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Making the case to attend SXSW

Elon Musk at SXSW Interactive - Photo courtesy of SXSW

The South by Southwest conference attracts top-tier speakers like Tesla founder Elon Musk, while also digging into the details of technology's impact. (Photo courtesy of SXSW Inc.)

Given tight budgets and travel restrictions, most feds likely would be hard-pressed to secure permission to attend South by Southwest. But for those who can find a way -- or simply decide to make a personal trek to the Austin, Texas, festival next March -- Gadi Ben-Yehuda of the IBM Center for the Business of Government has a list of especially relevant proposed panels.

In a post on GovLoop, Ben-Yehuda offered this list of provocative topics, and urged government techies to vote for the ones they like best:

SXSW may be overhyped, Ben-Yehuda allowed, but it still boasts "speakers that should inspire anyone interested in technology's impact." Or at least anyone who can get the travel approved.

Posted by Troy K. Schneider on Aug 26, 2013 at 11:11 AM

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