Thousands of influencers and enthusiasts are bound for SXSW Interactive, the world’s leading conference on technology and digital innovation. Preview what Samsung is bringing to this year’s event, including an inspiring education initiative, the best place to meet up and more.
Only one annual event attracts the boldest visionaries and brightest new ideas from the ever-evolving world of emerging technology. This March 8–12, SXSW Interactive will once again transform Austin, Texas into the world capital of cutting-edge tech, social media and digital innovation, with five days of energizing programs that showcase the most ground-breaking trends, provocative ideas and exciting forecasts from the international interactive community.
From its inception, SXSW Interactive has been a breeding ground for new ideas, uniting the spheres of emerging tech, digital culture and social connection. Each year, industry innovators and attendees alike make SXSW Interactive the nexus of what’s happening now, what’s on the horizon and what could be in the world of technology.
Following a groundbreaking presence at last year’s conference, Samsung is returning to Austin for SXSW Interactive 2013 to share its outlook for the interactive future. With a key focus on education and helping children prepare for and thrive in a tech-driven world, Samsung promises to be an inspiring presence at this year’s event.
A convergence of influence and digital experience, the Samsung Blogger Lounge is where the world’s most notable online and real-world personalities meet to spark relationships and ideas that last well beyond Austin. Always a non-stop hub of energy and activity, the Samsung Blogger Lounge is the place for attendees to recharge and where simple conversations can evolve into thought-provoking panel discussions. The Samsung Blogger Lounge will feature hands-on displays of new Samsung devices, live What’s Trending broadcasts with industry leaders, musical performances, book signings and more.
A major goal of Samsung’s presence at this year’s SXSW Interactive is to focus attention on the technology gap in America’s classrooms. Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) continues to be a national priority, as it has become apparent that American children are not advancing in math and science at the same pace as other countries. As technology continues to revolutionize the present and shape the future, Samsung recognizes the need to help children prepare for a world in which technology is the foundation of everyday life.
Samsung is leading the charge to advance STEM education through its Hope for Children initiative and Solve for Tomorrow contest. Focused on supporting children’s education and health-related issues, Hope for Children is a dedicated effort that provides tools and technology to empower young people to learn, create and collaborate to improve our communities. Samsung’s Solve for Tomorrow contest is an exciting high point of the Hope for Children program. Schools nationwide have the opportunity to share the wonder of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and win part of $1 million in technology that is critically needed to mold a new generation of tech leaders.
For 2013, Samsung and its partners called on public school teachers to raise STEM interest among their students by inviting them to answer the challenge, “Show how science or math can help the environment in your community.” More than 1,500 application essays came from teachers and students across the country, and the top 75 received video production kits that included a Samsung laptop, camcorder and Adobe software.
With its focus on the future of technology, SXSW Interactive is the ideal place to present the winner of this year’s Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. The People’s Choice winner will be announced on March 9 at the Samsung Blogger Lounge, with the announcement streamed live on What’s Trending. The other four winners will be announced on March 11. For a sneak preview, visit the Solve for Tomorrow page to view the 15 finalist videos.
Through the Solve for Tomorrow contest, Samsung and its partners, including Microsoft, DirecTV and the National PTA®, hope to raise enthusiasm for STEM education, show how STEM can positively impact our environment and communities, and improve the technology gap in America’s classrooms. By fostering students’ interest in these vital subjects, and making them exciting and accessible, Samsung hopes to increase STEM proficiency and strengthen America’s future competitiveness.
Find out more about Samsung’s industry-leading initiatives to bridge America’s technology gap and bring cutting-edge technology into America’s classrooms at the Samsung Blogger Lounge at SXSW Interactive, located in Room 19AB at the Austin Convention Center, March 8–12, and be sure to stop by on March 9 for this year’s Solve for Tomorrow winner announcement.
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