Vote for Blinkers to Speak at SXSW 2016
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Aug 11, 2015

Vote for Blinkers to Speak at SXSW 2016

The SXSW Interactive PanelPicker is open and that means you can sign up, log in, and vote for your favorite sessions for next year’s event. Like usual, SXSW Interactive received a record number of speaking proposals.


The SXSW Interactive PanelPicker is open and that means you can sign up, log in, and vote for your favorite sessions for next year’s event. As usual, SXSW Interactive received a record number of speaking proposals. The unique design of the PanelPicker is that 30% of a proposal’s “score” is determined by community votes. This is your chance to have your voice heard—community voting is an essential part of the decision-making process and it’s really easy.

Vote For My PanelPicker Idea SXSW 2016
Vote For My PanelPicker Idea SXSW 2016

Each voter can vote once per proposal—don’t forget to leave a constructive comment about the proposals you vote on. Have a question for us about our sessions? This is also a great place to post all of your questions.

Last year we were delighted to send Jeff and Laura to speak. So what’s better than one session proposal by Blinkers? How about FOUR session proposals by Blinkers?

This year we’ve crafted four unique talks for the SXSW community’s consideration. But don’t wade through the 3,500 submitted proposals in the PanelPicker. Here they are for easy consumption (and voting)!

SXSW Voting Breakout
SXSW Voting Breakout

From Bob Ross to Buy Nothing: Our Session Proposals

Mindfulness & Balance in an Always-On World
Roxane Neal & Jayde Pryzgoda

A life well-lived requires you to manage your self—attention, stress, priorities, and renewal—to offset cognitive overload. Our hyper-connected, multi-device world of 24/7 notifications, social media, and wearables has a measurable negative impact. Online activity and multitasking is reducing our ability to form memories and make meaning. Technology blurs work and personal time; how do we identify that line? Pulling back on technology may be the solution. Hear from tech pros who choose to reduce their technology use. Learn how to clear your mind, prioritize attention, and make room for focus and creativity with mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and tips on cutting tech use back.

Tom Columbus & Roxane Neal

You’ve been doing UX for some time. You have a process that allows you to discover, test, and iterate in order to create the best user experience possible. Do you apply those same practices to everyday scenarios in your own life? What would a user journey of your day look like? What about the people who interact with you? Can YOU be a better product? One that brings “delight” to its users? With the help of UX Researcher Roxane Neal, UX Designer Tom Columbus plans to find out by conducting a 10-week sprint on improving the usability and interactions of the product that is Tom Columbus by applying these principles: Simplify, create value, delight users, onboarding, micro-interactions.

Happy Little Tingles: Exploring ASMR
Darshana Tuladhar

Bob Ross. Crinkle. Click. Tap. Shhh. Brushing. Snip.

What ties these random words together? All are common triggers for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR). ASMR is a perceptual experience described as a relaxing, tingling sensation in response to particular visual and/or auditory stimuli. Made popular through YouTube videos dedicated to this sensation, some question ASMR’s existence. Others argue there is a spectrum of how people experience and feel ASMR.

Uncover the mysteries of ASMR as we explore its origins, investigate and recreate the tingles by conducting a quick and dirty qualitative study, discuss implications, and propose how to leverage this delightful sensation.

Buy Nothing! UX of Hyper-Local Gift Economies
Amy Dickson & Deborah Gassner

Give where you live is hardly a new concept, but fusing hyper-local charitable outreach efforts with social media is. With local blogs becoming the de facto source for news, and platforms like Nextdoor growing in popularity, social networks are having a startling scalable effect on local communities. Buy Nothing online groups are a perfect example of the user experience principle of content in context: What you need, where you need it, and when. Join us as we unpack the implications of gift economies on the global markets, human goodwill, our landfills and watersheds, and how disparate neighbors are connecting using new media tools.

We Appreciate Your Votes

Voting is only open until September 4th, so we hope you’ll take the time and vote for one (or all!) of our sessions. Hopefully, we will see YOU in Austin next March!