The SXSW Interactive Festival (scheduled March, 2012 in Austin, Texas) is a mega huge social media industry event. The final program is selected through a combination of an open submission and voting process. The process has opened – so you can browse and vote for the nonprofit panels you think are worthy of being on the program until September 2, 2011.
And, if you’re thinking your organization can’t afford to send you to the conference, there are scholarships available for nonprofits folks. Check out the information and application process here.
There are over 3,000 panels available for voting and 149 in the nonprofit section. For 2011, I’ve submitted a panel titled “Making Social Media Measurement Sexy” with a dream team of colleagues Danielle Brigida, Frank Barry, Wendy Harman, Jon Dunn, and David Neff. Hope you’ll consider a vote for our session.
For the past four years, I’ve designed and facilitated panels on social media and nonprofit topics that were fun learning experiences and well documented. In 2008, we wore funny hats to go with the theme of our panel. The following year, I organized an Nonprofit Social Media ROI Poetry Slam where panelists delivered their presentations as poems. In 2010, did a crowdsourced session on crowdsourcing. Last year was a global discussion about free agents with remote colleagues in the Middle East.
There is a fantastic list of nonprofit focused panels submitted by other colleagues in the sector. Here’s a couple I hope you’ll vote for those as well:
Turning Online Donors Into Change Investors
Geoff Livingston, Peggy Duvette, Brian Fujito, Stacey Monk, Robert Wolf
Let’s Talk Video for Social Change
Mark Horvath, Invisible People TV
Hashtags and Non-Profit Community Development
Under the Social Good Hood
Susan Gordon, Causes and Robert Rosenthal, VolunteerMatch
Social Media Boundaries: Personal/Personnel Policy
Amy Sample Ward, NTEN
Epic Fail! When Social Good Goes bad
Chad Norman, Blackbaud
Positively Inspired Change Campaigns
Stacey Monk and Tom Dawkins
Social Media for the Non-Sexy Cause
Peter Panepento, Chroncile
Be a Design Superhero: Vanquish the Wasted Pretty
Eve Simon, Lawrence Swiader, Traci Sym, Maria Giudice
Web ROI: It’s not dollars, it’s (common) sense
Lynn Labieniec & Marissa Goldsmith
101 Social Media Tactics for NonprofitsMelanie Mathos and Chad Norman, Blackbaud
No brochures: digital storytelling for nonprofits
Joe Lambert, Digital Storytelling
The Hills Are Alive With Social Data
In addition see, Eve Simon’s list
Have you submitted a nonprofit panel to SXSW this year? Share the link, title, and names in the comments.