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Friday, March 13
 

10:00am

11:00am

How to Keep Ideas Alive After SXSW
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:
None.
What to Bring:
No materials needed to bring.
No matter where you work in marketing—agency, client, vendor, etc.—you leave SXSW with a ton of inspiration and ideas. Unfortunately, very few ideas actually make it all the way from the mere idea stage and into a live campaign. And, the truth is, getting something out the door that is a new, innovative and interesting is often more difficult and expensive than we anticipate. In this workshop, we offer a chance to reflect on and digest some of your SXSW experience by strategizing ways you can sell them in when you get home. For example, we will review scenarios such as a web app, a social campaign, and a cool piece of connected hardware and play through the real-life situations that would help you make them apart of a plan and bring them to market. To make things more fun (and realistic) we’ll break into teams to develop the solutions – then rank each teams outcome with a likelihood of success.

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Speakers
avatar for Christian Dodd

Christian Dodd

VP, User Experience Strategy Dir, Cramer-Krasselt
Christian Dodd is fascinated by the way digital tools fundamentally alter the way people communicate with each other, both as individuals and as representatives of businesses and brands. The last 5+ years at C-K have allowed Christian the opportunity to help Porsche attract and communicate... Read More →
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Nicholas Papagiannis

VP Search Dir, Cramer-Krasselt
Nick brings 16 years of digital marketing experience to the table, with a primary focus in search marketing and delivery. Nick has been the beneficiary of a career that began in digital from the get-go. After earning his Business Administration degree from the University of Illinois... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 301-302 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

How to Build a Following Around Your Idea
Too many people believe that if they keep their heads down and work hard, their ideas will be recognized on their merits, but that’s simply not true anymore. To make a name for yourself and gain traction for your best ideas, you have to capitalize on your unique perspective and knowledge and inspire others to listen and take action. Former presidential campaign spokeswoman Dorie Clark, a regular contributor to Forbes, HBR, and Entrepreneur, explains how to identify the ideas that set you apart and how to promote them successfully.
Drawing on her interviews with top thinkers like David Allen, Seth Godin, Daniel Pink, Tom Peters, Robert Cialdini, and more, Clark shows how to build a powerful and engaged community of followers around your ideas. In this talk, based on her new book Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It, she offers not mere self-promotion but the opportunity to make a powerful impact on the world.

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Speakers
avatar for Dorie Clark

Dorie Clark

Author/Consultant/Professor, HBR/Forbes/Duke
Dorie Clark is the author of "Reinventing You" (Harvard Business Review Press, 2013) and the forthcoming "Stand Out: How to Find Your Breakthrough Idea and Build a Following Around It" (Portfolio/Penguin, 2015). A former presidential campaign spokeswoman, she is a frequent contributor... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

How to Rock SXSW in 4 Hours
SXSW is an incredible opportunity to take your business or life to the next level. But what's the smart way to do it? And how do you choose from a million options?!
In this session, Tim Ferriss will teach his personal playbook and explain how his first book, The 4-Hour Workweek, hit its tipping point at SXSW in 2007. Before SXSW, it was turned down by 26 publishers. Post-SXSW, it went on to sell millions of copies in 30+ languages and stuck on The New York Times bestseller list for more than 4 years unbroken.
What did Tim do at SXSW that helped "the most surprising self-help hit of the decade" (Men's Journal) happen?
This session will cover that and more, including:
- Biohacks for surviving (and optimizing) the booze marathon and sleep deprivation inherent to SXSW
- Top mistakes 90% of attendees make
- How to pick sessions, parties, etc. and make the most of the madness
- How to interact with A-listers (or not)
- How to set yourself apart, enjoy the ride, and come away smiling
If you want actionable advice and uncommon tactics for getting the most out of SXSW, don’t miss this presentation!

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Speakers
avatar for Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss

Founder, 4 Hour Work Week
Timothy Ferriss has been listed as one of Fast Company’s “Most Innovative Business People”, Forbes Magazine’s “Names You Need to Know in 2011,” and is the 7th “most powerful” personality on Newsweek’s Digital 100 Power Index for 2012. He is an angel investor/advisor... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

How to Prepare for The Tidal Wave of Big Data Jobs
According to the CDO Club, in 2014, there were an estimated 1,000 Chief Digital Officers and thousands of Data Scientists at companies worldwide – doubling the numbers since 2013. These new titles are only the beginning in a massive shift to accommodate the influx of big data. CDOs are found most frequently in the U.S., followed by the U.K., Australia and Spain (tied for third), France and Italy (tied for fourth), and then Germany. Much like the changing roles throughout the digital industry, with the introduction of social media platforms (i.e. the role of Social Media Manager isn’t even a decade old), the big data industry is creating new roles for both legacy brands and startups. Data experts will be a scarce, valuable commodity in the next decade and a huge opportunity for people with the right skill sets. In this session, you’ll hear from top industry executives, many of them Chief Digital Officers themselves, about how to navigate the new job landscape in the age of big data.
Presented by Umbel

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Speakers
AM

Amen Mashariki

Chief Analytics Officer, City of New York
avatar for David Mathison

David Mathison

Founder & Curator, Chief Digital Officer Club
David Mathison is the curator of the Chief Digital Officer summit and founder of the CDO Club.
avatar for Sree Sreenivasan

Sree Sreenivasan

Chief Digital Officer, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) is the first Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the latest step in what he calls "a three-decade, one-way love affair with the world's greatest museum." At the Met, he leads a world-class team of 70 working on topics he loves: digital... Read More →
avatar for Tracey Wallace

Tracey Wallace

Managing Editor, Bigcommerce


Friday March 13, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACL Live at the Moody Theater ACL Live 310 W 2nd St

3:30pm

How to Turn Rejection Into Opportunities
When trying to find an investor for his technology start up, author Jia Jiang was rejected for what he thought was a done deal. It crushed his spirits and made him realize that he shouldn't take rejection this much to heart.
Jiang decided to go out and get rejected for 100 days, intentionally and in a way that would help him overcome his fear. On day three of this journey, a video of him being rejected was viewed by millions of people, and he found encouragement from strangers for the remaining 97 rejections.
After completing this journey, Jiang discovered how much rejection holds us back in our personal and professional lives. We want to land an investor or get capital for our startup, but we're scared that our idea isn't good enough. We want to sell more products, but we're afraid of hearing "no." All of these obstacles can be beaten with the right strategy, which Jiang has found in facing his own fear of rejection and is now sharing with you.

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Speakers
JJ

Jia Jiang

Owner, N/A
Jia Jiang moved to the United States at 16 years old with a dream to become the next Bill Gates. However, he settled in a role with Dell after graduating from college and decided to be contempt with the American dream of comfort and a nice middle class home.


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 3:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Administrative Professionals Meet Up
Calling all administrative assistants, executive assistants, receptionists, project managers, and more! If you are the hub, the gatekeeper, and/or the silent leader of your team or organization, then this meet up is for you! Come meet others in the administrative professionals field, trade tips for productivity, swap team-building ideas, and discuss how the landscape of the administrative profession is growing. Admins unite!

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Speakers
avatar for Danielle Zamora

Danielle Zamora

IA Exec Asst, SXSW STAFF


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 509 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Decoding Gender Diversity in Tech
The shortage of women in tech is no secret. The industry has fewer female executives and founders than almost any other. Why the disparity? Many people attribute it to a ‘brogrammer’ culture that discourages aspiring female engineers, a failure to expose girls to careers in STEM, and an absence of role models. How can companies fix the gap? Are changing tactics, job postings, or even their cultures enough? Join Darrell Silver, CEO of Thinkful; Alexa Scordato, Director of Product Marketing at Stack Exchange; and Savannah Peterson, Global Community Manager at Shapeways for a lively debate about this issue and the strategies they’re employing to solve the divide.

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Speakers
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Carolina Huaranca

Natl Clubs Dir, Girls Who Code
A first-generation Peruvian-American from New York City, Carolina Huaranca is a leader in the tech and education sectors, bringing more than 10 years of mission-driven career experience to her role as the National Clubs Director for Girls Who Code, a non-profit organization working... Read More →
avatar for Savannah Peterson

Savannah Peterson

Director of Global Community, Shapeways Inc
Savannah Peterson is the global community manager at Shapeways, the world’s largest community of 3D printing entrepreneurs. Empowering over 18,000 Shapeways designers and their shops every day, Savannah lives, eats and breathes 3D printing. Prior to joining the 3D printing industry... Read More →
avatar for Alexa Scordato

Alexa Scordato

Dir of Product Mktg, Stack Exchange
Alexa is an entrepreneurial digital marketer passionate about connecting people and ideas through new technologies. Over the last 7 years, she's designed and developed integrated digital campaigns for companies big and small, including a couple of her own.
avatar for Darrell Silver

Darrell Silver

Co-Founder & CEO, Thinkful
After 10 years hiring and training high-potential teams in technology, Darrell co-founded Thinkful to make adult education accessible to everyone. The company has a team of mentors that work with students one-on-one to learn technology and engineering skills that advance their ca... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Fear, Shame, Empathy & More Ways to Change Behavior
In this entertaining and provocative session, Daniel Pink — best-selling author of "Drive" and "To Sell is Human" and host and co-executive producer of NatGeoTV’s “Crowd Control” — will look at the science and practice of behavior change. He’ll show how subtle changes in environment can dramatically affect what people do. And he’ll explore the power (and limits) of techniques from fear to gamification to empathy to distraction. You’ll leave with a some smart tips on changing the behavior of those in your workplace, school, or home.

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Speakers
avatar for Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink

Author
Daniel H. Pink is the author of five provocative books — including three long-running New York Times bestsellers, A Whole New Mind, Drive, and To Sell is Human. Dan’s books have been translated into 34 languages and have sold more than 2 million copies worldwide. He is also host... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

The Societal Cost of Unrealized Human Potential
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.
What is the cost of unrealized human potential? We see a large pool of people, both educated and self-taught, who remain unemployed or under-employed, and a truly vast sea of people whose opportunities were lost long before they entered the workforce. There is a cost, and it’s not just personal. It is real dollars coming out of everyone’s pockets.
In an era of innovation and entrepreneurism, the contribution of every individual - smarts, creativity, ingenuity, passion - fuels the greater whole. What we are learning as an “Innovation Economy” is how to identify, embrace and nurture the individual spirit and its role in that economy - which is very different from economies of the past where control and conformity were the norm.
The talk will explore findings on the costs of unrealized human potential as well as some exciting initiatives in the works. We will share our research indicating that the hints to individual potential are discoverable in new ways.

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Speakers
VM

Vivienne Ming

VP of Research & Insight, Socos
Dr. Vivienne Ming is a theoretical neuroscientist focusing on probabilistic models of perception and cognition. In December 2012, she joined Gild, a recruiting technology start-up, to use the latest advances in human behavioral analytics and neuropsychology to improve the recruiting... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Women in Tech Can’t Be Our Next Endangered Species
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.
As tech companies continue to release shocking statistics on the low numbers of women in tech, it’s important to examine the root of the problem: fewer girls studying computer science. Never the realm of the cool kids, CS still attracted enough boys to grow into a hipster coder culture. But despite Title IX and the rise of girl power, most girls are giving a big pee-eww to CS. It’s not a lack of innate analytical ability. Studies show that girls in the U.S. perform as well as boys on standardized math tests. But behavioral differences in the classroom can favor boys, who are more likely to call out answers even when they’re wrong, vs. girls, who tend to answer only when they’re sure they’re right. Intuit’s Anu Tewary took bold steps to stop this technical identity crisis before technical women go the way of the dodo. She’ll describe founding Technovation, a global programming & entrepreneurship program for girls and the ways the tech industry can help women thrive in the world of tech.

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Speakers
avatar for Anu Tewary

Anu Tewary

Dir of Data Products, Intuit


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Applied Improv: Change The Way You Look at Work
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.
At its heart, Improv isn't about being funny. Rather, it's about re-learning how to play well with others. Embracing the simple joys that we brought to our activities as children.
Developing the skills necessary to become a great improviser -- being connected, listening, unconditional trust, saying "yes," and staying in the moment -- can transform the workplace.
In this two and a half hour long session, we will lead participants through improv exercises and discuss how fear of the unknown can breakdown team dynamic, cause inefficiencies, and stifle creative problem solving. And how, by reframing the way we think about collaboration, we can change the way we work.
The great thing about improv instruction is is that it's experiential in nature. We will debrief and discuss the concepts, but the dirty secret is that your team will get the benefits simply by doing the exercises!

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Jastroch

Michael Jastroch

Improv Instructor, Coldtowne Theater
Michael Jastroch writes and performs with Austin's ColdTowne Theater, winning several awards for his improv including “Best Comedy Group 2008” in the Austin Chronicle Reader’s poll and the B. Iden Payne award for “Outstanding Improv Ensemble.” His sketch project, Lovey and... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Madorsky

Rachel Madorsky

Improv Instructor, Coldtowne Theater
Rachel Madorsky, LCSW is a licensed psychotherapist, transformational relationship coach, teacher, speaker, actor and improviser. She received her BFA in Acting from Syracuse University and MSSA in Social Work from Case Western Reserve University.  Rachel is an alumnus of The Second... Read More →
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Pierce Purselley

Exec Producer, Mortified Austin


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon F 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

How to Take A Big Trip: Plan Your Own Gap Year
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 have experience traveling internationally -either solo or with a group; should have 5 or more years professional experience.
What to Bring:
A positive attitude, ideas on where you want to go and what you want to do, and a desire to really travel the world; pens.
Ready to quit your job and travel the world? Heard of a “gap year,” but don’t know where to begin? Think you have to win the lottery to do so? Awaken your inner explorer by planning an affordable big trip around the world. In this workshop, Kristin Zibell, world traveler and founder of TakeYourBigTrip, will take you through 5 steps to plan your own "gap" year.
You'll create a plan to travel the world, complete with next steps towards your trip. The format of the workshop is collaborative & interactive. At the start of each section, Kristin will cover foundational information and then give you several exercises to create your plan.
You will:
+ Envision It: Create a vision of your dream trip.
+ Define It: Write your itinerary that spans the globe.
+ Afford It: Determine a trip budget and see how affordable it really is!
+ Plan It: Review your life and create actionable steps to get you to your departure day.
+ Do It: Get questions answered and find your travel community!

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Speakers
avatar for Kristin Zibell

Kristin Zibell

Founder, Take Your Big Trip
Kristin Zibell is a world traveler who teaches others how to live their travel dreams. She is the founder of the web site Takeyourbigtrip.com, a site of resources to help travelers to take their own multi-month, round-the-world-adventures. She has inspired hundreds of would-be travelers... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 301-302 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The Results Curve: Focus, Collaborate, Play!
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 prerequisite, this workshop is for business professionals who deal with lots of information and competing priorities.
What to Bring:
A journal or notebook to learn about Micro-Planning and visual thinking!
This is the workshop that participants describe as transformational. This is it! If you want to make breakthroughs, respond instead of react to today's demanding work environment, and establish sustainable practices that will help you effectively manage the information overload and get outstanding results, you have come to the right place!
What will be covered?
The workshop deals with today's most pressing issues in the workplace, covering topics relating to managing time, managing priorities, managing interruptions, managing e-mail, calendar, and to-do lists, thinking and acting strategically, and most importantly being invigorated and re-energized in the workplace and elsewhere.
What the participants will be able to do as a result:
- Better manage interruptions and stay focused on the task on hand until meaningful results are achieved.
- Better manage e-mail and truly overcome the e-mail overload and using e-mail more effectively as a communication tool.
- Be responsive to the demands of your team and collaborate more effectively than ever before.
- Work more strategically instead of working harder, and better manage competing priorities.
- Manage stress like never before through purposeful action rather than passive reaction and turn stressful situations into opportunities. And much more!

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Speakers
avatar for Pierre Khawand

Pierre Khawand

Founder/CEO, People-OnTheGo
Pierre Khawand has more than twenty years of experience in the software industry. He has led several technology ventures, completed successful mergers and acquisitions, and founded People-OnTheGo in 2001. His Accomplishing More Leadership Program helps today’s leaders develop the... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 310-311 110 E 2nd St

4:00pm

The Downside of Up: A Comic Novel
If you could push a button and make yourself rich, you’d do it. But what if the button would also make 11,000 families poorer? Would you still push it? That’s the question Dain Dunston asks in this timely page-turner of a comic novel. The Downside of Up deals with some of the toughest questions facing Americans today and proves you can do well in business by doing good.
Here’s the issue: wouldn’t it be nice to be a failed CEO? That’s where the real money is. In Dain’s book, the hero jokes that he can fail for only $25 million. To his surprise, someone takes him up on it. All he has to do is go down with the ship and he gets his dough. But when he tracks down wrongdoing in the stock trades around the private equity fund that wants to take the company over, he realizes no one will believe he wasn’t involved. In fact, the press is already saying he’s the evil mastermind. So he has to save the company, the employees and his own neck, if he can.
A comic reading and a lively discussion.

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Speakers
avatar for Dain Dunston

Dain Dunston

Author, Vernacular Inc
I write about the world of business, both in fiction and in business books that document outstanding businesses (and sometimes cautionary tales). I’m the author of The Downside of Up: A Comic Novel of Outrageous Fortune (Vernacular Books, 2014) and a co-author, with Drs. Kevin and... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

2 Girls Are Crying and I'm Not: Improv in Any Career
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.
Improvisational comedy is the single best preparation for your 9 to 5 job. Period. Without any doubt, learning the basics of improv comedy has made me a better worker, friend, son, daughter, and lover. And it'll do the same for you.
I wasn't the class clown, am not trying to make it to SNL, and don’t perform on stage anymore. I'm actually on the business side of advertising, not the creative end. But that’s the point.
Today, formal education and training teaches you the "what." It's about knowing the content and right answers. But the basics of improv comedy teach you the "how."
Let's face it. For many of us today, work is trial by fire, and any instruction manual is long gone. By repurposing conflicts and negativity as opportunities, we create constant unexpected successes. Anyone applying the basics of improv comedy to their job completely changes how they deal with people and problem solving on a daily basis.
And it will restore hair growth and make you taller.

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Speakers
avatar for Dan Killian

Dan Killian

Account Supervisor, FCB Chicago
Dan is an advertising professional at FCB Chicago, viewing marketing challenges through the lens of psychology, 1-1 marketing, and human-centered design. He has worked extensively on both above and below the line campaigns, having managed national TV, Radio, Direct Mail, Email, and... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

End to Brogramming? How Women are Shaping Tech
What would the tech industry look like if it were built by women? ELLE.com, a women's magazine website with nearly 10 million unique visitors and a mission to celebrate strong, successful, and stylish women, will lead a panel of female tech executives to discuss the state of "Women in Tech.” In a world where the “pink ghetto” is a reality and we see a serious lack of female representation in the industry, is tech hostile to females? How are these women changing brogrammer culture? What will the future look like as more women enter this career space? And what changes must be made to ensure that more women seek out careers in tech? Moderated by Elle.com Editor Leah Chernikoff, panelists Danae Ringelmann, Danika Laszuk, and Nellie Bowles will discuss the challenges they face as women working in a man’s world.

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Speakers
avatar for Nellie Bowles

Nellie Bowles

Reporter, Re/Code
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Leah Chernikoff

Editor, Elle.com, Hearst Magazines Digital Media
Leah Chernikoff is the Editor of Elle.com, an authoritative, yet relatable online destination for women who create culture and enjoy modern luxuries. Chernikoff was name to the post in September 2013 and has nearly doubled traffic with the site reaching nearly 10 million women worldwide... Read More →
avatar for Danika Laszuk

Danika Laszuk

VP of Mktg, Jawbone
Danika Laszuk heads marketing for Jawbone, where she is responsible for the company’s marketing and communications activities globally. Prior to joining Jawbone, Danika spent nine years at Apple where she oversaw product marketing for numerous generations of the iPod and developed... Read More →
avatar for Danae Ringelmann

Danae Ringelmann

Founder & Chief Dev Officer of Indiegogo, Indiegogo
Danae Ringelmann co-founded Indiegogo in 2007 with a mission to democratize fundraising and has since helped to propel the company into the world’s largest crowdfunding platform. Today, Danae leads Indiegogo's industry development efforts, while steering the company’s employee... Read More →
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Nicole Sanchez

Founder, VIXXENN


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Getting Old: A Job for the Young
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.
In 1950, there were 205 million people over 60 in the world; today, close to 900 million. The older part of the population is growing faster than the total population. And living longer. The Gray Tsunami hits the shore. Time to reconsider everything we know about aging.
What to do with these extra decades modern society has given us? Can we design and build something remarkable? Can we make these years profitable for society? Interesting? Even enviable?
Using a mix of presentation and exercises this session, led by an IDEO designer, will invite the audience to think, experience and, hopefully, further develop some provocative design concepts for the aging population and for those who plan to age one day. It is a call to arms. Starting with a view of the most important challenges in aging, we will sketch design principles for aging and illustrate them with examples of ageless and age-appropriate designs, showcasing examples of IDEO’s Designs On Aging and other sources.

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Speakers
JC

José Colucci

Dir, Health & Wellness, IDEO
José Colucci, a Director and Associate Partner at IDEO Boston, where he's been since 2000. In his job he collaborates with multidisciplinary teams on myriad projects ranging from medical device designs to product strategies for large corporations. And, of course, design provocations... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Frank Donner
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 Frank Donner

Frank Donner

Pres, BLKBX Creative Group
Frank Donner is the CEO and Founder of BLKBX Creative Group, a powerhouse digital marketing agency located in Hollywood, CA. BLKBX is responsible for running some of the biggest campaigns for films such as SKYFALL, DIVERGENT, and AMERICAN HORROR STORY amongst many others. Frank's... Read More →


Friday March 13, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St
 
Saturday, March 14
 

9:30am

Mastermind Construction Zone
The idea of a "Mastermind Group" has been around for over 75 years, yet few people understand how to curate a long-term and mutually beneficial peer group. A Mastermind Group is how you can take "networking" and turn it into actionable support by creating a personal board of directors who meet regularly and lend continuing advice and counsel.
In today's internet world the idea of constructing a Mastermind Group no longer is predicated on geography, and attending an event like SXSW can be the right pool from which to begin finding like-minded people who are committed to similar levels of career advancement.
Business owners and entrepreneurs who participate in formal (and costly) peer organizations often swear that these associations have a direct impact on their company's growth. Having peers who have "been there, done that" can limit needing to learn from your own mistakes. But you need not be the CEO to have the power of a group that can show you the best path.

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Speakers
EG

Eliz Greene

Consultant, Embrace Your Heart
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Gerry O'Brion

Speaker/Consultant, What Big Brands Know
After years as an executive with billion dollar brands, Gerry O'Brion is now a professional speaker and strategy consultant who uses big company strategies to grow businesses of all sizes, regardless of their budget.
avatar for Jessica Pettitt

Jessica Pettitt

Consultant, Good Enough Now
Audiences are inspired to stand up and take action as Jessica Pettitt leads them down the path to understanding they are good enough to make the changes they seek. Challenging long held assumptions about the type of people who drive change and are successful, Jessica eradicates excuses... Read More →
avatar for Thom Singer

Thom Singer

Speaker/Trainer, Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do Podcast
Thom Singer is the host of the widely popular “Cool Things Entrepreneurs Do” podcast. He has an eclectic background working in sales, marketing and business development roles for Fortune 500 Companies, Law Firms, and entrepreneurial ventures. He believes that all opportunities... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Rent vs Buy: Everything You Must Know
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.
It’s time to move out of your parents’ basement. But seriously, how much house can you actually afford – and is renting really “throwing your money away?”
Trulia’s Housing Economist Ralph McLaughlin will demystify the economics of house hunting. Even if you're not looking for a new place right now, this talk will reveal truths about cities, neighborhoods, and real estate that are second-nature to economists, but sound foreign to everyone else. You'll walk away with a better understanding of why prices and rents are soaring (psst…you can't just blame the tech industry), and realize that:
You can't have it all. There are tradeoffs. No one city, neighborhood, or home has everything you want.
You'll need to answer some tough questions honestly: Are you a saver? Can you stand commuting? How safe is your job?
You must do some math. No way around it – sooner or later, you'll need to figure out what you can afford and whether renting or buying makes more sense.

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Speakers
avatar for Jed Kolko

Jed Kolko

Chief Economist & VP of Analytics, Trulia
Jed Kolko, Chief Economist and VP of Analytics, oversees Trulia's research programs. Applying a background in economic development and research methods, he transforms real estate data, economic trends, and public policy debate into digestible insights for home buyers, sellers and... Read More →
avatar for Ralph Mclaughlin

Ralph Mclaughlin

Housing Economist, Trulia
Ralph McLaughlin is Trulia's Housing Economist, and conducts research on housing market trends and real estate search patterns. His educational credentials include a B.S. in Regional Development from the University of Arizona and a Ph.D. in Planning, Policy, and Design from the University... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Staying Relevant as a Community Manager
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.
Community Management is often intangibly beneficial and very loosely defined. In any given day, you may be answering customer support emails, or representing your company at events… But as essential as these tasks are, not being able to attach a dollar value to your efforts can make you feel like you’re not contributing at all.
In this conversation amongst seasoned practitioners, we'll explore what it means to be your company's "Swiss Army Knife" - often bridging the gap between marketing, support and business development - and how to ensure that what you do (or what you won't do) is effectively communicated with your team. We'll also look at how to be part of your company’s strategic plans, raise your profile, stay creative and maybe even make a measurable impact on the bottom line!

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Speakers
avatar for Ros Hodgekiss

Ros Hodgekiss

Community Manager, Campaign Monitor
Ros Hodgekiss is the Community Manager for Campaign Monitor (http://campaignmonitor.com), an email marketing and copywriting nerd, Disaster Volunteer with the American Red Cross and an enthusiastic, but not polished dancer.


Saturday March 14, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

10:00am

Rebels at Work: Leading Change from Within
Struggling to make changes at work or convince management to take action? Ready to challenge conventional thinking or introduce a new idea, but worried about being viewed as a troublemaker or getting in way over your head?
Rebels At Work provides concrete ideas, techniques and advice on how to refine your thinking, improve your approach to work, and manage yourself so you can achieve more and stay sane and optimistic in the process.
Author Carmen Medina, a successful and occasionally wildly unsuccessful rebel herself at the CIA, reveals ways to navigate corporate politics, frame and communicate ideas, deal with controversy, avoid common mistakes, and manage yourself so you know when and how to keep pushing and when to quit.

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Speakers
avatar for Carmen Medina

Carmen Medina

Specialist Leader, Deloitte Consulting
Carmen is a Recovering Fed (recoveringfed.com) and a Rebel at Work (rebelsatwork.com) She retired in 2010 from a 32-year career at CIA. Today she cares about making sense of a quickly-evolving world, helping Rebels at Work, understanding meaning in a connected world, and "Yoda-ing... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 10:00am - 10:20am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

10:00am

10:30am

The Six Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs
Each of us has the capacity to spot opportunities, invent products, and build businesses, even $100 million businesses. How do some people turn ideas into enterprises that endure?
Amy Wilkinson unlocks the six essential skills that turn small notions into big companies. Her research is based on 200 interviews with today’s leading entrepreneurs including the founders of LinkedIn, Chipotle, eBay, Under Armour, Tesla Motors, SpaceX, Spanx, Airbnb, PayPal, JetBlue, Gilt Groupe, Theranos, and Dropbox. From the creators of the companies ranging from Yelp to Chobani to Zipcar, Amy found that entrepreneurial success works in much the same way. Creators are not born with an innate ability to build breakthrough enterprises. They work at it. They all share fundamental skills that can be learned, practiced, and passed on.
In this session, you will learn how to crack the creator’s code so that you can best scale your own ideas.

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Speakers
AW

Amy Wilkinson

Author, The Creator's Code
Amy Wilkinson is author of "The Creator's Code: The Six Essential Skills of Extraordinary Entrepreneurs" based on 200 interviews with today's leading entrepreneurs. She is a lecturer at Stanford Business School, senior fellow at Harvard University, a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 10:30am - 10:50am
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

11:00am

Coders Who Teach Meet Up
Everyone wants to learn how to code. Even famed music producer and entrepreneur will.i.am (of Black Eyed Peas fame) said he was learning to code! With so much demand for coding classes, our industry has seen a rise in the amount of workshops, weekend classes, bootcamps, immersive programs, and other options available for learning tech.
From programs like Dev Bootcamp and MakerSquare, to groups like Girl Develop It and Women Who Code, or online-based technologies like Codeacademy and Code School, the demand for professionals who know both how to code and teach, is growing at a rapid pace.
If you teach technology classes at a higher education institution, as part of a workshop or immersive startup program, this meetup is for you. If you create apps that teach people how to code, this meetup is for you. If you care about bringing underrepresented voices into the tech industry through teaching, this meetup is for you.
Let’s talk about coding and teaching!

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Speakers
avatar for Cecy Correa

Cecy Correa

Business Dev Mgr, Four Kitchens


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Creating A Digital Engagement Strategy for Leaders
Digital and social technologies have revolutionized relationships – and leadership is not immune. Despite the pressure to engage, leaders remain on the sidelines, paralyzed by fear and the unknown. We’ll look at how leaders can use technology to listen, share, and engage with employees and customers, at scale. We’ll also discuss common objections and concerns of leaders – and how to address them.

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Speakers
avatar for Charlene Li

Charlene Li

Founder & CEO, Altimeter Group
Charlene Li is CEO and Principal Analyst at Altimeter Group, and author of The New York Times bestseller Open Leadership. She is also the coauthor of the critically acclaimed, bestselling book Groundswell, named one of 2008′s best business books. She is one of the foremost experts... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Meet Up: It Takes All Kinds to Work in Advertising
An agency's best talent doesn't have to come straight out of portfolio school. What leads people to work in advertising or marketing? How does a diverse professional background lend itself to intriguing work? What's it like to start working in a marketing/advertising agency after life on the client side, running a small business, or working in the nonprofit sector?
This is a meet-up for folks from "agency life" who led previous lives in other industries, to discuss creativity as vocation and compulsion. Especially inclusive of those new to the ad world whose egos have not yet been extensively massaged.

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Speakers
EG

Emily Grim

Content Strategist, BFG Communications
Emily Grim is an Associate Content Strategist in the Atlanta office of BFG Communications, an independent advertising agency. Current clients run the gamut from nonprofits to The Coca-Cola Company and Whirlpool Corporation. Previous professional exploits in social media strategy... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Marta Voda
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 Marta Voda

Marta Voda

Talent Acquisition, Viacom Media Networks
Marta Voda is a Recruiter and HR professional with Viacom Media Networks. Marta supports the Global Digital Media and Corporate Groups for MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Spike, TV Land and Nickelodeon on the West Coast. She has over 15 years of experience in coaching and partnering with... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

11:00am

The Millennials: Empowering a Modern Workforce
The workforce is changing, that much is clear, and many people are worried about it. Pick up any newspaper or magazine and you can probably find a great article bemoaning the current crop of young professionals and pining for the work ethic of yesteryear. But whether you’re concerned about the rise of millennials or not doesn't matter: the millennial workforce is here and it’s here to stay. And that’s a good thing. It’s time to stop complaining about them and start empowering them as they climb into the driver’s seat of the global economy.
This panel will provide insight and analysis into the true nature of our changing, modern workforce and examine successful strategies for training, motivating and managing millennial workers. Attendees will hear from businesses and executives who specialize in getting the most out of employees and who have been successfully managing millennial employees and growing their businesses for years.

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Speakers
avatar for Anne Dwane

Anne Dwane

Chief Business Officer, Chegg
Anne is Chief Business Officer at Chegg, the student hub. Prior, she was CEO of Zinch, matching students with colleges and scholarships. Chegg acquired Zinch in 2011. Prior, Anne co-founded Military.com to connect the community to benefits, education and careers. Military.com was... Read More →
avatar for Jeff Fernandez

Jeff Fernandez

Cofounder & CEO, Grovo Learning
Jeff Fernandez is the CEO and Co-founder of Grovo, the world's quickest and simplest training platform for digital and professional skills. He oversees all aspects of fundraising, sales, investor relations, and company culture. In addition, Jeff manages and mentors the Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Ciara Peter

Ciara Peter

Head of Product, BetterWorks
Ciara Peter is the head of product at BetterWorks, an enterprise goals platform trusted by high performing companies to engage, empower and cross-functionally align their workforces. By applying Goal Science™ thinking, BetterWorks drives companies to become operationally excellent... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

UI? UX? Visual Designer? Let's Settle This
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.
UI? UX? Visual Designer? Ever had trouble trying to figure out how to label what you do? The creative industry has expanded and changed with the rise of digital technology, and it’s brought on a slew of inconsistent, blended job titles in an attempt to describe what it is we do.
Can we decide on a set of universal standards or do we ditch the business-card-filling titles entirely to convey our professions?
It’s time we sat down and figured out how to explain to our moms—and our peers—what we do. Join us for a guided conversation with creatives of all types to share ideas, opinions, and dreams for our industry.
Here we will:
1. Generate groups of current job titles
2. Organize and consolidate
3. Define universal standards
4. Explain to our moms what we actually do.

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Speakers
avatar for Sarah Thomas

Sarah Thomas

UI Designer, Chaotic Moon
Sarah Thomas was born and raised in Arizona where she graduated from Arizona State University. She started her career in Phoenix working primarily on print and branding design. In 2013 she decided she wanted more of a digital focus and moved to Austin, Texas where she now works as... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Writing Your Next Act
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.
You’ve kicked ass in your career. But now you’re restless. You’re feeling like it’s time to evolve.
So what’s holding you up?
The story that you’re telling yourself about your career.
Those old plot lines are played out. We’ll help you write new ones.
You’ll learn how to identify the story you’ve written so far and how to shift the plot. We’ll guide you through creating a vision, maximizing your strengths and looking at your team and network in a whole new way.
This session is for you if:
- You’re ready for what’s next, but you aren’t sure how to get there.
- You dig both brain science and the Hero’s Journey.
- You like a few curse words thrown in with your SXSW talks.
You will learn:
- The power of narrative and how to use it to your advantage.
- Why you always need new goals.
- How to “rewire” your brain to get you where you want to go next.
- What it takes to manage change.
- LOTS more stuff you’ll be talking about in line for parties or bbq.

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Speakers
avatar for Jen Spencer

Jen Spencer

Founder, The Creative Executive
Jen Spencer


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Decoding SXSW: Your Guide to Technology
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:
None.
What to Bring:
A pen and notebook to take notes, A laptop with a modern web browser.
Can someone please explain to me what that guy just said?! Do you love technology, but have no idea what happens behind the screen?
In this workshop designed for first-timers, tech jargon will be debunked and demystified, leaving you feeling confident to talk about the latest technologies. Led by John Ridpath, Global Head of Product, and Heidi Braunstein, Head of Product North America, of Decoded - the global company giving professionals a high-level understanding of code, data and more – attendees will know the difference between HTML5 and JavaScript, what an API is, and what Big Data means. And finally, workshop participants will understand why everyone is so excited about the Internet of Things.
In this two and a half hour workshop, you’ll learn:
- How code underpins every digital product – by demystifying code hands-on, you will understand the benefits of having prototyping and collaboration at the heart of your business strategy.
- How data can unlock opportunities in your business. Harness the intelligence available both inside and out of your organization to derive actionable insights and personalize your products and services.
- A new world of internet connected devices is enriching our relationship with technology. We will explore the world of wearable, beacons, and ubiquitous sensors.

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Speakers
HB

Heidi Braunstein

Head of Prod North America, Decoded
JR

John Ridpath

Head of Prod, Decoded
John Ridpath is Head of Product at Decoded, overseeing the creation of courses and their delivery. Before joining Decoded he was a writer at Contagious Magazine, providing a unique perspective on digital trends and creativity, and consulting for global brands including Diageo, Kraft... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 310-311 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Driving Results Through Culture
S. Chris Edmonds will speak on “Driving Results Through Culture.” For 25 years, Chris has helped leaders create safe, inspiring work environments where employees thrive. Chris will share insights from his new book, The Culture Engine, and outline how to change your team's culture through an organizational constitution.
Leaders of organizations typically invest greater time and energy managing products and services than they do managing their culture, yet culture drives everything that happens in their organizations, good or bad.
An organizational constitution specifies the team's purpose, values and behaviors, strategies, and goals. Managing to these vital elements helps create a workplace of cooperation and respect, not one of competition and frustration.
This session provides leaders of teams, departments, divisions, facilitates, and companies with a road map for creating a high performing, values aligned culture.

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Speakers
avatar for Chris Edmonds

Chris Edmonds

Founder & CEO, The Purposeful Culture Group
Speaker, author, and executive consultant with own firm - The Purposeful Culture Group - and the Ken Blanchard Companies.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 12:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

12:30pm

Designing Your UX Portfolio
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.
UX portfolio required: three words that fill UX designers, new and experienced, with dread. We’re often experts at telling our client’s story, but find it difficult to communicate our own.
Ian Fenn used to be a portfolio skeptic, believing they caused more problems than they solved. But he’s also a pragmatist, and with requests from recruiters increasing, he set about creating the perfect UX portfolio. Since publication, copies have been requested by recruitment agents – not in relation to work, but to show to other designers as an example of how to do things right.
During this session Ian will share his UX portfolio template and the thinking behind it so you too can effectively represent your skills and experience to prospective employers and clients.

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Speakers
avatar for Ian Fenn

Ian Fenn

UX Consultant, Chopstix Media Limited
Ian Fenn designed his first digital interface in 1988 at the University of Surrey, but it wasn’t until eight years later that his formal UX career began with work for the UK’s first digital agency, Intervid.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Brewster Stanislaw
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 Brewster Stanislaw

Brewster Stanislaw

CEO & Co-Founder, Inside Social
As CEO and Co-Founder of Inside Social, Brewster is dedicated to helping the world's largest brands harness the full potential of social marketing. He's worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies to measure and increase their social ROI by better understanding how social shares lead... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Kumar Anbalagan
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 Kumar Anbalagan

Kumar Anbalagan

Executive Coach, Coaches Consortium
Kumar Anbalagan is an Executive Coach with over 15 years of experience working with firms like Microsoft and Mercedes Benz. Kumar's passion is to support professionals who have the will to change and improve but do not know how to pursue their dreams. He has developed a set of tools... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Side Projects: Stop Talking, Start Making!
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.
Dare to be absurd.
What do slow motion eels, Instagram posers and gay Russians have in common? They’ve all been the subject of successful side projects built by Per and Oskar. This core conversation will talk about how to take side projects from first rough ideas to working websites, and the joy and panic involved in each step of the way.
Oskar and Per are two award winning digital creative directors from Sweden with experience from some of the world’s most prominent digital agencies (Farfar, R/GA, Perfect Fools, Great Works, Blast Radius etc). Outside of their main careers, they've had great success with their side-projects. These have ranged from the smallest online toys to larger web services, all breathing and living Internet culture. Now they’re taking the final step and making their living working on these side projects.

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Speakers
avatar for Per Stenius

Per Stenius

Founder, Act Normal
Per has spent the last 15 years in digital advertising working with some of the world’s largest brands (Nike, Coca-cola, Nokia, Yahoo!, Starbucks, Absolut Vodka etc).
avatar for Oskar Sundberg

Oskar Sundberg

Founder, Act Normal
Oskar is co-founding Partner at Act Normal, a digital product studio in Stockholm, Sweden.


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Turning Talent into Rockstars
In today’s new talent economy, high-potential talent is instinctively drawn to the world of startups and Internet giants, where the individual is king and creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit rule. Top talent rejects established companies where they feel there’s little opportunity to shine or affect change. At the same time, the talent pool is shrinking, making it harder for companies to hire their way to the future. How do we adapt to this new environment? In this talk, Bonin Bough, VP of Global Media and Consumer Engagement at Mondel z International, will discuss why it’s critical for large companies to start turning their own talent into rockstars in order to compete.

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Speakers
avatar for Bonin Bough

Bonin Bough

VP Global Media & Consumer Engagement, Mondelez Global LLC


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Visas, Immigration, and the Tech Industry
Curious about the state of visas for foreign tech workers in the United States? Wondered how Departments of State and Homeland Security are working with the White House U.S. Digital Service team to streamline and modernize the visa process? Join representatives from the White House's U.S. Digital Service team, the Departments of State and Homeland Security for a discussion about how they are working in the U.S. and abroad to ensure that qualified workers come to the United States, and hear how their agencies planning for the future of visas and the tech industry.

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Speakers
avatar for Jill Esposito

Jill Esposito

Dir/Public Liaison/Visa Office, US Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs
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John Paul Farmer

Dir of Technology & Civic Innovation, Microsoft
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Vivian Graubard

United States Digital Service, White House-OSTP
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Jose Raul Perales

Asst Secretary for the Private Sector, US Department Of Homeland Security


Saturday March 14, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

1:00pm

Mind Reading For Managers
The Gallup Organization estimates that lack of employee engagement costs US companies millions of dollars each year. Yet incredibly, most employee engagement issues can be solved quite simply with better communication between managers and staff.
However, most managers don’t talk to their staff enough, don’t know what to talk about, or don’t know how to have the necessary conversations to motivate, drive performance, and increase engagement. They lack tools to foster the kind of creativity, innovation, and solutions-oriented work needed in today’s Social Age.
Mind Reading for Managers provides participants with an overview of the 5 FOCUSed Conversations that research shows will make the biggest difference in employee engagement: Feedback, Objectives, Career Development, Underlying Motivators, and Strengths.
Participants will also leave with several tools that they can adopt immediately to enhance employee engagement, motivation, and productivity.

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Speakers
avatar for Kim Seeling Smith

Kim Seeling Smith

Founder & Chief Engagement Officer, Ignite Global
There aren’t many people who can light up a room like Kim Seeling Smith.


Saturday March 14, 2015 1:00pm - 1:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

2:00pm

Princess Reema’s Mission to Empower Saudi Women
“You cannot have half of your population not working,” says Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al-Saud, CEO of Saudi Arabian luxury retailer Alfa, Intl. Not only has she employed 100 Saudi women—and provided them with services such as transportation and childcare—Princess Reema is also building a campaign around breast cancer awareness and education in Saudi Arabia, empowering women to speak openly about the disease. She joins Fast Company’s editor and managing director Robert Safian for a conversation about the professional and personal evolution of women in Saudi Arabia, and what 2015 holds for the movements she has launched.

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Speakers
avatar for Bob Safian

Bob Safian

Editor, Fast Company
Robert Safian is editor-in-chief and managing director of the influential, award-winning business magazine Fast Company and its digital and live-event affiliates. He oversees all editorial operations and plays a key role in guiding the enterprise’s advertising, marketing, and consumer-engagement... Read More →
avatar for Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud

Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud

CEO, Alfa International
Entrepreneur and women’s health leader Princess Reema bint Bandar Al Saud was raised in Washington, D.C., returning to Saudi Arabia after graduating from George Washington University. She is an active leader in creating opportunities for women in Saudi Arabia. She co-founded the... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 2:00pm - 3:00pm
ACC Exhibit Hall 5 Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Bedroom to Boardroom: Sharing the Executive Suite
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.
Working with your spouse can be divine or difficult, especially in the stressful startup environment. Running a new company is time-consuming and finding the right balance between time with your significant other is often one of the toughest things to do.
For some like-minded couples, the enthusiasm for their relationship carries over into excitement for new ideas or ways to solve problems. New companies are born, but so are a new set of problems to watch out for.
Q Manning, CEO, and Michael Robin, CRO, from Rocksauce Studios discuss some of the difficulties in running a company alongside a significant other, as well as outline the major benefits, and why when done right, merging these two worlds can help invigorate any company.

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Manning

Michael Manning

Chief Relationship Officer, Rocksauce Studios
As Chief Relationship Officer at Rocksauce Studios, my role covers multiple areas of startup growth including bootstrap marketing, client happiness, company culture and lead generation.
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Q Manning

CEO, Rocksauce Studios
Q draws from his expertise in design, film making, and management, honed after 15 years as a leader in the technology industry. His purpose in founding Rocksauce Studios was to build a team of amazing designers who would make sure every project that comes from our doors is as beautiful... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Boardroom or Baby? The Choices Women Have in Tech
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.
There’s an indisputable gap between the number of male and female employees in technology and we need more women working at tech companies to close that gap. This session supports closing that gap by helping women manage a career in tech. How? By analyzing one simple decision – does tech fit into family or does family fit into tech? That is the main basis of all the other decisions a woman will have to make at different points in her life. There is no right or wrong path but navigating each starts with recognition. Whether you’re already in tech, thinking of starting a career in tech, or would like to transition into tech, the choices you make are different at every stage of life. Judith will arm you with tools that will help you navigate those choices, including a list of questions every woman should ask themselves. Judith will include the different avenues to working at a tech company; whether it’s engineering, product development, marketing, or the road to becoming a CEO.

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Speakers
avatar for Judith Bitterli

Judith Bitterli

CMO, AVG Technologies
Judith Bitterli is Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Customer Services for AVG Technologies, the online security company with more than 188 million active users. Judith leads the company’s global marketing, communications operations and customer services strategy. Her responsibilities... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Girl Power(ed)
When it comes to women in tech, the question is not “can women have it all?”, the question is “can women do it all?” And the answer is “yes”. The conversation around women in technology has exploded in the past few years, especially with programs like Girls Who Code and STEM education initiatives, encouraging school age girls to code. Women working in this typically male-dominated field are carving their own paths, and thriving – it’s highly likely that the next big break in technology will come from a woman. Why is the time now? How is the female tech experience different? There are advantages to being the minority gender – from varied backgrounds (you don’t have to have a degree!) to being underestimated and over-delivering to having an innate ability to empathize. You’ll hear about the reality of female engineers who are successfully working at some of today’s hottest startups and get inspired to code.

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Speakers
avatar for Tracy Chou

Tracy Chou

Engineer, Pinterest
Tracy is a backend software engineer at Pinterest, working on a mix of product, platform, and infrastructure projects. Before Pinterest, Tracy was one of the first engineers at Quora, and also spent time as a Rocket Scientist Intern at Rocket Fuel Inc., and a Software Development... Read More →
avatar for Joelle Emerson

Joelle Emerson

Founder/CEO, Paradigm
Joelle is the Founder and CEO of Paradigm, a strategy firm that helps innovative companies become more diverse and inclusive organizations. Before founding Paradigm Joelle was an employment lawyer working on sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
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Surabhi Gupta

Engineering Mgr, Airbnb
Surabhi is an engineering manager on the Discovery team at Airbnb, where she works on inspiring travel. Before Airbnb, she was a software engineer at Google where she worked on web search ranking and the Google Now team on predictive search. She holds a Masters degree in Computer... Read More →
avatar for Hui Li

Hui Li

R&D Lead, Airware
Hui researches robotics and aerial systems industry developments that will impact the future of drones at Airware. She received her Ph.D in Artificial Intelligence and M.S. in Aerospace Engineering both from MIT. In her spare time, she DJ’s and makes electronic music.


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Be Kaler
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 Be Kaler

Be Kaler

Founder & Dir, Futureheads Recruitment
I am known for a slick, knowledgeable and passionate approach to recruitment, I have a vast and deep network of people at all levels of user experience and have been key to building core teams within digital agencies and internal teams in telecoms, broadcast, finance, government... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Marcy Swenson
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 Marcy Swenson

Marcy Swenson

Co-Founder, Startup Happiness
As an executive coach for startup CEOs/CTOs, I support growth-stage entrepreneurs in becoming happy & successful leaders, now that they've survived the chaos of the earlier stages. I'm a seasoned co-founder with several successful exits, and built the tech team that led to CPTH's... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

PixelPerfect: Strategies for Overcoming Perfection
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:
None.
What to Bring:
Pencil, Pen, Paper.
Many designers are perfectionists, who try to make their designs “pixel perfect” before showing it to anyone. They understand that design is in the details, but they get lost in the littlest pixel imaginable. They take days or weeks before showing their latest work to their Product Manager.
The preoccupation of being a perfect designer and coworker can leave them angry, overwhelmed, and depressed. Plus, perfectionism can lead to procrastination. The designer must think and re-think a potential idea over and over before producing any work. In their mind, the idea must be perfect before the execution can begin.
In this workshop, designers will learn from a recovering perfectionist and teacher on how to manage their inner perfectionist. J. Schuh and Brian Sullivan will explain five strategies for dealing with perfectionists for other team members. Lastly, perfectionists will have proven ways to help them achieve a better work-life balance.

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Speakers
avatar for J Schuh

J Schuh

Creative Dir, Toons-n-Design
J. Schuh is the author of BRILLIANCE: Understanding the Creative Mind. He has taught for 15 years as an adjunct professor at Collin College, Texas A&M Commerce and SMU in Dallas, TX. He is an award winning animator, cartoonist, designer, illustrator and producer.
avatar for Brian Sullivan

Brian Sullivan

Dir, Usability Testing & User Research, Tonic 3
Brian Sullivan is the Usability Principal at the Sabre Human Factors Center. Brian is actively involved in the design and usability community--Founder of Big Design Conference, Chair of World Usability Day (2007-12), and President of DFW-UPA (2006-11). You can find Brian speaking... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 310-311 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The Future of Work: OfficeADD, Focus, GTD, Nirvana
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:
Product or marketing or project person
What to Bring:
Laptop
Work isn't working. But it's also going mobile, social, software-only, 24/7 and more.
This is a two and a half hour long workshop on the changing ways people get things done in high-productivity teams, and the evolving problems of old-school vs. new-school workstyles. Overcome "office ADD", achieve focus, Get Things Done, and enter nirvana.
We'll lay out the tips and tricks of people and teams that get 10x productivity -- who is on those teams, how do they work, what tools do they use, what resources do they draw on.
Tap into $10/hr iOS hackers, run a complex project in 1 hour per day, get your team to Email Zero not just inbox zero, and more. We will talk about how to organize and drive projects forward the new way -- including the hiring/staffing all the way to go live. It's how to build product, launch a commercial blog, organize a complex coworking space or virtually any job you have. With you in the drivers seat, the people around you and freelancers/others as support, and SHIPPING as your output. Plus you get a free ebook - Ship While You Sleep.

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Speakers
avatar for Amol Sarva

Amol Sarva

CEO, Knotable
avatar for Edward Shenderovich

Edward Shenderovich

Partner, Kite Ventures


Saturday March 14, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon G 110 E 2nd St

4:00pm

The Leap: Going FullTime in a Part-Time Economy
Since the recession officially began in December 2007, 5.8 million fewer Americans hold a full time job, while 2.8 million more are working part time (less than 35 hours a week). The New York Times recently noted that, “If you include both part-time workers who want full-time work and people who have stopped looking for jobs but still want to work, the unemployment rate is actually 14.3 percent.”
Confronting the forces that are changing our economy at such a rapid rate is going to require a drastic paradigm shift but there’s room for hope as work is defined differently for this new generation more than it has ever been in the past. Long-term careers are on the way out, and “gigs”—part-time, contract, or freelance work—are becoming more and more common. The Leap makes the unknown less treacherous by laying out specific steps of action job seekers can take to create the career they desire.

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Speakers
avatar for Robert Dickie III

Robert Dickie III

Pres, Crown
I am currently the President of Crown. I have been fortunate to have a diverse professional background that spans military, business, and the non-profit sectors. I have served as a consultant with companies in various stages to include start-up, high growth, merger, and turn-around... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 4:00pm - 4:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Confident Women: Ditch the Bitch Stigma
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.
Do you ever shrink from speaking up because you don't want to be thought of as a bitch? Have you ever worried about the stigma against women being 'bossy' or 'overbearing'? Many women struggle with being assertive because of these concerns which can prevent both personal and professional growth. Rather than avoiding confrontation, learn how to stay true to yourself, while amplifying your power.
Through dynamic storytelling & unconventional problem solving methods, you'll gain techniques to develop a self assured presence which will improve your verbal & non-verbal communication, no matter what the topic is. Building authentic confidence and making your communication style work to your best advantage are crucial to your success.

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Speakers
avatar for Kali Williams

Kali Williams

Founder & CEO, Erotication
Kali Williams is an entrepreneurial speaker, educator, and famous former Dominatrix. She picked up a dragon tail whip 15 years ago, and has been helping women claim their confidence ever since. A gifted storyteller, she has spoken more than 150 times at places like Harvard, Stanford... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

IT Pros Take a Seat at the Table Meet Up
Two-thirds of senior IT professionals are planning on making a career move in the next two years. Sound familiar?
High-level IT pros today are craving more learning opportunities in their careers, and aren’t afraid to leave their current company to find them. As the IT industry evolves, so does the need for learning opportunities on an individual level. Companies today spend thousands of dollars on contracts and research reports that deliver little more than vendor- biased reports that may not address current, individual IT priorities. It’s time to change that.
We'll dive into how IT pros can help shift company priorities to better support the stuff that matters: leadership skills development and real-world pressing IT concerns. Attendees will walk away with a report that gives an inside look at what senior IT pros are experiencing in their careers, specific questions IT practitioners need to ask during a job interview and practical advice gathered from IT pros just like you.

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Speakers
avatar for Sara Gates

Sara Gates

CEO, Founder, Wisegate
Wisegate is Sara’s third start up. After her last start up, Waveset, was bought by Sun Microsystems, she spent several years running Sun’s Identity Management business. The idea for Wisegate had been dawning on her and finally reached a point where she had to do something about... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Sheldon Monteiro
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 Sheldon Monteiro

Sheldon Monteiro

CTO, SapientNitro
Technologist. Marketer. Seeker of perspectives. Passionate about developing talent. Care about putting great work into the world.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

New Parents in Tech Meet Up
It's tough out there for a parent, especially one in an industry moving as fast as technology. How do you keep up with thought leaders on twitter, write blog posts, and try out the latest software when you're juggling pediatrician appointments, fun mind-expanding toddler activities, or just a baby that wants to be constantly held? Just because you have a bundle of joy doesn't mean you have to put your career on hold, and at this meetup you'll get tips, tricks, and hard fought strategies from fellow tech parents on how they've kept baby happily in a corner, at least long enough for a compile.

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Speakers
avatar for Irma Kramer

Irma Kramer

Programmer/Organizer, Pyladies
Irma spent 13 years leading teams in the tools organization at IBM before leaving the company to take care of her second child. Now she juggles programming, working as an organizer for the PyLadies Austin chapter, kickstarting a second career, and two kids who want all her time.


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Productivity for the Working Mom (and Dad!)
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.
You have reached a pinnacle in your career. You've started that business, got that promotion and now you have kids! Don’t despair! Don’t quit your day job or give up on your passions because you have kids. You can still accomplish your goals without neglecting your family.
Nicole Kim is a successful Silicon Valley professional and an active volunteer in her community with four kids! In this session, you will learn her strategies for managing home and work. She will share compelling insights of her experience “leaning in". We'll take a look at the "supermom" myth and the fallacy of work/life balance. We will explore real ways parents can be present for their families without losing out on opportunities at work.
This session is targeted to moms AND dads who love what they do outside the home and want to stay connected with their families.

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Speakers
avatar for Nicole Kim

Nicole Kim

Producer Lead, PayPal
Nicole is a Lead Producer at PayPal in the User Experience & Design (UED) group. As a 16-year veteran project manager, she uses many of her project management skills to organize her work and family life. She also has been able to earn her MBA while being a single mom, complete a... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

She's a C-Word! Lessons From Tech’s C-Suite Women
The c-word. Some women might cringe at the thought of it, yet others light up. They choose the latter when the word is C-level. But what does it take for women to break through the C-suite glass ceiling, especially in the tech industry’s notorious boy’s club.
Silicon Valley is a cutthroat job market where unbelievable talent line the streets. We’re currently at a time when “leaning in” is encouraged, but is that really the right path to success? What are the real challenges – personal and professional – that women need to navigate in order to succeed?

Moderated by Re/Code’s Kara Swisher, this panel will feature powerful women who’ve made it to the C-suite in Silicon Valley – Lyft’s CMO Kira Wampler, Pandora’s CSO Sara Clemens, and BlogHer’s CEO Lisa Stone. Together, they will share their approach towards problem solving, leadership, and interpersonal challenges. They will also share their own stories about how they got their start, how they’ve landed where they are now.

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Speakers
avatar for Sara Clemens

Sara Clemens

Chief Strategy Officer, Pandora
Sara was appointed to the role of Chief Strategy Officer in February 2014, and is responsible for leading the company's ongoing business strategy, corporate development and international expansion efforts. Prior to joining Pandora Sara was an executive in residence at Greylock Partners... Read More →
avatar for Lisa Stone

Lisa Stone

CEO & Co-Founder, BlogHer Inc
Lisa Stone became Chief Community Officer when SheKnows Media acquired BlogHer, Inc., which she co-founded with Elisa Camahort Page and Jory Des Jardins in 2005. As CEO, Lisa charted BlogHer’s path from a grassroots conference into a leading cross-platform media company reaching... Read More →
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Kara Swisher

Co-Founder, CEO, & Co-Exec Editor, Re/Code
Kara Swisher started covering digital issues for the Wall Street Journal’s San Francisco bureau in 1997. Her column, “BoomTown,” originally appeared on the front page of the Marketplace section and also online at WSJ.com. Previously, Kara covered breaking news about the Web’s... Read More →
avatar for Kira Wampler

Kira Wampler

CMO, Lyft
As Chief Marketing Officer at Lyft, Kira leads Lyft’s brand strategy, growth, communications and consumer engagement efforts. She has more than 20 years of marketing and product leadership, building great consumer experiences and accelerating business growth across a wide variety... Read More →


Saturday March 14, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St
 
Sunday, March 15
 

9:30am

Coworking, Collaborating, Creating at Your Library
Public libraries have always been home to makers. Ben Franklin reportedly did some of his earliest electrification experiments at his Philadelphia library. As the nature of work becomes more entrepreneurial and networked, public libraries are becoming a new force in coworking and collaboration. Hundreds of libraries now support cowork and mobile work spaces—leveraging place, tech and staff, according to the first study to track these trends.
About a year ago, DC’s MLK Library began transforming itself into a place for diverse residents to connect, learn and "make" ideas into reality. The Dream Lab has attracted 56 entrepreneurial projects to fulfill this vision. Each member offers free monthly programming to engage the public in their efforts and ideas. MapStory, an online social cartographic platform that empowers users to map historical change over time, is one.
These collaborations are catalyzing learning and action, and building a stronger knowledge economy for all as a result.

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Speakers
avatar for Larra Clark

Larra Clark

Program Dir, American Library Association
Larra Clark is a program director in the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). Her responsibilities include overall management of OITP’s telecommunications and 21st-century libraries portfolio, strategic communications and research, and day-to-day... Read More →
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Nicholas Kerelchuk

Digital Commons Mgr, District of Columbia Public Library
Nicholas Kerelchuk is the manager of the Digital Commons in the DC Public Library, a creative and collaborative playground serving a vibrant community of all ages. Part digital creation space, part fabrication lab, and part co-working space, the Digital Commons provides hands-on access... Read More →
avatar for Jonathan Marino

Jonathan Marino

Dir of Content & Strategy, The MapStory Foundation
Jonathan Marino directs content and strategy at MapStory, an atlas of change that everyone can edit. Under his leadership MapStory has grown from a nascent idea to a stable global data commons that has empowered people across six continents to share open data and tell map-based stories... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Higher Education: To Get a Job or Create a Job?
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.
How can we create a culture of self-reliance? Should the goal of higher education be to equip students to get a job or create a job? Today, half of all US college grads are unemployed or under-employed, one third of the US workforce are freelancers, and careers rarely mean staying with the same employer. The disruption of every sector means jobs and skill sets are now in a constant state of flux. Yet, most college students believe they are going to school to graduate and "get a job." Time to rethink the purpose of higher education and focus on making students more agile.

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Speakers
avatar for David Brake

David Brake

Founder/CEO, LRNGO Inc
David Brake is the CEO of LRNGO,INC., a company that develops social learning utilities to accelerate the transfer of knowledge. Our first product, LRNGO.com, is a worldwide learning marketplace where people in over 200 countries meet up one-to-one to learn from each other. "Learning... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

No One Understands You, and What to Do about It
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.
We think we know how we come across to other people - but surprisingly often, we’re wrong. Decades of research shows that there are very weak correlations between how others see us and how we believe we are seen.
On the bright side, other people’s biases are predictable, not random. We can anticipate how we will be seen, once we understand how perception really works.
People can never see you “as you are” – our brains are just not wired for objectivity. But after this session, you will finally be able to see what others see - and many of your past difficulties, frustrations, and misunderstandings will begin to make sense.
We'll focus on the 3 most powerful "lenses" that bias how we are perceived: TRUST (worn when they aren't sure if you are friend or foe), POWER (worn when one of you has more of it), and EGO (worn when their self-esteem is threatened.) Understand the lenses, and you'll (finally) be able to come across as you intend to, especially when it matters most.

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Speakers
HG

Heidi Grant Halvorson

Assoc Dir of Motivation Science Center, Columbia Business School
Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson is a social psychologist who researches, writes, and speaks about the science of motivation and perception. She is the Associate Director of the Motivation Science Center at the Columbia Business School, Senior Consultant for the Neuroleadership Institute... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Geek Girls Are Chic! Five Career Hacks
Is Silicon Valley biased against women? Why are fewer women graduating with a technical degree (12% today vs 37% in 1984)? Why aren’t more women rising in the tech ranks or starting businesses? Why should you care?
Join Sandy Carter, founder of the Super Women's Group (38K strong), Chairperson of the Board of WITI, and voted Forbes 10 Most Powerful Women in Tech, and Elizabeth Caudle, Director of Girls Who Code, as they discuss why this matters, how innovation will benefit, and how to foster an interest in tech. Learn why women need to take risks and embrace failure to give them the courage to crash through the glass ceiling or start a new business.
Sandy and Elizabeth will share a recent research report on “Advancing Women” as well as their own experiences and advice with 5 career hacks to help you get ahead, because talent is not enough.
Whether you are a woman or man, parent or business owner, this is a must-see session.

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Speakers
avatar for Sandy Carter

Sandy Carter

GM Cloud Ecosystem Dev & Social Business Evangelist, IBM
Sandy Carter is IBM General Manager, Ecosystem Development and Social Business Evangelist and Author. In this role, she is responsible for IBM’s worldwide relationship with independent software vendors (ISVs), which contribute to approximately one-third of IBM’s revenue. She also... Read More →
avatar for Elizabeth Caudle

Elizabeth Caudle

East Coast Regional Dir, Girls Who Code
Elizabeth Caudle is the East Coast Regional Director for Girls Who Code. She oversees recruitment, partnerships, operations and logistics for programs in New York City, Boston and Washington, DC.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
ACC Ballroom A Austin Convention Center

11:00am

How to Find Your Happy Place Meet Up
Work. Everyone has to do it. Well, almost everyone. Gajillionaires don’t need to so this session is not for any gajillionaires. But work is a necessity for the rest of us working stiffs. Focus too little on it and you are in an endless cycle of living paycheck to paycheck. Focus too much on it and you turn into a misanthropic jerk no matter what your rank is on the corporate ladder. Is there a way to stay happy while still hating that you have to work? Yes. Is it a myth that you have to love what you do in order to be happy at work? Yes. Can you be a grumpy cat and still be happy? Definitely, yes. This session is about finding that balance between work and happiness. It does exist. Sometimes they're perfectly aligned and more often than not you may have to happily embrace unhappiness to get there. Happiness is a spectrum. This meetup will use shared stories to help you find your place on that spectrum, manage misery with "little absurdities" and use tools to shift to a new happy place.

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Bellavia

Michael Bellavia

CEO, HelpsGood
Michael Bellavia is an Emmy winning executive producer and digital marketing executive and CEO of both HelpsGood, a social media agency, and Animax, an entertainment production company. HelpsGood uses social storytelling to help nonprofits, NGOs, government agencies and corporate... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 502-503 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

She Rules: A Female Leadership Panel
Organizations continue to trumpet the importance of a diverse and inclusive workforce to ensure a leading, competitive position. While it’s true that many barriers have been broken, a host of challenges still limit the potential of some employees because of their gender, age, race or ethnicity. The Catalyst Census recently investigated the idea that women and men have equal opportunities and found that under 15% of executive leadership roles at Fortune 500 companies are occupied by women and that this percentage has grown less than 1% in four years. Fields such as finance, technology, professional sports, military and advertising seem to present some of the toughest environments for women to break through. In this panel, we’ll hear from The Muse's Kathryn Minshew, Sproutel's Hannah Chung, JWT's Mary Margaret Connell and Brigadier General Lori Reynolds of USMC, all women who have persevered in their professions and now occupy top positions in traditionally male dominated fields.

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Speakers
CJ

Col Jennifer E. Carter

Colonel / MCCDC Comptroller, United States Marine Corps
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Hannah Chung

Chief Creative Officer, Sproutel
Hannah believes that innovation and creativity fuel positive change. As a maker and a doodler, she loves transforming ideas into tangible products and systems. Hannah admires the intuitive and simple. She is passionate about inventing educational models that foster creativity via... Read More →
MM

Mary Margaret Connell

Mgmt Dir, JWT
Mary Margaret is responsible for the oversight of all integrated business activities for multiple accounts at JWT Atlanta, including managing partner activities, creative development, fiscal responsibilities, & working directly with multiple clients, influencers and stakeholders to... Read More →
KM

Kathryn Minshew

CEO, The Muse
Kathryn Minshew is the Muse's CEO and number one swashbuckler. Kathryn has spoken at MIT and Harvard, appeared on The TODAY Show and CNN, and contributes on career and entrepreneurship to the Wall Street Journal and Harvard Business Review. She was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

The Invisible Salary: Why Money Doesn't Matter
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.
Can't buy your team lunch every day? Yeah, neither can I. But I do know that creative people require more than a big pay check. I've definitely benefitted from "creative carrots" to run after in my career, but I'm not the only one who reaped the positives along the way.
In what's guaranteed to be a lively discussion, I'll explore a few examples of how to incentivise your employees in creative ways for big returns, while sharing a bit about my own experience and opening up about a few of my own failures as a Leader.

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Speakers
avatar for Liz Harper

Liz Harper

GM, TBWADigital Arts Network
Liz Harper is the General Manager and Head of Digital at Digital Arts Network Sydney (a TBWA business).


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Your Portfolio Is Garbage. Make It Better
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.
With services like Behance, Squarespace, Cargo Collective, and Dunked it’s never been easier for designers to make a portfolio. Screenshots of apps and web pages do not a good portfolio make. Justin Dickinson, design hiring manager for Vimeo, has reviewed hundreds of portfolios and finds most of them lacking. Michael Yap helped students in SVA’s Interaction Design prepare for the job search after graduation. Together they'll discuss the discrepancies between what designers present and what hiring mangers are looking for. Necessary attendance if you ever want to get a job again.

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Speakers
JD

Justin Dickinson

Dir of Design, Vimeo
Design leader with a passion for making products look good and work better. Strong history of masterminding design-driven strategy and product development, including work on Vimeo.com, Vimeo on Demand, television apps and mobile. Director of Design at Vimeo. Eager pontificator on... Read More →
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Michael Yap

UX Director, Wondersauce
Michael Yap is a UX director at Wondersauce—a digital design agency in New York City—and former faculty member of SVA’s MFA in interaction design and CCA’s graphic design programs. In his free time Yap likes to relax by visualizing data and coding with friends.


