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Posts Tagged ‘hugh forrest’

Who would submit a panel to SXSW and try not to be selected?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Obviously there’s quite a few people trying not to speak at SXSW, because South By’er Hugh Forrest has taken to Medium.com to talk about the best methods of not getting selected:

All this effort for a simple speaking slot? Really? Perhaps you should save yourself the aggravation of what could be endless hours of tedium. Instead, ensure yourself a rejection letter by following these 10 straightforward tips for creating an amazingly awful PanelPicker proposal.

Oh – he’s using reverse psychology….

SXSW ready for ‘no new Twitter’ but lots of creativity

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Speaking to Impact News, SXSW Interactive’s Hugh Forrest talks about the upcoming fun and games in Austin. While he’s ready for ten variants of the headline ‘There’s no new Twitter at SXSW this year’, h knows that Interactive is far more than one product. It’s the people, the companies, the launches, and the connections.

But is there anything that stands out theme wise?

 Certainly a big area of focus for 2014, in light of what we know from this past summer is privacy, surveillance, [National Security Agency] and PRISM. We have a lot of programming focused on that. Glenn Greenwald will be part of the event. He is the journalist who broke most of the Snowden stuff.

I think that the Snowden stuff from last summer was a reminder to those of us—myself included—who were very idealistic about this technology and all the power of social networks, that there is a very dark side to this stuff as well, which continues to need to be investigated and looked at and thought about and viewed.

The full interview is over on Impact News.

Hugh Forrest talks about the challenges of SXSW Interactive

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

The Austin Post has sat down with SXSW Intereactive’s oversee’er, Hugh Forrest, to talk about SXSW and its place in the ‘Interactive’ community. The explosion of the first half of the SXSW week is now arguably the largest portion, at least in terms of attendees, and that puts a lot of pressure on both SXSW and the Austin amenities.

It is a challenge at this point for how we manage this growth. Creating these smaller events [such as SXSW V2V] as a way to pull a little growth away from the main event is one strategy. Beyond that, we’re continuing to work a lot with the city in terms of making the downtown area as manageable as possible during the event. We get a lot of great feedback from the community on things we can do to continue to improve the user experience.

As much as the event grows and that’s fun to see, your individual techie doesn’t care that much about who else is there as long as they can make valuable connections. We want to provide a platform where people are inspired by other creative people.

The full interview is available at the Austin Post’s website.