Philly Startup Leaders (PSL), a community of and for startup entrepreneurs, has rounded up a list of Philly folks who have proposed panels for the 2020 South by Southwest (SXSW) conference and invited members of the community to vote.
The conference is still months away, kicking off March 13 in Austin. But PSL is angling for as much Philly representation as possible, and has rounded up 15 proposed panels to promote until voting closes Friday.
They range in topic from how society handles talking about maternity, teen girls making a career in tech, women in investing, and customer success.
“SXSW gives Philly entrepreneurs and technologists the opportunity to shine on a national stage. It allows us to showcase our ever-growing startup ecosystem and enhance a positive perception of Philadelphia’s entrepreneurial community,” said Jaclyn Allen, PSL’s head of programs.
“Not only do we get to share our own triumphs and challenges with other cities, but we get to learn from other cities too,” she added.
The list of panels (with descriptions provided by their organizers) include:
- Philadelphia as an Emerging Startup City — Philadelphia’s Department of Commerce will discuss the highlights of the local startup and tech ecosystem and give examples of how it supports founders from disadvantaged backgrounds.
- Video Personalization in the Future — A discussion about what to expect in the future of video personalization
- Badass Women with Money to Invest — Join the Club — This panel will make the case for how to inform, equip and activate wealth for future generations and why female entrepreneurs are key to the growth of female-led investing.
- You Listening? Teen Girls Talk Path to Tech Careers — TechGirlz founder Tracey Welson-Rossman will lead the discussion between a panel of teen girls.
- The Maternity Journey Needs a Content Strategy — A panel on how we need to change how we talk about maternity and early parenthood
- How To Build Accessible Products For All Audiences — This panel focuses on making products and support accessible for everyone.
- How to Make Customer Success a Company Cornerstone — Guru CEO Rick Nucci will talk his approach to customer outcomes.
- AI in Healthcare Meetup — A meetup for folks who are advancing the power of AI in healthcare
- Arts Integration to Transform Higher Education — This panel will explore arts integrative efforts across a number of universities.
- Building An Inclusive Maker Community — A presentation on the development of community-based, inclusive-by-design, maker learning programs in the West Philadelphia Promise Zone
- Centers For Education Innovation in Higher Ed — Founding directors of such centers will talk about their community-building approaches.
- CIS Golden Girls: Stories From 4 Black Techies — Four friends from college dish on how they navigated their years of experience as women in tech in the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds.
- Disrupting Law: Expand Migrant Access to Justice — A talk on a new online certificate program to train non-lawyer immigrant advocates to provide access to justice for migrants
- Making Healthcare Beautiful By Design — A talk about how design has been applied to real-world problems in health care, from exams in the emergency room to better pill bottles, hospital gowns and exam rooms
- Smallholder Farmers Big Role In Global Food Supply — This panel will explore how blockchain technology is transforming farming in developing countries.
Voters can “upvote” certain panels through Friday.