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SXSWedu Recap: How EdTech is Shaping Education

SXSWedu Takeaways

3Seventy had the privilege of attending a number events during SXSWedu for the interactive portion of SXSW. The week-long affair included many events around Austin to discuss the latest in innovations in education. A large component of the SXSWedu was the technology being used in education (EdTech), and how it is shaping the modern learning environment. Coming out of these events, I took 2 large takeaways from SXSWedu. The first is how EdTech is shaping classroom interaction and the second is how the maker movement is being utilized for education.


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Classroom interaction is crucial for fostering learning. However, those interactions can be tricky to conduct, depending upon the topic and age group.

EdTech has gained momentum due to the high interactivity it garners in the classroom. One company, Kahoot, had a large presence at SXSWedu with it’s game-based learning platform. This fun, easily integrated system (available for desktop, tablet, and mobile) increases classroom participation with quiz-like activities that students can participate in using their own device or one provided by the professor. One of my favorite interactions with Kahoot was during The Oslo Lounge’s presentation on EdTech and the SmartCity. During the event, they did an interactive presentation where we were invited to demo the platform from our mobile phones. The platform used bright colors and a need for quick-thinking made things more engaging and fun for all.



The Maker Movement in Schools

The maker movement helps empower people to process and develop unique technology products in a DIY fashion. This movement has slowly made its way from workshops to classrooms. And this growth is closely tied to the increasing demand for STEM/STEAM education throughout the U.S. Students are encouraged to go beyond the textbooks with increased hands-on projects leveraging technology for teaching necessary life skills and inspiring collaboration among peers. By providing students these technology tools, students are better equipped to compete with the rest of the world.

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A Presentation from the Maker Fair on the impact of MakerEd


We can’t have a conversation about improving education without discussing how technology is integrated into our communications. EdTech is redefining the way educators interact with their students, which in turn affects how students interact with their education. Not only does EdTech improve the learning environment, it also ensures that students are better prepared for tackling the dynamic realm of technology.


We invite you to join the conversation about EdTech and more by following or tweeting with #SXSWedu. After all, education today shapes the technological world of tomorrow.



Interactive Sessions That We’re Looking Forward to at SXSW

There are an overwhelming number of sessions during South by Southwest Interactive. We’ve taken the time to read through all of the descriptions and read about the presenters, so that you don’t have to. If you are interested in mobile technology, entrepreneurship, software development, and how these concepts apply to the greater world, then we think you’ll find something to like from this list.

3Seventy’s Interactive Sessions Recommendations…


Friday, March 13

  • 11:00AM – Hackaday Meet Up (Free) – They are the gold-standard in entertainment for engineers and engineering enthusiasts. We can’t wait to see what creative solutions are developed.
  • 11:00AM – In Stadium Experience (Need Badge) – Mobile Apps and SMS have changed the fan experience, and this incredible panel will discuss those developments as well as where they see things going.
  • 3:30PM – Digital Health Startup Pitch (Need Badge) – Pitch contests are a must-do of SXSW. This one includes the founders of three health tech startups, who each have five minutes to pitch their startup to an esteemed panel
  • 3:30PM – Fast & Furious: Bringing it Mobile (Free) – This panel will discuss the process of taking a film and turning it into a mobile game. Hear about the process and then get a chance to play a video game… sounds pretty good to us.
  • 3:45PM – Using Texting to Promote Empathy (Need Badge) – When society and technology mix, it can sometimes make a mess – or create opportunities. Dr. Sara Konrath will discuss new SMS tools designed to help build empathy in teens.


Saturday, March 14

  • 9:30AM – A Digital and Mobile Health Revolution (Need Badge) – If you’re curious about owning your health data, then check out this panel. They will discuss ow mobile devices have the potential to allow patients to own and manage their personal health data, and leveraging big data analytics to promote health and wellness.
  • 3:30PM – How Mobile Advertising Can Not Suck (Need Badge) – When and how will mobile advertising ever be a good experience with ROI? Brand leaders discuss the future of this marketing channel.


Sunday, March 15

  • 9:30AM – Youth Sports Marketing Meetup (Need Badge) – Join the USA Swimming CMO in a discussion about marketing to families in order to get kids involved in youth sports programs.
  • 12:45PM – Mobile Payments for the Third World (Need Badge) – Beyond retail and first world problems is a bigger concept of unbanked mobile money. What happens when mobile operators and the financial industry work together to improve affordable financial services to the unbanked population?
  • 3:30PM – Mobile Social Meetup (Free) – Filmmakers, city planners, and advocates will gather to chat and then ride together to watch the world premier of the film Bikes vs. Cars at Republic Square Park.

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Monday, March 16

  • 11AM – Mobile Tech and the Retail Revolution (Need Badge) – Our friends at Mood Media will participate in the discussion of the in-store experience, and how mobile activity has changed it – from deal research while inside brick and mortar to post-shopping purchases.
  • 12:45PM – Mobile Africa (Need Badge) – More Africans have access to cell phones than to electricity, indoor plumbing or even shoes. How Africa is using mobile technology to solve problems, and the lessons more developed economies can learn from them.
  • 3:15PM – Digital Health Communications (Need Badge) -This panel will discuss the current state and future of the big data revolution in health and personal wellness, as well as the challenges to building a data-driven health system.


