Saturday, March 12
Remember when I said, “Don’t be late?” Did I say that? Well, it’s the truth. Be late once, and it affects your whole day. Today, I decided to get a little extra sleep, not anticipating the surge in Lyft/Uber users, so my ride to the convention center took a little long, and so the line for breakfast was already a giant snake of people, and I forgot to charge my phone so I barely was able to eat and run to find a charging station (my current location), but while I have only 61% battery life left, my first presentation begins at 11:00 am, and I’m not sure where the room is within the convention center, and people are surging through the event doors, and there is a concern that I might be unable to get there with enough time to be in line for a seat.
Anyway, I’m just saying, don’t be late.
That being said, this next presentation should be very cool. It’s titled “Professor You: Why Teaching is a 21st Century Skill.” The speaker is Jeffrey Young, Senior Editor for the Chronicle of Higher Education. Part of the description for the presentation states, “Just as blogging changed who gets to be a writer, online learning is democratizing who gets to teach. That could disrupt and destabilize the time-tested college model of teaching.” It seems a wave is coming in the world of education. Let’s be on the front it and ride it to shore.
Talk to you in… well, who knows when 😉
Well, since our last chat, I’ve learned another lesson: Know your schedule. Using the SXSW GO app, attendees can create their own personal schedule, adding presentations for each block of time for each day of the event.
When setting up my schedule, I go through and quickly browse through every presentation description, adding ones that sound even remotely interesting. Once I do that, I still have far too many events in my schedule than I can actually attend, so I prioritize the list by topic and location, getting to the point where I have 1-2 options for each block of time. Well, I went to one event, thinking that another event (one I really wanted to attend) was afterward. I realized only after running from 2 blocks away, climbing to the 4th floor of the convention center, then going back downstairs, and then back to the 4th floor again, trying to find this mystical room, that didn’t seem to appear on any signage or maps, and finally walking into the room to see the presenter casually fielding questions from the audience, that I had missed the presentation. #sadface
Normally, I do a really good job of knowing my schedule, including additional presentations and expos. I’m learning my lesson for not doing my homework.
But onward and upward!
Oh, and great insight today from Airbnb’s Head of Experience Design, Katie Dill! She talked about the importance of creating a holistic (I feel like I’ve been writing this word a lot) experience for users. Organizations need to step back and consider the user experience at every step. It isn’t just about an individual website, product, or experience.
In her presentation, Katie gave 5 steps for moving in the right direction:
- Zoom Out
- Look Ahead
- Set the Stage
- Keep It Real
- Open Up
I’ll dig deeper into these later, once I get more time to process my notes.