As happens every summer, thousands of proposals for panels and presentations get submitted for the following year’s South by Southwest Interactive festival in Austin, Tex.
After those submissions are compiled and categorized, the voting begins. The list eventually comes down to the weirdest, smartest, fill-in-the-blankest panels that will be featured next March.
The Rally.org team has sent in three ideas for potential sessions at SXSW, one of the largest tech-industry gatherings (more than 30,000 attend each year). Voting is now open and continues through September 6. These proposals cover how to inspire people to stand up for causes they believe in, train prison inmates for technology jobs, and build community in an economy driven by people who want to change their world.
Rally co-founder and Chief Rally Officer Tom Serres would deliver the presentation on Community-Building and Change in the Cause Economy. This session would identify the components of the Cause Economy and address how to develop and sustain networks that want to take action on behalf of the people, places, and issues most important to them.
Serres would also appear on the panel From Locked Up to Startups: Inmates Find a Future, along with Chris Redlitz, founder of the tech incubator and education organization The Last Mile, and two graduates of The Last Mile: Ray Harts and Kenyatta Leal. This discussion would focus on how The Last Mile works with a select group of inmates at San Quentin State Prison to teach them about social media and launching their own community-oriented businesses.
Digital Cause Based Communities: Values of GenGood would pair Serres with Naomi Hirabayashi, the chief marketing officer of DoSomething.org. This organization helps people under 25 work on the issues they care about through social-network campaigns and other online tools. The two would talk about establishing careers devoted to inspiring people to become leaders and advocates for social good and using technology to help make change happen.
To vote for these SXSW Interactive sessions, you need to create an account at panelpicker.sxsw.com. Once you’ve created your profile and logged in, you can click on the Search/Vote link (on the right-hand side of the black toolbar) to find our panels and vote. Voting ends September 6.
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