Author: Josh Morrison

SXSW screening: “Search Party”

SXSW has long been a place where up television programming is previewed before it is released to the public. In previous years, however, this opportunity was not made available to Interactive badge holders. This year, that changed. Episodic screenings were open to Interactive attendees for the first time. One of the screenings Interactive badge holders...

New independents: The new majority

Over the past few years an important shift has taken place in the demographics of the United States. Married people have become a minority. This change has obvious and important cultural ramifications and this year’s SXSW Interactive conference featured a session dealing with the marketing opportunities that have emerged in its wake. The session featured...

Treating bodies right: Innovative ways to serve healthy food

Contemporary culture is riddled with opportunities to eat poorly. Unhealthy food tastes good and is available cheaply at every turn. This situation has created an obesity epidemic and a culture of bodily neglect. This year’s SXSW Interactive conference featured a session with a group of people trying to change fix a clearly broken system. Their...

Three Takeaways From Obama’s Keynote

There was a fervor in the air on the first day of SXSW Interactive. Obama was appearing. Everybody knew this was big. Hugh Forrest even suggested that it might be the biggest thing to have ever happened at the conference. The lucky ticket-winners, which I thankfully count myself among, waited in line for hours. Eager audience...

Casey Gerald preaches an inspiring Gospel of Doubt

On the opening day of SXSW Interactive, Casey Gerald found himself in the unenviable position of delivering a speech that was the opening act for President Obama’s keynote. No doubt, this was a prestigious position to be in, but it cannot have been easy to speak to a house packed with people who had just...

Preview: Algoraving: A gateway to the Internet of Things

Imagine being at a club. Sweaty bodies are pounding to heavy beats, drinks are flowing freely and blaring lights both surround and blind you. The ringleader in a scenario like this is usually a DJ in a booth with a mass of equipment that most people cannot refer to by name. Jan Jongboom’s SXSW Interactive...

Preview: The Hackaday Prize: Honoring problem solvers

The Hackaday Prize is an award handed out each year since 2014 by Hackaday to designers who craft innovative solutions to problems. In the prize’s first year over 800 designers competed for recognition. Last year, that number grew to almost 1,000. The most recent batch of winning ideas will be discussed at an upcoming SXSW...

SXSWedu: All eyes on Finland

When it comes to education there is Finland and there is everybody else. Finnish students are ranked as the highest performers in the world and their success has captured the attention of educators around the globe. Accordingly, this year’s SXSWEdu conference featured a panel with two Finns sharing big ideas for improving education on a massive...