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  1. Designing for Context to

    Workshop on Friday 9th March

    As designers take on new problems of convergence and ubiquity, we find ourselves facing new challenges. The products we create are accessed through multiple devices, different channels and a wide ...

    At Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Town Lake, Town Lake Ballroom (map)

  2. Making the Real World Easier to Use to

    Dual on Saturday 10th March

    The term "social media" is quickly becoming obsolete. The social graph is moving from our computers into the real world, and soon everything we experience will be overlaid with the ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5 (map)

  3. HTML5 APIs Will Change the Web: And Your Designs to

    Solo on Saturday 10th March

    HTML5. It's more than paving the cowpaths. It's more than markup. There's a lot of stuff in the spec about databases and communication protocols and blahdiblah backend juju. Some of ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  4. Fireside Chat with Vic Gundotra on Google+ to

    Dual on Friday 9th March

    Vic Gundotra will participate in a fireside chat with Guy Kawasaki to discuss the Google+ project. Vic will share how the product has grown since the initial launch, some of ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 4th floor (map)

  5. The State of Browser Developer Tools to

    Panel on Saturday 10th March

    Your browser is the most important program on your computer and until recently there were no built-in, industrial-strength tools available for debugging web pages. As web apps become more sophisticated, ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  6. Go Forth & Make Awesomeness: Core Values & Action to

    Dual on Sunday 11th March

    Passion. Purpose. Promise. Pursuit. These are the 4 P’s that create a Map for Awesomeness. Discover how to: embrace your passion, define your purpose, foster your promise, and engage your ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  7. The Lean Startup to

    Panel on Saturday 10th March

    YO STARTUPS – STOP WASTING YOUR TIME (AND FUNDING)! Hosted By Eric Ries (The Lean Startup) and Dave McClure (500 Startups), this 1-day track teaches pivotal metrics and actionable frameworks ...

    At Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon C, 4th floor (map)

  8. The Curators and the Curated to

    Panel on Saturday 10th March

    At the heart of our conversation: the relationship between publishers of original content and the web’s most influential curators. Seems simple, right? Content creators get eyeballs and curators get work ...

    At Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Capitol A-D, 3rd floor (map)

  9. SoLoMo Redefined: Next Gen Social Local Mobile to

    Panel on Friday 9th March

    The combination of mobile + social + local is a powerful, yet misunderstood, communication channel. When people hear about it, they often conjure up a “Minority Report” world where companies ...

    At Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon FG (map)

  10. The Lean Startup: The Science of Entrepreneurship to

    Solo on Friday 9th March

    The Lean Startup debuted at #2 on the New York Times bestseller list. This talk draws on stories and insights from the book, explaining the new science of entrepreneurship. Most ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 4th floor (map)

  11. CSS for Grown Ups: Maturing Best Practices to

    Solo on Saturday 10th March

    In the early days of CSS the web industry cut its teeth on blogs and small personal sites. Much of the methodology still considered best-practise today originated from the experiences ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  12. Rude Awakening: Content Strategy Is Super Hard to

    Panel on Saturday 10th March

    It's official: "content strategy" has become a trendy buzzword phrase that everyone is using to describe everything remotely related to content. SEO content strategy! Social media content strategy! Content marketing ...

    At Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Capitol A-D, 3rd floor (map)

  13. Digital Debauchery with Anthony Bourdain to

    Panel on Tuesday 13th March

    Meet chef, author & television personality Anthony Bourdain and the crew behind the award-winning series Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, who help Tony oversee the show’s social media presence. Tony and ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 4th floor (map)

  14. Create More Value Than You Capture to

    Dual on Monday 12th March

    One of the great failures of any company - for that matter of a capitalist economy - is ecosystem failure. Great companies build great ecosystems, one in which value is ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D, 4th floor (map)

  15. Ambient Location and the Future of the Interface to

    Keynote on Sunday 11th March

    UX designer Amber Case will share insights from her research in cyborg anthropology and talk about what really makes us human.

