By: Tara DeGeorges at 02:00 pm
Calling all South by Southwest conference attendees and fans! We need your help in bringing Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds front and center at next year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) conference.Each year, SXSW solicits proposals from the public for panels to be presented during its annual conference. This year, we’ve submitted a panel to SXSW Interactive, a branch of the conference, for consideration. The panel that we’ve proposed, “Building the Next Generation of Innovators,” will highlight Connect a Million Minds’ role in driving demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities and careers. The panel will also showcase how we’ve partnered with FIRST Robotics to deliver on our philanthropic commitment to inspire youth to develop the STEM skills they need to be the problem solvers of tomorrow.
If our proposed panel becomes a reality, its audience at SXSW will find unique ways to connect kids to STEM and explore how to cultivate innovative thinking from youth. The panel will exhibit a FIRST robot, built by FIRST teams and a FIRST mentor – Time Warner Cable dispatcher Lori Donaldson — demonstrating that innovation and teamwork go hand-in-hand.
Participating in our proposed panel are Time Warner Cable employees Tessie Topol, Senior Director of Strategic Philanthropy and Lori Donaldson, a Time Warner Cable dispatcher from Lincoln, NE. In addition, Kumar Garg, Policy Analyst for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Jon Dudas, President of FIRST, will add their expertise to the panel.
Thirty percent of the SXSW panel selection process is ruled by public voting; the remaining seventy percent is driven by SXSW staff and Advisory Board feedback. To ensure that “Building the Next Generation of Innovators” has the best chance of securing a spot at SXSW, we need YOUR vote. Voting is open now through Friday, September 2.
Voting for a SXSW panel is a bit like trying to solve for the Pythagorean theorem, so we’ve provided step-by-step instructions for voters below: