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2:00pm

Change Happens: Improv for an Unpredictable World

3:30pm

How to Be Acquired & Stay Happy

3:30pm

Your Brain on Multitasking

5:00pm

Small Business Career Thinking in a Large Company

5:00pm

The Future of Work: Serial Monogamy
 
 

9:30am

Help Wanted: Hunting High & Low for Digital Talent
    Saturday March 10, 2012 9:30am - 10:30am @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    Everyone is looking for digital talent these days, from established tech firms, startups, advertising agencies to the biggest corporations. The ever-broadening makeup of the attendees of SXSW is a huge indicator of this. There’s a bigger crossover of technology and marketing than ever before. In many ways, we are all looking for the same talent. And it’s not just developers. We look for highly conceptual people who can come up with amazing ideas and inventions. As a result, creative technologists, digital strategists, designers and writers are in high demand. In this panel, recruiters from a variety of firms will discuss who they look for and how they find that talent. How can we improve our pipeline and process? Where are there new places to look? How can the talent make themselves easy to find? Are schools keeping up with the demand? This panel will be for companies and jobseekers alike, a look behind the curtain of how the matchmaking of employer and employee happens.

    Speakers
    Creative Recruiting Mgr | Ogilvy | Barbara brings more than seven...

    Interaction Designer+Hacker | Superpowered | Ben, a New York...

    Talent Director | TBWA Media Arts Lab | One part husband, One...

    Sr Design Recruiter | Playdom | Jami is a Senior Design Recruiter...

    Dir of Creative Recruiting | Deutsch Inc | Lionel is Director...

    CDO | Deutsch Advertising | Winston Binch is Partner/Chief Digital...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #digitalent
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13176


11:00am

Reflections of a Zen Digital Nomad
    Saturday March 10, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Rio Grande Ballroom) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    In November of 2009 I gave away all my worldly possessions to a family that lost everything in a fire, and started the first great adventure of my life. Since that time, I've been "homefree" staying in bed & breakfasts, hotels, and the countless couches and spare rooms of friends I've met through social media. Ten years ago, this life wouldn't have been possible. But today, in the world of fast connections and even faster friendships - where non-traditional is in and thinking outside the box is the norm - becoming a digital nomad is a viable alternative to conventional living. Along the way, I found a teacher, embraced minimalism, and discovered the incredible power of the social graph. Fellow Digital Nomad Julia Allison will be joining me to talk about her adventures in geo-agnostic living. If you're curious about the digital nomad lifestyle and wonder if you could live for a year or more "homefree", this is a presentation you don't want to miss.

    Speakers
    CMO - OnBoard Tours | Peanut Butter Media

    Media Personality | The Julia Allison Brand | Julia Allison...


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #ZenNomad
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13583


11:00am

Why We Are Losing the War for Talent

12:30pm

The Freelance Rockstar
    Saturday March 10, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Rio Grande Ballroom) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    Working independently. It's fairly common in the tech world, but there are also many, many misconceptions and stereotypes. Josh has been working independently as a developer for the better part of the past fifteen years and has learned many lessons not only about what it means to work freelance as far as lifestyle goes, but also many practical bits of info about dealing with money, contracts, clients, personal marketing, and how to fix things when it all seems to go wrong. Christin Roman has just made the big jump from working as a full-time user experience designer to working independently. She will speak about the process of making the big leap -- what sort of planning it took, what the dangers were, and how it's turned out so far. And we can both speak to the idea of working freelance as a lifestyle choice -- balancing work and life, etc. We would also like to keep this open to audience discussion about experiences and techniques for living the life of a freelance rockstar!

    Speakers
    User Experience Designer | I Hate Robots

    Founder | Frescher-Southern Ltd


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #flrs
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11765


12:30pm

When IT Says No: How to Create Fast Feature Flow

3:30pm

Best Practices for Supervising Millennials

3:30pm

Decentralized Organizations: Do They Work?
    Saturday March 10, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    As technology has increasingly created a number of self-organizing online or real communities, companies are also experimenting with cultural changes having a common thread of decentralization. For example, anonymous surveys, voting systems for both customers and internal employees, organic management, and peer-based recognition systems are becoming more commonly used. Firms like Burning Man, Second Life, and Zappos are exploring and using non-traditional techniques to structure their organization and develop their people. What are these alternative strategies and why are companies using them? What’s worked and what hasn’t? We’ll show you specific ways to start experimenting with decentralization at your company, with questions and discussion amongst a diverse group of experienced panelists.

