Headed to SXSW Interactive 2014?


Our team has submitted a few panels to SXSW 2014, and wanted to share panels from other friends in the community as well!

Feel free to vote these up, down, and email us (communications AT tendenci DOT com) or Tweet us (@tendenci) if you want to add your panel to the list!

Vote August 19 - September 6!

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Tendenci Team SXSW Panel Submissions


Open Source = Unemployed, And This ROCKS!

Speakers: Ed Schipul & Sarah M. Worthy

Voting Link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/23406

Ed Schipul and Sarah M. WorthyIt's no secret the economy sucks, caused in large part by a rapidly shrinking middle class combined with job cuts across industries.

Join Technology Veteran, Ed Schipul, and UX Strategist, Sarah M. Worthy, as they show you how to turn that unemployed frown upside down. Learn about our predictions around the explosion of open source software and hardware driving a new job economy that will absolutely Rock!

You'll hear how open source solutions are already dominating the playing field, and driving the strategic pivots that big technology companies, like Microsoft, Intel, and HP have been forced to make recently in order to remain relevant.

We'll talk about the methodology for identifying these in your own industry and career so that you can empower yourself with open source tools that keep you viable and relevant in the marketplace.

Discover how to create the jobs of the future workforce that are truly sustainable and have great benefits!


Which programmer knows best? Millennials vs GenX

John-Michael Oswalt and Ed Schipul

Speakers: Ed Schipul & John-Michael Oswalt

Voting Link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/22898

Which programmer knows best: The old guy, or the kid? Can they get by working together on a product road map? How do these drastically different generations work on an open source software product together? Or are they more similar than they think?

Generation Xer Ed (the old guy), and Millennial John-Michael (JMO, the kid) will share generation struggles, and lessons learned (along with a few amusing anecdotes) while working on their company’s open source software product, Tendenci.

Joining them will be Web Designer Felicia (FAB Millennial) to add in her two cents. 


Turning a Blind Eye to Good Usability

Speakers: Aaron Long & Rachel Magario of the PACER Institute

Voting Link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/24483

Aaron-Long-Rachel-Magario.jpgJoin Aaron Long, VP of Client Services at Schipul - The Web Marketing Company, and blind motivational speaker Rachel Magario, Assistive Technology Specialist at PACER Center's Simon Technology Center, as they discuss what accessibility online really looks like to both web designers and visually impaired end users.

This session will cover:

  • Best practices
  • Testing
  • Pitfalls to avoid in implementing accessible web design

You will walk away with actionable tips you can use in your web design and development projects.


Why Your Non-Profit Needs Millennials

Speaker: Felicia Bates

Voting Link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/24870

Felicia-Bates-Headshot.jpgVolunteers, Board Members, & Donors Alike - Learn How You Can Engage & Benefit From the Millennial Generation!

Did you know that 75% of Millennials gave money to charities in 2011? What about the fact that in 2013 52% of Millennaials said they would like to give donations monthly?

You will learn all about what drives the Millennial Generation to volunteer, donate, and work in the NPO industry.


Level Up Your Online Fundraising

Speaker: Aaron Long

Voting Link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/23226

Aaron-Long-Photo.jpgA recent Nielsen Usability study of nonprofit websites reported that almost half of nonprofit websites actually have elements that drive potential donors away. Are you tired of reading benchmark studies and want actionable tactics you can implement now?

In this session, Aaron Long – VP of Client Services at Schipul The Web Marketing Company – will explain the psychology of what people are looking for online and what compels them to take action and donate on your website. 


Panels Proposed by Friends of Tendenci

Did you submit a panel? We'd love to list it here! Email us your details at communications at tendenci dot com!

Truth Will Set You Free But Data Will Piss You Off

Voting Link: http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/20448

As data become more readily available, we are lulled into believing “the numbers don’t lie.” However, the human data collection methods and process, the various motives of the people involved, the political or social systems in place all define how data are presented and perceived. Can any presentation of data be truly objective in the first place? This session will explore the issues and ethics around data visualization--a subject of recent debate in the data visualization community (for example, see here: http://www.visualisingdata.com/index.php/2013/07/should-you-trust-data-visualisations/ )--and suggest how we can use data in tandem with social responsibility.


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