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#WhyMyHighSchoolDoesntSuck
Hear from students who went from hating high school in a traditional setting -- finding learning irrelevant and boring -- to discovering innovative, new blended and virtual high schools where personalized learning, choice, engagem ... more details

The Greatest Startup + Brand Story Ever Told
To advance significant digital innovation, brands and startups need each other desperately: startups bring game-changing solutions; brands bring credibility and scale. But given the David & Goliath-like differences, landing an ... more details

The Future of Digital Media is NOT eCommerce
At SXSW 2016, Refinery29 will unveil their research study on how brands can influence buying power rather than focus on taking customer from idea to purchase on e-commerce platforms. The goal for digital media companies should be ... more details

TechBreakfast’s VC 101: How to Get Seed Funding
This panel will be a VC 101 panel focused on Early State Financing and will focusing on the following topics: What are the latest hot areas for investors? What does your firm invest in and focus on? How do you even begin tal ... more details

Diversity & Tech: Breaking Down Unconscious Bias
Adam Quinton, renowned CEO, venture capitalist and passionate advocate for driving diversity joins Shari Slate, Cisco’s new Chief Inclusion and Collaboration Officer for a fun, experiential, and thought provoking session explori ... more details

Here's How You Sell Bras and Change the World
Is female empowerment a trendy topic that advertisers are using to get noticed or are we on the verge of a marketing revolution? This conversation looks at brands using female empowerment as a marquee element of their communicatio ... more details

How NY Daily News Uses Startups to Drive Change
Join Grant and Cyna and they discuss their efforts to accelerate and encourage innovation at the New York Daily News. This session will be a frank conversation about successes, failures, and where we hope to go in the future for r ... more details

Laugh and Look Good While Standing for Something
The Internet is a noise factory: cats, fails, and celebrity gaffes occupy the majority of available attention. But it doesn’t have to be all fluff. Digital content can be more than laughed at and forgotten; it can serve a better ... more details

Pop-Up Cities: Building (And Rebuilding) Cities That Thrive
Today major cities are emerging from scratch in markets like Pacific Asia and MENA. These "pop-up cities" are spearheading economic growth and social and cultural transformation at a global scale—but what about old cities? With ... more details

Adolescent Literacy: Can Games Move the Needle?
Are learning games the holy grail for re-engaging adolescents and teaching reading and writing skills in ways unlike any other modes of instruction? We’ll examine the research on literacy strategies for adolescents combined with ... more details

Publishers & The Power Of The People
The past few years have seen a dramatic increase in the influence of individual voices and tastemakers across the digital media landscape. YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Twitter enable individuals to reach millions. ... more details

Branding the Cities of the Future
Cities are competing for top talent in high-tech super-sectors. When every city claims to be the next Silicon Valley, a strong brand strategy can make all the difference. We’ll discuss how a city’s public perception creates op ... more details

Hacking TV. The Battle To Own New TV.
Hacking TV: How startups, brands and kids with cameras are taking over TV. TV used to be hard. Today - YouTube has 400 hours of content uploaded every minute! The Hacking of TV has just begun. Now it’s spreading far and wi ... more details

Beyond shiny objects: from technology to outcomes
Technology can provide enhanced opportunities for individualized student learning. Yet too often, it’s a “shiny object” with lots of promise but limited results. Fancy tech alone will never lead to the desired student outcom ... more details

Making The News Personal
How does R29 make millions of young people care about the 2016 election? You take the news and you personalize it. A millennial reader wants stories written by her cohort, about her, and telling stories with a direct connection to ... more details

Selfie Me This: Solo Travel in a Teched Out World
Everyone knows that travel can either make or break a relationship...so why put up with someone else’s bullsh*t and forge ahead solo! Tied on the increasing popularity of solo travel among women (single or married), Yahoo Tra ... more details

The Greatest Startup + Brand Story Ever Told
To advance significant digital innovation, brands and startups need each other desperately: startups bring game-changing solutions; brands bring credibility and scale. But given the David & Goliath-like differences, landing an ... more details

80s Babies: Designing with the 80s in Mind
With the high popularity of reboot movies that take our much cherished movies and shows from the 80's and 90's how do we apply the same love in interactive experiences. We will provide exmples and approaches for developing throwba ... more details

