I may not seem as excited to go to SxSWi as some of my fellow techno-nerds here at Beaconfire. I don’t wait in line for free beer. I don’t stand in the back of crowded rooms to see celebrities. And never, ever in a million years, will I ride in anything that looks like this:
But even serious, practical me has to admit, there are a few sessions that are making me giddier than when I lowered a bounce rate by 10%.
Here are just a few of the sessions I’m thrilled about.
- Media & The Personal Brand – ESPN, Grantland. & 538. I glazed over the topic at first. But the excitement of seeing my favorite sports writer (Bill Simmons) and my favorite forecast modeler/statistician (Nate Silver) is too much to bear.
- Being Social with Grandma: Social Media for 50+. The average age of the constituents of the nonprofits we work with can sometimes skew on the older side. I’m excited to take part in a discussion on how we can engage those users without resorting to the stodgy.
- Truth Will Set You Free but Data Will Piss You Off. This looks to be an exciting presentation about data, ethics, and human fallibility. My three favorite subjects.
- The Tyranny of Edward Tufte. A few months ago, I took one of Edward Tufte’s workshop. It seemed so genius. Until I tried applying my newly found knowledge in the real world. And based on the title of this presentation, it seems I’m not alone.
- Techie Trekkies: Bringing Star Trek to Life. Do you even have to ask?
And if the sessions get too crazy crowded, you’ll find me in the Beacon Lounge, doing good stuff with good people.