If there's one thing as certain as the smoldering humidity deep in the heart of Texas, it's this: Houstonians are bona fide geeks. In a good way.
How can you tell? 'Cause revolutionary geekery reigns supreme amongst the themes of SXSW panels submitted by tech-ambitious hopefuls in the local area.
If this is all gibberish to you, here's a primer: South by Southwest (SXSW or South By, if you're nasty) is a giant conglomeration of ideas, good times, and people, held in that other kinda cool city in Texas. There are three main components, if you will - Interactive (read: Geek Fest), Music (read: Hipster Fest), and Film (read: Artsy Fartsy Fest). Every year, 'round this time, the geeks, the freaks, and the chics put their heads together to submit panels for next year's festival. And the panels are up for anyone's vote.
Since it's a somewhat well-kept secret that Houston is the hands-down best city in Texas, it may come as a surprise to some that the panels submitted by Houstonians are stellar to the Nth degree. But stellar they are. Now you've gotta do 'em one better, and actually give 'em the click that counts. In plain English, GO VOTE. And remember: Voting ends TODAY, so hurry up!
There are tons and tons, so here are a few for which you might wanna consider clicking that thumbs-up button:
Vinyl to Viral: From Spinning to Spreading Music
Who knew that technology and music actually form a more perfect union? The United States of Houston's local music scene represents hard core on this panel.
DON'T PANIC - The Geek's Guide to the Next Big Crisis
Any panel description that begins with "Shit happens" should be a shoo-in. But seriously, does your company or organization know what techie tools to use when feces (read: hurricanes) hit the fan? You should.
Seed Combinators: Startup Incubators 2.0
"Seed combinators"? "Seed accelerators"? Yeah, this one sounds dirty, but it's definitely not related to what you're doing on Friday night after debauchery at Ei8ht. If you're into giving innovative hopes a chance to fly, you'll dig it.
Becoming an Inspiration - One Pixel at a Time
Now that's a tall order, isn't it? If you think so, then you don't know Reggie Bibbs. Dubbed "a one man crusade to raise awareness for neurofibromatosis," Bibbs has a will and a spirit bigger than Texas, Alaska, and Russia combined.
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Preventing Legal Pitfalls Online
It's 3:00 a.m. Do you know where your photo is? Protect yourself with the digital mace they're slingin' in this session.
Access This - Online Accessibility Takes on New Meaning
As if Reggie Bibbs wasn't enough, Miss Wheelchair Texas wants to tell the geeking masses about how some nonprofits are redefining your views of "accessibility." You could cut the do-good feelings with a knife.
Man. Who'd want to be competing against these panels? "Not I," said the fly. "Not I."
'Course, there are many, many, many more. Go vote Houston straight ticket with local web marketing company Schipul's somewhat sorta comprehensive list of Houstonian panel hopefuls for SXSW, too. And spread the virtual love, mama. Show 'em what city in Texas is geekery boss.