchmaking a Business Heart
Tito's Handmade Vodka and animal welfare non-profit Emancipet have created a unique and mutually beneficial partnership... but this isn't your usual cause marketing arrangement. Hear from veteran Tito's Handmade Vodka marketing pro Beth Bellanti and Emancipet CEO Amy Mills about how these two Austin originals found each other so many years ago and turned that story into the web content for good that is Vodkafordogpeople.com. Discover how your NPO or corporation can find your own philanthropic soul mate.

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Speakers
avatar for Beth Bellanti

Beth Bellanti

Relationship Mktg, Tito's Handmade Vodka
After working on national marketing campaigns for Pepsi, Exxon, Visa and the Jim Beam Music program around the country, Beth decided to stay home in Austin and help out Tito Beveridge, of Tito's Handmade Vodka fame 12 years ago, for free, since he couldn't afford help at the time... Read More →
AM

Amy Mills

CEO, Emancipet
Amy Mills has spent her career creating social change to improve the lives of the underserved. In 2006, Amy became CEO of Emancipet, a non-profit on a mission to make spay/neuter and preventive veterinary care affordable and accessible for all pet owners. Last year, Emancipet spayed... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

3:30pm CDT

Hands On: Inclusion, Accountability and Empowerment
ATTENTION: This session requires advance signup to attend. For Online Schedule: Please utilize the RSVP link below the description to reserve your seat. For SXSW GO App: Use the RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link. You must have a SXSW Interactive, Gold, or Platinum badge to attend, and, you must have an activated SXsocial account (social.sxsw.com) to reserve a seat. If you have any issues with signing up, please email support@sxsw.com. VERY IMPORTANT: Because of the limited space, we recommend you arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the published start time of this session. If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for at least five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
Prerequisites:
Should have basic knowledge about the lack of diversity in technical fields.
What to Bring:
Laptop, paper, pen.
We create social good to right injustices, empower communities and inspire social change. But do we reflect the people we serve? Sexism and racism continue to be played out in tech communities, which remain overwhelmingly white, male and college-educated. An honest assessment of where we're falling short and strategies for moving forward will help us build welcoming, sustainable communities for social good.
This hands-on, two and a half hour long workshop will give you the tools to:
1. Develop strategies for building more inclusive, accountable and effective spaces — and be better at what you do.
2. Find ways to be an effective ally to those who are marginalized in your workplace, and build a more inclusive culture.
3. Find allies outside of your workplace if you can't find any within. -
Draft Timeline:
I. Who’s in the room? [10 min]
A. Self-introduction & Breaking into Working Groups - [10 min]
Go-round: In 30 seconds, share— this is if there are <= 20
If 20+ then small/large org spectrogram into to those around you - THESE
Name
Where you’re from (define that however you like)
One person who brings you here today
II. What’s the problem? [35 min]
A. What people are bringing to the room [5 min]
Ask people to write down the one problem or issue in their organization they most want to solve. For instance “we want our board to reflect the diversity of our community,” or “we want to make anti-oppression training a regular part of our staff work,” etc. Invite everyone to think specifically about this problem as we work today.
B. Vocabulary discussion [15 min]
What do we mean when we talk about:
structural racism/sexism/classism/homophobia
impostor syndrome
accidental techie
microaggressions
implicit bias
covering/invisibility (ability/disability, classism, race, sexuality, gender, everywhere!)
BRING PEOPLE BACK TOGETHER
C. What evidence is out there [20 min]
This is the traditional “presentation” sections. What data on diversity, is available?
III. What’s the solution? [30 min]
A. Harvest some of the problems people are trying to solve [5 min]
1. From the issues folks identified in the prior section, invite them to share if they feel inclined, and write them up on a sheet of paper.
2. Determine 3, 4 or 5 problems (depending on the number of the participants) that have resonance with a number of people. Each problem/issue becomes a group — invite people to choose which group they’d like to participate in. Have each group determine a scribe.
B. Collectively work on solutions [25 min] -
1. Give each group 5 minutes for each (20 minutes total) of the following questions:
Describe the situation now. What needs to change?
Describe the ideal situation. If the problem were completely resolved, what would it look like, feel like, sound like?
Determine the blockers to the ideal situation. What’s in the way of making this happen?
Determine what actions could be taken to address, defuse or circumvent things standing in the way and change the situation. [scribes record this section]
2. Give each group an extra 2 minutes to determine a presenter to report-back on the fourth section (solutions) and identify the most important highlights.
3. Each group reports back in 2-3 minutes.
C. Closing
“Write down one commitment for a concrete action you’ll take when you leave here to begin moving your work down the path to the solution.”

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Speakers
avatar for Ivan Boothe

Ivan Boothe

Creative Dir, Rootwork.org
Ivan Boothe works as a freelance Drupal developer and online organizer, and is the online communications associate for the Fellowship of Reconciliation. A co-founder of the Genocide Intervention Network (now United to End Genocide), he worked as a community organizer in Philadelphia... Read More →
avatar for Shireen Mitchell

Shireen Mitchell

Dir, Web & Interactive Media, Women's Media Center
Shireen Mitchell is the Director of Web and Interactive Media at the Women's Media Center (WMC). She is responsible for WMC's web assets, online strategies, and engagement. Shireen has decades of internet and technology experience. She has advocated on behalf of women and girls within... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 310-311

4:00pm CDT

Energy Networks & the Role of Emerging Technologies
Join Ravi Pradhan - CTO of Siemens Smart Grid - and Andy Sansom - Exec. Director of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University - as they focus on the future of drilling, energy networks, and the role of emerging technologies in the industry.