Wired Babies: wearables & tech in the baby market
As millennials begin their journey into parenthood, existing child rearing gadgets are requiring a much needed upgrade. With a developing consumer base that values data and devices to support their day to day, developers and innov ... more details

How Video Introduced Me to the Deaf Community
Video is a powerful tool for community managers. It puts faces and personalities to names, while enabling them to connect and engage with their audience in a more human way. For Sarah Snow, Glide’s Community Manager, video helpe ... more details

Pop-Up Cities: Building (And Rebuilding) Cities
Today major cities are emerging from scratch in markets like Pacific Asia and MENA. These "pop-up cities" are spearheading economic growth and social and cultural transformation at a global scale—but what about old cities? With ... more details

Let’s Drop The Term Millennials
Over the past few years we’ve been bombarded with Millennial talk - the label has been excessively overused. Philippe von Borries, co-founder & CEO of Refinery29, a company that speaks to millions of “Millennials” every day, ... more details

The Future of Interactivity: Real Life Community
Research shows that spending too much time online is depressing us, unless we use the internet to connect offline, in real time. Then, it can make us happy. In a crowded marketplace, how can companies engage with people who use th ... more details

Did I do that? Prototyping an IoT UX for Customers
As the popularity of wearables and connected devices continue to explode, the more opportunities are becoming available for companies to blow customers away with new interactive experiences. From wired kiosks, light & motion senso ... more details

Clicky vs. Tricky: The Ethics of AB Testing
AB Testing tools have unlocked the potential for unprecedented growth and taken the guesswork out of crafting optimized headlines. But using data to inform story positioning also opens up questions about the line between clicky an ... more details

Beyond The Listicle: The Science Of Virality
The growing abundance of trending stories and un-ignorable zeitgeist moments have turned viral stories into the holy grail of content creation. But what does virality really mean, and how can media companies and brands leverage th ... more details

Beyond Words: Images as Language
There has never been a time where people are more comfortable with communicating through images. Whether it’s images they create or images they source, we live in an age where people are in control of curating the gallery of the ... more details

Storytelling Sells
Everyone loves a good story. However when it comes to digital marketing, advertisers tend to lead with a “buy now” message, linking to a product page or mobile-app download right away. Is this the most effective approach to di ... more details

Hungry Eyes: The Changing Face of Stock Images
The velocity of content online is incredibly fast and the appetite for images has shot through the roof. Brands and publishers need more and more content—and brand consistency is more important than ever. As a result the landsca ... more details

EdTech – Exacerbating Inequity or Driving Solutions?
Survey’s up, and the answer’s just not clear. Despite the tremendous surge of optimism hailing technology as the great equalizer of educational opportunity, a growing body of evidence indicates that in many cases, technology i ... more details

Why YOU Should Care about Special Education
From research in neuro-diversity and technology, to federal policy and classroom practice, what we know about Special Education has changed dramatically over the past ten years- and everyone should care, including YOU. No matter w ... more details

No Instructions: Leveraging the Power of Play
Tinybop, BrainPOP, and Toca Boca create some of the most critically-acclaimed and top-ranked educational apps and tools for children, used in millions of homes and schools around the world. Panelists from each company will reveal ... more details

Achieving Scale and Deepening Engagement
Time On Site, Click-Through Rate, Pages Per Visit and Monthly Active Users. The ways to slice and dice how large and engaged your audience is, well, endless. Traditionally, media brands measured these things with the number of mon ... more details

Why All Videos Should Emulate Pee-Wee’s Playhouse
Everyone says “Do one thing and do it well.” Pee-wee’s Playhouse said, “Fuck it. We want to do it all.” And they did. Amidst a Saturday morning lineup of children’s shows that were mainly cartoons, a live-action show u ... more details

Women Rule the Digital World
Over the last 5 years, more and more women have risen to the top ranks of digital leadership... no small feat in a male-dominated field. The panel features women at the top of their game in digital strategy, content creation & dis ... more details