Tuesday, March 17

  • 9:30AM – Mobile Technology in Fashion Commerce (Need Badge) – Join Madison Reed CEO, Amy Erret, in a discussion about building the next generation of  mobile shopping experiences. What it means for the in-store experience and how we use mobile there.
  • 12:30PM – Is Mobile Key to Political Apathy? (Need Badge) – Does the reach and personal touch of mobile devices make us more engaged with civic responsibilities? Is there a mobile-social connection that makes political leaders more tangible to the next generation of leaders? Let’s talk about it.
  • 5PM – Creating Meaningful Mobile Experiences (Need Badge) – Just in time marketing messages are quite different from saturated blasts of information. When you push out a message, are you putting the people first?


Do you have any other session recommendations?

Tweet us with #SXSWi and we’ll share it with our followers.

Getting SMS Smart in March

There are all kinds of events happening around Austin in March, largely due to the presence of the big conference and festival in town. In the past, 3Seventy has thrown parties or sponsored events. This year, you’ll find us participating in several events so that we can meet with clients, partners, and other professionals in the industry to talk about SMS Smart (text messaging).


SMS Smart Technology Events in Austin this March


Austin Technology Council, SXSW, Interactive, March 2015March 12, 2015 at 5PM

3rd Annual ATC (Austin Technology Council) Gateway Party to kick off Austin’s largest tech conference! The party showcases Austin’s executive clout, global appeal, and the collaborative and vibrant face of the Austin tech scene and ATC’s member companies. ATC is the voice of Austin’s thriving technology and life sciences industries, representing 1,600 technology executives, 250+ companies and over 60,000 employees. The entire 3Seventy team will be in attendance, so find us there and let’s talk about technology. More Info Here


March 13, 2015 at 5PM

Austin Mobile Meetup at the Ginger Man. This informal professional group is focused on developing relationships, exchanging ideas, and fostering mobile technology innovation. The event will offer an open, comfortable environment for mobile (apps, SMS and web) enthusiasts to meet and discuss related news, best practices, tips, and anything else exciting in the technology niche. This year’s event is sponsored by TripCase. The entire 3Seventy team will be in attendance, so find us there and let’s talk about mobile technology, especially SMS. More Info Here


March 14, 2015 11AM – 4:30PMGeneral Assembly, SXSW Interactive, March 2015, Mobile, SMS,

General Assembly presents with SXSW a full day of free workshops. Throughout the day there will be free classes in web development, digital marketing, business development, user experience design, and more. General Assembly is an educational institution that transforms thinkers into creators through education in technology, business and design. This event is an exact reflection of just that. A few 3Seventy team members are attending different workshops, so keep an eye out for us. More Info Here


March 15, 2015 at 5PM

Tech Cocktail’s Startup Celebration at SXSWi 2015. This party will include a showcase of the 20 hottest startups across the world. Meanwhile, we will be enjoying a night of great conversation, giveaways, and cocktails. This is the media company founded and lead by former AOL product strategist, long-time tech blogger and new media pioneer Frank Gruber. It focuses on celebrating entrepreneurs, emerging technology and innovation. The team of tech analysts and curators bring a unique point of view to tech as they scour the web and world in search of new products and services, fresh voices, interesting leaders, hot news and trends, how-to’s and more.A few 3Seventy team members will be attending, so keep an eye out for us. More Info Here


Here are some friendly faces to look for from 3Seventy. Let’s get SMS Smart this March. 


John Wright, CEO, True Dialog, SMS Smart
John Wright
Brian Ambrose, True Dialog, vice president of sales, SMS SMart
Brian Ambrose
Steven Martinez, Partner Relationship Manager, True Dialog, SMS Smart
Steven Martinez
Bryce Simmonds, True Dialog, Software Engineer, Team Lead, SMS Smart
Bryce Simmonds
Aaron Bailey, Quality Assurance Engineer, True Dialog, SMS Smart
Aaron Bailey








Krishna Malreddy, Software Engineer, True Dialog, Developer, SMS Smart
Krishna Malreddy



SXSW 2013: Mobile Marketing is Getting Personalized & Localized

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Is Mobile Marketing Still Viable? YES!

While mobile technology launches were not center stage during this year’s South By South West Interactive Conference, it certainly did not go away. Some people claim that we have app fatigue or that mobile marketing is not as sexy as it once was. However, the conversations during a few panels and on the trade show floor would say otherwise. This will be the year when brands learn to personalize and customize the messages they send to consumers using mobile marketing.

Mobile Marketing is Getting Personalized

As with other channels, mobile marketing is getting personalized . This shift in messaging is particularly important for small businesses. The most active smartphones users today are very different from years past. Something has returned to these consumers – trust. To build trust between a customer and a local business is vital for the growth and sustainability of that business. Consumers are back to trusting locally and they feel good about being known by their first name.

I have seen this personalized messaging done best with text marketing, but also with mobile websites and mobile apps. Text marketing makes it easy, because on some platforms you can create text surveys for your customers and segment your future messages based upon their responses. This creates a type of preferences setup for discount offers and announcements. Ask your customers about their visits to your store:

  • How often do they visit
  • What is the most common item or service they purchase
  • Are they satisfied with customer service
  • Would they recommend you to friends
  • How is the quality of your product or service

For the people who are very satisfied or who visit you frequently, consider developing a mobile loyalty program to show your appreciation. The people who are less satisfied or who are casual customers need more of a push, so offering a large discount or free item may help to grow them into a more loyal customer. Mobile coupons have 10 times the redemption rate of printed coupons, and mobile loyalty programs are used much more frequently than those plastic cards.

South By South West has come full circle in the type of attendees – from small start-ups to huge brands, and now back to the small businesses again. Local businesses are very savvy and flexible with their marketing efforts, which is why they see the importance of mobile marketing and how they can utilize it to grow their businesses.

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