Author: Sara Shields

Do Great Athletes Have To Be Good People?

Johnny Manziel was a hot topic during this panel. Everyone calls him the troubled boy in the NFL – you can see why. Executives and agents are navigating a new set of risks, the media amplifies stories as they have a responsibility to do so, and fans have the choice of whether or not to care...

How Shattering Stereotypes Can Save Tech

Right now there are currently over 500,000 unfilled technology related jobs in the United States. By 2020 there will be 1 million unfilled jobs. But why are there so many unfilled jobs? The reason is because we are missing half of the population, such as woman and people of color. “Stereotypes are familiar to all of...

SXSW Interactive Advisor

Have you struggled with discovering specific panels you’re interested in? Becky Larson, a SXTXState vet, created an application that effectively organizes your panel search – check it out! She created subdivisions within each that reflect the trends for this years SXSW. Becky says, “a data panel in one track is bound to attack its material from a...

New World of Photography and Visual Storytelling

The clock is ticking for many animals – they don’t live that long. Species continue to disappear at alarming rates. It’s hard getting people to care about animals, specifically those that are not considered cute and cuddly. So how do you get people to care or notice? Right now no one is talking about endangered...

Ten Big Legal Mistakes Made By Internet Companies

Regardless of whether you’re a startup or Fortune 100 company, all laws of the Internet apply equally to all. In this panel, Carl Butler, VP Legal of Angies List, and David Wong, attorney at Barnes and Thornburg LLP discuss ten nine big legal mistakes made by Internet companies and practical advice for avoiding legal pitfalls. Formation • Seeking...

Dude, Where’s My Par?

Sloane Kelley, content director and strategist of the PGA Tour was excited to work with Oculus last year at SXSW Interactive 2015. Now this year, the PGA Tour and Oculus is in the process of implementing sports, golf specifically, into virtual reality. The opportunities with Oculus are to reach an early adopter crowd involved with...

SXSWedu: Teacher Voice In The Design Process

Are you an educator? Have you ever wanted to implement ideas in Education Technology? Candace Flaherty, from Mobility Labs Inc., strives to bring “teacher voice” into the design process for developing EdTech. In this panel, Flaherty explained how ed tech developers can incorporate “teacher voice,” or teacher input, into the design process. Mobility Labs Inc. collaborates with their...

Preview: The VR Live Music Experience

This year, VR is more accessible than ever for consumers. Music creators and fans are exploring the possibilities. I spoke with Marc Scarpa, executive producer and director at Simply New, about an upcoming panel he will be speaking on with several others. This panel will explore the optimal tech, the right visual and audio approaches, and...