I am delighted to announce that my proposed panel, Therapy 2.0: Mental Health for Geeks was accepted as a Core Conversation in next year’s SXSW Interactive Festival taking place in Austin, TX, March 13 – 17, 2009. Thank you to all who voted for it.
One of the exciting things about a Core Conversation is that it removes the traditional speaker/audience interface and is an actual conversation between the presenter and the audience, so it is truly an interaction as opposed to a lecture. I feel the issues related to mental health will lend themselves much better to a conversation than a panel, so I’m very glad that this is the chosen format for my topic. There is also a nice symmetry to my submission being selected as a Core Conversation, since it was during such a presentation last year that I first felt inspired to submit my idea to the SXSW community.
My co-presenter for the panel will be fantasy-horror-erotica author, blogger, sex educator and self-identified geek Thomas Roche. He has some thoughts about mental health for geeks from the patient side and how new tech tools relate to ADD and Depression.
As we get closer to the conference, I will post an update here. The date and time have not yet been selected, but I will post the details here, when I have them.