Vote For SXSW Panels
South By Southwest (SXSW) is the one conference I consistently hear great things about. I have never been because it comes at a particularly difficult time of the year for me, right as our family is getting ready to go on our kid’s spring break. I keep telling myself that I’ll go, but I just haven’t been able to make it work with my calendar.
The great thing about SXSW is its really three conferences back to back, it starts with interactive (tech), then film, and ends with music. If that's not a great set of things to talk about, I don't know what is.
Another great thing about SXSW is that you get to vote for the panels that they end up doing. Voting has started and you can place your votes here. They'll close the voting on Aug 29th, so don't wait, go vote now.
If you need some inspiration, here are some suggestions that I voted for:
Strong Personal Online Brands: How to Develop and Maintain - Gary Vaynerchuk
Blurry Networks: Friends, Contacts, Followers and Professional Me - Charlie O'Donnell
I particularly recommend Charlie's panel. He's the best internet networker I know (close second is Howard Lindzon). I've learned a lot from Charlie and you can too.