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Who would have thought – standards and SXSW?

Posted by Karen B on April 3rd, 2013

The South-by-Southwest is well known for its film, music, and interactive tracks. The annual SXSW festival (which sounds much more fun than “conference”) is held in Austin, Texas USA. This year it include more than 5,000 events that took place all over the city of Austin.

I had always wanted to attend SXSW to see, hear, and experience the latest trends. Keeping up with the times keeps me excited about the world (and keeps me young at heart). This year, I had the opportunity, not only to attend, but to participate. Because of standards. Really.

The IEEE put on an “Open Future Series” that included a panel on the Internet of Things. The IoT will be enabled through standards, and I was fortunate to be asked to chair the panel. Little did I know that the topic of open standards would be so interesting to those attending and covering SXSW.

Here are a few of the articles, videos, and slides from SXSW and shortly thereafter that deal with the value of open standards:

Tim Berners-Lee on the making of new worlds (article)

Tim Berners-Lee Explains the Necessity of Open Web Standards (article & video)

Tim Berners-Lee and Karen Bartleson on Open Standards: SXSW Forbes Exclusive (YouTube video, same as above)

Two good infrastructure considerations for the internet of things (article)

Digital Telepathy: When Every Thing Connects (panel abstract)

Digital Telepathy: When Every Thing Connects (slides)

Standards: The Connective Tissue Behind the Internet of Things

Revolutionary Technologies Take the Stage at SXSW (article)

Standards: The Jedi Force Behind the Internet of Things (blog post)

And here is another gentleman that I met at SXSW who used standards to change our world, Bob Metcalfe, inventor of Ethernet:

Bob Metcalfe

When standards are part of a huge convention like SXSW, those of us who play the standards game feel like we have arrived. :)

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2 Responses to “Who would have thought – standards and SXSW?”

  1. Mary McKiel says:

    Excellent! Very interesting! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Karen says:

    Thanks, Mary! Hope all is well with you.