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South By Southwest 2011 Interactive Seeks Diverse Panels (Last day to vote)

By Benét J. Wilson


Austin, Texas-based South by Southwest was originally created as a way for the city to celebrate and showcase musical talent.  The festival expanded to include films and later, interactive.
The interactive part of SXSW has quickly become THE place to come to hear the latest in digital/social/new and multimedia.  A virtual who’s who from influential companies and media organizations are at SXSW, participating on panels, offering exhibits and hosting evening functions.
But one glaring thing has been a distinct lack of diversity at SXSW.  To their credit, the organizers reached out to communities of color, encouraging panel submissions for the 2011 event.  The decision on what panels will be featured is divided three ways: 30% staff, 30% open voting and 40% advisory committee.  So even if a panel is not picked during open voting, there’s still a chance it will be included.
I recently had a few hours to kill on a train ride up to New York City, so I looked at all 2400 panels that are up for voting.  Yes, I did it so you wouldn’t have to.  Below is my unofficial list of panels that appear to cover people of color.  I may have missed some, and if I have, please let me know.
It’s been interesting to see all the Tweets from people pushing their panels, and I hope that we can all work together to get some of our panels in the mix at next year’s show.  Voting ends at 11:59 CDT on Friday, August 27, so please – help make SXSW 2011 a more diverse affair.
See an entire list of the diversity panel to pick from after the jump.



Whiteness on the Web: Racism or Culture?
Joel Dreyfuss, The Root
Social Issues diversity on Internet, race and culture, Race on the web
Open Source and Global Health: The African Solution
Heather LaGarde, IntraHealth International
New Technology / Next Generation Digital Divide, non-profits, open source
Cashing Out: Start-up Successes in Latin America
Andes Barreto, Socialatom Group
Entrepreneurism / Monetization investment, Latin America, startups
500,000 New Mobile Users Daily? Welcome to India!
Nandu Madhava, mDhil
Mobile / Wireless Emerging Markets, Mobile Applications, Startups / Entrepreneurship
Latin America’s Digital Middle Class: Six Key Insights
Joseph Crump, Razorfish
Digital Divide Latin America, research study
Hispanic Marketing After the 2010 Census
Jerry Rocha, The Nielsen Company
Branding / Marketing / Publicity Hispanics, Marketing Strategy, research
In Living Color: Branding & Marketing to Urban Audiences
Marco Hansell, TwtMob
Branding / Marketing / Publicity In Living Color, Urban Branding, Urban Marketing
Who’s Got Next? Diversity In Educational Gaming
Kevin Clark, George Mason University
Education diversity, education, Games
Minorities in Tech: Empowering Next Generation Minority Technologists
Ray Hunter, Local Matters, Inc
New Technology / Next Generation Career/work concerns, Digital Divide, Social Issues
Marketing to Latinos: Understanding and Connecting with Culture
Mando Rayo, Cultural Strategies
Branding / Marketing / Publicity Hispanic Marketing, Latin-America, Latinos
Reaching Hispanics Through Government Mobile Apps
Laura Godfrey, http://GobiernoUSA.gov
Government and Technology diversity, Hispanics, mobile
The Elevation of Black Women in New Media
Deanna Sutton, Sutton New Media LLC
Digital Divide African American, Black Women, Elevation
Buy Africa: How Media and Design Shapes Africa
G. Kofi Annan, Annansi
Branding / Marketing / Publicity design, media, Sustainable
(ESPANOL) Towards the Third Latin American IT generation
Jaime Sanchez Beltran,
International Digital Divide, Latam, Next generation IT
Latino Link: Marketing to Spanish-Speakers Using Digital Platforms
Joe Kutchera, Latino Link (book)
Branding / Marketing / Publicity Hispanics, Latino, Spanish
100% Viable, 1% Visible – Minority New Media Entrepreneurs
Kiratiana Freelon, http://Kiratianatravels.com
Digital Divide Business/Entrepreneurial/, Career/work concerns, education
Where Are The Black Men Techs?
Jay F. Hicks, Raffinité Interactive Web
Digital Divide black geeks, black men in tech, Digital Divide
What Digital Tribes can Learn from Native Americans
Allison Aldridge-Saur, Chickasaw Nation Division of Commerce
Community / Online Community
Breaking Into the Latin American Tech Market(s)
Gabriel Sama, Rest of the World Media
International Latin America, Market, Technology
Race, Sex and Blogging: Productive Online Conversations
Renina Jarmon, New Model Minority
Community / Online Community blogging, New Media Discourse, Race and Sexuality
From Mules to Social Butterflies: Black & Female Online
Thembisa Mshaka, SEEIT Live, Inc.
Social Issues Entertainment, Strategy, women in social media
Social Media Through A Hip-Hop Lens
Patricia Marte, Circa ’95
Social Networking Hip-Hop, music, social media
VIVA CHILE! Exploring Innovation in a Developing Country
Shonika Proctor, Group Interactive, Inc.
Digital Divide Business Development, International, Technology
Latin America: The Future of Online Games
Andy Kleinman, Playdom
Video Games Latin America, online games, Social Games
Glass Ceiling for Women in Tech Startups- Real?
Lani Rosales, New Media Lab
Other sexism, tech culture, Technology
Latinas in Technology: Beauty, Brains and Blogging
Kety Esquivel, Kety Esquivel
Case Study blogging, Branding/Marketing/Publicity, Community/Online Community
Mi Vida, Mi Teléfono: Hispanic Mobile Madness
Mark López, Terra USA
Mobile / Wireless Advertising, Hispanics, mobile
New Media in Latin America: Five Lessons Learned
Oscar Yasser, http://nerdcore.vg
International Latino, media, New
Latin America Travel 2.0: Can Social Commerce Succeed?
Alberto Saavedra, ReservaIdeal.com
Community / Online Community social commerce, tourism, travel
The Hip-Hop Word Count: A Searchable Rap Almanac
Tahir Hemphill, THm
Education ethnographic study, geolocation, Hip-Hop
Minority Report: Social Media for Decreasing Health Disparities
Aimee Roundtree, University of Houston-Downtown
Health developer resources, health disparities, technical applications
Are You Ready for the Latin American Market?
Alejandro Florean,
International Emerging Markets , IT, latin America
Cybercrusading for Women : Rings We Will Not Kiss
Gina McCauley, Blogging While Brown
Self-Help / Self-Improvement activism, Black, women
Open Wide: New Models for Public Media
Jacquie Jones, National Black Programming Consortium
Community / Online Community Broadband, diversity, public media
Diversity in the Digital Age
Anne Hunter, comScore
Social Issues Cross Media, diversity, measurement
Can Africa Develop Faster Using Facebook?
Niccolo Pantucci, Taskforce
Economic Concerns
The FIve Elements of Hip-Hop/Content Strategy
Ian Alexander, Eat Media LLC
Content strategy, Hip-Hop, information architecture
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