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Speakers
RP

Ravi Pradhan

CTO, Siemens Smart Grid
AS

Andy Sansom

Texas State University


Monday March 16, 2015 4:00pm - 5:00pm CDT
Austin City Hall

5:00pm CDT

#YesWeCode: From The 'Hood To Silicon Valley

Speakers
avatar for Van Jones

Van Jones

Pres & Co-Founder, Rebuild the Dream
Van Jones is a CNN political commentator, regularly appearing across the network’s programming and special political coverage.
avatar for Maxine Williams

Maxine Williams

Global Dir of Diversity, Facebook
Maxine Williams is the Global Director of Diversity at Facebook.  In this role, she develops strategies to harness the unlimited potential of Facebook’s talent while managing a high-performing team of diversity program managers from the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

5:00pm CDT

Breaking Bad Boundaries: Latina Entrepreneurship
Current statistics (from 1997 to 2014, the number of firms owned by women of color skyrocketed 216%) demonstrate the number of Hispanic women (Latinas) business-owners tripling (Latinalist.com, 2014). These numbers signify Latinas should have equitable access to incubators, accelerators, innovation and funding opportunities mirroring the need.
The disparity in necessity of support systems and reality should be the overt catalyst demanding change. In an auto-ethnographic account of CEO of Lulu Sync, the Latina entrepreneur divulges the secrets of success to encourage other women to break the bad boundaries revealing what it takes to ignite a series of change in the landscape of business and innovation.
Through an in-depth analysis of personal tribulations that accounted for learning opportunities in her own journey, Lulu provides precise action-orientated solutions to creating change for a traditionally underrepresented market sector that is on the brink of expansion.

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Speakers
avatar for Luisa Frias

Luisa Frias

Founder, Lulu Sync LLC


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

5:00pm CDT

Bridging the Federal & State Data Divide
Federal and state data managers are working under new mandates to provide more open data and greater data transparency. But much of this work is being siloed at the different levels of government. Exploring the possibilities for greater data science collaboration, this panel will be a discussion between senior data leadership in Washington D.C. and Texas. Panelists will provide an overview of their respective federal and state open data strategies, share ideas on improving the user experience and determining their stakeholders, look at new public-private partnership models, and ideate on the future of data collection, data dissemination, and data science in the public sector.

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Speakers
avatar for Susan Combs

Susan Combs

Principal, The Maravillas Group
avatar for Mark Doms

Mark Doms

Under Secretary for Economic Affairs, US Dept. Commerce, US Department of Commerce


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

5:00pm CDT

How Government Fails and How You Can Fix It
It's not just healthcare.gov. Why do US taxpayers still pay hundreds of millions of dollars for websites that should cost thousands (and often don’t work)? The real reasons may surprise you. For government to work in the 21st century, it must become competent – even great – at digital. The bad news is that no one is going to do that for us. It’s the job of the American people. The good news is that it’s now possible, and the most rewarding work you’ll ever do.

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Speakers
MD

Mikey Dickerson

Administrator, United States Digital Service
avatar for Jennifer Pahlka

Jennifer Pahlka

Founder, Code for America
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America. She recently served as the US Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. She is known for her TED talk, Coding a Better Government, and the recipient of several... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Salon 5-6

5:00pm CDT

Is Social Good the Next Killer App?
Something sexy happened at SxSW 2014 that didn’t involve Lady GaGa: an unprecedented number of do-gooding Geekerati showed up, wanting to change the world. Does this mean that social good has “made it”, or just become the latest trend to generate lots of hype but little impact? Shiny new platforms, brands and tools promise game-changing technologies & society-saving outcomes, but do they get us any closer to actually solving the world’s most challenging social problems?
It’s time we put the SXSW community to work doing what it does best - leading industry innovation. Come to this session ready to get your hands dirty exploring what authentic, lasting social change could really look like.

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Speakers
avatar for Eve Simon

Eve Simon

Creative Dir, Beaconfire Consulting
A lapsed philosophy major with an M.F.A. in theatrical lighting design, Eve has 18 years of experience in the Web industry. When not creating award winning designs for Beaconfire's non profit clients or helping make the world a better place (one website at a time), Eve blogs for the... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

5:00pm CDT

Mentor Session: Artur Melentin
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Artur Melentin

CCO / Co-Founder, Gravity Media


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II

5:00pm CDT

Mentor Session: Lane Becker
Mentor Sessions enable less-established new media professionals to gain seven minutes of direct one-on-one career-related counsel from a more established / more experienced new media professional.
This Mentor Session will require advance online sign up.
That being said, we are sometimes able to accommodate walk ups on-site as needed.

