Cast your vote for Swiss-inspired panels at #SXSW2017!

Each year in spring, the South by Southwest Festival (SXSW) brings together creative minds in film, interactive media and music for a ten-day session of conferences and events in Austin, Texas. The selection of panels is highly competitive – and there are currently five panels with Swiss participation in the running for SXSW 2017.


Part of the decision will be made through a public voting system, by so-called “panel pickers!” Anyone can be a panel picker, and as such you can cast your vote for the panels you find most interesting. swissnex Boston is supporting the following roundtables:


  • From Video Games to Higher Education,” organized by Attila Szantner, the founder of MMOS (Massively Multiplayer Online Science, a Switzerland-based initiative). She will share the lessons from the MOOC’s first implementation with the University of Geneva.


  • Citizen Science for Serious Gamers,” also organized by Attila Szantner, will explore one of the biggest citizen science efforts in history:Project Discovery – a human protein classification game performed by the players of the massively multiplayer sci-fi game, EVE Online. In two months 100,000 gamers submitted 13,000,000 protein classifications while gaming – an unprecedented success in citizen science and in scientific outreach.


  • How to Incubate Creativity,” organized by swissnex San Francisco’s Sophie Lamparter. Today’s startup ecosystem is tailored to tech entrepreneurs seeking rapid monetization. This is not the inspiring environment designers and artists need – but their perspective is needed now more than ever. The coolest new technology is nothing without interesting content or a creative mind imagining the possibilities of a new medium.


  • Can I Trust My AI Therapist? Artificial intelligence could help solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges, from early diagnosis to mental illness to predicting epidemics. Yet, how can we make sure medical AI systems respect our privacy and do no harm? This panel, organized by swissnex San Francisco’s Benjamin Bollmann,  brings together experts in AI, ethics, and health from Silicon Valley, Switzerland, and the UK to explore urgent questions surrounding the ethical use of AI in healthcare and public health.


  • Elastic Interfaces for Your Body brings together experts in neural implants, soft electronics, and fashion design from Switzerland and Canada to explore how the human body and technology may be seamlessly integrated in the future, all the way from the inside to outside of the body. The panel is organized by swissnex San Francisco’s Sheila Fakurnejad.


Community voting closes September 2!