    Speakers
    Human Resources Mgr | Burning Man | Kat Steinmetz currently manages...

    Founder & CEO | High Fidelity | In 1995, Philip Rosedale created...

    Professor & Dir MIT Center for Collective Intelligence | MIT...

    Campus Community Dev Dir | Zappos.com | campus/urban/startup...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #DCentOrgs
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11679


5:00pm

Screw the Job Market: Young + Passionate ≠ Broke
    Saturday March 10, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Rio Grande Ballroom) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    Yes, you are an expert. Yes, you can make money doing your own thing. No, you don’t have to work for the next hot start-up or within the confines of Corporate America to do it. Michelle Ward of When I Grow Up and Molly Mahar of Stratejoy are young, profitable, and passion-fueled full-time entrepreneurs. In this core conversation, we'll all be talking about how we can do we love without living in our parent's basement. Yup - it *is* possible to create a passionate business that actually pays the bills. The job market can suck it. Not to be missed by beginner solopreneurs, recent grads, the laid off (and appreciative!), side hustlers, and those who are currently employed but looking to break free of the golden handcuffs. Come ready to share your wins, struggles and stories in this interactive conversation!

    Speakers
    Founder, Coach, Speaker | Stratejoy Inc

    Founder/Owner | Scout Creative Media LLC | Tara Gentile is a...


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #Screw
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP9609


5:00pm

Welcome to the Chaos: The Distributed Workplace
    Saturday March 10, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    The benefits of working in a distributed work environment are many. No overhead for office real estate, no employee commutes, flexible work hours, the ability to hire talent where it resides. But what are the pain points? Can working in a distributed workplace be done successfully? Workplaces often provide camaraderie; how do you get that when you’re working in isolation? How do you measure productivity when you can’t see what employees are working on? How do you ensure your employer recognizes your contributions? Since our start in August 2005, Automattic, best known for its work on WordPress.com, has employed people from all over the world. We don’t have formal offices; instead we choose to hire the most talented people to work from where they’re already located. What lessons have we learned? What should be avoided?

    Speakers
    HR Lead | Automattic | Lori loves to laugh, travel, and write...

    Iñtërnâtiônàlizætiønër | Automattic | I am Nikolay and...


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #chaos
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP11333


 
 

9:30am

Tech Detox: Can You Survive a Day w/o Technology?

11:00am

The Making of the Modern Office
    Sunday March 11, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    In the capital of the latest tech boom, developers work late into the night creating the next big thing. But they take office culture just as seriously, fueling behavior that is reaching a level of froth not seen in a decade. Some web startups are partying like it's 1999. Companies say the fierce competition for talent among startups has necessitated extraordinary perks meant to attract and retain employees. But what makes startups a great place to work? Are they things like creative benefits, core values, philanthropy and dogs? This session is focused on creating uniquely successful and fun working environments with disruptive leaders from cleantech, healthcare, and enterprise tech startups.

    Speakers
    Digital Platform Manager | Talk Radio News Service/KoPoint...

    VP of Mktg | Yammer | Dee Anna McPherson leads Yammer's overall...

    Sr Dir, Comm | Practice Fusion | Practice Fusion provides a free...

    Dir of Talent Acquisition | Opower | Jennifer Crystal has 15...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #momo
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP10586


11:00am

Welcome to the Age of Hyperspecialization

12:30pm

Adding Value As a Non-Technical No Talent Assclown

12:30pm

Successful Onboarding: Ship Code, See Bathroom

3:30pm

For Better or for Work: Married to an Entrepreneur

3:30pm

Rockstars or Roadies: Who's the Better Employee?

5:00pm

Are Great Employees Overrated?
    Sunday March 11, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    Who is worth more — one amazing employee or one hundred adequate ones? You've heard about the war for talent. If your business is looking to take over the world (or just your industry), how do you first build your talent pool? Do you fill your ranks with free-agent superstars, or foster a team of people whose names will never make the marquee, but are skilled enough to make your company a success? Your choice has implications for your culture, and your bottom line. This debate kicked up a tremendous response on the Harvard Business Review's website (hbr.org), but the jury is still out. What makes the world go 'round — individual brilliance or group genius?

    Speakers
    Managing Dir, Digital Strategy/Editorial Dir | Harvard Business...

    Author: The Rare Find | Penguin/Portfolio

    Social Media Strategist, Human Resources Expert, Career Blogger...

    Research Fellow, MIT Center for Digital Business Visiting Fellow...

    Chairman | OUYA Inc | Working on a new thing. OUYA backer zero...