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Boost Brain and Body at Work With Yoga
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:
None. Beginners and the inflexible are welcome.
What to Bring:
Please bring a pen,paper or laptop for note taking.
It’s all over the news: yoga and meditation are key ingredients for business success. Scientific studies now confirm these powerful ancient practices increase attention, focus and self-awareness. By synching certain physical postures with breath, we learn to quiet distracting mind chatter. This is where ideas, solutions and creativity have space to arise. This is where you and your business go to the next level.
But, how do you get started? And, how do you apply it to improve work and productivity? Join us to find out.
Yoga Means Business is a NYC-based startup was founded by two women with real business backgrounds, real knowledge of yoga / meditation, and real experience connecting the two worlds. The signature YMB 30-Minute Method can be done in any office space without changing clothes or rolling out yoga mats. Clients include Facebook, Pandora and SoundHound. Fast Company called them Innovation Agents for making office yoga no longer awkward.
This workshop is a total body and brain experience introducing tangible ways to boost clarity, energy, balance and productivity.
Three key takeaways for this session will be:
* physical postures anyone can do to improve blood flow and increase energy in the office
* basic breathing exercises to reduce anxiety and distraction
* an understanding of how to begin a personal meditation practice to recharge your mental batteries every day
Participants should expect to practice basic yoga and meditation, the YMB way (without changing clothes or using yoga mats). We’ll rotate between physical movement, content sharing, large and small group discussion with a 15-minute break in between the 1st and 2nd hour.

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Speakers
avatar for Jen Kluczkowski

Jen Kluczkowski

Co-Founder, Yoga Means Business
2nd East Coast employee at Pandora Internet Radio. 800-Hour Jivamukti Yoga Certified teacher. I travel annually to India to study yoga and meditation with masters in an effort to make it relevant and accessible to the business community. I am the co-founder of NYC-based startup, Yoga... Read More →
avatar for Chiyoko Osborne

Chiyoko Osborne

Co-Founder Business Dir, Yoga Means Business
Chiyoko is the Co-Founder & Business Director of Yoga Means Business, a company that developed a new method of office-friendly yoga specifically for the workplace. The YMB 30-Minute Method class does not require any change of clothes or yoga mats. It's basic stretching, breathing... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon H 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Company Culture Is the Only Competitive Advantage
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.
You know culture eats strategy for breakfast, but did you know its your start-up's most powerful weapon? Join Culture LabX Co-Founders Josh Levine and Lindsay Wolff Logsdon for an in-depth discussion about company culture, why it’s critical to companies who need to scale, why it’s so damn hard to define, and what makes it the most underutilized competitive advantage in business history. Get a seat in the room or take a back seat in the market.

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Speakers
avatar for Joshua Levine

Joshua Levine

Co-Founder, CultureLabX
For over 15 years brand strategist Josh Levine has helped local and global organizations engage customers and empower employees. Most recently Josh helped found CultureLabX where he leads brand development. His writing has been featured in publications including Fast Company, The... Read More →
avatar for Lindsay Wolff Logsdon

Lindsay Wolff Logsdon

Co-founder, Culture LabX
Lindsay wants to make the world a cooler place to work. She’s led People Operations for some of the smartest, most creative companies out there – XPLANE, Ziba Design, Method Design, Frog Design, Square, and Simple. Her most recent project is Culture LabX, a platform for advocates... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Ryan Williams
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 Ryan Williams

Ryan Williams

Founder, Influencer Economy
Ryan Williams is an entrepreneur, writer, podcast host and former stand-up comedian. He is the Founder of Influencer Economy; a consulting group that helps brands and entrepreneurs develop and scale their platforms. He also hosts Stories from the Influencer Economy podcast and is... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

Quantifying Workplace Happiness and Culture Fit
Happiness in the workplace doesn't have to be just an aspiration or blue sky dream. Companies are desperate to keep employees engaged and improve retention rates, but the traditional methods of employee engagement are broken. In order to create real solutions and cut down on churn, employers need to concretely understand how to engage their workers better. The answer isn't through slow surveys or vague measurements, but quantifiable statistics that create more awareness around engagement and performance rates. In turn, we have scientific tools to assess how to create a more productive, happier workforce. HR and recruitment leaders will discuss why the traditional employee engagement industry is obsolete and the next generation of solutions for employee assessment.

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Speakers
avatar for Josh Bersin

Josh Bersin

Principal & Founder, Bersin by Deloitte
Josh Bersin is a leading industry analyst in the areas of corporate HR, talent management and leadership.
avatar for Samar Birwadker

Samar Birwadker

CEO, Good.co
avatar for Randy Goldberg

Randy Goldberg

VP/Talent Acquisition, Republic Services
avatar for William Tincup

William Tincup

CEO, Keyinterval Research
William Tincup is a Co-founder and Principal Analyst at KeyInterval Research.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Reducted: Surviving the Pink Slip Apocalypse
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.
The end is near. It may not be zombies, aliens, plague or epic natural disaster, but losing your job will just as surely put you in emergency mode. Like prepping for the apocalypse, no matter what form the end takes – reductions in staff, a boss with a grudge or your company hitting rock bottom – the keys to survival are the same. "But things are going so well," you say. "I do good work, they'd never get rid of me!" You're delusional, my friend. Like it or not layoffs are par for the course in the tech world, and most employees aren't prepared for what comes next. Learn to read the signs and survive impending doom.

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Speakers
avatar for Beth Davidz

Beth Davidz

Prod Dir
Beth is a media technologist with a background in journalism, design and dev. She has more than a decade of experience working at companies including AOL, The Huffington Post, the Associated Press and Digital First Media (the second largest newspaper company in the country by circulation... Read More →
avatar for Jayna Wallace

Jayna Wallace

Design Lead, Billy Penn
Over 14 years in the industry working as a distributed team member at AOL, Myspace, Abbott Labs, Blockbuster, EightShapes and Refinery29, and most recently held the position of Director of Product at Speek, a member of the 500 Startups family.


Sunday March 15, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Is Your Company Killing You?
In today’s always plugged in, on-the-go world, companies and employees alike are suffering the consequences of poor choices that ultimately backfire and prevent long-term gains. Every year, companies ask more of their employees – efficiency at all costs, do more with less, be available 24/7. Problem is, we’ve all got the same time constraints. We can’t put more hours in our days, so we multi-task, we stop taking care of ourselves – missing workouts, eating poorly and skimping on sleep – and we neglect important personal relationships and rob our well-being.
Well-being is the most significant predictor of productivity, so why are companies hurting their people with cultures and strategies that at best yield short-term gains but bring big negative long-term consequences? This session will focus on how to break this cycle and will share real-life examples of how great things can happen when companies take care of their people and when people in turn take care of themselves.

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Speakers
SL

Shawn LaVana

Mktg Lead, Virgin Pulse


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 3:45pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

3:30pm

Company Culture: Passing Fad or Generational Shift
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.
Our session intertwines a personal story and facts around company culture, and why workers in today’s generation want to be inspired each day. Why did prior generations have such different career aspirations from today’s generation? Our parents’ and grandparents’ generations are part of a cohort of 78 million baby boomers. The families of baby boomers lived through The Great Depression and World-War II. In the wake of bread lines and world wars, careers with long-term stability and fair income were emphasized as high priority. But today, baby boomers are starting to retire. In contrast 80 million millennials have grown up during a time of economic growth, technological advancement, and prosperity. As a result, millennials place great significance on the qualitative elements of their career, such as a positive company culture. The most successful companies today are succeeding in part due to their focus on company culture. Our interactive session will have fun presenting this topic.

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Speakers
avatar for Greg Besner

Greg Besner

Founder & CEO, CultureIQ
Greg is the Founder and CEO of several companies and a Professor at New York University Stern School of Business.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

How the Cool Kids Attract and Retain Talent
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.
A shortage of the smartest and most creative thinkers continues to challenge key sectors like software development, design, marketing, and engineering. In a highly competitive, highly skilled labor market, how are the coolest and most creative companies using processes, technology and a culture of innovation to attract and retain these people?

In this session, two experts on company culture help navigate company cultural differentiators and open up a discussion about what companies can do to appeal to current and future job candidates. When all else is equal, what works to persuade top talent to join your company vs. the one across town? What cultural expectations are we seeing from Millennials that differ from previous generations?
The session will be framed around key themes including physical space, community impact, meaningful work, connectivity, and appreciation.
Active audience discussion will be encouraged and all attendees will receive a best practices takeaway.

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Speakers
avatar for Autumn Manning

Autumn Manning

CEO, YouEarnedIt
With a background in behavioral psychology, Autumn Manning spends her time finding ways to build better processes, tools, and programs that engage people to do really awesome things. Her career has been focused on Talent Management and Organizational Development; starting with a research... Read More →
avatar for Kenny Tomlin

Kenny Tomlin

CEO, Rockfish
Kenny Tomlin is an serial entrepreneur, investor and startup advisor. He currently serves as Founder and CEO of Rockfish, and Founder and Executive Chairman of YouEarnedIt.com, CouponFactory.com and Media Multiplyer.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Learning to Work in the Future
Based on his experience as IDEO's planetary futurist-in-residence, Alex Steffen (co-founder of Worldchanging and author of Carbon Zero) shares his strategies for how to keep fluent in the use new ideas and skills when the pace of change keeps increasing.
His core message is that keeping up is not something that comes from frantic grasping at new information, but from developing a personal framework for inquiry over time; that we keep our capacity for foresight fresh by building a practice of focused learning, not through feed surfing, trend spotting or prediction chasing. And that inquiry, that learning… well, that can be taught; that is something we can design for ourselves.
If your success and creativity are based in part on your ability to stay current and grow new skills, this is a talk you need to see.

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Speakers
avatar for Alex Steffen

Alex Steffen

Planetary Futurist in Residence, IDEO
“Alex Steffen, a designing optimist, lays out the blueprint for a successful century.” -The New York Times


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 5-6 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Mentor Session: Joseph Robinson
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 Joseph Robinson

Joseph Robinson

AWS Team Lead, Amazon Web Services
With more than 12 years of experience in computing and networking technologies, Joseph now works with a large cloud computing infrastructure provider. He has worked in onsite, co-location, and "cloud" data centers around the US, and has hands-on experience with both the underlying... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos I 300 E 4th St

3:30pm

Open Pay: This Is What Your Coworker Makes
What would happen if you knew exactly what your colleagues made--and they knew your pay too? Disclosing salaries at work has long been taboo, but a few companies are opening up the books, letting employees in on details of employees’ pay, equity and bonuses. For these radically open companies, the idea is that people may work more efficiently when freed of doubts about salary. Transparent pay may also help close gender and racial pay gaps. This transparency is partly driven by younger workers used to detailing their lives online, and who are bringing this self-disclosure into the office. Learn how several firms operate in this new era of openness — and see if this management style is right for your firm.

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Speakers
avatar for Dane Atkinson

Dane Atkinson

CEO, SumAll Foundation
avatar for Mark Ehrnstein

Mark Ehrnstein

Global VP of Team Member Svcs, Whole Foods Market
Mark Ehrnstein has served as Global Vice President of Team Member Services (HR) at Whole Foods Market since 2009. In this role, he is responsible for ensuring that Whole Foods Market’s vibrant culture is alive and well throughout the company’s continued growth to 1,200 stores... Read More →
avatar for Joel Gascoigne

Joel Gascoigne

Co-Founder & CEO, Buffer
Joel is the co-founder and CEO of Buffer. He started the company from his bedroom in the UK in 2010 and it has since grown to $5.5m in annual revenue and a 30 person team. He gets particularly excited about customer happiness, transparency and company culture. Some of the unusual... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Silverman

Rachel Silverman

Staff Reporter, The Wall Street Journal


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

We Are Creative Professionals Meet Up
Creative is a broad term to describe the output of specialized individuals who bring ideas to life in a variety of different formats. We are the purveyors of snappy copy and innovative web design. The marketing professionals proficient in social media and web analytics. The designers with extensive digital expertise and proven track records. We are the simplified answers in an outsourced world and the hired guns that help businesses revitalize their brands, but how do we survive as a creative?
Do we specialize or generalize? Is it in our best creative — yet also financial — interest to work for a Fortune 500, run our own freelance firm, or contract out all gigs via agency? How do we nurture our creative talents while also thriving financially?
This Meet Up will provide a medium to meet new friends, exchange ideas, network, brainstorm, collaborate, and ideation for future business opportunities.

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Speakers
avatar for Ian Joulain

Ian Joulain

Journopreneur, Echo Chamber LLC
Ian Joulain is a music journalist by trade who has contributed to the OC, LA and SF Weekly, along with a handful of regional publications. After receiving his Master's in Journalism at the University of Southern California in 2010, a chance meeting shortly thereafter brought him into... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 504 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Be a Genius. Do Great Work. Achieve Success Beyond
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:
An open mind and willingness to grow.
What to Bring:
A pen.
Money can buy the bed, but you still need a reason to get out of it in the morning. Despite being the son of self-made billionaire entrepreneur parents and having a multi-million dollar net worth, Bryan Miller found himself working a job he didn’t love, in a marriage that didn’t work, believing life was meaningless.
Bryan found a way off the existential treadmill, and he’s designed this workshop to help you do the same. George Bernard Shaw said, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” In this workshop, you’ll do both using principles of mindfulness and intentionality.
This workshop is intended to help you access your inner genius. You’ll also learn how to fuse your passion and your purpose by doing work you love that matters.
Finally, you’ll learn what it means to achieve “success beyond” as you discover new ways of “seeing and being” that allow you to transcend society’s traditional, and often hollow, definitions of success.
Bryan’s two-and-a-half hour SXSW workshop will consist of stories, activities, and self-reflection. Bryan will start by sharing personal stories along with lessons he’s learned about the blessings and burdens of success.
This workshop is divided into three 45-minute segments, in which you will explore what it means to “Be a Genius,” to “Do Great Work” and to “Achieve Success Beyond,” before leading yourself to your own answers.

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Speakers
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Bryan Miller

Pres, Miller Inspiration
Bryan Miller has entertained and inspired thousands of people with insights gleaned from three and a half decades inside a nationally recognized, multi-billion dollar family business: The Larry H. Miller Group. The Group owns the Utah Jazz, 55 auto dealerships, a national chain of... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon H 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Great Teams: What They Are & How to Transform Yours
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:
A desire to engage in an energizing discussion about what makes a great team. Before you come to the workshop, take some time to reflect on one great team you've been on in your life.
What to Bring:
Go to this website: http://www.tf144.com/great-teams/ and listen to the audio file describing your “homework” – which is to come prepared to tell a one-minute story about your great team.
From the athletic field to the classroom to the boardroom—teams are everywhere. Our future is inextricably tied to the quality of our teams, yet most leaders do very little to influence the dynamics of their teams. They leave it to chance. Now imagine the most amazing team that you’ve ever seen. If you could, would you infuse those qualities into your current team? Join us for the Great Teams Workshop, and we will help you unleash the power of your current team.
The workshop is 2.5 hours and designed around three key takeaways:
(1) Part 1: We will use a highly interactive format featuring storytelling and fast-paced small-group discussions to gain deep understanding about what makes a team great.
(2) Part 2: We will focus on how to put that knowledge into practice, with a focus on transforming your team to achieve exceptional results.
(3) Part 3: We will address the three massive mistakes managers make that inadvertently undermine teamwork and prevent them from achieving the kind of results they want.
Throughout the workshop, participants will be exposed to a highly engaging learning methodology that they can utilize in their organizations. Finally, participants will practice crucial leadership skills—in particular, storytelling and charismatic listening.
The Great Teams Workshop will be a high-energy, fun experience that equips and inspires you to take your organization to the next level. We look forward to learning with you!

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Speakers
avatar for Tony Burgess

Tony Burgess

Co-Founder, Task Force 144
Colonel (retired) Tony Burgess graduated from West Point in 1990 and served in a variety of Army units and as a Professor of Leader Development & Organizational Learning at West Point. Most recently, Tony led an advisory team in Afghanistan. He has a Masters in Counseling & Leadership... Read More →
avatar for Katie Christy

Katie Christy

Co-Founder, Task Force 144
Katie Christy was born and raised in Northeast Wyoming’s coal country. She followed her intuition, turned down a full-ride scholarship, and attended Grove City College where she graduated in three years with highest honors in Finance. Katie has 5 years of small business experience... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon F 110 E 2nd St

3:45pm

Rise of the Employee: Leveling The Power Balance
Fifty years ago, most people worked for the same companies their entire lives. They had no idea what they could or should earn, and many likely felt scared to ask questions.
Today, everything has changed. Now that the majority of people have multiple jobs throughout their careers, employers pay more attention to employee engagement, satisfaction, and personal development in order to retain talent. With the availability of salary and performance data, access to modern back office tools, and the opportunity to give and receive peer reviews, employees are finally empowered as equal stakeholders in setting their pay, and feel appreciated for the work they do.
Do we work to live or live to work? Should compensation be a transaction or a meaningful connection between the employer and employee? In this session, ZenPayroll CEO and co-founder Joshua Reeves will explore why we’ve entered the age of the employee, and how the imbalance of power in the workplace has shifted.

