Conference season is in full swing with SXSW Interactive starting this Friday, 3/11, and NTEN immediately following on 3/17. Oh how our minds will expand. The nonprofit presence at SXSWi is ever-increasing from year to year. 2011 offers a large “Greater Good” track, nonprofit meetups, a lounge and our very own hashtags (#sxswgood #nptech). I’ve pulled together a “must” list for nonprofits, which is also my tentative schedule, but you will find it’s not all nonprofit-centric.
Ultimately my plan is to diversify. One of the coolest things about SXSW is the convergence of many industries and we have a lot to learn from each other. So in the mix are a few events that will take me out of my comfort zone and certainly confuse me, in a good way. I even threw in some key eating events because it’s a big part of the fun. See you there! @AmandaLehner
Friday, March 11
5pm Apps for Healthy Kids: Government Challenges FTW Education + Gaming = Big SXSW trend
6pm Geeks for Good Happy Hour Nonprofits unite!
7pm 140 Conference Party Watch Jeff Pulver change the world one character at a time.
Saturday, March 12
(All day -everyday – The Beacon Lounge! The hangout for all non-profits @thebeaconsxsw #beaconsxsw for all events)
9:30am How Many Rungs?: Social Change & the Engagement Ladder Masters of engagement from GroupOn, Do Something, Sparked.com, VolunteerMatch.org and HopeLab will speak.
11am Let’s Hook Up: Brands, Celebs, and Non-profits Who doesn’t want/need their celebs? Please Ashton won’t you tweet for us?
12:30pm Brand Journalism: The Rise of Non-Fiction Advertising They used the F word in their description so I’m in. Kidding, I like JWT and Shiv Singh.
2pm Keynote: Seth Priebatsch I never miss a keynote.
3:30pm All Grown-up: Brand Mascots in the Digital Age If you love spokesanimals as much as the Ad Council, me and the spirit of Smokey Bear will see you there.
Dinner Reservations at Lambert’s (I booked a party larger than my posse, so all gifted dinner conversationalists inquire within)
8pm -11pm Frog Design Opening Night Party It will be huge. If you don’t like crowds, this is not for you.
Sunday, March 13
8am – Migas for Me! at Los-Jaliscienses — Most delicious tex mex breakfast option. My foodie friend did a best Migas hunt in Austin recently and said this place was the best.
9:30am Measuring Social Media – Let’s Get Serious social media ROI panels, I keep going hoping for a breakthrough.
11:00am Congratulations! Your Brand Is About to Become Obsolete I always like to hit up a panel that scares me.
2:00pm Keynote: Christopher Poole 4Chan Founder what?! Wouldn’t miss this one for anything, not even a migas giveaway.
3:30pm Nonprofits and Free Agents in A Networked World Beth Kanter, non-profit guru. A must-see.
5:00pm Re-branding Birth Control: Behavior Change through Design Always interested in learning more on how to communicate complex subjects.
Dinner Reservations at Bess Bistro, Sandy Bullock’s place. I hope to be “blindsided” by the good food.
9:00pm The Crowdtap Launch Party Never know when the next Twitter will strike.
Monday, March 14
(At some point I plan to eat at Stubb’s)
9:30am Method Tweeting for Non Profits (and Other Players) “Imagine, if you will, that Shakespeare was on Twitter. Would he tweet as his organizational-self, or as one of the many “voices” he created?” Deep.
12:15pm GoogleTV to iPad Apps: The Connected TV Experience I love to tweet about live TV so…
2:00pm Keynote Simulcast: Felicia Day The woman keynote.
10:00 pm Official MashBashSXSWi 2011 Party if I’m still awake.
Tuesday, March 15
2:00pm Keynote Simulcast: Blake Mycoskie I’ll be wearing my Tom’s shoes, I know, so nerdy.
3:30pm Adaptive Path: 10 Years Of Making Things Awesome-r I have to get some UX in.
7:00pm Interactive Awards I love awards shows.
What are you up to? Where are you eating? Best BBQ recommendation? Please share.