Day 03 of the SXSW Coyote Adventures!

Day 03 of SXSW has come and gone, and I will say, what I had hoped was going to be a day filled with awesome social media change, ended up being a little disappointing. I ended up leaving TWO sessions in the first 10 minutes; one because it ended up being just one giant sales pitch, and the other because it was not AT ALL what the description made it sound like. So I was a tad upset with that, BUT I will say that the other two sessions that I went to were both excellent.

When not at sessions today, I spent a good chunk of time at the DeviantArt truck hanging out with some fellow artists and talking about how frustrating it is that so many people simply walk by folks doing live art without even glancing at the beauty being created right next to them. They don’t even realize what they’re missing and I feel sad for them. The happy thing though? I spent so much time with my DA friends that they gave me an awesome piece of live art that DA artist Carmen Olsen had painted only moments before. It’s absolutely beautiful and I had been looking at it the entire time. I just love it.

Now on to some session notes!

21st Century Giving: Social Philanthropy’s Rise

What Makers Need to Know Money & Taxes

Tomorrow will be an even better day. On the Agenda: 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits, How to Get the Attention You Deserve: Basic PR Strategies for Makers, Content As a Means for Social Change, Everyone Is Gay: Social Media As Social Action OR Positively Inspired Change Campaigns (need to decide), and possibly more if I can fit it all in.

I’m hoping that I will get home earlier in the next few days so I can start working on my SXSW Interactive Resource Guide – if not, no worries. All these notes, tweets, more pictures and video will be put up over there to reference back to. For now… I’m going to bed!

Good night!

Day 02 of the SXSW Coyote Adventures!

Welcome to Day 02!

Day 02 has come and gone and it went by so fast. If you were following the hashtag #SXyote on twitter, you got a lot of information on some geeky things. Today’s sessions ended up being more on the tech and geek side, rather than social media and social good, so I kept the tweets on my own @designcoyote twitter instead of @Rescueanimals. Tomorrow you’ll see more tweets there because tomorrow will be my main Social Media for Social good day – lots of sessions surrounding that topic.

For today, here are some highlights.

Tech Superwomen: Mentors & Mentees FTW




Games for Change: Great Power, Great Responsibility



More Fun Stuff!

Other than those two sessions, I also got to see one of my favorite movie makers Joss Whedon talk about his work and upcoming projects (The Avengers!) I spent much of the afternoon over at Screenburn checking out the latest video games (I got to beta test FireFall, a new online shooter game with some BEAUTIFUL graphics) and watching adorable kids learn how to be game developers. I loved it! It was a nice, calm day before I head into some deep learning tomorrow.

See you all bright and early tomorrow! Happy SXSW! Remember, follow #SXyote on Twitter to get all the latest tweets from my journey to SXSW. And if you have any questions or comments and want me to find out something for you, let me know! I’d love to help you in any way I can. Be Well!

Day 01 of the SXSWi Coyote Adventures!

So a quick history. A little over a month ago I began a fundraiser to raise money so that I could attend SXSW. A slew of amazing individuals, who believe in the power of learning and community effort to create change, came together and raised enough money to buy me a badge to SXSW Interactive. I am so incredibly thankful to these folks, especially to my wonderful sponsor Protect America Cares who, only a few days before the festival began, stepped up and paid for more than half the badge. How incredible is that? Thank you PACares and all the rest of my amazing donors!

Welcome to Day 01!

Unfortunately, I didn’t do much this afternoon. I was at SXSW last year and was in the badge line for about 30 minutes. This year? WOW! I stood in the registration line for 2 hours. TWO HOURS. It was intense, but at the same time, it was pretty awesome because I met some pretty great folks and made quite a few new friends. I did get to go to one session though and it was fantastic! Here’s a summary of that session.

Sparking Real World Action with Social Media

I LOVED this session. Not only was there a lot of great information, but it was also interactive! We made small groups and attempted to make real life action using social media and not leaving the room. There were a few options we had to try and do this, and my group focused on spreading some love. Some of you saw, either on Facebook or Twitter and you responded! In fact, the large number of responses was so inspiring to me! Not only were you playing along with me through social media, but you spreading love and positive energy like you were doing was just the most wonderful thing. So thank you!

Here are a few tweets from the session that I did.







So far, I am already above and beyond blown away by SXSW Interactive. Are you here? @ me on Twitter and use the hashtag #SXyote to get my attention. I’d love to meet up! Not here, but have a question or want me to find out something specific for you? Let me know!

Day 02, I’m ready for you!

Oh, by the way, the Design Coyote SXSW Resource Guide is up, though there’s no content yet. I’ll be building it out in the next few days and adding everything in the few days after the conference. So keep checking back!