The Barbarian Group

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There are two kinds of SXSW panels. The good kind—the one that provokes thought and inspires innovation. Then there's the other kind. Ain't nobody got time for that.

The Barbarian Group

Our panels are the former: From digital literacy in the developing world, to mixing your own bass drop, we got you.

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Squarewave to Heaven: Intro to Sound Synthesis

How does electricity become electronic music? Starting with the way in which speakers amplify signals and transform them into sound waves, and finishing with a fully arranged piece of electronic dance music, participants will gain a foundational understanding of sound synthesis through the live creation of every element in the track. In this workshop, we will design sounds that range from percussive to melodic and demonstrate how the same basic building blocks can be used in different combinations to create almost any sound imaginable.

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Activating the Hashtag with Malala Yousafzai

In the age of digital connections, activists have taken to social networks like Twitter and Facebook to gain followers and to make their voice boom. In 2011, the Arab Spring took form on Facebook and in 2014 #BringBackOurGirls and #yesallwomen sparked feminist discussion on Twitter. But how do we translate all of these posts into actual movements beyond virtual pages? This conversation will discuss the impact of social media campaigns in generating discussion and driving offline engagement.

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Beyond Wearables: Future Fabrics and Fashion Design

Much for the current recent fashion technology discussion involves the idea of wearables: things like wristwatches and Google glass. But a lot of innovation is going on both in terms of fabric technology as well as approaches that will change the way we dress ourselves and how designers make everything from everyday fashion to haute couture. From futuristic Swiss fabrics that don't require cleaning to fabrics that give sensory feedback to 3D printing, we'll investigate with a diverse panel to learn more about this fascinating new space.

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Influence, Co-Creation and Creative Ego

With the rise in popularity of independent “influencers” in the creative world, traditional advertising agencies are faced with balancing creative integrity and control. This panel will explore the current "influencer" phenomenon and its impact on the creative world. Is it just a fleeting industry fad, or the next rung on the ladder of creative revolution?

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The Real-Time Improvised Pitch

How much of selling through an idea comes down to sound strategy, creative work and feasibility of an idea, and how much of it it comes down to the sell? In this session, a panel of four master improvisers will deliver a successful pitch on the fly, selling through a fully crowdsourced presentation, sight unseen.

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Fostering Digital Literacy in the Developing World

As the digital world continues to transcend economic and social boundaries, an unexpected technology has emerged as a tool of empowerment and protection for women around the globe. Bitcoin, which has steadily been gaining traction in the mainstream banking industry, is a powerful and effective form of digital currency in developing nations. As a gender-neutral currency, Bitcoin is redefining the world’s financial infrastructure. This discussion dissects the ways in which digital literacy fosters entrepreneurship and how digital currency is leveraged to empower women in the developing world.

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