We need your vote – help send us to SXSW!

Every year, the call for speaking proposals for SXSW is extremely competitive, and this year is no exception. Over 3,000 sessions were submitted for the annual Austin gathering of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity.

Your vote could help send us deep into the heart of Texas next March. Public PanelPicker voting counts for 30% of the decision-making process in determining which speaking proposals will be accepted (the other 40% is determined by the SXSW Advisory Board and 30% by the SXSW staff).

We’ve teamed up with industry luminaries from a variety of companies including Virgin America, Evernote, SoundCloud, Mint.com and Foursquare to lead discussions on interesting topics that matter to you – like how social media can make life for road warriors be less lonely and how technology is innovating and reinventing the way we travel.

Take a look at the abstracts below and if you like what you see, please click on the hyperlinked title to vote.

PanelPicker voting closes on Friday, August 31, 2012.

“The Perfect Trip: A Glimpse into Travel’s Future”
Rajeev Singh (Concur), Scott Carmichael (GoGo), Luann Calvert (Virgin America), JD Andrews (EarthExplorer)]

Imagine if you could instantly order curbside pickup at the airport before your plane arrives at the gate. Or, use your phone to check in to your hotel room and unlock the door.

No more lines, less waiting. Is the “perfect trip” a far-fetched fantasy?

Mobile, social and local technologies have the potential to completely transform the way we travel. And it’s not as far away as you might think.

Learn from travel industry innovators and frequent globetrotters about how today’s technology can help us predict what travel will look like tomorrow, and in the next 5-10 years.

“The App Race Puts Consumers in the Driver’s Seat”
Elena Donio (Concur), Andrew Sinkov (Evernote), Ben Boeser (SAP

Consumer apps embraced by individuals are making their way into the workplace, and more and more people are opting to use their own devices, and downloading their own apps for work-related tasks.

Enterprise technology companies have taken note of what people are flocking to and have begun to innovate directly for employees. Inspired by their business-to-consumer counterparts, they have created a new breed of simple and beautiful “prosumer” targeted apps that fuel the pipeline for corporate services.

With consumer choice driving innovation, there’s never been a better time for end users. Come learn how consumer apps are flipping enterprise innovation on its head and what challenges are ahead for companies small and large.

“Keeping it All Together: Apps to Make Life Easier”
Nancy Ramamurthi (TripIt), Peter Everett (Mint.com)

Between the boardroom and the grocery aisle, it’s easy to feel like you have multiple personalities. Juggling back-to-back conference calls, but can’t remember to get the oil changed?

Successful Type A’s in the workplace can often feel like a C+ at home. With more than 85% percent of men and 67% percent of women working (well) over 40 hours per week, how do you keep it all together?

From crazy travel schedules to personal finances and everything in between, we’ll share some tips and tricks from a diverse group of executives and globe-trotters who wear many hats.

Learn how to ditch the paper trail and get your life organized, on-the-go and with minimal effort. Your relationships will thank you.

“Life on the Road is Lonely – The Guide to Making Travel Connections”
Thomas Marks (TripIt), Carol Margolis (Smart Women Travelers), Cynthia Drescher (Jaunted.com)

Everyone thinks traveling is glamorous, but not so much when you’re in a big city by all by yourself.

Or if you’re traveling alone for work, what do you do after the conference or business meeting is over? Not many of us can say that dining by ourselves is our favorite thing to do, but what options do we have when we feel isolated in an unfamiliar place?

In today’s world, with the power of social networks and trip sharing, the ability to connect to those around us (wherever we may be) is at our fingertips. However, we have yet to fully take advantage of all the tools that are available to engage with acquaintances and to make new connections.

In this session, come learn how you can harness the power of social media to fully take advantage of networking connections that may be right around the corner.

“The Trials and Tribulations of the Site/App Redesign”
Edith Harbaugh (TripIt), Siobhan Quinn (Foursquare), Matas Petrikas (SoundCloud), Ramy Adeeb (Snip.It)

We’ve all heard (or worse seen) the horrors of failed redesigns. Any redesign possesses a delicate balance of potential as well as perils and pitfalls.

When you decide a redesign is necessary for your web or mobile app, there are a number of things you need to consider beyond the technical aspects. In a constantly evolving landscape, users continually desire to be wowed, while at the same regular visitors and passionate users have come to expect certain things when they visit and use your platform.

How do you achieve the fine line of maintaining consistency for your community while continuing to innovate and provide a differentiated core value?

What must you take into consideration when considering a redesign? When is a complete overhaul worth the investment of reviving your service and giving it new life? How does a redesign help make you more relevant or even profitable? Can a redesign help you re-distinguish yourself from the competition? How do you balance incorporating redesign feedback from your power users without alienating regular users?