Shhh….The Power of Micro Communities
Today’s most powerful publishers are quietly achieving scale by serving their most powerful users, micro communities. From Korean beauty to Isis some of the biggest movements we’ve seen this year lived as niche conversations d ... more details

The Agency is Dead. Long live the Agency!
If David Ogilvy or Bill Bernbach was alive today, they'd be quaking in their boots. Right now, they're probably rolling around in their graves at the reality that their beloved agencies could very well be a think of the past. The ... more details

Inside the Minds of Angels and VCs
For startup founders fund raising is hard in no small part because it is so opaque. And founders often don't appreciate that the two key sources of early stage growth capital, angel investors and Venture Capitalists (VCs) have ver ... more details

Angels and Edtech: A Match Made in Heaven?
Edtech entrepreneurs need to find early stage funding and angels are often a fit. But education is lacking on both sides. Angels need to understand the range of opportunities and market growth profile. Entrepreneurs need to show m ... more details

How The Internet Changes What And How We Eat
The Internet has changed everything about how we live, both seen and unseen. Beyond viral videos and information access, the web is also changing the way we relate to, learn about, and consume food. The web has started to play an ... more details

Is the Venture World a Meritocracy?
Few would disagree that the venture capital world is male-dominated. 97.7% of VC backed companies have male CEOs and 94% of VC partners are men. But are these two facts connected? Some would argue that they are, and that those sta ... more details

Catch the wave:The Industry’s Transition into Tech
Technology is greatly impacting how we consume music with the advent of streaming services and other emerging music platforms, but that’s only part of the tech-fueled revolution taking place across the industry. Technology is ch ... more details

Does International Exist Or Are We One Community?
Is the world still divided or are we becoming one connected community when it comes to the current trends in media consumption? Social platforms have paved the way for us to have real time conversations globally, greatly influenci ... more details

Don't Call Me Mom
Whatever you do, don't call her mom. In 2014, Millennials gave birth to 85% of the babies in America but that doesn't mean she wants you to talk to her like a mom. The modern Millennial mom, like all Millennial women, has many fac ... more details

Brand Power: More Than Just A Pretty Picture
We believe in the power of brand. When the word ‘brand’ comes to mind, most people think of a logo or an ad. It’s so much more than that. It’s a spirit, ethos, and way of being. Do we sound like a branding agency? Maybe. B ... more details

Humans, Not Machines: Content is about connecting
There are an abundance of platforms to distribute across, marketing interests pulling us in multiple directions and more data at our disposal than ever before, so how do we consistently create compelling content that resonates wit ... more details

Inside the Minds of Angels and VCs
For startup founders fund raising is hard in no small part because it is so opaque. And founders often don't appreciate that the two key sources of early stage growth capital, angel investors and Venture Capitalists (VCs) have ver ... more details

Drones Eat Fashion: Changing How We Advertise
Technology has become a leading source of inspiration in the fashion world but how brands and designers advertise has yet to transform. This discussion will showcase the many opportunities Fashion Houses have in developing full ca ... more details

Collaborate to Innovate: Media Brands & Start-ups
Cyna Alderman, founder and Managing Director of the New York Daily News's Innovation Lab, will answer your questions about intrapreneurship in a traditional media organization, how start-ups and media companies can collaborate eff ... more details

Fundraising and the Digital Revolution
We will bring together a panel of 3-4 entrepreneurs who have raised a Series A within the previous 12 months and have used digital channels to reach accredited investors. They will share their experiences and the pros and cons of ... more details

Brave New URL: Winning On Mobile-Social Platforms
The constant evolution of mobile, social, and desktop publishing has created a disruptive pace in the media industry. Audiences are bypassing the desktop and consuming content faster than ever before on platforms like Snapchat, In ... more details

Big City Broadband: Today's Most Important Utility
Companies today, tech and non-tech alike, would rather have their lights go out than lose their internet connection. And yet, in major cities across the US, companies have to cope with just that – regular service interruptions, ... more details

Why Are VCs Obsessed with Content Marketing
Over the past 18 months, a surprising thing has happened in Silicon Valley: venture capital firms started hiring a “head of content” or “director of platform,” and investing heavily in content marketing. The trend that was ... more details
 
 
 
 
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