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Speakers
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Lane Becker

Dir-Talent Initiative, Code for America
Lane Becker is Code for America’s Talent Director, working to get more technologists doing meaningful work inside government, and to help governments create workspaces that allow technologists to succeed. Previously, Lane was Code for America’s Director of Products and Startups... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III

5:00pm CDT

Pushing the Envelope Forward: Latin@s in Tech
Latin@s in Tech was a sold out one-day by-invitation gathering for over 100 leaders throughout tech. Having advocated for and worked on getting more Latin@ participation at SXSWi for years, Kety Esquivel, Principal of Esquivel McCarson Consulting, organized this first of its kind event in 2014 with the Kapor Center for Social Impact to help further the increased participation by Latinos and Latinas in SXSWi as well as the industry as a whole. This panel brings together the people responsible for organizing the Latin@s in Tech Summit as well as others like it throughout the U.S. to explore what has been accomplished, where we are at present and what can be done to bridge the gap between the possibility of Latin@s involvement in Tech and Innovation and the reality. The panel will provide concrete solutions to help move this issue forward.

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Speakers
avatar for Francesca Escoto-Zavala

Francesca Escoto-Zavala

Founder, Startups For Social Impact
Self-taught web developer, engineer by trade, professionally trained as a life and business coach - Francesca works diligently with techmanitarians that use business to fight poverty and disease through Startups For Social Impact. She also advocates for Latina empowerment by coaching... Read More →
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Kety Esquivel

Founder and CEO, Dandelion Strategy
Kety Esquivel is CEO of Dandelion Strategy. She is the founder of http://XelerateTech.com & the Latin@s in Tech Summit.
avatar for Deldelp Medina

Deldelp Medina

Co-Founder, Avion Ventures
Deldelp Medina is the founder and CEO of Avión Ventures. We are a Latina focused accelerator for mobile platforms. This unique program is for U.S. born Latinas and Latin-Americanas. This program is a combination of in person & virtual curriculum designed to grow the opportunities... Read More →
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Rosalinda Zepeda

CEO, Compelling Conversations
Rosie “the Closer" Zepeda is CEO of Compelling Conversations, an organizational development training and diversity strategy consulting company (www.compelling-conversations.com). She is also the Founder of Latina Success Network, the premier global member based community for professional... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

5:00pm CDT

Technology Needs Latinas: Bold Decision Makers
In late May 2014, Google released its diversity report. As expected, the numbers were not good. Google’s technical workforce, worldwide, is 30 percent women. In the United States, the numbers are two percent Black and three percent Hispanic.
Being successful in technology requires challenging courses like computer science or technical design. Very few women try these male dominated degrees, and even fewer of those women are Latinas
Latinas are bold because they are decision makers, fascinated for what they do. They are entrepreneurs because they fight for their dreams and goals. Tech Latinas are those who make what they say, they're committed to contribute to make a big impact, they are inclusive, they inspire others to inspire, they know that working together and recognizing the work of others goes further. Tech latinas never betrays their ideals no matter what people say, they are confident of what they want, who never stay in the comfort zone and their mission in life is to transcend.

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Speakers
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Daniela Victoria González

Co-Founder, Epic Queen
Daniela Gonzalez is a Mexican digital marketer, entrepreneur and social media enthusiastic. She is Co director in Epic Queen an organization that is creating initiatives for helping women at Technology.
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Ana Karen Ramirez Tellez

CEO & Founder, Epic Queen
Ana Karen is Founder and Director of Epic Queen, a platform to empower women in the digital culture and technology.


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

5:00pm CDT

Why You Will Invest in the Sub-Saharan Africa
Africa is alive and well, and open for business. The continent now holds the fastest growing economies in the world, but still struggles to develop an infrastructure for its entrepreneurs. Why? Bank rates average 25%, loans are inaccessible, and coordinated resources are hard to come by, leaving the continent’s businesses, over 99% of which are SMEs, underbanked and unable to access the tools they need to evolve. To combat this, Ingressive has created a resource pipeline to thoroughly vet, represent, build and connect high-growth businesses with international resources and impact opportunities. Come find out what it’s like to be an African entrepreneur, international investor, and legal and auditing firm connecting Western businesses with Sub-Saharan opportunities. We demystify the African entrepreneur’s experience, show you just how easy it is to cross borders for business, and introduce you to the Silicon Valleys of the Sub-Saharan.

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Speakers
avatar for Taiwo Ajetunmobi

Taiwo Ajetunmobi

Co-Founder/Strategy & Business Dev, Passion Incubator
Taiwo is a co-founder of Passion Incubator where he leads all strategy and business development initiatives. Taiwo has spent all his career in corporate strategy and over time has primarily focused on the Technology & Media industries.
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Kwame Dougan

Managing Partner, IYa Ventures
Kwame Dougan is the Managing Partner and Co-Founder of iYa Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm focused on technology startups in the Sub-Sahara. Mr. Dougan also advises investment funds and technology focused angel investors seeking to enter Africa.
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Maya Horgan Famodu

Founder, Ingressive LLC
Maya Horgan-Famodu is a Nigerian-American committed to making things easier for Sub-Saharan entrepreneurs. She is Founder and CEO if Ingressive and a regular contributor for the Huffington Post. She comes from a background in private equity research and entrepreneurship journalism... Read More →
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Dapo Okubadejo