    Snr VP Innovation & Workforce Solutions | Manpower Group...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #GreatHire
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13858


5:00pm

From Dorm Room to Board Room
    This dual format will focus on how to grow your dorm room idea into an overnight success-- and by 'overnight' we mean 10 years of ridiculously (fun and) hard work! When they launched Mental Floss magazine at Duke University in 2001, co-founders Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur knew they had a seed of an idea. They wanted to create a magazine that blurred the lines between education and entertainment-- a place “where knowledge junkies get their fix.” A decade later their brand would include books, board games, a thriving t-shirt line, and a website that attracts over 2.5 million unique visitors per month. In the last three years, their brainchild has appeared on Inc. magazine’s 50 fastest growing media companies. Pearson and Hattikudur will discuss how to shepherd a brand through new mediums and formats, the digitization of traditional media platforms, and building successful & meaningful e-commerce ventures, all while staying true to your brand.

    Speakers
    Co-Founder; Chief Creative Officer | Mental Floss LLC | Mangesh...

    Pres | Mental Floss LLC | Will Pearson, the “Titan of Trivia...


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #Dorm2Board
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12166


 
 

9:30am

Tech Cooperatives: A Better Way to Make a Living

11:00am

Job Hopping: Turn a High Number to Your Advantage

11:00am

Online Personality Disorder: Resumes & Profiles
    Monday March 12, 2012 11:00am - 12:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    An editor, researcher, and program manager walk into a bar. They are looking to help talented people who have personality and technical chops. As they down a Shiner, they look for a coherent story that tells who you are, what you’ve done, and where you can go. In this session we'll share our tips then jump into live reviews of resumes and a variety of online profiles. Beyond the action verbs and a Google search, these three will help you synchronize what you show on paper and online. They'll show how your online presence (LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, About.me) can help an employer picture you in their organization. How can you show yourself to be unique? How do your other digital selves support your claims? Hear how these three, with years of hiring experience, approach evaluating job candidates. Bring us your resumes, your profiles and your questions.

    Speakers
    VP Consumer Insights | AOL | Carla is an urban mermaid extraordinaire...

    Dir of Production | Annual Reviews | Professionally, I'm an STM...

    CEO | Music Intelligence Solutions | I'm a nerd-turned-CEO. I've...

    Sr Program Mgr | Microsoft | I've managed through the good, the...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #opdrp
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP9226


12:30pm

Moms vs. Management: Parents Make Awesome Managers
    Monday March 12, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    How many books on management have your read and how many parenting manuals and apps have you downloaded since your kids arrived on the scene? How much of what you’ve learned has been “on the job” of parenting — and all the multi-tasking and emotional resilience that requires? Have you ever thought to apply those same techniques to managing clients or people inside your own organization? Hear a light-hearted conversation from our experts on techniques they’ve used and how to make the best of both worlds. Learn about how the principles of raising children directly apply to being a good manager of people. Topics may include: Parallel play is not real play — challenges of cooperation, collaboration and negotiation; Use your inside voice — the importance of communication and active listening; No means no — applying praise, understanding consequences and other disciplinary measures; You can’t have it all — challenges of working parents towards achieving a healthy live/work balance.

    Speakers
    Project Mgr | Pixar Animation Studios | Lourdes Alba has been...

    Dir of UX | YouTube/Google | Margaret Gould Stewart is the Director...

    Dir of Prod Design | Facebook

    Head of User Experience | SAP | Mike Tschudy has been creating...


    Type Interactive, Panel
    Hashtag #sxsw #MomsVsMgt
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12484


12:30pm

Work When Startup Culture Hits Mainstream
    We’re all seeing this happen – friends in healthcare, film and finance to name few catching what can only be dubbed “the startup bug”. John Battelle even said it himself back in July 2011, “the whole world is an Internet startup now”.

    And it’s true, but startup culture is just not our norm when it comes to work/life balance. Startups work never ends and by nature, they’re always innovating just for a small chance that they’ll break through. To them, the model of commuting to a 9-to-5 job just doesn’t compute.

    So, what happens when suddenly a whole nation’s work life turns upside down? And what changes must be made to acclimate the majority of the U.S. workforce to a wholly different work style?

    In this panel, we’ll dissect the growing trend of “startup-ness” that is building outside the technology industry and discuss what changes are needed, what innovations this may bring about, and whether or not entrepreneurialism and startup culture is made for the masses.

    Speakers
    CEO & Founder | LiquidSpace | Thankful to be the Skipper of LiquidSpace...


