SXSW Panel On The New Era Of Tech & Innovation Advocacy

from the vote dept

It's that time of the year again when SXSW does its annual "panelpicker" effort. I'm on one of the proposed panels, put together by Engine Advocacy, discussing the new era of tech advocacy by looking at the political landscape after the 2012 elections and how startups, entrepreneurs, open innovation advocates and the tech community can better engage in the political process to avoid disasters being pushed by legacy incumbents. The panel will include myself, Mike McGeary from Engine, Elizabeth Stark from both Stanford and StartX and Mark Colwell from Senator Jerry Moran's office. If you're reading this, you know who I am, and those other three were all important players in helping to stop SOPA earlier this year. Feel free to vote and hopefully our panel will get picked.

There are, as always, plenty of other great panels to check out as well. I haven't had a chance to go through them all, but here are a few others that would be great, if you're looking for ones to vote for: There are lots, lots more, but these were a few that caught my eye.

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    Ninja (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 3:23am

    Why require registration to vote whyyyyyyyy

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      gnudist, 22 Aug 2012 @ 5:12am


      Voter fraud in favor of democrats?

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      Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2012 @ 6:44am


      Another one of those cases where Mike supports a site that does something bad. If it was some **AA supported program, he would be all over their ass for it.

      Do as I say, not do as I do - The new Techdirt motto.

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    Marc Canter (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 6:04am

    Creating on-line jobs for normal people


    While you're at the macro-economic level - I'd like to vote for something that entirely missing from the conversation: "Creating on-line jobs (which AREN'T programming jobs) for normal people!"

    In the world of workforce and computer skills training, there's a whole lot of "digital divide" effort teaching people how ot use a mouse, a browser and other basic stuff - which generally leaves off at about the level of "how to use MS Excel" or crop a photo.

    Then there's this huge leap and CodeAcademy and Udacity come in - and all of sudden everyone has to become a programmer! There's this HUGE gap in the middle there - and that's where my new company - Digital City Mechanics - is focused.

    This all ties into public policy (and the evolution of PPP) because all those gov folks STILL think a job is a 40hr a week, go into the office, punch the timeclock kind of job. Needless to say the whole system is broken, the workforce training and economic development money is being wasted - and our industry seems to ignore the plight of the average person - who will NEVER become a programmer!

    Our Digital City educational methodology gets folks thinking about this new culture and way to work. We then get our grads placed as interns onto projects, which also have apprentices and pros working on them.

    This all leads to the evolution of a local "digital economy ecosystem!"

    here's the day One class:

    Looking for support and getting this issue talked about!
    - marc canter
    - 925-876-0475

    .... and say hi to Brian Zisk when you see him for me!

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    Hephaestus (profile), 22 Aug 2012 @ 11:08am

    Internet rights ... To funny, just plop the word Internet in front of something and it becomes something new. In reality we are just talking about the ability to communicate freely.

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    Anonymous Coward, 22 Aug 2012 @ 1:07pm

    I remember when SxSW was just a music festival. Every year reading about it, it sounds like it's jumped the shark by larger leaps and bounds.

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