Category: Friday

Augmented Reality and Urban Revitalization

Who all had a very unorthodox summer spent chasing virtual monsters around town? If you are like me and did just that last summer or maybe longer, then you can blame John Hanke for that. Pokémon Go is the brainchild of Niantic Inc. This Augmented Reality and Urban Revitalization panel featured Mona Lalwani of Engadget,...

Echo Chambers: Healing Our Social Media Algorithms

“Echo chambers” is a hot term in this post-election world we live in. There’s little debate they exist – these bubbles we live in, primarily on social media, full of groupthink – or the role social networks like Facebook play in forming them, but there’s been little discussion on solutions for this problem. Enter Claire...

Mayors Hold The Line

Mayors from across the country have descended on SXSW with a simple, unifying message: The values of their cities will be upheld no matter the cost. Emily Ramshaw, editor-in-chief of the Texas Tribune, sat down with three Democratic mayors in Republican held states Friday afternoon. The mayors from Austin, Louisville, and Phoenix were all united...

(10)99 Problems and W-2s Ain’t One

  According to the panelists hosting (10)99 Problems and W-2s Ain’t One, the so-called gig economy has picked up significant steam within the last few years. It’s simple really, Americans are frequently working part-time, whether it’s traditional freelancing jobs like photography, or the newly created ride sharing economy. Colleen Poynton said that Americans working part-time jobs...

Diversity-Friendly Software

We cannot hack racism and sexism out of a product – Shireen Mitchell Panelists Jon Pincus and Shireen Mitchell were not afraid to tackle the social issues surrounding today’s software and online platforms in their SXSW panel, Diversity-Friendly Software. Unsurprisingly, today’s software works best for the people just like the programmers. This is a major limitation, since...

One Nation Under Stress: How Social Connection Can Heal Us

Dr. Vivek H. Murthy is the Surgeon General of the United States. His primary responsibility is to inform the public of scientific information on critical issues and he also communicates with the public directly. It was never Murthy’s aspiration to become the Surgeon General, but it was a role he always admired. He took the position...

Activism, Allyship and Where We Go from Here

You may wonder what Cecile Richards and David Karp, the founder and CEO of Tumblr have in common and why are they speaking at SXSW together? At their SXSW panel, Activism, Allyship and Where We Go from Here, Richards and Karp unveiled their newest tech initiative to help raise support in the tech community for...

Office Politics: Dealing with Conflict at Work

Amy Gallo is an author, speaker, and editor at Harvard Business Review. She mainly focuses on how you can build your career, how to communicate ideas effectively, how to influence and lead others, and how to manage conflict. She is the author of the HBR Guide to Dealing with Conflict and spoke about the premise...