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #Mainstream
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13507


3:30pm

Getting Good: Practical Tips for New Designers

3:30pm

Motivating Employees: Gamification at Work
    Monday March 12, 2012 3:30pm - 4:30pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    The research has shown that employees (and people in general) are motivated by autonomy, mastery, purpose, progress and recognition, yet most jobs are severely lacking on all counts. Games, on the other hand, provide all of the above, and through them get people leaning forward, engaged, and working individually and collectively toward their goals. In this session we’ll discuss how to leverage game mechanics in the workplace to motivate your employees around sales, recognition, business transformation, health & wellness, training, and overall job performance. We’ll also discuss how companies have successfully “flipped the bit” that turns work into play, and conversely, from play into work. Join us for this deep dive into enterprise gamification programs and come away with ideas that you can apply in your own workplace.

    Speakers
    VP Digital Strategy | Bunchball | Molly Kittle joined Bunchball...


    Type Interactive, Solo
    Hashtag #sxsw #Bunchball
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13069


5:00pm

Getting a Crowd to Work for You: For Pay or Play?
    Monday March 12, 2012 5:00pm - 6:00pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Brazos) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    Crowdsourcing companies like CrowdFlower have access to more than two million contributors to get real work done, meanwhile companies like Kaggle can tap into the world's best data scientists to call upon their intellectual property to solve real world challenges. So what makes this crowd work? Is it money or something greater?Today, workers are willing to do real work for virtual compensation just as much as they are willing to work for cold-hard cash. In this presentation Lukas Biewald, Founder of CrowdFlower, and Anthony Goldbloom, Founder of Kaggle, discuss the merging incentives of the crowd worker. What is the essential driving force for workers to accomplish tasks for real or virtual work? What does the crowdsourcing worker want more in exchange for their work- real or virtual compensation?

    Speakers
    Founder & CEO | Kaggle | Anthony Goldbloom is the founder and...

    Chairman & Co-Founder | CrowdFlower | 

Prior to co-founding...


    Type Interactive, Dual
    Hashtag #sxsw #wrkrmotive
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Intermediate
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP9735


 
 

11:00am

Becoming a CEO: Lessons from Four Techette Leaders

11:00am

Taking Team Solidarity into the Trenches

12:30pm

Getting Experts on to Your Passion Project
    Tuesday March 13, 2012 12:30pm - 1:30pm @ Courtyard Marriott (Rio Grande Ballroom) (300 E 4th St, Austin, TX 78701)
    I've spent the last year working on a game and project to disrupt international development. I built an incredible team of advisors, developers, designers, nonprofits, and supporters around simply an idea, and around a person who had never completed a similar project. Furthermore--they donated their services in the beginning for free!This core conversation will talk about how to rally the best talent around an idea, even if you've never met them (and if the idea ultimately changes or fails).I'll also address diving into tech and gaming, only having a background in online publishing, music, and international relations. I'll talk about motivation, never giving up, and why projects like this are some of the best ways to address global issues and drive innovation. Finally--I'll close on how the project came together (and ultimately changed) and why everyone should have a passion project. Don't be afraid to fail...dive in!

    Speakers
    New Products & Writer | Berger Works LLC/The Economist | I'm...

    Special Projects | Do Something | James C. Elbaor leads Special...


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #psnproj
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Advanced
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP12385


12:30pm

The Future of Work and the Free Radical

3:30pm

Marshalling Your Army of Interns

3:30pm

Your Social Media Job Is Dead: Now What?

5:00pm

100 Years of Awesomeness

5:00pm

Building Team Chemistry in Baseball & Technology
    Making a great product isn’t really all that different than making a World Series run. In both cases, the organization must assemble the right mix of talent, motivation, independent spirit and willingness to be coached. The right combination of these qualities results in a team who moves faster, makes better decisions, gets to better outcomes, and has more fun. None of this is easy, but it’s do-able, and we’ve assembled some vivid examples of how to do it right (or wrong) from things we know well: design, finance, and baseball. We’re going to discuss the tools and practices that we use to ensure that our teams are talented and high-functioning, and we’ll draw inspiration from our own roles in assembling design teams at Cooper and in building mobile products at Thomson Reuters. What role do performance-enhancing drugs play in product development? Tune in to find out.

    Speakers
    Head of Mobile Products- Eikon | Thomson Reuters | I have spent...

    Managing Director | Cooper | Doug LeMoine is a lifelong baseball...


    Type Interactive, Core Conversation
    Hashtag #sxsw #TeamChem
    Theme Future of Work
    Level Beginner
    Website http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP13731


 

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