Partner & Africa Head, KPMG Nigeria
Dapo is Partner & Africa Head of Deal Advisory & PE at KPMG.He provides Buy-side & Sell-side corporate finance & transaction advisory to strategic and financial investors on local & cross-border deals within Africa and in-bound investments into Africa. Dapo leads the sub-Sahara African... Read More →
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Stephen Ozoigbo

CEO, African Technology Foundation
Stephen Ozoigbo, serial investor and advisor to multiple startups, is the CEO of the African Technology Foundation, a Silicon Valley based organization focused on globalizing African technologies by providing access to resources that effectively address and manage the pressing technological... Read More →
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Pule Taukobong

Founder, Africa Angels Network
Pule is the founder of Africa Angels Network (AAN), a seed stage investment firm that invests in Africa-focused Tech startups. Their mission is to fuel economic growth in Africa by identifying and investing in high potential startups. AAN also matches its entrepreneurs with highly... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

9:00am CDT

9:30am CDT

PanelPicker Tips for Success
In July 2015, SXSW will start accepting speaking proposals for the March 2016 event via the PanelPicker interface. This process is a very competitive one – only about one in five proposals are accepted. Attend this session to learn basic tips on how to give your great speaking idea the best chance for success in this process.

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Speakers
avatar for Christine Auten

Christine Auten

Interactive/V2V Festival Producer, SXSW STAFF
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Sarah Garcia

IA Panels Programmer, SXSW STAFF


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

9:30am CDT

The Future of the Internet: How Open is Open
There is perhaps no issue of greater debate in the technology industry today than the Open Internet, with a record 3.7 million Americans submitting comments to the FCC on the issue. So the question is: how do we balance the consumer benefits an open and transparent Internet promotes against the critical need to preserve sufficient flexibility for broadband providers to innovate?
Our panel seeks to get to the heart of the issues of the FCC’s Open Internet Order, and what regulations, if any, are needed to ensure the Internet is open and accessible to all Americans.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Speakers
avatar for Marvin Ammori

Marvin Ammori

Founder, Glen Echo Group LLC
Marvin Ammori (@ammori) is a First Amendment lawyer who has spent a decade in DC working on public policy issues such as network neutrality, copyright, and STEM education. He recently published a short book called On Internet Freedom. Once the General Counsel of the advocacy group... Read More →
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Scott Cleland

Founder, Precursor
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Tiffany Moore

Consultant, Twin Logic Strategies
Tiffany M. Moore is a principal at Moore Consulting and strategic consultant with TwinLogic Strategies. In these roles, Tiffany advises corporations, trade associations, and coalitions on how to influence technology and innovation policy before Congress and the Administration. In... Read More →
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Brent Skorup

Research Fellow, Mercatus Center At George Mason University
Brent Skorup is a research fellow in the Technology Policy Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University. His research topics include wireless policy, new media regulation, antitrust, and telecommunications.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
Parkside Restaurant Upstairs

11:00am CDT

Decoding Percepciones: CS, Latinos and Storytelling

Speakers
avatar for Susan Cartsonis

Susan Cartsonis

Pres, Storefront Pictures
The Hollywood Reporter named Susan Cartsonis one of the top five grossing producers of the year for WHAT WOMEN WANT (Paramount)—the highest grossing romantic comedy of all time at the time of its release--and WHERE THE HEART IS (20th Century Fox). She produced, THE DUFF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eraXtuAnv64... Read More →
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Julie Ann Crommett

Program Mgr/CS Education in Media, Google
Julie Ann Crommett joined Google in December 2013 and is currently the Program Manager, CS Education in Media, working to shift perceptions of computer science in mainstream media so as to encourage more diversity in the field.
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Joanna Johnson

Exec Producer/Writer, ABC Family
Joanna Johnson is well known for her acting role as twins Caroline and Karen Spencer on the CBS soap opera “The Bold & the Beautiful,” where she still occasionally reprises her role as Karen (the not so evil twin). Joanna wrote the independent feature “The Shrink Is In” starring... Read More →
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Sowmya Subramanian

Engineering Dir, YouTube
Sowmya Subramanian joined Google in 2006 where she was instrumental in the development and growth of several strategic initiatives at YouTube and Google Maps. In her first 4 years, Sowmya led an engineering team with Google Maps using crowdsourced data to map the worlds' streets and... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom E

11:00am CDT

#OurTimeToLead: Why Tech Needs More Women
Women currently make up about 25% of the technical workforce and earn about 18% of computer science degrees. It wasn't always that way. In the mid 80's women took home 37% of computer science degrees. What is going on? How do we change it? And why does it matter?
Find out why it is essential that more women pursue tech careers and more tech companies create inclusive environments where women can thrive.

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Speakers
avatar for Elizabeth Ames

Elizabeth Ames

VP Strategic Mktg & Alliances, Anita Borg Institute
Elizabeth is a passionate technology marketer who has held positions at Apple, Verifone, Netcentives, Vontu and countless other technology start-ups. Her commitment to see women at the table in technology companies led her to the Anita Borg Institute where she currently heads up marketing... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom G

11:00am CDT

Innovating Diversity and Inclusion in Tech
By 2020 people of color will be a majority of the US population. We represent money, market talent and location. When top Silicon Valley companies "lock out" diversity, they limit creativity and growth in their businesses. Reverend Jesse Jackson, founder of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and champion of social change, will share how inclusion and diversity can fuel innovation in the tech industry.

