As always, I’m excited about SXSW. I’ve got a bunch of things planned, but some of the more notable ones are as follows. Please let me know if you’d like to connect!
THURSDAY EVENING: International Women’s Day with the Austin Women’s Club. I’ll be emceeing the event for the evening:
“The Gender Agenda, Gaining Momentum”
- Rebecca Powers, Founder of Impact Austin
- Kate Brodock, Girls in Tech, Syracuse University
- Felora Derakhshani, Founder & Exec Dir of ACT Women, Peace Through Commerce, UNA Austin
SATURDAY MORNING: Student Startup Madness (SSM) in the Startup Village.
SSM is a nationwide tournament-style competition for college student digital media startups, culminating with the “Entrepreneurial Eight” national finals at SXSWi.
The Finals are being held on Saturday, 9:30-1:30 in the Hilton (Room 400). We’ve got some excellent judges (@InternQueen, @PatrickAmbron, @2000F, @sandyTBS, @petersmagnusson, @nglaros) and our Finalist roundup is looking really top-notch!
SUNDAY MORNING: Generation Flux panel discussion.
“In an inspiring, thought-provoking presentation, Safian will sketch out who and what defines GenFlux, how models like Apple and Facebook–and leaders like Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg–both define this era and are useless to those looking to navigate it.”
SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Creative Conversation with danah boyd, also at the Fast Company Grill around 1:30.
SUNDAY HAPPY HOUR: Girls in Tech is co-hosting a Happy Hour with Fast Company at the Fast Company Grill! You can RSVP for the event (and their other happy hours) here.
MONDAY MID-DAY: I’ll be SPEAKING on a stellar panel at the Courtyard Marriot.
Anne-Marie Slaughter writes an open letter stating she never felt she could manage her job and have a healthy family life. Marissa Mayer becomes CEO of Yahoo! and announces she’s pregnant and working through maternity leave. Sheryl Sandberg gains attention with a somewhat contradictory suggestion that women need to step up, not take no for an answer, and work harder.
Work-life balance has been a major topic of discussion recently, but the focus has been primarily on women.
However, there’s been little talk about the general culture in the start-up/technology/Silicon Valley-ish spaces, where people swear you only need two hours of sleep a night, that you’re supposed to feel burnt out or you aren’t working hard enough.
It’s become a competition, and an unhealthy one. But it’s unhealthy for everyone, man or woman. Is it that everyone doesn’t understand or accept the value of work-life balance?
Do we need to change this perception of how to be successful for everyone?
Moderator: Caroline Howard, Senior Editor at Forbes
Kate Brodock, Executive Director of Digital & Social Media at Syracuse University and President of Girls in Tech
Jesse Draper, CEO and Host of Valley Girl Inc
Adam Ostrow, Chief Strategy Officer of Mashable
Our hashtag for the discussion is #SXSlowDown