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<nettime-ann> September 2009 E-Mail Newsletter: PanelPicker Deadline, Early Bird Registration + FREE Stuff


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Tuesday, September 1, 2009

PanelPicker Voting Ends the Night of Friday, September 4

The SXSW PanelPicker allows the web community to vote on what programming is most appropriate for the 2010 event. If you haven't taken a look at this way-cool interface, please be sure to do so before poll close at 11:59 pm CST on Friday, September 4. Be sure to use the "search option" button to help find the proposals that are most appealing to your particular tastes. Also, look for the first round of 2010 programming announcements to be released in mid-October.

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Save $155: Early-Bird SXSW Deadline is Friday, September 25

Scheduled March 12-16 in Austin, the SXSW Interactive Festival offers more than 200 panel sessions, four days of keynote presentations, an engaging Trade Show, tons of evening activities, plus incredible networking with technology trendsetters (as well as leaders from the Film industry and the Music industry). You get all this for just $395 if you pay your fees before the Friday, September 25 early-bird registration deadline. This early-bird deadline saves you $155 on the walk-up rate. So what are you waiting for?

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Register Now for the Best Downtown Hotel Options

Hilton DowntownIf you register now, you save $155 on the walkup rate. Registering early also allows you the best selection of downtown hotel rooms -- and easy proximity to the Austin Convention Center is always a plus at SXSW. We expect many of these downtown hotel properties to begin selling out in the next few weeks, so act now to make sure that you get the room that you want!

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Accelerator 2010: Application Process Begins Monday, September 14

Want to showcase your new startup or application in front of venture capitalists, lawyers, tech media and other trend-setters who converge in Austin in March? Then the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator at SXSW program is for you. Launched in 2009, this event allows innovative technologies to get seen by industry experts, early-adopters, trend-setters, bloggers, mainstream media reporters, and leaders of the venture capital community. Stay tuned to the SXSW website for complete details -- we begin accepting entries for Accelerator 2010 on Monday, September 14.

Photo of 2009 Accelerator co-emcee Guy Kawasaki courtesy of Mary Sledd.

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SXSW Web Awards: Entry Process Underway for Next Year's Event

Did your amazing new website launch in the last year? If so, then you should enter this site in the 2010 SXSW Web Awards, the competition that spotlights the Internet's best new designs, new content and new ideas. The entry process for next spring is now open -- save $15 on the entry fee if you submit before the early deadline of Friday, October 16. Learn more about this competition by checking out the full list of the winners of the 2009 SXSW Web Awards.

Photo of 2009 Web Awards emcee Baratunde Thurston courtesy of Mary Sledd.

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2010 ScreenBurn at SXSW Game Design Competition: FREE to Enter Your Cool New Idea

ScreenBurn at SXSW is the portion of the event which focuses on the newest trends and techniques in the fast-growing video game industry. Returning for 2010 is the ScreenBurn at SXSW Game Design Competition, which provides a venue for emerging designers to pitch their concept to a jury of established professionals. Participants in this event are challenged to excite the imagination with a description of the game they want to build. These proposals are entirely conceptual -- but tight organization is a must as descriptions cannot exceed 200 words in length. All Game Design Competition finalists are given a FREE registration to the 2010 SXSW Interactive Festival. Click on the ScreenBurn at SXSW site for complete details!

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Market Your Company at SXSW: Purchase by Friday, September 25 and Save

SXSW Interactive brings together hundreds of industry trend-setters, so it is the perfect venue for you create buzz about your company, product or service. Reserve your space now in the Trade Show, the Registrants' Directory/Program Book, the Registrant Big Bag or SXSWorld Magazine. Purchase before Friday, September 25 and enjoy significant savings. Exhibitors that sign on now can also lock in the most sought-after Trade Show spaces and downtown hotel rooms. For complete information on all the ways your company can leverage the excitement of SXSW, visit the Business at SXSW section of the website -- or just e-mail the Marketing Department.

Photo of 2009 Trade Show by Jojo Marion.

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Be a Player: Exhibit Your Gaming Company at the Three-Day ScreenBurn at SXSW Arcade

ScreenBurn at SXSW brings all the excitement of video games to the mix of Interactive, Film and Music that is SXSWeek. Meanwhile, the three-day ScreenBurn Arcade provides a hands-on playspace for consumers, independent developers, and soon-to-be masters of the gaming world. If your company makes games, then the Arcade is the right way get in front of the SXSW crowd. Contact Lindsay Muse for complete details.

Photo of ScreenBurn Arcade courtesy of Dustin Downing.

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Get Noticed on the SXSW YouTube Channel

Since its inception less than six months ago, the SXSW YouTube Channel has received more than 3.2 million visits. Advertising your product via this high-traffic medium allows you reach a upscale, tech-savy demographic. From September 1 through September 30, your company can secure positioning on this channel for as little as $2,500 (a savings of over 50% off the listed rate)! Get complete details on how to take advantage of this great opportunity by contacting the SXSW Marketing Department.

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Advertise in SXSWorld and Save up to 50%

Start the new SXSW season the right way by taking advantage of the many cost saving advertisement deals for SXSWorld magazine . From now until September 25, save hundreds of dollars by purchasing a standalone ad in the November issue of this publication at a 50% discount. Want more savings? Then purchase an ad in the SXSW Program Directory before September 25 and you will be eligible to buy an ad in the November issue at at even deeper discount. Get in on the savings before it is too late. Contact the SXSW Marketing Department for complete details.