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Speakers
avatar for Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson

Founder & Pres, Rainbow PUSH Coalition
The Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, is one of America’s foremost civil rights, religious and political figures. Over the past forty years, he has played a pivotal role in virtually every movement for empowerment, peace, civil... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Ballroom D

11:00am CDT

Lessons From Africa: Relationships Over Privacy?
Africa is in the midst of a mobile revolution that is resulting in the unprecedented expansion of something Africans value most: relationships. This serves as a key innovation driver on a continent where mobile subscribers are predicted to hit one billion next year. The people of Africa embrace mobile technology to connect to communities, regions, countries and the world. This rapid ICT expansion has resulted in a “leapfrog” effect, resulting mobile technology innovation in critical sectors of the economy including banking, education, healthcare, agriculture, and community development. Local technology hubs spawn mobile applications and sharing of solutions as quickly as the technology allows. Join us to find out how, while the world debates technology, privacy and identity management issues, Africans are seizing opportunities to share, connect and enable communities through technology. Part of the IEEE Future Identity Series.

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Speakers
avatar for Jessica Colaço

Jessica Colaço

Director of Partnerships, Ushahidi iHub Nairobi AfriGadget
Jessica Colaço is currently the Director of Partnerships at iHub. She was the Founding Manager between 2010 and 2011 at iHub and Research Director between 2011 and 2013 at iHub Research. She is passionate about Innovation, Research, Mobile and Robotics Technology, Mentorship and... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

11:00am CDT

Putting Policymakers to Work For You
"Putting Policymakers to Work For You: Fostering a Pro-Innovation Nation"
It’s true: government can be a true driver of innovation! From coast to coast, entrepreneurs are building vibrant, tech-driven businesses that create jobs and energize the U.S. economy. While some policymakers are unaware of Internet-driven innovation happening in their own districts, many others are eager to learn more. As new technologies and communities arise, startups need to work hand in hand with government entities to thrive. How can startups engage with local and national governments to build smart, pro-innovation public policies and help policymakers at all levels recognize the value of industry self-regulation and disruptive innovation?

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Speakers
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Adrian Fenty

Business Dev Mgr, Perkins Coie
Adrian Fenty rose to national prominence when he served as Mayor of Washington, D.C. from 2007 - 2011.While serving as mayor of DC, Fenty was known for reforms that streamlined the District's government and increased its responsiveness and engagement with residents. After leaving... Read More →
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Niloo Howe

Chief Strategy Officer, Endgame Inc
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Grover Norquist

President, Americans For Tax Reform
Grover Norquist (Twitter: @GroverNorquist) is president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR), a taxpayer advocacy group he founded in 1985 at President Reagan’s request. ATR works to limit the size and cost of government and opposes higher taxes at the federal, state, and local levels... Read More →
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Michael Petricone

SVP Government Affairs, CEA
Michael Petricone is the senior vice president of government affairs for the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). In his position, Petricone is responsible for representing the CE industry’s position before Congress and the FCC on critical issues such as Internet freedom, wireless... Read More →
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Julie Samuels

Exec Dir, Engine Advocacy
Julie Samuels is Executive Director and President of the Board of Engine, and a frequent commentator on tech and policy issues for national media, particularly in the patent space. She has also filed briefs with the Supreme Court and testified before Congress. She serves on the Editorial... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

11:00am CDT

Screens and Stereotypes: How SocialTV Amplifies Images
Stereotypes of women of color are leaping from TV screens to smartphone and tablet screens with the help of networks. Reality shows that feature women of color rely on ancient and ugly stereotypes to draw audiences. SocialTV amplifies those images and networks are powerful socialTV influencers that use those images to promote TV shows. SocialTV challenges networks to go beyond typical marketing strategies to push shows. Networks such as Vh1 use social constructions of race and gender to promote shows such as Love & Hip Hop using tag lines such as: Empire State and booty shakes. Vh1 even rewards viewers for creating outrageous memes, most often racist and sexist ones, by featuring them on the network’s website. African-Americans are major social TV players. They watch TV two hours more than the national average and use Twitter more than other Americans, but TV images of blacks remain flat and stereotypical. SocialTV is recycling those images on new platforms and among new audiences.

