Workshops Highlights Covering App Development, Virtual Reality, Politics, and More for SXSW 2018

Workshops offer registrants an opportunity to get some hands on and in-depth experience in different topics and skills. Whether you are looking to learn about something new or build your knowledge on a particular area of interest, these workshops are a great learning opportunity for registrants and will be held from Friday, March 9 - Wednesday, March 14. Some time slots are still open to RSVP for these compelling workshops, so act fast.

"I love the Workshop programming because it allows attendees to get a more personal, interactive experience with speakers than a panel or dual session for example," said SXSW Programmer Chloe Quakenbush. "Instead of staying quiet in a dark room listening to people talk and then maybe/maybe not getting your question answered at the end, Workshops create a more open environment for people to bounce ideas off each other, get their questions answered in real time and create a dialogue, collaborate with other attendees, and generate new ideas."

Advance sign-up is required to attend any of our workshops and sign-up is still available. Access is limited Primary badge type; Convergence Track workshops are open to all badge types. From avoiding tax pitfalls for startups to building virtual environments, check out our Workshop highlights below and browse the full list of 2018 Workshops on the online schedule – sign in to RSVP by session.

Workshop Highlights

Run As You Are
March 10 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm
Speakers: Jehmu Greene (Fox News), Erin Vilardi (VoteRunLead), and Jocasta Zamarripa (Wisconsin State Assembly, VoteRunLead)

RunAsYouAre will accelerate the growth of your political networks and know-how with practical and actionable steps. This workshop will help you make a real plan to get to know your political community and find the best office to run for.

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RegisterRight!: The ABCs of Protecting Your IP
March 13 | 9:30am - 11:30am Speakers: Tonya Evans (University of New Hampshire School of Law), Shontavia Johnson (Clemson University), and W Keith Robison (SMU Dedman School of Law)

When creatives focus solely on the creative process without adequately protecting their intellectual property, they leave their copyright, trademark, and patent rights at risk or forever lost altogether.This workshop demystifies "the big three" types intellectual property (copyright, trademark, patent) and lays out the specific steps every creative needs to take to protect their IP rights.

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The Nuts & Bolts of Taxes for Entrepreneurs
March 13 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Speakers: Lauriel Collins (Collins Legal PLLC), Kunal Mishra (Collins Legal PLLC)

When an Entrepreneur has a great business idea, they are often just ready to execute the idea without addressing the all important issue of taxes. A few years into the existence of the business, the Entrepreneur begins to receive notices from the IRS for unfiled tax returns and unpaid taxes. This workshop will teach attendees about avoiding tax pitfalls for startups.

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How Technology Can Save the Yazidi Community
March 12 | 3:30pm - 6:00pm
Speakers: Celine Assaf-Boustani (The Human Rights Foundation), Deelan Dakhil (Sinjar Foundation For Human Development), Abigail Maravalli (Elefint Designs), and Gopika Prabhu (Elefint Designs)

In this workshop, you will help envision and plan a digital platform/archive to document the genocide being committed against the Yazidi people, a minority group in Iraq. Our ultimate goal is to create a digital library and educational resource that will serve as a reliable source of information to document the crimes being committed when the perpetrators are brought to justice.

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Create Your Own Virtual World with Black Girls CODE
March 12 | 9:30am - 11:30am
Speakers: Ewurabena Ashun (Black Girls CODE), Zuri Hunter (Black Girls CODE), Amber Morse (Black Girls CODE), Kai Morton (Black Girls CODE), Kimora Oliver (Black Girls CODE), Cadence Patrick (Black Girls CODE), and Aniesia Williams (Barkley)

Come and join Black Girls CODE in a two-hour Virtual Reality workshop segment, teaching attendees how to build a virtual environment using Unity. You will be able to create, customize, and download a virtual scene, control and build objects in a 3D environment, and learn C# fundamentals used to build and program games. All are welcome regardless of experience level.

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Hands-on with Android Things
March 12 | 3:30pm - 5:30pm Speakers: Melissa Daniels (Google) and George Stewart (Google)

In this workshop, you will learn everything you need to know about developing IoT applications on Android Things. Using Android Studio and a developer kit, you will see how easy it is to use the Android platform to interact with hardware in the real world, and integrate powerful libraries like TensorFlow to perform complex computing at the edge.

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"How to Prototype" Workshop – Photo by Jon Currie

By Chris Tobon