It’s that time of the year again when SXSW does its annual “panelpicker” effort. I’m on one of the proposed panels, put together by Engine Advocacy, discussing the new era of tech advocacy by looking at the political landscape after the 2012 elections and how startups, entrepreneurs, open innovation advocates and the tech community can better engage in the political process to avoid disasters being pushed by legacy incumbents. The panel will include myself, Mike McGeary from Engine, Elizabeth Stark from both Stanford and StartX and Mark Colwell from Senator Jerry Moran’s office. If you’re reading this, you know who I am, and those other three were all important players in helping to stop SOPA earlier this year. Feel free to vote and hopefully our panel will get picked.
There are, as always, plenty of other great panels to check out as well. I haven’t had a chance to go through them all, but here are a few others that would be great, if you’re looking for ones to vote for:
- A panel on copyright and disruptive technologies involving three true experts on the subject: Andrew Bridges, Margot Kaminski and Wendy Seltzer.
- A discussion between two of the key Congressional staffers who (from opposite ends of the political spectrum) helped team up to defeat SOPA: Jayme White from Senator Wyden’s office and Laurent Crenshaw from Rep. Issa’s office, talking about Congress and the internet, and how to prevent future SOPAs from happening.
- A discussion asking if the internet has become America’s “third party” starring some more of the key folks who led the fight against SOPA (including both Colwell and Crenshaw already mentioned, but also Maura Corbett and Marvin Ammori).
- Rob Pegoraro talking about why the media doesn’t understand tech policy issues very well.
- A panel on the future of internet rights.
- This one, the title says it all: It’s Reddit’s World. We Just Live In It.
- Gary Shapiro on “ninja innovation”
- In Defense of Mashups looks interesting in that, among others, it would have Eric from Padmapper on the panel, and he’s currently being sued by Craigslist for “mashing up” Craigslist with maps to make Craigslist more useful.
- I learned a while back that when the Bomb Squad/Public Enemy’s Hank Shocklee speaks, you should listen, so vote for his panel (also with Julie Samuels at EFF, Michael Petricone at CEA and Paul Geller from Grooveshark) on making free content work for fans and for artists.
- Similarly, former rockstar, now brilliant business strategist Dave Allen is always worth following, especially when he’ll be on a panel with Brian Zisk talking about music tech startups.
- Soundcloud and Wattpad together, talking about the rise of collaborative content creation? Count me in.
- Nick Grossman has some very cool ideas about connected innovation, and he wants to talk about a bunch of them at SXSW.
- Here’s an interesting one on learning from China in terms of how imitation can help you innovate too.
There are lots, lots more, but these were a few that caught my eye.