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Best 2015 SXSW Sessions

sxswThis Friday begins SXSW 2015 in Austin. The annual festival—which includes a focus on music, film, and interactive technologies—was designed as an opportunity for creative people and the companies they work with to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today, and more and more, SXSW Interactive sessions specifically highlight innovation and crowdsourcing.

As these are two of IdeaScale’s favorite things, here are five suggestions for sessions to check out if you are attending SXSW:

1. City 2.0: Why Local Government Bets on Civic Innovation
This session explores the usefulness of civic innovation (a.k.a. utilizing citizen ideas to tackle real urban problems). We love this idea, as we have many local governments doing exactly this with our platform!

2. Innovation Through Impact Filmmaking
Exploring the connection between filmmaking and the growing ability for international communities to be connected to causes that drive impact, this session features Nelson Mandela’s grandson, Kweku Mandela.

3. NASA Prizes: Dream It, Make It, Win It
Representatives of the NASA Prizes and Challenges Program will share how some of their best ideas come from “citizen inventors” and how you can get involved, get innovating, and win prizes!

4. Innovating Diversity and Inclusion in Tech
Presented by the Reverend Jesse Jackson, this session explores and expands on how innovation is served by emphasizing diversity and inclusion in tech fields.

5. Innovation Around the World
This is not one particular session, but rather a noticeable trend during the festival. From Turkey to L.A., from Sweden to Ecuador, if you want to hear about how a certain country or global area is innovating, you can find it here.

Of course, in addition to these great sessions, you won’t want to miss our session on the Global Innovation Competition and best practices for hosting global competitions on Tuesday, March 17 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Click here for more information about that session.

SXSW 2015 Panel: Global Competitions that Change the World

sxsw panelLife these days can sometimes seem hopeless.  Turn on the news and you see negative story after negative story.

However, there is cause for hope. More and more, amidst all of the negativity, we see global citizens coming together to remind us all that the things which bring us together are larger than those which divide us.

Opportunities like the 2nd Annual Global Innovation Competition showcase ideas from those global citizens. The competition is an initiative operating in 8 African and 4 Asian countries specifically to support innovators and entrepreneurs in realizing projects that improve the relationship between citizens and governments.

Once submitted to the competition, ideas are voted upon by members of the communities where they will have an impact, with 75% of votes coming from the global south. and winnowed down to fifty big ideas which advance to the next stage.

The competition has even gone to special lengths to ensure inclusivity, including giving four ideas “wildcards” into the final 50 from countries that are enabled with less information and communications technology. You can read more about this year’s finalists here.

There are many lessons to be learned and best practices to glean from the experiences of the Global Innovation Competition for those who might be interested in hosting their own global competition aimed at changing the world. To that end, we will be discussing those best practices at our SXSW panel on Tuesday, March 17, and would love for you to join us. Click here for more information.

How to Make the Most of Your Trip to SXSW

sxsw1We know you’ll be working hard at SXSW, and your dance card is already filling up. You’re a marketing maven, a conquistador of connections, and a member of the innovation intelegencia, but please, leave some time in your schedule to stray from the beaten path. You never know when the best ideas will come to you. In the spirit of always keeping an eye out for innovation and opportunity, we’ve found some events you might have missed- they might be the spark that ignites your best idea yet.

1. Grab a partner and become the hero of your office by winning the SXSW Ping Pong Tournament. Sign up now, the tournament starts on Friday the 7th!

2. In, ‘Reddit, You’re Doing it Wrong,’ Rohit Thawani and Garrett Tillman will teach you how to use Reddit’s crowd and content to improve your business. Don’t let Reddit let you down. These two marketing and strategy experts will show you how to tackle Reddit and come out on top.

3. SXSW keeping you up all night? Check in at the Late Night Saloon to keep the conversation and connections flowing.

4. Filmmaker’s Pre-Fest Pitches let’s filmmakers promote their films directly to their target audience. Hear first hand why you should check out some upcoming films, and take notes on how passionate creators market their work.

5. Attend any part of the SXSW: Create event and you will see into the future. From smart-phone controlled nancopters to laser engraving and e-textiles, these innovators are changing the technological landscape one idea at a time.

IdeaScale will be at SXSW March 7th-11th. RSVP to meet up with us!

5 Innovation Events at SXSW That You Really Shouldn’t Miss

sxsw2IdeaScale is packing up, and heading to SXSW! We hope you are as excited as we are to get together and talk innovation. Of course you’ll come to see our event:  Democracy Took Over My Government, Now What?, but what else should you check out this year at SXSW? We’ve compiled a list of the 5 Innovation Events that we’re most excited about. Tell us in the comments what you’ll be filling your SXSW visit with.

