Hi everybody SXSW is one of the biggest conference in the world related to interactive/technology, film and music; located in Austin, Texas! A lot of the top Web 2.0 startups are always first featured at SXSW before going viral such as Twitter, Gowalla, Foursquare, etc. SXSW Interactive (the tech part) will take March 11 - 15.
Last year I asked a lot of people to help out and submit semantic web related panels to SXSW. We were able to submit 13 panels and unfortunately... all of them got rejected. I know that several people were very disappointed (specially me!)... but I think that we should keep trying. There is a huge need of doing outreach about semantic web technologies to the broader web community in general (web designer, web developers, seo marketers, social media people, etc). Therefore and reaching out to this community to help out again and submit panels. We (Semantic Web Austin), were able to get inside info related to submitting panels to SXSW this year. Here is what we know: <snip> Q: It would be great to get some guidance to pass onto the semantic web community regarding panel submissions. Last year, the Semantic Web Austin group coordinated the submission of 13 panels – drawing on speakers and topics from the global community but none of the panels were selected. They again want to submit panels for this year but can’t decide if they should submit 30 panels to reflect the growing interest in the space (and play the numbers game) or submit 3 with only the highest quality speakers and topics. A: My advice is that numbers are in important. So, the more proposals, the more chances one (or more) get it. Also, please remember that for 2011, each person can only send in 1 panel proposal -- not sure how that impacts this figure of 30. Q: Last year’s panels were fairly technical, so they could do the same again or focus on more business topics. A: I would NOT steer away from technical stuff. There's definitely more and more interest / demand for technical stuff at SXSW. Other points to remember 1) Internally, we're definitely much more geared to solo (and dual) presentations for 2011. This means that if two somewhat similar proposals get roughly the same vote totals, etc . . . then SXSW staff will lean to the solo or dual session. Just too many things that can go wrong when you try to pull together a panel of 4 or 5 people (one person doesn't prepare, etc) 2) We definitely need / want more advanced level stuff for 2011. Same logic as above. If two somewhat similar proposals get roughly same vote totals etc . . . then SXSW will lean to the advanced-level proposal. </snip> Knowing this now, we need to submit a massive amount of panels and talks to SXSW BY NEXT FRIDAY! WE HAVE ONE WEEK! All we need is a short abstract! If you are interested in submitting something to SXSW, I encourage you to join the Semantic Web Austin mailing list: http://groups.google.com/group/semanticwebaustin This way we can coordinate who submits what. I'm already nominating that - Stephane Corlosquet and Lin Clark submit a talk on Drupal 7 and RDFa - Jay Meyers submit a talk on Best Buy, SEO and RDFa This is a very tight community and I'm sure we can get together and pull this off. If you have any questions, please let me know! Cheers Juan Sequeda +1-575-SEQ-UEDA www.juansequeda.com