Voting starts today for the various panel proposals for the 2010 SXSW Interactive conference. After learning a lot from participating in panels at this year’s conference, I’ve submitted two proposals for panel discussions for next years conference. Below are their descriptions and links to each panel presentation for voting

Social Network Interop
Portable contacts, life streaming and various ‘Connect’ offerings have begun to break down the silos and walled gardens that are social networks. Come hear a panel of experts discuss some of the technologies, design issues and future direction of this trend.

Drinking from the activity stream when it becomes a tidal wave
The stream is overflowing. How do you make sure the stream is still useful when there is SO MUCH getting pushed into it

If you click through the links you’ll find a list of the seven to nine questions that will be asked and answered by the panelists. The trickiest part of this process was trying to come up with proposals six months ahead of the conference. A lot changes in six months and it was a little difficult trying to come up with panel topics that wouldn’t seem like rehashing old news by the time 2010 rolls around. At least the panel ideas aren’t as topical as discussing Facebook’s purchase of Friendfeed. :) 

Let me know what you think of the panel ideas and who you think should be on the panels if they get accepted.


Monday, August 17, 2009 7:15:45 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Hiya Dare,
Upon reading your idea for "Drinking from the activity stream when it becomes a tidal wave" I was reminded of what is, I think, a really cool innovation from some of your colleagues in Microsoft Vine. They use a visual metaphor of pins representing you and all the people in your network and you have the ability to drag these pins closer together/further apart. The closer someone's pin is to "you" then the "louder" their notifications will be and vice versa.

Not sure whether this feature will ever see the proverbial light of day given that Vine's future is unclear but I think its a great method of simplfying someone's importance to you.

Saturday, August 22, 2009 6:51:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Every human has four endowments- self awareness, conscience, independent will and creative imagination. These give us the ultimate human freedom... The power to choose, to respond, to change :)
Monday, August 24, 2009 1:13:02 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
Actually, great proposals, gonna vote for sure ) And BTW, thanks for the interesting blog!
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