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Your guide to the SXSW PanelPicker

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 by billsimmon in community media, Digital Culture, Help!, sxsw | 1 Comments

Vote for my PanelPicker idea!Time is running out to vote for your favorite SXSW panels (the deadline is Friday) so I’m once again encouraging my small corner of the Internet to log in and vote my panel proposal about building a culture of community media in your area. Remember how I totally didn’t bug you for your Daysie vote this year? I’m asking you to make your mark for this instead. Even better, leave an encouraging comment under the panel description for the organizers and advisory committee to see after you vote (you have to create an account, but it’s painless — I promise). Here are the links:

NOTE: This panel is really appropriate for both the SXSW Film AND Interactive Conferences, so on the advice of the conference organizers, I submitted it to both conferences. Meaning you can actually vote TWICE for my panel and not even feel guilty about it!

Click here to vote for my panel in the SXSW Film festival and Conference (this one is currently listed as a HOT topic getting some interest!),


Click here to vote for my panel in the SXSW Interactive Conference.

And don’t just vote for my panel! There are plenty of great looking film, interactive and music panel proposals. Here are a few of my favorites:

  • My fellow Vermonter Jessamyn West has a couple of library-related proposals that deserve your attention.
  • And Champlain College prof. Elaine Young may not have submitted her own panel proposal, but she’s lined up as a panelist in this one.
  • The Open Video Alliance has three panels that sound pretty great that you might want to take a look at.
  • Filmmaker Duncan Jones (Moon) is proposing a presentation about making sci-fi movies on the cheap.
  • On the music side of things, attorney, EFF member and slashdotter Ray Beckerman’s panel about the RIAA’s campaign of intimidation sounds good.
  • And I just happen to like the sound of these two panels proposed by geek filmmaker Jason Scott (plus, he’s courting a couple of the same panelists as me).

Now go forth and vote! Vote like the wind!



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