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Speakers
avatar for Joshua Reeves

Joshua Reeves

CEO & Co-Founder, ZenPayroll
Joshua believes in the power of software to solve complex problems and founded ZenPayroll to deliver delightful, modern payroll to businesses everywhere. Learn more about him from this interview, and hear his advice for entrepreneurs in this speech.


Sunday March 15, 2015 3:45pm - 4:00pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

4:00pm

Why You Suck at Making Your Own Life Decisions
People do a poor job of making the right career decisions for themselves. All the personal baggage and false self-perceptions about our strengths and weaknesses make us notoriously bad predictors of what kind of career moves are best for us. So, what if we were to hand the heavy decision-making over to someone else? Better yet, what if we were to let a machine make our career decisions for us?
Shankar Mishra, VP of Data Science and Analytics at TheLadders, will discuss what makes strangers and machines better harbingers of good career decision-making. Using science and statistics, he will share how a few simple details and responses can lead even strangers to be more knowledgeable about the kind of job you would be successful at, and how we can take this approach ourselves when making career decisions in the future.

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Speakers
avatar for Shankar Mishra

Shankar Mishra

VP of Data Science & Analytics, TheLadders
Shankar Mishra is the Vice President of Data Science & Analytics at TheLadders. He is responsible for leveraging available data and machine-learning algorithms to analyze performance and develop business strategies based on these findings. His goal is to use this information to help... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 4:00pm - 4:15pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

4:15pm

Building Strong Teams in the Millennial Age
The Age of the Millennial is filled with hard workers eager to chart their own personal and professional courses. Whether they start their own company or take a position in a larger organization, Millennials value equality over hierarchy and are more likely than their predecessors to want to work on a team. Meanwhile, Boomers are sticking around the workplace longer in order to recover income lost due to the 2008 financial crisis. Many managers are left wondering: how do you build and nurture a generationally diverse work team while taking into account individual skills and strengths? What can you do to ensure your team is engaged, productive, and committed? Everyone performs better when using their strengths. In this session, learn how focusing on strengths makes teams more productive and successful. Understand how to build teams with the talents necessary for successful start-ups.

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Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Selke

Jennifer Selke

Dir/Faculty, University of California Berkeley
Jennifer H. Selke is a Educational Psychologist from U.C. Berkeley specializing in supporting the Millennial / GenY workers find the best fit in a job or career. For the last 20 years Jennifer has run a large summer camp which includes hiring and supervising over 150 Millennials each... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 4:15pm - 4:30pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

4:30pm

All Edge: Inside the New Workplace Networks
The way we work is changing. New information and communication technologies (ICTs) have enabled new forms of work organization—necessitating new ways to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate on work. So, increasingly, we find ourselves working in temporary, loosely organized, specialist-heavy, project-oriented teams: all-edge adhocracies. And these adhocracies work very differently from bureaucratic hierarchies, which organized us throughout the 20th century. They have different strengths, weaknesses, and possibilities.
This book examines different aspects of all-edge adhocracies: why they are needed, how they emerged, how they are structured, how they develop, how they interact with other kinds of work organization, and what they need to thrive. Throughout, the book grounds its discussion in case studies of all-edge adhocracies at work, helping readers to understand and apply the principles to their own organizations.

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Speakers
avatar for Clay Spinuzzi

Clay Spinuzzi

Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Clay Spinuzzi is a professor of rhetoric and writing at the University of Texas at Austin. He studies how people organize, communicate, collaborate, and innovate at work. Spinuzzi has conducted multiple workplace studies, resulting in several articles and four books: Tracing Genres... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 4:30pm - 4:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

21 Rules to Rock Your Next Pitch or SXSW Session
Here's the problem: According to most studies, the number one fear for people is public speaking. Number two is death. In the words of Jerry Seinfeld, "This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you're better off in the casket than doing the eulogy."
Here's the truth: No one is born a natural at public speaking. It scares the living daylights out of everyone. Mark Twain perhaps put it best, "There are two types of speakers in this world: those that are nervous and those that are liars.”
Here's the solution: It takes discipline and practice to channel your nerves. This SXSW session will provide guidelines to help you on that journey. 21 rules of thumb by the numbers. Simple, understandable ideas you can immediately use to become a better presenter. Whether you are making a business pitch or getting ready to rock your next SXSW session, these rules will help sharpen your saw. Because nothing in life is more important than the ability to communicate.

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Speakers
SP

Stan Phelps

Chief Solutions Officer, Synergy Events
Stan Phelps is the founder of 9 INCH marketing, a Cary, North Carolina based consultancy that helps brands obtain customers that are four times as valuable as ordinary customers through a concept called the Goldfish Rule. He’s is a contributor to the Forbes CMO Network and the author... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 5:15pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Content Is Messy, and People Are Too
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.
Knowledge workers bring far more than just their intellectual skills to a project. They bring their fears, their prejudices, their motivations, their emotional history, and their personalities to the table too. At kick-off meetings we openly discuss our roles and skill sets, but these other intangible things are never exposed.
Yet the way that stakeholders and team members interact with one another is almost certain to have a greater impact on the success of your project than which technology platform you choose or what goes into your style guide.
In this session we’ll look at how to put the people-shaped pieces of the content puzzle into place. We’ll consider how and why people in organizations hide behind job descriptions, project plans, and organizational structures. We’ll explore what kind of past experiences or current fears might cause people to behave in destructive ways, and look at ways of handling them.

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Speakers
avatar for Kerry-Anne Gilowey

Kerry-Anne Gilowey

Content Strategy Consultant, August Sun Projects
I live in Cape Town, South Africa, where I've been working as a content strategist since 2009, first as the owner of a small content development agency, and for the last three years as an independent consultant.


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Jagmeet Lamba
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 Jagmeet Lamba

Jagmeet Lamba

Founder & CEO, Vetted


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

Mentor Session: Matt Charney
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 Matt Charney

Matt Charney

Exec Editor, Recruiting Daily
Matt Charney is the Executive Editor for Recruiting Daily, whose properties represent the world's largest content destination and social network dedicated to recruiting and staffing, where he is responsible for overseeing editorial strategy, industry relations and content marketing... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos II 300 E 4th St

5:00pm

Protecting Your Greatest Asset: Your Employees
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.
Protecting your assets is important. Car insurance, home security devices, and even that plastic your grandma used to leave on her chenille sofa. But are you caring for your most valuable investment - your employees? Healthy employees are happy employees who stick around for the long haul, through rough patches, transitions, and lulls. Studies haves shown that employees who eat healthy all day long are 25 percent more likely to have higher job performance, and those who exercise for at least 30 minutes, three times a week, are 15 percent more likely to produce better work. No need to replace a conference room with an Equinox and juice bar, but there are cost-effective initiatives any sized company can take to foster a healthy workforce. From yoga to fresh produce to organized team run/walks, taking care of employees takes care of the bottom line. Lisa Ross, Vice President of Human Resources at Ask.com, will explore how to cultivate your employees’ health and happiness on any budget.

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Speakers
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Lisa Ross

VP, HR, Ask.com
Lisa brings more than 19 years of experience in human resources across multiple industries to Ask.com, where she currently manages the development and re-engineering of departmental and company-wide HR standards, policies, procedures and systems. Prior to Ask, Lisa served as the director... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Redefining the Resume
Your 4-year college degree no longer guarantees you a job in today’s competitive market. Fifteen years ago, job seeking meant circling a classified ad, listing your education and skills credentials, and snail mailing in a resume. But the kinds of qualifications employers seek is shifting drastically and changing the way we prepare for our dream jobs.
While 71% of the US labor force is actively seeking or open to new a job, companies bemoan a lack of talented professionals in areas ranging from science to engineering to finance. Instead of taking a hiatus for grad school or relying on outdated corporate training, a growing number of professionals are pursuing alternative forms of credentials, like open online courses, to build diverse skill sets throughout their careers. With 70% of American workers switching jobs every 1-5 years, anyone who plans to change jobs in the future needs to understand what credentials matter most on resumes today.

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Speakers
avatar for George Anders

George Anders

Writer & author, Forbes
George Anders is the author of four business books, including “The Rare Find,” a management/leadership book that spells out a new framework for finding talent. He also is a contributing writer at Forbes, where he has written cover stories about game-changing organizations such... Read More →
avatar for Dan Finnigan

Dan Finnigan

CEO, Jobvite
Dan has been the CEO and President of Jobvite for over six years. He has over 20 years of experience as an executive leader for a number of Internet-based technology companies. Prior to his current position at Jobvite, Dan was both a Senior Vice President for Yahoo and the General... Read More →
avatar for Lila Ibrahim

Lila Ibrahim

Chief Business Officer, Coursera
Lila Ibrahim is the Chief Business Officer of Coursera, an education company that partners with top universities and organizations to provide universal access to the world’s best education. She is also an operating partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield and Byers, a prominent venture... Read More →
avatar for Evan Wittenberg

Evan Wittenberg

SVP/People, Box
As Senior Vice President of People Operations at Box, Evan Wittenberg leads a team that finds, develops and retains the company’s world-class talent. Prior to joining Box, he was HP’s Chief Talent Officer, responsible for a global work force of 350,000 employees, and created and... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

5:15pm

Love My Job! Changing Culture From Crappy to Cool
Culture is the secret to happy employees and company innovation. As the founder, president, HR leader, manager, team leader or dedicated employee, you are part of the company brand and you impact the culture of your company. So if you want to keep your core values strong, are in the midst of a culture clash, or need a culture shift as a result of growth, a merger, acquisition or other major change – identifying what makes your company unique – and then branding the hell out of it – will lead to a productive work environment and innovative employees who keep your company fresh. Get concrete ideas and see examples – like the “School of Cirrus Rocks!” culture camp – of how to brand, integrate, measure and sustain your unique culture, making your company a place employees love to work and stay for the long haul. Employees who believe in their company culture are more engaged. Leaders, who think like marketers and brand their culture to employees as if they were customers, reap rewards.

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Speakers
avatar for Jo-Dee Benson

Jo-Dee Benson

Chief Culture Officer, Cirrus Logic
Jo-Dee Benson leads Cirrus Logic's Corporate Communications and Human Resources organizations. In her combined roles, Jo-Dee oversees Cirrus Logic's external marketing communications functions, such as brand management, public relations and Web-based marketing, as well as Cirrus Logic's... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:15pm - 5:30pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center

5:30pm

The Great Work Disconnect
A surgeon can operate thousands of miles away from their patient. A drone pilot can find criminals from an air-conditioned office. Work that relies on touch and feel or visual acuity—the sort of things that are tactile and trigger the parts of the brain to react to what you touch, see and smell all at once—is becoming detached from the physical. What does that mean, psychologically, for the people who do these jobs?

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Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Merritt

Jennifer Merritt

Editor, BBC Capital, BBC.com
Journalist Jennifer Merritt is an editor, writer, book author and people-wrangler who has spent a large part of her career covering management, careers and workplace issues--with a side of personal finance and all things business. She serves as editor of BBC Capital on BBC.com and... Read More →


Sunday March 15, 2015 5:30pm - 5:45pm
ACC Ballroom C Austin Convention Center
 
Monday, March 16
 

9:30am

Behind Every Leader
Unveiling the secret weapon of all successful leaders & icons.
Behind every successful leader is an indispensable asset. Executive Assistants reveal all in this candid look into the fascinating and dysfunctional relationship between Type A business leaders and their loyal and trusted confidants.
Assistants are a different breed! What many are unaware of is the amount endured in order to reach their one and only goal - to make their leader successful, no matter what the cost.
Rarely do we hear or see these incredible forces of nature. During this panel, we will meet three extremely high profile Assistants joined by one of our nations great leaders and discuss what it takes to curate the most important relationship and partnership in their professional lives.
"The goal of every CEO or leader is to have their org run like a well-oiled machine. I have only been able to accomplish that when I had a true partner my side, my co-pilot in the cockpit, my EA." ~Founder of Priceline

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Speakers
avatar for Ann Hiatt

Ann Hiatt

Exec Business Partner, Google
Ann Hiatt has been an Executive Business Partner for over 10 years. In her career as an EA she has partnered with three major giants of technology. She is currently Executive Business Partner to Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman) at Google. She is the former EA to Marissa Mayer (CEO... Read More →
avatar for Victoria Rabin

Victoria Rabin

CEO, Behind Every Leader
Victoria Rabin is the Founder and CEO of Behind Every Leader. As a young business woman that never takes no for an answer, her herculean efforts to make an imprint on the world at large have not gone unnoticed. In a mere two years, she has been showcased in The Wall Street Journal... Read More →
avatar for Rose Terenzio

Rose Terenzio

Former Personal Asst to JFK Jr, RMT PR Management
RoseMarie Terenzio has worked in crisis management, fashion, entertainment, politics, and publishing in a public relations and marketing capacity for over a decade. She is the author of The New York Times bestseller, Fairy Tale Interrupted: A Memoir of Life, Love, and Loss.


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

Steve Seabrook: Better Than You
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.
Comedian Kurt Bodden embodies personal-growth guru Steve Seabrook, who reminds you to be interactive with someone you might have forgotten about: yourself. It may sound strange. Disruptive ideas always do.
Through a dynamic process of storytelling, visualizations, and coaching, this session reveals how to harness the power of thought to manifest success in all areas of your life. Even how to hold up a little microphone to that voice inside of you that says "I'm not enough" ... and banish resistance to any interactive issue you may be struggling with. Forever!
Based on ancient wisdom and emerging technologies, these powerful strategies are delivering takeaways throughout the industry, and transforming lives. You're at SXSWi because you're successful. You're successful because you're you! But what if you ... could blossom into a "you" ... that's Better Than You?

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Speakers
avatar for Steve Seabrook

Steve Seabrook

Pres, Steve Seabrook Enterprises
Personal-growth guru Steve Seabrook reminds you to be interactive with someone you might have forgotten about: yourself. It may sound strange. Disruptive ideas always do.


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

9:30am

The Tao of Managing Eeyores, Tiggers and Piglets
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.
We’ve met them all before, and we’ve worked alongside them at times, but now they report to us. We're talking about personalities and worldviews so extreme that you wonder how you’re ever going to get them to work together and not have it devolve into absolute chaos.
Using the beloved characters from A.A. Milne’s stories set in The Hundred Acre Wood as examples we will consider them as ideal, or less than ideal, employees. And tackle how you as their manager can look to some of the basic Taoist principles described in Benjamin Hoff’s The Tao of Pooh to help guide them on their journey without losing your mind.
Can you ever get an Eeyore to see the glass as half full? Can you channel Tigger’s endless enthusiasm into something less destructive? Is it possible to instill self-confidence into A Very Small Animal like Piglet? A working knowledge of Taoist Principles is not required, but strong familiarity with characters from classic British children’s literature definitely helps.

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Speakers
avatar for William Colgrove

William Colgrove

Founder & CCO, Threespot
William is Founder and Chief Creative Officer of Threespot, a Washington, DC-based digital agency hell-bent on using its powers for good. He leads a team of more than 30 designers, technologists, and strategists all focused on providing high-quality, intelligent design for organizations... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

An American Coder in Paris
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.
I’m moving to Paris. I’ve spent a lot of time teaching others how to optimize the office of the future, and have helped to build an amazing HQ in San Francisco. Now I’m quite literally getting away.
The office of the future may be fantastic, but thanks to software, the office extends beyond its own walls. GitHub has a wonderful HQ, and we allow employees remote access to fit their own lifestyle. But the experience is different and there are difficulties.
I am going into the trenches of the remote workforce to really understand the pain points and improve the experience. As I explore my own “forkable feast,” I want to share with you what I learn along the way, today’s challenges in the remote workforce, and what we can do to enhance the experience for remote employees. This isn't just about the tools we use, but how we truly empower collaboration across borders and time zones and make sure the culture of the company persists to those across the world.
Parlez-vous français?

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Speakers
avatar for Scott Chacon

Scott Chacon

CIO & Co-Founder, GitHub
Scott Chacon, co-founder of GitHub, is a Git evangelist, software developer, and one of the world’s foremost Git experts. Having helped to grow GitHub from a team of four to more than 225 employees working across the globe, Scott is passionate about using GitHub and other tools... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Digital Strategy Lessons from Magic: The Gathering
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.
Sometimes new professional lessons come from unlikely places. In my case that place was playing Magic: The Gathering.
This conversation will focus on real world examples from both my professional life and experiences with Magic to illustrate what I’ve learned, how it can help others and how focusing on something other than the work leads to better work.
For 20+ years Magic has been the premier trading card game. It’s produced a universe of content as vast as Star Wars & Star Trek combined (and fans that are just as fanatical). And since the game is based on the player building their own deck, those that play the game need to be an architect, a strategist, a problem solver, a pragmatic decision maker and a player.
Over the last 2 years I've been a member of the Magic fandom. By filtering this experience through the professional lens of Digital Strategy & UX I’ve learned some important lessons that have made my work better, my career stronger & my life a whole lot funner.

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Speakers
avatar for Adam McCrimmon

Adam McCrimmon

Dir of Digital Strategy & UX, HY Connect
I've been working on the web for the last 15 years and have helped brands like IU Health, Yamaha, Wahl, BCBS and the Chicago Blackhawks find and engage audiences using digital channels.


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Mentor Session: Danny Gutknecht
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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Danny Gutknecht

CEO/Author, Pathways
Author & CEO of Pathways, a company that helps organizations uncover and develop their meaning architecture.


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

11:00am

The Productive Workplace: UX, Technology and You
Are you constantly devising work-arounds so you and your team can get work done in your workplace? Would you be more productive, collaborative, satisfied if you could choose from a variety of places and spaces in the office to hunker down and get to work based on your task at hand? Yes, you would! Recent research shows that employee choice in the workplace is the single factor that vastly improves employee productivity and satisfaction. But what is a choice-based workplace and how can employees and organizations create one? Our expert panel including a leading UX designer, a workplace architect, and a noted technologist debate the realities of the choice-based workplace – from how to (and how not to) define and design an experience of choice in the workplace, to the technology available today and on the horizon to support it, and indeed, when choice is too much of a good thing at the office.

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Speakers
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Sarah Deane

Sr Dir UX, Clique Intelligence
Sarah Deane is a passionate advocate for, and expert in, User Experience. Sarah’s background includes positions that span the UX domain from strategy to design, testing and delivery. She has worked on a variety of experiences such as software and applications, hardware, services... Read More →
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Randy Howder

Principal, Gensler
As a Design Strategist and Principal running the Tech practice area with Gensler in San Francisco, Randy helps influential companies and institutions in the Bay Area and around the world achieve their organizational goals through new approaches to workplace design, user experience... Read More →
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David Rose

CEO, Ditto Labs
David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information. David is the CEO at Ditto Labs an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos... Read More →
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Jasper Westaway

CEO, Borde.rs
Jasper Westaway was founder and CEO of oneDrum, an innovative platform and UX enabling real-time collaboration between employees and inside existing enterprise applications. oneDrum worked by ensuring consistent data across user machines and could take a program, such as Microsoft... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Community Management Meet Up
Community Management is becoming a recognized force within companies, from early startup hires to strategic corporate hires. What does this role look like in an early stage vs. an established environment? How does this role evolve within a fast growing company in a meaningful way? This talk will dive into how and why you should hire a Community Manager, where they live on the org chart, how Community Managers work cross team from startup phase to hyper-growth to established teams, and how to set goals and metrics across the phases.

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Speakers
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Audrey Lo

Sr Community Mgr, Gogobot
Audrey Lo is the Senior Community Manager for Silicon Valley based Gogobot, a leading travel review site used by 16 million people that connects adventurers with amazing things to see, eat and do around the world. Here, she pioneered and grew an Ambassador team that would span in... Read More →
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Meghan Murphy

Community Programs Mgr, Twilio
Meghan Murphy is the Senior Manager of Community and Twilio.org, at Twilio, a cloud communications company providing a platform for developers building the next generation of communications. She manages The Twilio Community team focused on social media marketing, content, and community... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Conflict Is the Key to Great UX
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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 RSVP 'Find a Timeslot' link above. 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 arriving at least 15 minutes before this session.  If you have not checked in at the room you RSVPed for five minutes prior to the session start time, you may lose your seat to an attendee in the waiting list line.
It's time to kick all of the elephants out of the room.
Letting go of preconceived notions is a requisite skill for creating whole-hearted user experiences. In his talk, Steve will help you look at your current projects through a vulnerable lense to see imperfections, pre-empt design oversights, and let go of personal defense mechanisms that interfere with the creative process. This session will give you the tools to free project teams to express true creativity, to bond, and to connect at a deeper level with each other and the people using our products and designs.

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Speakers
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Steve Fisher

Dir of User Experience, The Republic of Quality
Steve is the Founder and Experience Architect at The Republic of Quality. He leads the charge on coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy.


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Cultures of Advocacy: People, Product and Change
It’s one thing to face the hard challenges of finding better ways to work and create. It’s another thing to turn a goal of evolving into actions and ideas that colleagues, customers and clients can rally around. This panel will propose creating “cultures of advocacy,” explore what innovation even means for an organization — and whether it should even be a priority — and propose strategies for pushing past the barriers of territoriality and trepidation.

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Speakers
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Elizabeth Brownsen

Exec Dir/Production Operations & Technology, Team One
Elizabeth Brownsen EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PRODUCTION, OPERATIONS AND TECHNOLOGY I have over 15 years of digital advertising experience working at top agencies in Portland, New York and Los Angeles. I started my career working for Nike on the first nike.com site, and since then have been... Read More →
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Jefferson Burruss

Executive Producer, GSD&M
Jefferson is an Executive Producer at GSD&M, a full service advertising and communications agency in Austin, Texas. He focuses on digital production, and leads a team of very smart, talented producers who keep him on his toes. His favorite part of his job is being able to explore... Read More →
avatar for Heather Hvidsten

Heather Hvidsten

Sr Dir of Prod Mktg, Southwest Airlines
I am an executive leader and communications expert that achieves organizational goals through great team work, strategic progressive thinking and the ability to gain alignment aroud a vision.
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Tricia Nichols

Global Lead Consumer Engagement & Partnerships, Gap Inc
As Global Lead of Consumer Engagement, Tricia oversees digital, social, media, emerging platforms and brand partnerships for Gap. Her passion for bringing a consumer-first approach to planning provides a strong compass for navigating an ever-changing marketing landscape and bringing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Data and the Science of Leadership
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.
Data makes great decisions. We don’t. Leadership is a science, not an art. The last decision you should make is to never make another decision. Data makes the only great decisions. Get out of its way. Squeaky-wheel meetings are for suckers. When it comes to web development & shopping cart optimization, we now live in an age of ubiquitous A/B tests – even, often A/B/C/D/E/F/G tests. This is *Growth Hacking*. But beyond the web funnel, leaders & the teams along-side of them are still making decisions the old way – fueled by gut & debate. So why isn’t *Leadership Hacking* a thing? Why should strong data-backed decision-making be limited to your web funnel? It shouldn’t. The same disciplined demand for stats & experimentation should be applied to every decision leaders make. We have the desire… & the data… & the algorithms… to make this better. It’s time to embrace the science of leadership. If you’re not looking at data when you make it – then it’s not a decision… it’s a guess.

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Speakers
avatar for Dan Chuparkoff

Dan Chuparkoff

VP of Prod, Civis Analytics
Dan Chuparkoff is a Software Product, Marketing, & Operations Leader from San Francisco, CA. He is a Product Evangelist, Collaboration Ninja, Developer, Technology Strategist, Digital Implementation Guy, & Author of the forthcoming book, 'Your Outsourcer's Outsourcer Will be a Ro... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

1:30pm

Startup Mixology: Tech Cocktail's Guide
Startup Mixology is first and foremost a book about turning your ideas into action. From the cofounder of media company Tech Cocktail, a veteran entrepreneur and investor who was named one of the most connected people in tech, this book covers the basic "ingredients" of winning entrepreneurship. No abstract theories here – it shows you how to tackle everything from idea generation to launch to marketing to funding and how to start getting things done.
Once you've taken that first step, the journey has only begun. Startup Mixology tells it like it is – and it's not easy! You'll learn about the harsh reality of starting up: what happens when you offend your customers, get no attention, or run out of money. These are the stories you don't always hear in the media.
In the end, Startup Mixology is an optimistic book. You can do this – and you can have fun doing it, too. Every chapter also shows you how to enjoy the journey along the way – because if you don't, what's the point of it all? From cake baking to workations to llama parades, you'll learn how entrepreneurs around the world stay sane, reduce stress, and celebrate the positive. This may seem fluffy, but it's actually one of the biggest secrets of successful startups.

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Speakers
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Frank Gruber

CEO, Tech.Co
Frank Gruber is the co-founder, CEO and Executive Editor of Tech Cocktail, a new media and events company better connecting and amplifying the startup technology community by offering tech startup events, news and resources. Tech Cocktail covers tech startups and hosts events and... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 1:30pm - 1:50pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

3:00pm

3:30pm

Big Data Startups Should Hire Librarians
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.
Library and information professionals are adopting new roles and startups, specifically big data startups, should look to librarians for expertise in information organization. The traditional meaning of 'librarian' no longer fully describes what librarians really do, and this session will highlight how information professionals can provide expertise to nascent and growing technology companies.

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Speakers
avatar for Jeffrey Lancaster

Jeffrey Lancaster

Emerging Technologies Coord, Columbia University Libraries
Jeffrey Lancaster received a Ph.D. in chemistry from Columbia University in 2011, and was the Emerging Technologies Coordinator in the Columbia University Libraries until 2014. Jeffrey has a varied background as a sculptor, freelance web designer, historian of science and technology... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The 21st Century Skillset: What You Need to Succeed
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.
In today’s dynamic economy, the skills needed to succeed in the workplace are evolving, and there is a tremendous need for talent in the technological workforce. Companies ranging from small startups to Fortune 100 corporations require a broad base of skills in subjects like web development, design, business, marketing and more. These fields are constantly changing, however, and colleges and universities are struggling to keep up. New educational models are emerging, continually updating their curriculum and the way skills are taught. General Assembly is pioneering this model of skills-based education, and co-founder and CEO Jake Schwartz is leading the way. He and Kevin Carey, director of the Education Policy Program at the New America Foundation, will discuss how skills-based education is helping people accelerate their careers and how it is allowing companies like Google, McKinsey, Spotify and more to find the talented workforce they need.

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Speakers
avatar for Kevin Carey

Kevin Carey

Dir, Education Policy Program, New America Foundation
Kevin Carey directs the education policy program at New America. His book, The End of College: Creating the Future of Learning and the University of Everywhere (Riverhead, March 2015) tells the story of the coming transformation of higher education by information technology. Carey... Read More →
avatar for Jake Schwartz

Jake Schwartz

CEO & Co-Founder, General Assembly
Jake Schwartz is CEO of General Assembly, which is pioneering a new kind of education for a global community of entrepreneurs and professionals. Under his leadership, General Assembly has scaled to twelve cities and has helped more than 240,000 students create opportunities and pursue... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

When Does 'Culture' Become Bias?
Sometimes a company's culture begins at its founding: a few friends, who hire more people they know and are comfortable with.
Sometimes a company's culture comes from its community: the people who use it.
At some point, what we call culture can become something else: we go drinking on weeknights; we are just a bunch of guys; we are just a bunch of people from Stanford and so on.
Studies show that the most successful companies have a diversity of viewpoints.
The underside of hiring for culture is that many talented potential candidates are disqualified because they wouldn't "fit in" with the company.
At a certain point, fit trumps qualifications, and recruiters look for people with the same background and work style as the rest of the team.
While this might make for a strong company culture, it limits diversity.

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Speakers
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Sheeroy Desai

CEO, Gild
Sheeroy co-founded Gild with Luca Bonmassar and is the CEO of the company. Sheeroy is responsible for driving the company’s strategy, vision and culture. With over 25 years in the tech industry, Gild is Sheeroy’s third start-up. He started his career at Cambridge Technology Partners... Read More →
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Venky Ganesan

Managing Dir, Menlo Ventures
Venky joined Menlo Ventures in 2013 and focuses on investments in the consumer and enterprise sectors. He currently serves on the board of BitSight, Gild, Handle, Machine Zone and Takipi. Prior to joining Menlo, he was a Managing Director at Globespan Capital Partners. There, Venky... Read More →
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Rebecca Grant

Writer
Rebecca worked for Washingtonian Magazine before entering the Peace Corps as an education and community outreach volunteer. She served in Thailand from 2009 to 2011 and worked on a variety of projects that focused on student health and female empowerment. Afterward, she moved to San... Read More →
avatar for Daryll McDade

Daryll McDade

Strategy & Evangelism
Daryll is a seasoned professional who has worked on both sides of the tech world, leading teams at established companies like Microsoft and Amazon, and developing startups including Wildseed and Syncronex. Currently, he is a leader at the business development team at Amazon, developing... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Creativity on Demand: Ideas When You Need Them
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:
A goal, wish or challenge (personal or professional) that you think requires creative thinking and that inspired you to come to this event.
What to Bring:
Bring your goal or wish or challenge, good humor, and a way to take notes.
Admit it. You just came out of a meeting where you needed a creative solution and you’re not confident you got one. Believe it or not, the toughest challenges often require you to be disciplined AND creative at the same time. But who can really do that? Furthermore, who has time to follow creative thinking protocols? When you read about them, they all seem designed for people who have months to find answers. Most of us are lucky if we have minutes.

In this participatory workshop, you’ll learn the fundamentals of creative thinking and walk away with 3 simple, practical tools – called ""Yes and"", ""GPS"" and ""The Bad Boys"" – which you can use immediately to help you solve the challenges that are thrown at you daily. You’ll also get tips for how to be a better facilitator of thinking sessions, and how to help others be better creative thinkers as well.

Our workshop starts with a discussion of the types of challenges you face that require creative solutions and the experiences you’ve had trying to find that creative solution. In the first 45 minutes you will:
• Participate in a brief exercise that demonstrates your own inherent creative thinking capabilities
• Extrapolate from the exercise the fundamentals of creative thinking, particularly divergent and convergent thinking.

For the next 75 minutes you will learn and practice 3 deceptively simple yet highly practical tools that you can use anytime you need to come up with creative solutions. You’ll learn:
• How to encourage ideas through a basic divergent thinking tool called “Yes/And…”
• How to get to “outside-the-box” ideas using a tool called “Bad Boys and Girls”
• How to take a crazy idea and turn it into a great and usable idea by using “GPS”.

We will wrap our session by giving participants a chance to apply the tools to their own goal or wish or challenge they have brought with them.

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Speakers
avatar for Belle Frank

Belle Frank

EVP, Dir of Strategy & Research, Y&R
Recognized in the marketing industry for her great expertise in communications research, Belle has vast experience across many consumer and BtoB categories, and oversees all Y&R NY’s strategic research initiatives. Belle has worked with major clients, including Campbell's, Dannon... Read More →
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Anne Manning

Founding Partner, Drumcircle
Creative thinking and innovation facilitator. Strategic thinker. Marketer. Trainer.


Monday March 16, 2015 3:30pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 301-302 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

When Millennials Take Over
Whether we are ready for it or not, the future of business is here. It’s one in which companies must learn how to move faster, flatten their hierarchies, share more openly, and operate more digitally. This “new normal” is one in which social media has permanently shifted the balance of power between individuals and institutions, and the millennial generation (soon to be the largest generation in the workforce) is pushing us to be more transparent, decentralized, and collaborative. The result? Organizations of all sizes and from all industries – especially those who cling to outdated, conventional models – are struggling to stay relevant to customers, capitalize on opportunities in the marketplace, and attract top talent.
Successful companies, on the other hand, are shifting to embrace four key capacities that will drive the future of business: digital, clear, flat, and fast. These capacities generate the results that have been eluding so many organizations in the last decade: more engaged employees, higher-value customers, greater strategic agility, and stronger, magnetic cultures. These ideas make intuitive sense to Millennials, who are now moving into management positions, but more importantly they are at the heart of companies with the strongest and most powerful cultures – organizations that are thriving in today’s disruptive, fast-paced, and technology-driven world.
Drawing on both innovative case studies and research on Millennials in the workplace, When Millennials Take Over delivers concrete, actionable advice you can use to set your company apart as a leader rather than a follower.

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Speakers
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Maddie Grant

Digital Strategist, Culture That Works
Maddie Grant is an expert digital strategist who has helped hundreds of organizations engage with their customer base and build capacity for using social media and online communities to achieve business results. In addition to her work through her consulting firm Culture That Works... Read More →
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Jamie Notter

Consultant, Culture That Works
Jamie Notter is a founding partner of Culture That Works, where he helps organizations create remarkable cultures, attract the best employees and most loyal customers, and thrive in the digital age. Jamie is an accomplished speaker, author, and consultant, with deep expertise in leadership... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 5:20pm
ACC Ballroom G Austin Convention Center

5:00pm

Coding Culture: Programming a Best Place to Work
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.
So many companies claim to have great "culture" or work/life balance, but culture is not made merely by the presence of a ping pong table or a kegerator. Culture is more than just a perk for employees, it’s what attracts the very best talent, and keeps them for years. So often we see a startup or tech company lose its best programmer or sales person and have to start over from scratch. What can you do to build a truly great work place that retains employees? Laura Love and Ramonna Robinson have built a successful creative agency that has won cultural awards every year since its inception in 2001 - including Outside Magazine's Best Place to Work in 2013 and 2014. In this session, Love and Robinson will cover low-to-no cost actions and investments to be made in your company's culture, and will discuss how to build a business with culture at the forefront, not only because that is what today's workforce demands, but because when done right, it can drive an extremely successful business.

