This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people will converge in Austin, Texas for South by Southwest (), the annual ten-day interactive, film, and music festival where creative types from around the globe gather to meet, learn and share ideas. The interactive track of SXSW is focused on emerging technology, a focus which has earned the festival a reputation as a breeding ground for new ideas and creative technologies.
In anticipation of the new ideas and thoughtful debates that will come out of this annual event, we’re highlighting some of our tech and innovation-focused courses for . Through a combination of seminars, guest speakers, site visits, and experiments, our tech courses give students the opportunity to learn about different facets of the tech industry such as business, engineering, media, storytelling, and emerging innovations like artificial intelligence, mixed reality (VR/AI) and more.
This summer, we’re excited to add to our lineup two new tech innovation courses:
In the media, the only constant is change, leading to a lot of experimentation and new ways of delivering content. In this new Explorations Course, students will earn new media techniques and get an insider’s look into Podcasting and Virtual Reality — two exceptional storytelling methods that stand out in a rapidly changing media landscape. Leveraging resources of The New York Times, students will meet the innovators, storytellers, critics, and commentators of these new fields, and will learn how the industry encourages and incubates new media exploration, how reporters experiment with storytelling using VR and Podcasts as well as how these new methods have changed our consumption of the news.
Emerging technologies capture the imagination and at the same time loom large over the future. From Snapchat selfies to self-driving cars, Facebook manipulation to facial recognition, artificial intelligence (AI) to mixed reality (VR/AR), this course explores the current state and future of major technology trends at the forefront of innovation through the lens of science, popular culture and business. In this new course, students will learn how the technologies work, who is developing the tech (and why), and how they are impacting life today and what we can expect to happen in the short- and long-term.
Additionally, we’re returning with a popular course that explores the ethical side of tech:
What steps should social media outlets take to limit the spread of fake news? How can you harness government data to improve community services? Do popular fitness trackers actually improve your health? Are Snapchat streaks addictive? Each day we grapple with the ways in which digital innovations are impacting society and our lives.
In this course-favorite, students learn about some of the thorniest ethical challenges facing the tech industry by studying emerging innovations like artificial intelligence, analyzing popular apps like SnapChat and designing their own app.