Elon professors, students to participate in sessions at South By Southwest Conference

FEB. 7, 2011

Nine Elon iMedia students and several communications professors will travel to Austin, Texas to participate in the South By Southwest Conference in March.

South By Southwest (SXSW) is a popular media and music conference that celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The iMedia students attending the conference are Michael Sales, Allie Boardman, Mollie Lambert, Caitlin Smith, John Hartley, Jackie Kozma, Charlotte Southern, Mich Donovan and Brad Mu.

Graphic by Marlena Chertock.

Janna Anderson associate professor of communications and director of Imagining the Internet Center will lead an Interactive Conference Core Conversation session on March 15 at 11 a.m. The session is titled “Internet Evolution: Hyperconnected, Hyperreal.”

Audience members will participate in the discussion of what the future of the Internet will look like, Anderson said.

“What we’re going to be doing is discussing what might happen in the future when we’re all more hyperconnected than we are today,” she said. “And what kind of challenges and opportunities that might bring to everyone.”

Anderson called the conference a place to share ideas.

“(It’s a place) to meet bright people with bright ideas, to share our ideas and to be able to come back and share ideas with Elon,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity for us to learn and teach others.”

Derek Lackaff a professor for the Interactive Media Master’s program at Elon, will be on a panel session on March 11 at 2 p.m. The session is called “Rebooting Iceland: Crowdsourcing Innovation in Uncertain Times.”

SXSW Interactive speakers include futurist Bruce Sterling, researcher Danah Boyd and technology policy experts Jonathan Zittrain and Susan Crawford.

SXSW Film will host several screenings and world premiers. SXSW Music features more than 2,000 performers in more than 90 venues around Austin.

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About Marlena Chertock

Marlena Chertock's first collection of poetry, On that one-way trip to Mars, is available from Bottlecap Press. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, and WTOP. Her poems and fiction has appeared in The Deaf Poets Society, Moonsick Magazine, and Paper Darts.

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