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7 Reasons to Vote for 7 Panels at #SXSW

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sxsw panel pickerEvery year since 1987 thousands of people from around the world flock to Austin, Texas for the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) interactive, film, and music festival.

SXSW has become one of the most dynamic and intriguing yearly events for marketers. Last year the interactive week alone attracted over 30,000 thinkers, doers, investors, innovators, fans, startup hopefuls, and lovers of all things tech to the city to share and discover new ideas, technology, and products.

It’s our job to keep our clients in the know and bring them the best creative and innovation solutions, so we want to be there next year in a big way, especially since it’s in the backyard of our newly renamed Y&R Austin.

It’s a great place to learn and exchange ideas and next year several members of the Y&R network are hoping to get on stage and share their expertise. But competition is tough, with hundreds of people submitting panels.

Part of the selection process is based on votes from the public, so we’re asking for your help to make sure our Y&R, VML, & Team BAC experts get their chance to shine!

It’s easy to help, just follow these instructions:

  1. Go to http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/
  2. Once there, sign in or sign up
  3. Then, go vote for all of these submissions below.

And why should you help? Here’s 7 reasons:

  1. It’s fast and easy. Sign in, click the thumbs up and you’re done. Voting for these 7 panels should take you about 5 minutes or less.
  2. It’s free. Doesn’t cost a penny to help these people out.
  3. Good karma – helping someone out, even (especially?) if you don’t know them, will make you feel good.
  4. It means a lot to the submitters. Everyone who puts together a submission worked really hard on it, and they’ll work even harder to make their presentation great. It’s very prestigious to speak at SxSW, and this would be a real career highlight.
  5. It’s not a zero sum game. You can vote for as many panels as you want, so why not vote for these as well?
  6. I’m happy to return the favor. Leave a comment saying you voted and what panel you’d like me to vote for and I will. I’ll even tweet it for you.
  7. If there panels aren’t chosen, each one of these people will have to choose between losing their jobs, or seeing a puppy put down. (Ok, that’s not true).

Ok, here are the submissions…

Submitter: Piotr Jakubowski, Head of Digital, VML Qais Indonesia

Title: Half a Billion Reasons to Think Beyond China

Click here to vote!

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Submitter: Sosia Bert, Executive Producer of Digital Content, Y&R New York

Title: Talk to the Future: The DigiGen is Different

Click here to vote!

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Submitter: Sosia Bert, Executive Producer of Digital Content, Y&R New York

Title: Organizized: Tricks to Make Your Work Life Better

Click here to vote!

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Submitter: Debbi Vandeven, Chief Creative Officer, VML Kansas City

Title: How Female Leadership Boosts the Bottom Line

Click here to vote!

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Submitter: Mike Lundgren, Partner, Director of Innovation Strategy, VML Kansas City

Title: How to put on a badass TEDx event

Click here to vote!

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Submitter: Matt Colangelo, Senior Brand Planner, Y&R New York

Title: How to Sell Your Side Project: 90 Days of Making

Click here to vote!

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Submitter: Michael Cole, SVP, Group Planning Director, Team BAC

Title: Improving Financial Literacy One Click at a Time

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