I found the SXSW Interactive sessions I attended to be, in nearly every case, thought provoking and of a fairly high quality, and I typically found myself jotting down many notes and things to followup, such as books or web sites mentioned. Over the course of the conference, three core trends or convergence points emerged, at least for me, given my intrinsic interests/biases: (1) lifestreaming/tracking/curation, (2) leveraging technologies for creative collaboration, and (3) data mining/analytics. Each of these (admitedly, rather broadly defined) areas has an associated set of panel sessions, apps, companies, books, etc, and over the next few weeks I will try to give a meaningful overview of each one.
In the mean time, I think it's useful to at least summarize the sessions I attended:
- Get Smart! Hack Your Brain for Peak Performance
- Fireside Chat with Vic Gundotra on Google+ (podcast)
- The Lean Startup: The Science of Entrepreneurship (podcast)
- I Used Data Analytics to Game Online Dating
- How to Read the World (podcast)
- The Curators and the Curated (podcast)
- The Science of Habits: Why We Do What We Do (podcast)
- Computation and Its Impact on the Future
- Using Big Data Takes Machines & Humans (podcast)
- Data Mining Music
- Shut Up & Draw: A Non-Artist Way to Think Visually (podcast)
- Expanding Our Intelligence Without Limit
- Personal Lifestreams Provide Data for Public Good (podcast)
- Getting a Crowd to Work for You: For Pay or Play?
- Funny or Die & Caviar Present The Super Serious Show
- Human Language Technology and Where It's Headed (podcast)
- Hackathons: Kickstart a Movement from a Weekend
- Can Social Music Save the Music Industry?