Aug 24, 2009

The Blog Post Where We Solicit for 2010 SXSW Interactive Panel Votes

Vote for our PanelPicker Ideas!

One of our favorite events of the year is the SXSW Interactive festival. Austin, Texas is a great town to assemble thousands of creative and technical people from all over the world. The conference isn’t until March of next year, but already planning has begun. This brings us to the subject of today’s post.

Unlike most shows, the public vote weighs heavily on what speaking panels get selected. MapQuest is jazzed to be involved in two of the panels up for voting in the Panel Picker.

Here’s the panels we’re involved with:

Time + Social + Location. What’s Next In Mobile Experiences?

As more devices become location aware, social uses will continue to evolve beyond just who and what, to WHEN. Adding the temporal dimension creates new opportunities for social interaction. Learn about ways to leverage and use technology to add features at the intersection of temporal, social, and location.

We’re happy to be collaborating on this panel with some talented experts from innovative companies in the areas of social, temporal, and location. In addition to myself, the panelists for this session will be:

Brady Becker
Founder and EVP of Creative for Brightkite
Tyler Bell
Head of Product for Yahoo! Geo, Geo Technologies
Gregory Cypes
Business Development and Principal Software Engineer for AIM
Ryan Sarver
Product Manager of Platform for Twitter
Andrew Turner
CTO of FortiusOne / GeoCommons

Social Breadcrumbing – Tying Networks Together by Phone

The integration of location-based services, phones and social networks is increasingly common. But how does this enhance the lives of users and improve their actual experiences on sites? Learn about the unique ways that sites are utilizing these services to upgrade their data and promote greater sharing among users.

Organized by our Mobile Technical Manager: Chip Millson, this panel will go deep into the impact and opportunities of data sharing and location-based services.


We’re excited about these discussions almost as much as we’re excited to get some Texas BBQ. Please visit the 2010 SXSW PanelPicker and give us a “Thumbs Up” if you’re interested in checking out these talks. There are also over 2000 other panels to vote on. Take some time to vote on some other great panel ideas as well.

Thanks and see you in Austin!