SXSW is a huge multi-week festival held annually in Austin, Texas, one that I’ve been attending and presenting at regularly over the past decade. The festival features three main components — SXSW Interactive, SXSW Film, and SXSW Music. The largest part is, by far, the music component, but the Interactive component has grown substantially as well, largely due to its popularity amongst young web designers, developers and social media enthusiasts. In the past, I’ve talked about topics covering e-health, social media, Health 2.0, and where mental health fits into all of this.
With the popularity of online social networks and services, what’s the psychology behind how people use them? How is the Internet changing people’s lives for better (or worse)? What does the research show about how people use Facebook and Twitter? Can you get effective mental health treatment online?
This will be a great panel, led by Dr. Kolmes and myself, both of whom held very popular “core conversations” at last year’s SXSW. You don’t often get the chance to hear about how technology impacts human behavior from psychologists — how it can both be a tool for good (online therapy, support groups, etc.) and “evil” (“Internet addiction,” exposing one’s health data online unintentionally, etc.). You do get a lot of the same topics every year at SXSW, especially when it comes to e-health. We’re hoping to break out of the pack a bit and offer something a little bit more interesting.
SXSW chooses its panels by and large through an open, popular vote. It takes 2 minutes to register at the SXSW website in order to vote, and I’d really appreciate it if you considered voting a “thumbs up” for our proposed panel. Voting closes September 4, 2009. Thank you for your consideration and support. 🙂