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Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

Session Preview: Prison Tech Boom – Social Outcomes & Entrepreneurs

Written by Megan Collyer

Laurin Hodge says she did not pick prison, prison picked her. It was the unexpected incarceration of her mother, which motivated her to craft a social entrepreneurial career. As President of Mission: Launch, Laurin envisions the elimination of the social stigma that returning citizens face upon release from prison or...

Thursday, Mar 10, 2016

Session Preview: The Bossless Company – How Zappos and Medium Work

Written by Megan Collyer

What’s it like to work for a company with no bosses? Is it utopia or chaos, or a little of both? Zappos and Medium have adopted Holacracy, a management philosophy in which workers manage themselves, rather than have a boss tell them what to do. During, The Bossless Company: How...

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016

Session Preview: A Model Home for the Internet of Things

Written by Megan Collyer

SXSW Interactive won’t be Jon Lebkowsky’s first rodeo. In fact, he’s written and presented about “the DIY home of the future” at Austin’s first Maker Faire and at Worldchanging. At SXSW Interactive, he’ll moderate a discussion titled, A Model Home for the Internet of Things, between Jasmina Tesanovic, a Serbian...

Tuesday, Mar 8, 2016

Session Preview: No CTO, No Problem – Building A Non-Technical MVP

Written by Megan Collyer

Erica Swallow is no stranger to startups. Having worked with Contently, TechStars, WeHostels, and a host of other companies in the past, she’s assessed startups both as a venture capitalist and a technology journalist. She’s written for publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, Forbes, Fortune, and other...

Thursday, Mar 3, 2016

Session Preview: Your Brain on Virtual Reality

Written by Megan Collyer

Native Austinite, Zoltan Nadasdy, is an active researcher in the field of neuroscience. He uses virtual reality as a tool for studying the neuronal mechanisms of spatial cognition, as well as for understanding how our brain responds to virtual reality. His projects explore clinical applications of virtual and augmented realities....

Thursday, Mar 3, 2016

Session Preview: Partners for Successful On-Demand Grocery Delivery

Written by Megan Collyer

Nilam Ganenthiran serves as Vice President of Business Development & Strategy at Instacart leading their efforts to develop sustainable partnerships with retailers, consumer packaged good manufacturers, content providers, payment processors and other technology startups. Instacart provides customers with grocery delivery in one-hour. Under Ganenthiran’s leadership, Instacart established and solidified its...

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016

Session Preview: Understanding Average – The Inertia of Culture

Written by Megan Collyer

Maggie Windsor Gross is a brand and digital strategist with nearly ten years of experience in the industry. At SXSW Interactive, she’ll deliver a solo presentation titled Understanding Average: The Inertia of Culture, addressing average. After all, average is a polarizing word. We are ecstatic if the average person is...

Tuesday, Mar 1, 2016

Session Preview: Making Metrics Sexy, Finding ROI in those Excel Sheets

Written by Megan Collyer

Erin Dwyer of Haven (Kardashian) Beauty, brings years of social leadership and social ROI experience across a variety of categories, e-commerce, entertainment and types of organizations. She understands the numerous corporate audiences every social media marketer faces, in addition to their own department. She has fought for budget dollars, and...

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016

Session Preview: Face Recognition and Online Identity

Written by Megan Collyer

New Yorker Olga Raskin has been researching and testing biometric technologies for more than seven years, and has provided subject matter expertise on face recognition to many major news outlets, including CNN. At SXSW Interactive, she will present a solo session titled, Face Recognition and Online Identity,” aimed at providing...

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016

Session Preview: Using Social Media to Predict Gun Violence

Written by Megan Collyer

Jessyca Dudley is the Program Officer for the Joyce Foundation’s Gun Violence Prevention Program. Through Joyce’s grant making, she supports evidence-based policies and practices to reduce gun deaths and injuries in the United States—with a focus on public health research. As a researcher and public health practitioner, she has held...

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