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Speakers
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Lynessa Williams

Account Coord, Transform PR
Lynessa Williams is a social media strategist and public relations professional. She is currently an account coordinator at social media marketing and public relations firm SocialRadius where she has managed the social media outreach and public relations for various tech and multimedia... Read More →
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Sherri Williams

PhD Candidate Media Researcher, Syracuse University
Sherri Williams is PhD candidate at Syracuse University in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications where she studies media diversity, social media, social TV and how people of color use social media and how they are represented on social networks. She appeared on CNN’s... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 5ABC

11:00am CDT

The Arc of Emerging Technology: Patents Predict It
This session will look at how to use the patent as a tool for predicting the future; and it will explore how our patent system really works.
Sometime, perhaps 1000 years ago mankind unearthed an interactive virtual machine, an amplifier of ideas, a tool that would both preserve history, and project ideas into the future. John of Shiedame and the King of England used it in 1326 to spread the art of salt making to a country in need. Samuel Morse used it in 1847 when he taught the world to communicate via electromagnetism. Today we call this interactive virtual machine by the name “patent.” The concept is simple: teach something new, get a limited monopoly in exchange.
Many disparage the patent because of its sharp monopolistic teeth. Few realize however that the patent also traces the arc of technology, if you learn how to look. Disruptive innovations occur when disparate technologies collide. By tracing the arc left by these patent collisions, one can catch glimpses of the future.

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Speakers
avatar for Gregory Stobbs

Gregory Stobbs

Atty/Principal, Harness Dickey & Pierce PLC
Mr. Stobbs has been a principal of Harness Dickey since 1986 and has practiced in the IP field for over 30 years. He is the author of two leading legal treatises, Software Patents, and Business Method Patents and editor of a third treatise, Software Patents Worldwide, a work comprising... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

12:30pm CDT

Future of Non-profits Meet Up

Speakers
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David Neff

Digital Strategy, PwC Advisory
Simply put, David helps people for a living. As a strategy consultant, digital marketer, content strategist, digital engagement pro, nonprofit expert, and campaigns expert David has been living in the Fortune 500 and nonprofit world for over thirteen years. He currently works as a... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 504

12:30pm CDT

Battles at Home: Protecting the Sharing Economy
The sharing economy has alternately been called a means to empower users and add efficiency to the economy as well as a death knell for powerful, incumbent industries. Now, almost anyone can rent out their bedroom or be an on-demand driver. As the peer-to-peer economy grows, these services raise issues ranging from taxes to public safety, and some incumbent industries have grown frustrated with this disruption in the marketplace, attempting to use city and state government to squash these burgeoning businesses.
Our panel will discuss the current policy battles across the U.S. from ridesharing battles in Illinois and Virginia, to the fights over home-sharing in New York and California as well as debate the merits of the arguments made by incumbent industries. Panelists will speak to the key battleground states, highlighting which states and cities have advanced a pro-innovation agenda versus those who have propped up the incumbent industries.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Speakers
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Laurent Crenshaw

Head of Federal Affairs, Yelp
"Laurent Crenshaw is the head of federal affairs for Yelp Inc. In this role he serves as the point person in Washington D.C. on federal public policy for Yelp and has worked on issues relating to anti-SLAPP legislation, Internet Freedom, patents, consumer protection and promoting... Read More →
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April Mims

Public Policy Mgr, Lyft
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Chris Nakutis

Texas GM, Uber
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Brandon Pollak

Dir/Global Affairs, 1776
Brandon Pollak is the Director of Global Affairs for 1776, a global hub in Washington DC for startups tackling major challenges in education, energy, health care, smart cities, and other critical industries. Brandon focuses on global public policy, strategic partnerships, and engagement... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
Parkside Restaurant Upstairs

12:30pm CDT

Cash, Credit, Bitcoin? The Law of Digital Currency
Digital currencies present a host of complex legal, regulatory, and policy questions. Policymakers paid little attention to digital currencies until 2013, when the rise of Bitcoin forced them to confront the issues raised by these products. Policymakers must decide how to prevent digital currencies from being used for money laundering and terrorist financing and to protect consumers from fraud—but without stifling innovation in this nascent field. Further, regulators face the challenge of trying to regulate providers of digital currency services within a traditional regulatory framework that is often wholly unsuited to the unique characteristics of digital currencies.
This presentation will explain the issues that regulators and lawmakers are addressing with respect to digital currencies, and describe the key actions taken to date. The presentation also will discuss legal issues that businesses involved with digital currencies should consider and address.

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Speakers
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David Beam

Partner, K&L Gates LLP
David Beam is a partner in the financial services practice of K&L Gates, a global law firm with offices on five continents. The focus of David’s practice is payments and credit regulation. He provides clients with regulatory compliance and related business planning advice; works... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 9ABC

12:30pm CDT

Global Competitions that Change the World
The Global Innovation Competition is funded by Making All Voices Count, an initiative operating in 8 African and 4 Asian countries to support innovators and entrepreneurs in realizing projects that improve the relationship between citizens and governments. In its first year more than 40,000 registered global users participated and out of the over 60,000 votes, about 75% came from the global south. The grand prize winner was a government-led project that used mobile reporting to improve delivery of Pakistani government services to those who need them most.
The competition is in its 2nd year and as one of the most significant open government initiatives in the global south, Making All Voices Count uses a mixed toolkit of competitive and collaborative approaches that make it one of the most inclusive programs around. For anyone looking to host a global competition capable of changing the world, the online and offline best practices from this team can help them shape their approach.