1.  Check out James McQuivey in “Digital Disruption, Unleashing the Next Wave of Innovation.”  McQuivey will be reading excerpts from his book Digital Disruption, and digging into what the state of our digital world means for your business’s success.

2. “OMMA: Should Brands Be Part of the Real-Time Convo?” will explore recent shifts in brand marketing. How quickly is Brand Marketing evolving ? Does the personification of a brand through a carefully customized marketing campaign build a stronger following?

3. Outdated technology has kept internet access limited to easy to control environments like US office buildings. Learn how this team of innovators turned desktop, office-ware into BRCK- internet access for the rest of the world.

4. In “The Power of Public Thinking,” author Clive Thompson will show you how our daily communications shape our thought process. He’ll explain how “public thinking” through tweets, Instagram comments, and all the rest actually help us solve the big problems.

5. You can streamline your office, and improve your product, but your employees are your most valuable asset. John Hagel will talk about applying design thinking and methodologies to developing your team. Training isn’t only for new employees, but what would a perpetual educationally nurturing office look like? How can you capitalize on the experience of those inside and outside of your office to give your staff the best tools in their development?

We’re going to be at SXSW March 7th through 11th, and we’d love to see you!
RSVP to meet up with IdeaScale there.

SXSW: Last Chance to Vote, But Just the Beginning of the Process

sxswvote17458Polling is in the air this week, because SXSW is doing it’s final public push for voting. Unlike a lot of other conferences, SXSW has the means and the engaged audience to be able to make the panel selection process for each conference since the year 2007. And considering the conferences growth over the past several years, investing in crowd opinion is obviously paying off.

Certainly, IdeaScale is excited to hear from two of our successful clients: the State of Michigan and the NYC Comptroller. Both of these engagements represent the stellar work of the social media gurus who engaged and organized millions of voices in their innovation process – certainly no easy task. But when those decisions are impacting billions of dollars, it’s important to be able to not just understand, but to make that data actionable.

But at IdeaScale, we really do love voting so we’re excited about this week whether our panel is in the mix or not. We built our business around it and we know that the process continues long after the polls have closed and leaders, management, or panel reviewers are left to the next steps: assessing multiple factors of audience, feasibility, marketing, etc. In short: all of the things that take place with the experts on the back end.

That’s why IdeaScale built in their workflow, assessment and integration modules to help steward ideas through the rest of the idea lifecycle. For SXSW, that process means engaging the input of their advisory boards and the SXSW staff. We won’t know what’s going on behind the scenes, but we’ll all know what the massive agenda will be come October.

Stop by, vote and share your thoughts on or panel or others. Why do you think voting is important? What are you most excited to see at SXSW?

Join the State of Michigan at SXSW

sxswvote17458As many of you know, IdeaScale submitted a proposal to share the stories of State of Michigan and NYC in a SXSW panel. You can vote to have this panel included in the 2014 conference schedule. However, in order to preview a small part of the story that we would share at the conference, IdeaScale created an opportunity to interview the State of Michigan’s Social Media Specialist: Nikki Sunstrum. For a sneak peek of our SXSW session, please read the interview below. 

IS: What sorts of change has Michigan embraced since launching their forum?

NS: Since launching our first State of Michigan Ideascale community, crowdsourcing has now become a part of many regular communication strategy discussions. We are continuously asking ourselves how can we incorporate interactive engagement, solicit public comment, create focus groups, and overall leverage a larger audience to solve problems and create the more effective solutions.

IS: Is there anything unique about the voice of State of Michigan employees?
NS: Our State of Michigan employees are our very best resource. They know their work and our processes better than anyone else. There is no one more capable of identifying areas of improvement or innovation than them.

IS: How does open innovation pair with other social media engagements?
NS: Currently, the State of Michigan actively maintains over 140 traditional social media accounts across six various platforms. The addition of open innovation through crowdsourcing to this roster provides us the ability to target specific demographics, highlight particular initiatives, and also allow those within the community to work together to set priorities though voting.

IS: The State of Michigan originally just engaged their employees; tell us about their plans to engage citizens.
NS: Bureaucracy Busters, our initial community, was created to provide an innovative way for employees communicate with leadership and foster discussions among themselves. To date, it has resulted in over 2,000 ideas posted and 134,000 votes cast by over 10,000 users. As a result of these efforts and suggestions transformational change projects have been launched statewide. We have seen an enhanced focus placed on engaging front line employees, the implementation of new more effective means of communication such as, audio visual projects, live town hall meetings, increased leadership interactions and overall inclusion.