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Detail-Oriented Volunteers Needed for SXSW Panel Liaison Program

2009 marked the first year of the Interactive Panel Liaison (IPL) program, a process which helped facilitate communication between the SXSW staff and SXSW panelists. The program will return (and will improve!) in 2010. If you are very detail-oriented, you anticipate having significant free time in the first few months of 2010, and you would like to see SXSW programming continue to improve . . . then you might be a good candidate for the 2010 IPL program. Want more information? Then e-mail us ASAP and we will fill you in on all the details.

Photo of a SXSW Interactive panel room courtesy of Mary Sledd.

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Game Developers Conference (GDC) Austin Scheduled September 15-18

If you like SXSW Interactive, then we think you will like GDC Austin , which occurs September 15-18 at the Austin Convention Center. This exciting event blazes the trail for connected and online games including virtual worlds, casual games, MMOs, and social networking in game play. Gain new insight over four days on topics like digital distribution models, micro transactions that work, and the new rules of free-to-play in conference tracks such as business management, design, production, programming, services, and social networking. New for 2009, GDC Austin also covers iPhone games and independent games in our Summits. Click here to learn more about our various pass options. Click here to learn about how to register for the 2009 event.

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Washington DC MGFest 2009 Scheduled November 19-22

If you like SXSW Interactive, then we think you will like the Washington DC MGFest 2009 , which is scheduled November 19-22. This event showcases explosive artists and motion picture creators including: Shepard Fairey, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Chuck D of Public Enemy, KRS-One, Addictive TV, Digital Kitchen, The Mill, Passion Pictures, Animal Logic, Post Panic, Dvein, David Lobser and more. With a Persuasion in Media Panel, hands-on workshops, a creative remix party, and a call for entries DC MGFest has something for everyone. Early bird registration is open now!

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Engage Expo Scheduled September 23-24 in San Jose

If you like SXSW Interactive, then we think you will like Engage! Expo , which is scheduled September 23-24 in San Jose. This is the conference that focuses on the next generation of marketing, presenting the best practices, current trends, and effective strategies of social media and user engagement. Topics covered include Game-based Marketing, Building a Viral Metrics Infrastructure on Facebook and The State of Social Media, Market Size and Key Trends. Leaders from major brands including Wal-Mart, Intel, H&R Block and Kodak offer insightful discussions of their experience with social media, what worked and what lessons they learned.

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PICNIC Scheduled September 23-25 in Amsterdam

If you like SXSW Interactive, then we think you will like PICNIC , a cross-discipline platform for creative conversation and collaboration that occurs September 23-25 in Amsterdam. PICNIC is a unique festival featuring a strategic conference, complimented by hands-on workshops and matchmaking sessions. PICNIC will surprise you, inspire you and offer you a breath of fresh air from your daily routine. This year's theme is "Embrace the changes, Experience the Possibilities, and Rethink Society and Life". Check out the inspiring keynotes and events already announced, and join us at PICNIC ‘09 to be a part of creating the future. Discuss how to embrace the enormous changes that are impacting our economy, and businesses, and learn how to create new value in media, entertainment, and design, to reach a sustainable society. Breathe, Listen and See the possibilities at PICNIC ‘09.

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NY Games Conference Scheduled September 30

If you like SXSW Interactive, then we think you will like the New York (NY) Games Conference , which occurs on Wednesday, September 30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. This event brings together the most influential decision-makers in the digital media industry to network, do deals, and share ideas about the future of games and connected entertainment. Now in its third year, the NY Games Conference features lively debate on timely cutting-edge business topics surrounding online, mobile, console and social games. Keynote speakers include Ben Feder, CEO, Take-Two Interactive Software (owner Rockstar Games) and Masaaki Maeda, President & CEO, NTT DOCOMO USA. Click here for complete registration information.

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BONUS: Answer Trivia and Win FREE 2010 SXSW Interactive Registration

Voting for the 2010 PanelPicker voting application ends at 11:59 pm CST on Friday, September 4. If you haven't voted yet and are a little intimidated by the 2200+ proposals for this year's event, then you should make use of the "search options" button which allows you to filter these submissions into smaller chunks of information. For a chance to win a free registration to next year's SXSW Interactive Festival, visit the "category" function on this "search options" page and tell us the name of the category which has the most entries for 2010.

THE FINE PRINT: You must be a subscriber to the SXSW Interactive Festival e-mail newsletter to win. In other words, please reply to this e-mail (and include the newsletter copy in your e-mail) when providing the answer to the trivia question. E-mail your answer to Hugh . Please title this e-mail "SXSW Interactive September Trivia Question." All answers must be received by 5:00 pm CST on Friday, September 4 to be eligible for the drawing. Only one answer / entry / e-mail address per person. The winning entry will be selected randomly from all correct answers received. Winner will receive a FREE badge for the 2010 SXSW Interactive Festival (March 12-16), but this prize does not cover any associated travel or lodging expenses.

The person who wins free registration will be notified by e-mail. Name of the winner of the September trivia question will be posted on the SXSW Interactive website next week.

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