Last week I was down in Austin, TX, for the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive Festival. Even though the majority of the attendees representing big brands, companies, and start-ups, the nonprofit technology contingency still had a strong showing with many socially good focused sessions on the agenda, the Beacon Lounge, and plenty of extracurricular events.

SXSW Recap and Highlights

Throughout the conference, I posted notes from sessions and other highlights from the hallways – and you can get all of the posts from the Nonprofit Times!

Hot Button Issues at SXSW: Kony and Homeless Hotspots
We’ve all experienced videos, blogs, photos, or topics “going viral” online before our eyes – the number of views increases, our Facebook timeline fills with reposts of the story, or a hashtag rises up the trending charts. At SXSW, there…

Crowdfunding Social Ventures at SXSW
Start Some Good, a platform for social good groups – whether nonprofit organizations or not – to raise funds and build community, highlighted eight diverse projects working for social impact at an evening event hosted by Center61 at SXSW. Each…

Personal and Professional Identity: Social Media Policies for Nonprofits
I was joined today for a panel at SXSW to discuss the blurry or blurring lines of personal and professional identify online. With me on the panel was Debra Askanase, Jess Main, and Vanessa Rhinesmith. This topic was especially relevant…

Tendenci Released as Open Source by Schipul
Schipul, a web marketing agency based in Houston, Texas, announced yesterday during the 2012 South by Southwest Interactive festival that Tendenci, a content management system (CMS) will be released as an open source solution. Tendenci was developed by Schipul especially…

Tech Talk at SXSW
South by Southwest Interactive is a major hotspot for new tools to launch, applications and platforms to find early adopters, and those looking for ideas or suggestions to get recommendations from others already exploring the newest, shiny toys. I’ve been…

Stand with Planned Parenthood: Lessons from Crisis Response Campaigns
Just over one year ago, on February 18, 2011, Planned Parenthood Federation of America launched the largest integrated campaign in its history. The threat to defund Planned Parenthood was bundled in a larger packaged proposal of funding cuts to be…

Social Philanthropy: Raising Money on YouTube and Twitter
Money is always a hot topic of conversation at SXSW from new start-ups looking for venture funds to nonprofits looking for philanthropic support, all for innovative ways of changing and shaping our communities and the world. One panel, moderated by…

Ambient Location and the Future of the Interface: SXSW Keynote with real implications for Nonprofits 
“We are all cyborgs. The minute you look at a screen, you are in a symbiotic relationship with technology.” This is how Amber Case opened her 2012 South by Southwest Interactive keynote talk on Sunday, March 13th. Case, and her…

New Empire Builders Podcasts

Throughout SXSW, Brian Reich, ShiftCast host and information strategist, pulled together small groups of people for interesting conversations broadcast live and recorded as podcasts. I had the pleasure to participate in one of these recorded sessions, along with Uwe Hook, co-founder and CEO of Bates Hook, and Kevin Lloyd, founder and CEO of Momentum OS, Inc. We talked about the differences and the opportunities for convergence between big brands, start-ups, and nonprofits.

Listen to our Daily Roundtable conversation or subscribe to the podcast in iTunes. You can also check out all of the recorded sessions from SXSW on the New Empire Builders’ website.

2012 SXSW Interactive – #nptech Highlights
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