SXSW: South By SouthWest

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Perhaps one of the most influential events when it comes to new “independent” music, new start-ups, and new independent film, South By SouthWest (SXSW) kicks off today.

Get ready for a seemingly endless flow of great music, intriguing technology, and coming-soon-to-a-small theater (but soon to be big in Japan) films.

Beyond the updates on what’s hot this week in Austin, TX, the Geeks+Gadgets blog will look at the ways new technology will help you save a penny or two.

If you happen to be one of the lucky few hundred thousand visitors that are in Austin for the next week, here is a short list of must-see panel discussions pulled from the SXSW PanelPicker:

It’s Reddit’s Web. We Just Live In It
Adrian Chen, Farhad Manjoo, Rebecca Watson
Friday March 8, 5-6 p.m.

Beyond Work/Life: Changing the Debate and Making Change
Anne-Marie Slaughter and Jessica Coen
Saturday March 9, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Hilton Austin, Salon JK

Make Me Care: Digital Storytelling to Affect Change
David Modigliani, Michele Norris, Susan Feeney
Saturday March 9, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Room 5ABC

Global News After the Twitter Revolutions
Andy Carvin, Ayman Mohyeldin, Jim Frederick, Meredith Artley
Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB
Sunday March 10, 5-6 p.m.

Digital Drama: Growing Up in the Age of Facebook
Bill Keller, Clifford Nass, Danah Boyd, Emily Bazelon
Monday March 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Sheraton Austin, Capitol EFGH

Edison vs. Tesla & the Myth of the Lone Inventor
Matt Novak
Monday March 11, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Omni Downtown, Capital Ballroom

Time to Re-Boot: What’s Next for Podcasting
Colin Anderson, Helen Zaltzman, Jesse Thorn, Roman Mars
Monday March 11, 12:30-1:30 p.m.
Austin Convention Center, Room 12AB

Why go to a panel discussion you say? If you don’t go to at least one, how can you really call it a business trip? Oh those? Who doesn’t have a trash bin full of business cards?!

TTFN

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