Are you a SXSW Interactive veteran? Heading to 2010?

23 Sep 2009 - 6:18pm
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Carrie Ford Hilliker
2008

I'm starting to plan for next March's SXSW but have never been. I'd
love to see who else is planning to attend and if any of the vets
think it's worth going.

Thanks for your thoughts in advance!

Carrie

@fordvisuals

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23 Sep 2009 - 7:24pm
Robert Hoekman, Jr.
2005

>
> I'd love to see who else is planning to attend and if any of the vets think
> it's worth going.
>

I wouldn't miss it. I go every year. While it's not necessarily the best
event for straight-up educational purposes, it's monstrous for inspiration,
and can't be beat when it comes to networking.

Be very open to meeting new people, avoid making plans beforehand, and bring
lots of business cards. At night, if you don't know where to go next, go to
the Ginger Man (bar). It's one of the few places that has no
corporate-sponsored parties, so virtually everyone goes there at some point
to get away from the insanity and hang out for a bit.

And don't worry about the hangovers too much — the first session isn't until
10am.

-r-

23 Sep 2009 - 10:55pm
Preston McCauley
2009

I've gone 3 years in a row (met) Robert each time. It's a great event and full of lots and lots of inspiration. I come away charged and ready to face the corporate design grind for another year.

This year I submitted a panel for speaking and am waiting with baited breath for the panel announcements. I plan on going though, because it's just so much fun and you get to speak with the greatest minds in our industry.

24 Sep 2009 - 8:43am
Paul Adam
2009

I've only been once so far and loved it! Definitely going again this
year. I'm only 1.5 hrs away. Deciding which panels to attend is the
hardest part.

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24 Sep 2009 - 1:22pm
John Yuda
2009

I'd definitely go. You'll find some interesting
panels/presentations/etc, but the big thing is meeting people and
networking.

Get your hotel reservations early if you want to be close to the
convention center.

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24 Sep 2009 - 11:37am
Carrie Ford Hilliker
2008

Thanks so much for your responses, guys. I'm very glad to hear that
SXSW lives up to all the hype. I'm booking my pass this week.

Really looking forward to it and I hope to meet all of you when I'm
there!

best,
Carrie

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25 Sep 2009 - 10:22am
jpb
2009

I'm a fan of SxSW. Heading back for my third year, and its always been
stimulating, good networking, educational, and fun. Its also
incredibly intense and I always feel like a zombie by the last day. A
few tips:

- Accept that you won't be able to do everything you want to do, and
don't stress out over missing stuff.
- Don't even dream of getting a gold or platnium pass. You won't end
up seeing movies (the film fest overlaps with interactive) and staying
for another week of music—which is even bigger and louder and more
raucus—is a LOT of work. If you do stay for music, plan on taking a
day or two off to just kick around Austin and dodge the whole Sx crew.
- Avoid schlepping a laptop around all day. A macbook is too big to
carry around all day for a week. It's almost worth buying a $200
netbook just for Sx.
- Do not rent a car. Cabs are cheap. A hotel near the convention
center is well worth it.
- Seek out sessions based on the speaker, not the session title.
- Carry the daily schedule in your badge pouch.

That's all I've got off the top of my head. Are a lot of ppl going?
Should we plan an IxDA meetup?

Best,
j

On Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 12:18 PM, carriehilliker <carrie at fordvisuals.com> wrote:
> I'm starting to plan for next March's SXSW but have never been. I'd
> love to see who else is planning to attend and if any of the vets
> think it's worth going.
>
> Thanks for your thoughts in advance!
>
> Carrie
>
> @fordvisuals
>
>
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