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Skype at South by Southwest 2013

Do you consider yourself a music, technology, film or education aficionado?  If so, you may have heard about South by Southwest, a 26-year old Austin, Texas-based festival event better known simply as “SXSW” to most.  Over the years, it has grown to become one of the biggest events to find out about what’s new and exciting in pop culture.  Enthusiasts and experts from around the world gather at SXSW for discussions of the intersection of the education space, technology, digital/social media, and film and music industries.

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Will you be attending SXSW?  If so, please stop by and say “hi” at our exciting Skype activities:

SXSW Education Panel: How Video Calls Globalize Shared Learning

Hilton Austin Downtown, Salon E

Tuesday, March 5th: 12:00PM – 1:00PM CT

Thanks to technology, classrooms no longer have four walls. The use of video calls in classrooms around the world is making shared learning possible. Now, students in Kentucky can connect with schools in Kenya, or a teacher in Oregon can collaborate on a weather project with a teacher in Argentina.

In this session, Skype’s Elisa Steele will be joined by educational technology consultant Wendy Gorton and Professor John Boyer of Virginia Tech University to discuss the importance of shared learning experiences, highlight their own uses of video calling and explore how to best implement it in the classroom setting.

Join the conversation using hashtag: #SXSWSkype

SXSW Interactive Panel: How Shared Experiences Enable Global Understanding

Austin Convention Center, Room 6AB, 500 E Cesar Chavez Street, Austin, Texas

Monday, March 11th: 3:30PM – 4:30PM CT

Technology is changing the world and enabling people from anywhere to connect and share experiences that create wonder and inspire. Skype’s social good initiative, Skype in the classroom (SITC), is an example of how technology that connects can enable world change – connecting over 50,000 educators in nearly every country with other students and guest speakers from around the world for shared learning experiences.

One of the first organizations that began using SITC to connect with teachers and students was Peace One Day, a global non-profit dedicated to reducing violence and conflict. Andrew Schmidt, Skype’s Head of Social Good, and Jeremy Gilley, Founder of Peace One Day will discuss how their organizations partnered to increase awareness about the need for global tolerance and understanding among young people, the technological and logistical challenges they’ve faced.

Join the conversation using hashtag: #Tech4Edu

SXSW Music Event: Skype’s Mobile Lounge at the Live Nation House

The Belmont, 305 West 6th Street, Austin, Texas

Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th

This year at SXSW, Skype and Live Nation are creating a one-of-a kind technology-driven music experience.  Skype’s Mobile Lounge will feature some of the top up and coming artists in the world and will give fans the ability to experience the future of the convergence of music and technology.  Fans will use Skype technology in new ways such as opportunities to chat with artists, access to the shows and more.

Can’t make it to SXSW Music?  No worries – follow the journey of four bands – Willy Moon, Capital Cities, The Neighbourhood, Colt Ford – as they make their way to the event by following us on Twitter at @SkypeEvents.

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