Virtual participation for geek, technical or social events helps the sting of not being able to attend in person. While it can’t completely fill the void of shared, human interaction, at least you can potentially watch a stream, catch a liveblog or even find a new person to follow who inspires you.
South by South West – Interactive starts tomorrow. Every year I make a wish list of sessions that I would either attend or research. Then, I seek out the content and presenters before, during and after the events. It also gives me a chance to support some friends and thought leaders from afar. The list below is an eclectic mix of interests. There are folks from CrisisCommons, Ushahidi, OpenStreetMap, UN Global Pulse, Frontline SMS, Movements.org, NPR (Andy Carvin), Mozilla, P2PU, Toronto friends, and more. I know that I have missed some good people and welcome the tips. Also included are topics that perked my interest or topics that I know friends or family members research.
As you can tell, I would need to be cloned multiple times over to virtually monitor all of these sessions. And, put the rest of my scheduled activities on hold. Most of the sessions have hashtags and might have streaming. Last year I was able to cobble participation together for 10 sessions. I am mainly following #sxswgood for my Technology-for-Social-Good @ SXSW fix.
The Virtual SXSW Schedule (subject to whim and edits)
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Friday, March 11, 2011
14:00 Lessons Learned from the Arab Spring Revolutions – Susannah Vila (movements.org)
15:30 The Future of WordPress
17:00 The Singularity is HERE (cousin’s research area)
Saturday, March 12, 2011
11:00 We Are Browncoats: Leveraging Fan Communities for Charity Serenity!
11:00 Seed & Feed: How to Cultivate Self-Organizing Communities (New Work City – for @camaraderie)
12:30 Mobile Health in Africa: What Can We Learn?
Josh Nesbitt Frontline SMS #AmHealth
12:30 How Social Media Fueled Unrest in Middle East New York Times
14:00 Keynote Simulcast: Seth Priebatsch Gaming!
15:30 The Behavior Change Checklist. Down With Gamefication Aza Raskin
15:30 Real World Moderation: Lessons from 11 Years of Community
Sunday, March 13, 2011
11:00 The Future of Philanthropy: Social Giving Takes Off
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12:30 Influencers Will Inherit the Earth. Quick, Market Them! Sloane Berrett
15:30 Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World Beth Kantor
15:30 Paying with Data: How Free Services Aren’t Free (Privacy, NYT, Stanford)
Monday, March 14
9:30 Tweets from September 11 Schuyler Erle
9:30 Method Tweeting for Non Profits (and Other Players) Geoff Livingston
11:00 SOS – Can Citizen Alerts Be Trusted? Patrick Meier, Chris Blow, Robert Kilpatrick and Karen Flavell
11:00 The SINGULARITY: Humanity’s Huge Techno Challenge
(My cousin’s research area)
11:00 Naked Dating: Finding Love in 140 Characters or Less Melissa Smich and Jeremy Wright
15:30 Mozilla School of Webcraft @P2PU John Britton
17:00 DIY Diplomacy: Designing Collaborative Gov Noel Dickover
Tuesday, March 15
12:30 How Governments are Changing Where Big Ideas Happen Ian Kelso, Interactive Ontario
15:30 Interoperable Locations: Matching Your Places with My Places Kate Chapman
17:00 Voices From The HTML5 Trenches: Browser Wars IV Mozilla, Google and more
Brain infusion pending.