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How do you get to SXSW?

, Thursday, September 4th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

… Practice, Practice, Practice. And then some.

(That’s our very own Kesah Schmitt up there, prepping for her SXSW 2012 session)

Getting selected to speak at SXSW Interactive takes a great topic, great speakers, and and a little help from your friends. Every year, SXSW asks the community to help choose which content will be featured at the show in March by voting for their favorite topics in the notorious Panel Picker. Which brings us to the task at hand!

We have two awesome sessions proposed for SXSW 2015 that could use some love from you, our nearest and dearest. If you would do us the honor of giving a thumbs up for these talks and maybe add a comment or two about how awesome the idea is, we would be eternally grateful. If you’ve never voted before, you will need to create an account first but it will be SO worth it when you are sitting in the front row of one of these great sessions:

Is Social Good The Next Killer App?
Something sexy happened at SxSW 2014 that didn’t involve Lady GaGa: an unprecedented number of do-gooding Geekerati showed up, wanting to change the world. So has social good become the next killer app, or just the latest trend to generate lots of hype but little impact?. Are we making any true progress towards actually solving the most challenging problems facing the world? It’s time to put SxSW to work doing what it does best: leading industry innovation, for good.

UI Elements that Need to be Pushed Down the Stairs
Interface elements like overlays, dropdowns, carousels and accordions are several of a web designer’s de-facto tools. However, in the age of responsive design, it’s time to re-imagine some of these design patterns. Bridging the concerns of users and devices, this workshop will explore how traditional UI patterns can wreak havoc on the modern web and what you can do about it.

voteSince SXSW 2010, Beaconfire has had 10 sessions (featuring 7 different staff members) selected – will you help us keep our streak going? Voting closes at Midnight Friday, September 5th so vote before you head out for the weekend and we know you’ll have a super amazing one. The accepted sessions will be revealed mid October, and we’d love to add your name to our acceptance speech!