“A Preview to SXSW Interactive: Social Media & Non-Profits”

Hugh Forrest
SXSWi
Heidi Schultz Adams
LIVESTRONG
David J. Neff
Lights. Camera. Help.

David Neff

Heidi Adams

Hugh Forrest

Tuesday, February 7, 2012
5:45 p.m. – Networking Reception
6:30 p.m. – Presentation

The 19th annual SXSW Interactive Festival is an incubator of cutting-edge technologies. The five-day event features compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology. In 2012, influential leaders in the social media/non-profit space will showcase their work, sharing social media strategies that have proven to have a successful impact on their organization’s sustainability and growth. The preview of this aspect of the festival will feature presentations and a discussion on the use of social media and other technologies to address concerns of non-profits and their competitors (i.e. for-profits, start-ups, larger non-profits).

SPEAKER BIOS

Hugh Forrest
Hugh serves as the director of the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival. Over the last few years, SXSWi has emerged as one of the world’s most influential events for the new media industry. Forrest graduated from Austin High School in 1980, and then majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio. He held several jobs in the newspaper industry before surrendering to the digital revolution.

Heidi Schultz Adams
Heidi is the senior director of Engagement for LIVESTRONG, where she oversees online and offline grassroots initiatives supporting the foundation’s mission to improve the lives of cancer survivors around the world. In 2000, after surviving a rare bone cancer in her mid-20s, she founded a non-profit called Planet Cancer (now a LIVESTRONG initiative), an advocacy organization for young adults with cancer in their 20s and 30s that also pioneered the first online peer support community for this forgotten population. In 2007, she was recognized as one of four national Health Heroes by WebMD magazine and, in 2008, was a national winner of the prestigious Lane Adams Award from the American Cancer Society for exemplary cancer care. A writer by preference, Heidi is also the author of two books: Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors and Planet Cancer: The Frequently Bizarre but Always Informative Experiences and Thoughts of Your Fellow Natives.

David J. Neff
David has been doing things that have never been done in nonprofits for the last 10 years. He is currently the creator and CEO of Lights. Camera. Help., a nonprofit organization dedicated to encouraging cause-driven organizations to use film and video to tell their stories. He is the current president of the Social Media Club Austin, as well as a senior digital strategist consultant for a variety of startups and nonprofits and a co-founder of Internet startup HelpAttack! He was named one of the top 20 Social Media people in the state of Texas for 2009 by the Austin American Statesman.