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Speakers
avatar for Laura Love

Laura Love

Founder & Chief Cultural Officer, Ground Floor Media
As the founder of GroundFloor Media (GFM), Laura Love provides vision and leadership for the Denver-based agency she founded in 2001. In the past 12 years, Laura has taken a business she started in her basement in Boulder, Colo., and built it into one of the region's fastest growers... Read More →
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Ramonna Robinson

Pres, Ground Floor Media
As the president of GFM, Ramonna Robinson’s focus on innovation, as well as her attention to detail, creativity and knack for navigating the unexpected, has eared her an unparalleled reputation in this industry by clients and competitors alike. Since joining the firm in 2005, Ramonna... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Common Skills Language: Key to Sourcing Talent
Attended a mixed gathering of private business, education or workforce professionals and you will likely noticed each constituency has its own language. The proprietary language of each stakeholder group works well for that constituency, but the ability to seamlessly communicate among constituencies is seriously hampered by the lack of a common language.
Nowhere is this language barrier more pronounced than in the discussion of “skills” – a term ubiquitous for all groups but without uniform definition. To solve this highly pervasive problem, the Center for Employability Outcomes developed the Common Skills Language Platform in an effort to normalize the discussion of skills and eliminate confusion.
The Common Skills Language Platform is based upon a skills library, curated by C4EO and its partners, providing institutions and industry with the foundation to gain a deeper understanding of competencies.

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Speakers
avatar for Michael Bettersworth

Michael Bettersworth

Vice Chancellor, Chief Policy Officer, Texas State Technical College
Michael Bettersworth is vice chancellor and chief policy officer for Texas State Technical College. TSTC provides certificates and associate degrees driven by job demand and aligned with industry needs. The college was created with a state mandated mission of economic development... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

5:00pm

Soundscape Your Smarter Workplace
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.
No matter if you (try to) work in a traditional open plan office, an airport or coffee shop or at home, you will have experienced how noise and conversations can undermine your productivity.
There’s no need to suffer any longer. Understand how sound affects you, sharpen your Acoustic Intelligence, and then you will be able to soundscape anything from shared to personal workspaces to suit your work activity: from creative inspiration over buzzing collaboration to energetic virtual dialogues and peaceful contemplation. End the tyranny of THEIR sound: take control of the soundtrack of your life!

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Speakers
avatar for Julian Treasure

Julian Treasure

Chairman, The Sound Agency Ltd
Julian Treasure is author of the book Sound Business and a highly-rated international public speaker on the effective use of sound in business, and on personal communication skills (particularly conscious listening and powerful speaking). His five TED.com talks have been viewed an... Read More →
avatar for Philip Vanhoutte

Philip Vanhoutte

Sr VP & MD Plantronics Europe & Africa, Plantronics
Philip manages Plantronics’ business throughout Europe and Africa. Philip joined Plantronics in September 2003 and brought with him a wealth of experience in product, brand and marketing development and management from various corporate VP marketing and sales roles at Sony Ericsson... Read More →


Monday March 16, 2015 5:00pm - 6:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St
 
Tuesday, March 17
 

9:30am

Decoding UK Immigration: Creatives Vs. The Law
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.
Digital and creative ideas know no boundaries, however more often than not, it’s the creatives themselves who are faced with obstacles and restrictions. This session is geared towards successful innovators, entrepreneurs and start-ups looking to the UK as the place to be and expand in Europe.
The discussion will cut to the chase on common immigration issues, seek to debunk immigration myths and highlight the do's and don’ts so you can stay out of trouble at Heathrow and keep your mind on the business, not the bureaucracy.

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Speakers
avatar for Anushka Sinha

Anushka Sinha

Sr Assoc Solicitor, Laura Devine Attorneys LLC
Anushka Sinha is a Senior Associate Solicitor at Laura Devine Attorneys LLC (LDA) in New York. Anushka specializes in all areas of business and personal immigration to the U.K. She is at the forefront of the U.K. immigration practice, challenging policies in difficult matters. She... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Build a Life, Not a Resume
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.
You are not just your job title. See why everyone should build a life—not a resume—with this discussion that explores the importance of integrating what you love into your work. Join Nathan Gebhard, cofounder of Roadtrip Nation, the organization dedicated to helping people create fulfilling worklives, and Holman Wang, who quit his job as a lawyer to create the bestselling felt art board books that distill great literature into 12-word narratives, as they share examples of those who are fashioning meaningful livelihoods around what matters to them. Through conversation, attendees will identify how can do the same.

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Speakers
avatar for Nathan Gebhard

Nathan Gebhard

Co-Founder/Creative Dir, Roadtrip Nation
Cofound of Roadtrip Nation, the organization behind the PBS series, now in its 12th season. Coauthor of Roadmap. As Creative Director, Nathan oversees the production of Roadtrip’s multimedia content and career exploration resources, which reach millions of students and adults a... Read More →
avatar for Holman Wang

Holman Wang

Children's Author and Illustrator, Star Wars Epic Yarns
Holman Wang (along with his twin brother, Jack) are the authors and illustrators of the popular board book series "Cozy Classics", which abridges adults classics into just 12 words and 12 needle-felted illustrations.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

David Partners With Goliath: BD Hacks for Startups
Successful startups are built around strong strategic partnerships. Our panel of business development gurus will discuss tactics that will propel your company forward and attract the right partner. Learn how to build partnerships that rock, keeping you, your partners and your customers happy and thriving. As a startup, partnerships can fuel your bottom line and increase customer acquisition. When talking to large partners, be aware how a Goliath can make or break your company. This panel will discuss why you shouldn’t put all your eggs in one basket when it comes to major partnerships and why it’s important to engineer partnerships that support a wide-range of services and customers.
Our panelists have been building partnerships their entire careers, assembling some of the largest partnerships in the tech industry. Learn from these industry experts as they cover the good, the bad, and the ugly of architecting large-scale partnerships.

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Speakers
avatar for Bernie Brenner

Bernie Brenner

Co-Founder/EVP Business Dev, TrueCar Inc
Bernie Brenner is an entrepreneur and expert in strategic business development. He specializes in securing and expanding strategic partnerships and is a frequent speaker on business development (BD) to entrepreneurs and venture investors. He is the author of The Sumo Advantage, a... Read More →
avatar for Maria Karaivanova

Maria Karaivanova

Head of Business Dev, CloudFlare
Maria Karaivanova heads Business Development at CloudFlare, the web performance and security company. She is responsible for building CloudFlare’s distribution and reseller channels, oversees international expansion and leads various growth initiatives. Prior to CloudFlare, she... Read More →
avatar for Bob Rosin

Bob Rosin

VP Business Dev, LinkedIn
Bob Rosin is Vice President of Business Development for LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network, where he leads partnerships and platform for the company worldwide, reporting directly to the CEO. He also serves as a member of the Product Executive team.
avatar for Niall Wall

Niall Wall

SVP Business & Corporate Dev, Box
Niall is Senior Vice President of Business and Corporate Development at Box. He is responsible for the company’s overall partnership strategy, global revenue generating relationships, and corporate development. Prior to joining Box, Niall held several senior leadership roles at... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Six Years and $60 Million for This Stupid Hoodie
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.
I spent six years of my life building a startup from scratch. We started with a guy and a press release and grew to over 200 employees in six countries.
We took $60 million in funding and our spending was rationally exuberant. We had a beautifully refurbished penthouse office featured in a TV show, acquired four companies, and paid for two all-hands trips to Las Vegas. That’s where I picked up my classic symbol of startup life: a company logo hoodie.
Our exit was ultimately on "terms undisclosed." Pessimism and fear in the final days mirrored optimism and hope in early ones; the lessons were just as valuable. Having survived my first startup, now I can look back with a sober perspective on the attitudes, behaviors, and assumptions that helped and hurt our success.
This session is about sharing the lessons I learned along the way with anyone who might be thinking about startup life but similarly hasn't ever previously worked in that kind of environment.

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Speakers
avatar for Peter Kim

Peter Kim

Chief Digital Officer, Cheil Worldwide
Peter is an advisor on social business and marketing strategy. He co-authored the book Social Business By Design and drives global industry discourse at beingpeterkim.com and as @peterkim on Twitter.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

11:00am

Successful Requirements Gathering
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Prerequisites:
Some experience planning or building technology projects.
What to Bring:
Pen & paper (or laptop if you prefer, but pen & paper is preferable).
There’s a common refrain at the end of unsuccessful projects: "The requirements weren't clear." Fingers get pointed, blame is thrown around, and no one is happy. But surely this has never happened to you right?
Gathering requirements is equal parts art and science, and the success of your entire project depends on doing it right. No matter what project methodology you're using, there are some simple rules that can help you collect and document the right information upfront, so that your team knows what to build and your client gets what they need (not just what they say they want). You’ll leave this interactive session armed with tools you can begin using immediately to make your next project a success.
We’ll cover topics ranging from active listening (a real-life Jedi mind trick!) to transparent note-taking to accounting for invisible stakeholders. With 15 years of experience working at digital agencies in a variety of roles for government, nonprofit and corporate clients, I understand requirements gathering needs from the user experience, development and business perspectives. And as an improviser and improv comedy teacher -- my improv workshop at SXSW in 2010 was voted an audience favorite -- I know how to keep things interesting.
Key takeaways from this session include:
- The most important thing to do before you start gathering requirements
- Techniques for getting the most out of stakeholder and user interview sessions
- How to discover what your client needs, not just what they want
- How to provide a framework for prioritizing features
- How to plan for adoption and buy-in from day 1
Schedule:
We’ll kick things off with a talk about best practices in requirements gathering - dos, don’ts and advanced combos (for you Mortal Kombat fans) - before moving on to more interactive exercises and discussion. I've given versions of this talk at various conferences and to the United Nations (seriously!) and it's chock full of actionable advice you can start using immediately.
The rest of the session will go as follows:
- Improv game to loosen us up and highlight the importance of active listening
- Small-group role-playing exercise where we practice requirements gathering on each other
- Lunch break, because you can’t gather requirements on an empty stomach
- Regroup and discussion from role-playing exercise
Q&A where you are encouraged to share specific real-world challenges and experiences and get advice from me and from other workshop participants.

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Speakers
avatar for Jordan Hirsch

Jordan Hirsch

Dir of Digital Strategy, Phase2 Technology
I am an experienced digital strategist and technical architect with a background in content management systems. I’ve been working with nonprofit, government, and corporate clients for over 15 years to help them achieve success in their technology projects. In that time, I’ve learned... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 11:00am - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 310-311 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

12:30pm

Mindfulness at Work Meet Up

Speakers
avatar for Matthew Bellows

Matthew Bellows

CEO, Yesware
Matthew Bellows is Founder and CEO of Yesware. Yesware serves more than 500,000 salespeople at companies like Acquia, Adroll, Groupon, Salesforce, Twilio, Yelp and Zendesk.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 508 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Death to Old Bosses: Survival in a Meritocracy
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.
For an organization to be successful in the digital age, it must find the best talent and foster entrepreneurial growth, rather than hierarchical bureaucracy. While this delivers incredible value for a business, it also means that employees must have a new lens through which to view careers. Individuals starting their careers today now need a shorter runway to achieve more, and more quickly. In today’s digitized world, work matters—not tenure.
In this talk, we will discuss the factors that career-starters should look for in an organization (entrepreneurialism, culture, end products and no bureaucracy), how they can succeed in a merit-based organization and how organizations can foster meritocracy in the workplace through knowledge sharing, promotions and rewarding output.

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Speakers
avatar for Andrew Silver

Andrew Silver

Dir of Operations, Huge
As VP, Operations, Andrew helps drive resource management, process and growth at Huge, a global digital agency. With a focus on ensuring quality at scale, Andrew has helped manage the hiring for and expansion into Asia and Latin America. Prior to his role in Operations, Andrew led... Read More →
avatar for Megan Wheeler

Megan Wheeler

Training & Dev Mgr, Huge
Megan Wheeler is the Manager of Training and Development at Huge. She was previously the Program Manager for the Leadership Academy at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She holds her Master of Science in Personnel and Human Resource Development within the Organizational Psychology... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Holacracy: A Radical New Approach to Management
Organizations are the most powerful force on the planet, and the management hierarchy has been the dominant mode of organizing them for the past century. But this "social technology" wasn't designed for the fast-paced, interconnected world we live in today, and when would-be leaders are stifled by an obsolete bureaucracy, everyone suffers.
Holacracy is an alternative - a complete, scalable system for structuring a company without a traditional management hierarchy, yet with more clarity, accountability, & agility. Holacracy's governance process allows a company to continually evolve its structure and rules, in response to an ever-changing world and the wisdom of its workforce. And Holacracy's distributed structure empowers everyone to be a leader of some part of the company, with clear autonomy yet clear responsibilities.
Hundreds of companies around the world have now adopted Holacracy; come learn why, and experience a radical new way to structure an agile, purpose-driven company.

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Speakers
BR

Brian Robertson

Partner, HolacracyOne LLC


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Salon 1 110 E 2nd St

12:30pm

Mentor Session: Rod Paddock
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 Rod Paddock

Rod Paddock

CTO, Dash Point Software Inc


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Courtyard Marriott Brazos III 300 E 4th St

12:30pm

We Hired a Dev! How Do I Get More and Keep Them?
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.
With software “eating the world,” everyone is trying to hire Software Engineers, but much less time is being spent on how you build a truly great software team. Describing best practices established from teams at National Instruments (a Fortune 100 Best Company to Work For 15 years running) Bazaarvoice (a leading Enterprise SaaS company) and now WP Engine (a fast growing startup, with a Best Company to Work for in Austin culture) We’ll start with an approach to recruiting that guarantees you’ll hire top talent, and see a lot of great candidates coming through the pipeline. Next we’ll focus on the internals of team structure, how to create great teams making great products. The focus here is not on a particular software development life cycle, but on driving engagement and excitement throughout the team, with specific tips on recruiting and retaining great Software Engineers and DevOps Engineers (an especially tough nut to crack.)

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Speakers
avatar for RC Johnson

RC Johnson

Dir of Engineering, WP Engine
Software developer for 7 years, turned management. National Instruments, Bazaarvoice, and now Director of Engineering at WP Engine. Built the Bazaarvoice NYC office from zero to 60+, including two engineering teams. Grew the WP Engine R&D team from 15 to 50+.


Tuesday March 17, 2015 12:30pm - 1:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

Lessons in Life: Work Learned Living in My Office
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.
Work and life are intimately intertwined in the 21st century. Embracing the consistent flow of tasks and obligations within your professional and personal life is a first step toward balance. Creating effective life hacks that allow your life and work to meld seamlessly so that work isn't the dominating feature is key to maintaining sanity. Mobility means a 24 hour workday, and growth requires an acute attention to cash flow. Chris Smith expanded his law office from a laptop out of a coffee shop to a multi state firm with multiple employees in Oklahoma City and Dallas. To do so he rented out his house and lived out of his office in Oklahoma City to elevate overhead. What came of the experience was a lesson in personal development and discovery of personal capacity that he didn't know he had, and the elimination of the unnecessary in his life.

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Speakers
CS

Chris Smith

Dir/Producer, Blue Mark Productions
Chris Smith has been selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyer Magazine, and has been featured on television and print media for his commentary on issues impacting the legal profession. He has been the managing attorney at The Smith Firm, PLC, a multi state law practice with... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 407 110 E 2nd St

3:30pm

The Tech Talent Shortage: Problems and Solutions
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.
It’s no secret that there aren’t enough programmers, designers, or other technology experts to meet the rising demand. As the world grows more connected -- sparking cross-pollination and accelerating idea-generation -- and the marketplace for funding becomes more streamlined -- thanks to plummeting capital requirements and the rise of accelerators -- talent has become the new bottleneck for society’s technological evolution.
We simply don't have enough qualified people to build new technology and maintain existing technology. How bad is it? And how are we going to solve it?
10x Management brings the model of a Hollywood talent agency to Silicon Valley. Instead of movie stars, 10x represents top-notch freelance programmers and tech consultants, including core open source contributors and creators of mobile apps with millions of downloads. In this talk, 10x cofounder Altay Guvench will discuss the rapidly-changing marketplace for talent and the future of work.

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Speakers
avatar for Altay Guvench

Altay Guvench

Founder, 10x Management
Altay Guvench studied monkeys and neurobiology at Harvard, made holograms and submarine antennas at MIT, toured as the opener for the Indigo Girls, is a two-time alum of Y Combinator, and has built full-stack Rails apps as a technical advisor for clients ranging from the World Bank... Read More →


Tuesday March 17, 2015 3:30pm - 4:30pm
JW Marriott Room 408-409 110 E 2nd St