    At Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5 (map)

  16. CSS.next: Current Experiments, CSS4 and the Future to

    Panel on Sunday 11th March

    In this panel, you will get to ask questions and be informed about the state of CSS, where we are at, what is pending, what we can look forward to, ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  17. Teaching Touch: Tapworthy Touchscreen Design to

    Solo on Friday 9th March

    Discover the rules of thumb for finger-friendly design. Touch gestures are sweeping away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices—and even from the next version of Windows. Find out why ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  18. MIT Media Lab: Making Connections to

    Panel on Friday 9th March

    The MIT Media Lab is a place for making connections: connecting peopleand technology, connecting researchers across diverse disciplines, andconnecting the physical and local to the digital and remote. Mostimportantly, though, ...

    At Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon FG (map)

  19. The Interactive Opening Party presented by frog design and Microsoft to

    on Saturday 10th March

    The legendary interactive social experiment continues. This year frog will join with the Microsoft Coding4Fun group to create yet another playful look at technology. Take the short walk or the ...

    At Palmer Event Center (map)

  20. Best Practices: Native + Web Hybrid Mobile Apps to

    Solo on Saturday 10th March

    Learn different ways to integrate HTML5 into native apps, what tools you can use, and when to build your own. We'll cover achieving high graphics frame rates, touch responsiveness while ...

    At Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon H, 6th floor (map)

  21. HTML5 and CSS3: Does Now Really Mean Now? to

    Solo on Saturday 10th March

    The browser vendors love them! The browser fans and cutting edge designers are producing some really remarkable stuff, but what do HTML5 and CSS3 really mean for you, the pragmatic ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  22. Faster Design Decisions with Style Tiles to

    Workshop on Friday 9th March

    With responsive design designers need to rethink the process they go through to work with clients and developers to create successful visual designs. Rather than creating traditional comps, style tiles ...

    At Radisson Hotel & Suites Austin-Town Lake, Town Lake Ballroom (map)

  23. The Power of Visual Storytelling to

    Panel on Friday 9th March

    A story can be told in a million different ways and constantly improving technology makes it even more fun for anyone to tell their story in their own unique way. ...

    At Sheraton Austin Hotel at the Capitol, Capitol A-D, 3rd floor (map)

  24. Brands As Patterns to

    Panel on Friday 9th March

    Brands today exist in multiple mediums, defined by multiple voices. The media brands inhabit is iterative, with no beginning, no end, and little permanency. In that context, adherence to a ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom A, 1st floor (map)

  25. A Brief History of the Complete Redesign of Google to

    Panel on Sunday 11th March

    In the summer of 2011, Google completely redesigned nearly all of its applications to be more focused, elastic, and effortless. For the first time in Google’s history, hundreds of millions ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom BC (map)

  26. Making a Grand Entrance: How to Launch a Product to

    Panel on Friday 9th March

    You have the vision, you have the product, and you have the funding; it’s your time to make a splash. How do you turn a brilliant vision into a successful ...

    At Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon B (map)

  27. How to Read the World to

    Keynote on Saturday 10th March

    Politically-active, technology-loving comedian Baratunde Thurston will spark a thought-provoking discussion about the role of technology, comedy and satire in transforming the world around us.

    At Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5 (map)

  28. The UX-Driven Startup: Lessons from the Trenches to

    Panel on Sunday 11th March

    We've all heard the story of The Technical Guy and The Business Guy getting together and starting a company. But what happens when a company puts User Experience at the ...

    At Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon A, 4th floor (map)

  29. Why Happiness Is the New Currency to

    Panel on Friday 9th March

    Moments of joy... moments of happiness... moments of gratitude. These are all moments that describe our lives. It is very easy to mistake these as only moments that happen in ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Ballroom EF (map)

  30. The View from Inside Rainn Wilson's Brainstem to

    Solo on Saturday 10th March

    The brainchild of actor Rainn Wilson (Dwight from NBC's The Office), SoulPancake is a movement to "Chew on Life's Big Questions" and tackle art, philosophy, creativity, and spirituality across multiple ...

    At Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 5 (map)

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