Vote: bring nonprofit panels to SXSW

South by Southwest Interactive is the cool place to be if you work with the web. Last year, there were over 14,000 attendees and 450 panels, with nonprofits well represented.

Competition for panels is fierce: last year’s 450 panels were chosen from thousands and thousands of entries. We need your help to make sure that nonprofit programming is a big part of SXSW 2011. Beaconfire has submitted a number of panels that we’re really excited about, and there are a lot of other cool nonprofit-oriented panels in the running.

Whether you love SXSW, or just love seeing nonprofits well represented in the tech world, here’s how you can help:

  • Go vote for these panels. It’s fast and easy. (You will need to register, but that’s easy too, I promise.)
  • Leave a comment for these panels. (Comment in the Panel Picker, not on this post.) Comments carry more weight than votes. If you’re excited about a topic, or a speaker, say so!
  • Share this post on Facebook and Twitter.

Voting starts now, and counts for a lot towards which panels get selected.

These are Beaconfire’s submissions for SXSW 2011. Just click to learn more, and to vote and comment!

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Method Tweeting for nonprofits: Much Ado About Something
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Guerilla Usability Testing: Creative Techniques for Great Results
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And here are our other favorite nonprofit-oriented panels from the panel picker:

Have we missed something?  Let us know in the comments!

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