As a state focused on providing outstanding customer service to all citizens, use of an Ideascale crowdsourced community externally would enable us to provide these same opportunities to anyone interested in innovating the way in which they interact with their government. Potentially making it easier to provide services, solicit feedback and foster idea generation on topics of interest.

We’re excited to see what is next for the State of Michigan and excited to share their story at SXSW. Vote for our panel “Democracy Took Over My Government, Now What?” today. 

Social Media Gurus from NYC and Michigan Share How They Organize the Collective Thoughts of Thousands

6a00d83451b36c69e201348628b6d2970c-300wiOpen government is great – but how do you synthesize thousands (even millions of voices) and how do you turn that information into real results?

These are questions that IdeaScale often fields and we’ve got great answers about how to manage your engagement, what it means to have good moderation,  what role selection plays in the process, etc.  But we also have great success stories from clients like the State of Michigan and the NYC Comptroller’s office who have made decisions that effect billions of dollars worth of government business.  That’s why we’re hoping to have them share their story at SXSW next February 2014. As you might already know, the crowdsourcing process of panel picking for SXSW started yesterday. So if you want to hear what they have to say, join in that conversation.

For those of you who don’t know:

“The PanelPicker is a two-step online process that allows the SXSW community to have a significant voice in programming SXSW Interactive (presentations, panels, discussions, demonstrations, etc.)

STEP 1 encourages the community to enter proposals for daytime conference programming for all four SXSW events.

STEP 2 allows the community to browse all of these ideas, leave comments, and vote for what they think are the best fit for the March event.”

We hope that you are excited to participate in the SXSW PanelPicker process. We’d love to see you there.  Learn more about our session and share your thoughts.

Have you voted today?

Join Us at SXSW

4170925840_7b633bc68a_oIdeaScale is looking forward to traveling to SXSW tomorrow. We’re going to be in town and available to answer questions about our solution, best practices, and crowdsourcing trends.

SXSW is an interesting event – it brings together a wealth of industries and their leaders and somehow knits them together through the language of digital technology and engagement.

And somehow, they manage to make a business world and what could be characterized as a bunch of nerds and well… they make us look cool…

…because it’s hard to get on the agenda without being revolutionary or at least highly innovative. Generally the conversation is not celebrating the work of a single person, but instead the work of a movement.

There are lots of things that we’re excited to see at SXSW, but we’ve listed a few of the events that we’re particularly interested in attending.

Why Public Policy Should Matter To Your Start Up
Friday, March 8, 3:30 p.m.
Senator Moran will discuss the policy challenges startups face and how the startup community can engage with policy makers to enable innovation and help economic growth.

The Learn to Code Movement:
Friday, March 8, 5 p.m.
By 2018, there will be more than 1.4 million job openings in the IT sector.

DIY: How Crowdsourcing Has Saved Independent Film
Saturday, March 9, 2 p.m.
Today, filmmakers have the unprecedented ability to harness their greatest resource – their communities.

Al Gore on the Future
Saturday, March 9, 3:30 p.m.
This year, he plans to shake things up again by exposing the six critical drivers of global change explored in his new book, The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change.

Best Practices for Outsourcing & Integration
Sunday, March 10, 11 a.m.
Hold a discussion covering the benefits of using outsourced resources and how to improve going forward

Shut Up & Take My Money: LEGO Does Crowdsourcing
Monday, March 11, 3:30 p.m.
LEGO CUUSOO allowed acute demand to emerge overnight, and when it did, production resources in the traditional manufacturing company remained fixed and finite.

Curation + Crowdsourcing + Creation = Love
Monday, March 11, 12:30 p.m.
The ModCloth Story of customer collaboration.

Crowdfunding: A Catalyst for Local Economic Growth
Monday, March 11, 5 p.m.
At a time when funding from local, state, and federal governments is spread thin and credit is increasingly harder to come by, crowdfunding has demonstrated that collective and collaborative efforts of individuals can fuel significant change within America’s communities.

If you are interested in joining us for discussions or a chat over a margarita, please email me at Jessica.day@ideascale.com. We’ve got a list of good spots to visit (both SXSW-scenes and off-the-beaten-path locations).

What are you looking forward to at SXSW? What do you think will continue to power innovation in the interactive world?