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Speakers
avatar for Nathaniel Manning

Nathaniel Manning

Dir of Business Operations, Ushahidi
Nathaniel’s work orbits around the theme of developing technology that makes the world a better place.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

12:30pm CDT

Is Mobile Tech the Answer to our Political Apathy?
The explosive growth of mobile is changing the way we interact with each other and with the outside world, including government. 92 percent of Americans own at least one (1) cell phone, and overall in the US, we have more wireless devices than people. On the other hand, Americans are exhibiting an increasing dissatisfaction with the decision-making effectiveness and speed (or lack thereof) of our elected officials, especially Congress.
This session will:
a) Explore whether mobile technologies are helping increase civic engagement.
b) Evaluate whether mobile civic-tech companies are getting traction & funding.
c) Question whether social media is helping solidify this new E- Democracy trend.
Moderator: Adriana Gardella, writer at the New York Times
Panelists:
Ana Roca: Founder of LATISM (Latinos for Social Media and Technology);
Nathan Daschle: Founder of Ruckus, VP at ClearChannel, Investor;
Ximena Hartsock, PHD in Policy and Founder, Phone2Action

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Speakers
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Ana Roca Castro

Founder, LATISM
Ana Roca-Castro is the CEO of Premier Transmedia in New Your City and the founder of the largest social network of Latinos in the world: LATISM. She started her career at Columbia University where she managed technical projects for the School of Public Health. She then led the implementation... Read More →
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Nathan Daschle

VP of Govt, Ruck.us
Nathan Daschle is the Executive Vice President for Political Strategy at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, where he runs a business unit dedicated to political advertising.
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Adriana Gardella

Contributing Writer
Adriana Gardella is a journalist who frequently covers entrepreneurship and careers. She created and wrote "She Owns It," a New York Times blog on women and entrepreneurship that ran for nearly five years, and blogs for Forbes on legal issues that affect business owners. Prior to... Read More →
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Jeb Ory

CEO, Phone2Action
Jeb Ory is the CEO and Co-founder of Phone2Action, an award-winning, venture-backed technology company. He is responsible for for Sales, Marketing, Financial Operations, and Strategy. Phone2Action creates digital social action tools for nonprofit and for-profit companies.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

12:30pm CDT

SXSW Daily Recap
What are the top trending topics at SXSW Interactive over the last 24 hours? Which products, established companies and startups are gaining buzz -- and which ones aren't. Attend the "SXSW Daily Recap" to hear industry experts discuss the event's most newsworthy speakers, stories, and emerging themes.

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Speakers
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Sarah Garcia

IA Panels Programmer, SXSW STAFF
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Kamille Girton

Dir of Business Operations Texas, Xconomy Texas
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Andrew Logan

Head of Production, 6 Years
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Aaron Sankin

Reporter, The Daily Dot


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm CDT
ACC Ballroom F

2:00pm CDT

Patent Reform: It Is Time to Finish the Job
After the House of Representatives passed the Innovation Act this year, a bill aimed at halting abusive patent litigation, Senator Reid failed to bring the issue to the floor of the Senate. Until patent reform is passed, the U.S. economy will continue to suffer, resulting in job loss and decreased innovation not to mention an annual loss of $80 billion. During this panel, you will hear from both a patent assertion entity and a victim of patent trolling. This panel will discuss the efforts to reform the law, what true patent reform looks like and what the 2015 Congress may do to finish the job it started this year.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Speakers
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Austin Carson

Policy Advisor, Rep Blake Farenthold's Office
Austin Carson is the Policy Advisor for Congressman Blake Farenthold (TX-27). He staffs the Congressman on his Judiciary assignment, focusing on the Intellectual Property and Regulatory Reform subcommittees.
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Van Lindberg

VP of Intellectual Property, Rackspace Hosting
Van Lindberg has worked professionally as an engineer, as a lawyer, and as an executive. He currently has a dual legal/technical role at Rackspace, and has worked out of both the legal department and the Office of the CTO. In April 2012, the American Bar Association Journal named... Read More →
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Katie McAuliffe

Exec Dir, Digital Liberty
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Russ Merbeth

Chief Policy Counsel, Intellectual Ventures
Russ Merbeth serves as Intellectual Ventures’ Chief Policy Counsel in Washington, DC. Russ leads Intellectual Ventures’ government relations strategy, manages its public policy operations, and oversees the Washington, DC office. As Chief Policy Counsel, he works with government... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Parkside Restaurant Upstairs

3:30pm CDT

LGBT Best Practices From Practicing Homosexuals
A crash course in speaking "gay." Exploring best/worst content. Billions are spent every year on Advertising but very little reflects the social revolution that is happening now for LGBT people. And the “gay joke” using stereotypes, homophobia and trans-phobia remains a go-to tool for comedy in marketing content worldwide. Learn how storytelling can reflect LGBT consumers in a positive way while still being funny & relevant. Understanding specific examples and language that work and don’t work can be the difference in reaching the LGBT audience. Session will include many current examples of good work plus loads of brand fails; and anecdotes from industry insider. The dual presentation by Advertising and Media experts will educate, entertain and eliminate the “gay joke” from your storytelling toolbox.

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Speakers
avatar for Whitney Pillsbury

Whitney Pillsbury

Executive Creative Director, Publicis Kaplan Thaler
Whitney studied Advertising at UT but learned the hard way at McCann-Erickson, JWT and finally Publicis for the last 18 years. Creative Director on famous brands; Hot Pockets, Similac, and Daisy Sour Cream.
avatar for Mike Wilke

Mike Wilke

Founder & Exec Dir, AdRespect Advertising Education Program
Wilke began charting the emergence of gay marketing and advertising as a journalist in 1992, and started guiding advertisers as a nonprofit leader in 2001.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

3:30pm CDT

Modern Swiss Army Knife: Apps for Independence
Fact: You are getting older.
Your eyesight may be a little blurry or you may have trouble remembering the milk. In fact, you may already be using some of the same accessibility features that are so important for people with various disabilities, such as increasing your text size or calendar reminders.
Independence is important at any age. Whether you are a non-verbal child trying to express yourself, an adult who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or a baby boomer just trying to stay in your home.
Low-cost, commercially available technology and apps have the power to help you, your children, and your parents gain independence. When used effectively, apps can serve as communication devices, help you complete everyday tasks, and remind you to take your medication.
This panel will examine and demonstrate how apps and mobile devices can be used to support independence by focusing on the individual’s skills, abilities, and interests.

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Speakers
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Stephen Ewell

Exec Dir, CEA Foundation
Steve Ewell is the executive director of the CEA Foundation, a charitable foundation with the mission of linking seniors and people with disabilities with technology that can enhance their lives. He joined the CEA Foundation in January 2012 and is the first person to hold this po... Read More →
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Betsy Furler

Training & Therapy Coord, BridgingApps
Betsy is a speech pathologist and autism consultant with 22 years of experience in a variety of settings. She graduated from Austin College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology and from the University of Texas at Dallas with a MS in Communication Disorders. She also holds a Texas... Read More →
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Cristy Gamez-Galka

Psychologist, Easter Seals Greater Houston
Cristy Gamez-Galka joined Easter Seals to promote their mission of recovery by providing skills and supports to assist people of various abilities to enjoy their lives in the communities of their choice. Cristy graduated from the University of Houston with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology... Read More →
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Amy Wheeler

Outpatient Specialist & Occupational Therapist, Michael E Debakey Va Medical Center


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
ACC Room 10AB

3:30pm CDT

Skilled Labor, Green Cards, and H-1B Visas, Oh My
After years of debate, Congressional leaders promised to enact comprehensive immigration reform in 2014. Our panel will discuss how the lack of robust reform is harming American businesses and jobs. We will hear from those on both sides of the issue as we discuss what reforms are needed to ensure the U.S. remains the home of the world’s most innovative industries.
Presented by Glen Echo Group

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Speakers
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Cathie Adams

Pres, Texas Eagle Forum
Cathie Adams serves as the President of Texas Eagle Forum, the International Issues Chairman for Eagle Forum and on the board of the national Eagle Forum (www.eagleforum.org). She was elected Republican National Committeewoman for Texas in 2008 and stepped down after being elected... Read More →
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Ximena Hartsock

Co-Founder, Phone2Action
Ximena Hartsock is the President and co-founder of Phone2Action, a civic engagement and communications platform based in Washington, DC, used by hundreds of thousands of people to connect with lawmakers. Prior to Phone2Action she was a member of the executive cabinet of former DC... Read More →
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Jeremy Robbins

Exec Dir, Partnership For A New American Economy
Jeremy Robbins is the Executive Director of the Partnership for a New American Economy, a bipartisan coalition of more than 500 CEOs and mayors making the economic case for immigration reform. Jeremy previously worked as a Policy Advisor & Special Counsel in the Office of New York... Read More →
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Todd Schulte

Pres, FWD.US
As Executive Director of FWD.us, Todd Schulte manages the organization’s staff and departments, its internal operations, and its political engagements in Washington and throughout the country.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm CDT
Parkside Restaurant Upstairs

5:00pm CDT

21st Century Barricades: Branding the Revolution
Where does the power to change come from? From inside the belly of the beast or the lone wolf in the dark? As the tools and symbols of dissent move from the brick in the street to the branding of social movements the traditional battle lines between barricades and boardroom are being redrawn. From Occupy to ISIS, radical social actors are presenting themselves as brand managers, infiltrating and appropriating state and corporate media strategies to create a new form of political engagement. Realising that the medium is the means to the message, activists are positioning themselves as Prosumers - distorting the means of information production and consumption. This repositioning raises important questions over the methods and objectives of new radical political movements to either act as agents of revolution or relics from an analogue age.

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Elliott Goat

Journalist
Elliott Goat is a UK based journalist who has written for multiple publications including The Independent, openDemocracy and El Pais. He is a winner of the Wyn Harness Journalist Award and a Contributing Fellow at the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) specializing in digital... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm CDT
ACC Room 6AB

8:00pm CDT

Social Good Hub Afterparty hosted by Global Citizen
Celebrate an amazing Social Good Hub with Global Citizen as we paint it black – black light that is. Explore trippy black light art installations and create your own designs – on yourself, your fellow partygoers, and interactive art walls. Art-ready tees and neon markers provided so you can express yourself, all while listening to some very special musical guests.

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Tuesday March 17, 2015 8:00pm - 11:00pm CDT
Trinity Hall