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Papers, Please!

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Well, the calendar has ticked over, it says 2015, and there’s no point putting off any more planning. In just over two months time, SXSW is under way… and we here at SXSW Baby are going to give you the best pointers, advice, hints, and tips, to make the most of your Austin Adventure.

First up, and this applies to pretty much everyone outside of the US. You really need a visa to visit the US, and if you haven’t got one, you’d better get a move on.

The other option is the Visa Waiver Program, and most people flying in from Europe will be able to take advantage of this and simply fly in without a visa. The only wrinkle to this is you do need to register with the ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization – before you depart! It takes about ten minutes, it costs a few dollars, and you should make sure you’ve been approved.

Regulars at SXSW from abroad should have this under control, but ESTA needs renewed every two years, so it’s worth checking you’re still valid, because it’s a long and lonely flight home otherwise.

Austin is full, no more party space being given out

Saturday, February 8th, 2014

Here’s hoping that you’ve got your corporate party space booked for SXSW, because Austin City Council aren’t giving out any more permits. If you’ve left it too late (we’re looking at you, Microsoft), then it’s time to hustle and trade.

That doesn’t mean it’s going to be quiet in Austin. Via My Fox Austin, this year submitted permits for temporary music venues are up 9 (97 in 2013 to 106 in 2014), temporary use permits are also up 9 (to 107), and temporary change of use permits shoot up 26 (from 45 to 71).

There’s probably an out-sized Doritos machine in there as well…

British Airways open up London-SXSW direct flight

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

Okay it’s not specifically for SXSW, and with Austin’s rise as a technology and business centre it makes a lot of sense for British Airways to open up a London Heathrow – Austin direct flight. It makes even more sense to equip it with the latest gee-whizz aircraft, the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

But I can’t be the only UK attendee at SXSW who’s looking at the news, smiling quietly at the ‘route starts in March 2014′, and thinking that the timing is perfect for BA to capture the crowds heading to Austin for the smorgasboard of Southby. All they need to do now is tell everyone they get free on-board Wi-Fi if they have a SXSW badge, and the geeks will do the rest of the marketing for them.

Don’t forget about the Blogger’s Lounge at SXSW Interactive

Saturday, February 9th, 2013

Yes there’s a press room, but it’s an oasis of calm for a few of us here at The Baby!, because all the bloggers are around the corner in the Blogger lounge!

Organised once more by Stephanie Agresta and Brian Solis, Room 19AB in the Austin Convention Center will be full of tables, bloggers, mini events, coffee, snacks, and lots of power strips. With backing from Samsung, the blogger lounge is a central meeting point for many at Southby. Just make sure you don;t spend all your time at Interactive in the room!

You can register in advance over on Eventbrite, although you can usually sign up at the door when you arrive.

Today is the last chance for a discount on your SXSW Badge

Friday, February 8th, 2013

If you haven’t got your badge for SXSW yet, what are you waiting for? At midnight tonight (Friday 7th) there will be no more discounts, and the badges will be at their maximum price point.

Here’s how the price for your badge looks now, and how it will look after Friday midnight right up to the time when you walk up to the Austin Convention Center and buy your badge because you forgot to do it beforehand.

thru Sept 21 thru Nov 9 thru Jan 11 thru Feb 8 Walk up
$1450 $1595
$1195 $1350
Music $750 $795
Film $595 $650
Interactive $995 $1150

If you are buying a badge at this stage, and especially if you are buying one to come to Interactive, then please check out available accomodation before you head to SXSW.com to buy the badge. There are no refunds, and hotel space is at a premium this year.

And by at a premium we mean there was more room in Bethlehem.

An empty Austin Convention Center awaits…

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

Jes Reynolds, via Instagram, and a view of the Austin Convention Center you might not be used to.

An empty Austin Convention Center

Two Wings or Four Wheels To Austin?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

With the slow rise of Bolt and Megabus in the US (as covered by Bloomberg recently), taking to the skies to reach Austin may not be your only option. You could take the bus!

BUs Travel Review site Wanderu has put together a guide to getting the bus to Austin in general, and SXSW in particular. With details on how to get to the Texan state capital from LA, New York, or Chicago, you can kick off your Southby week with a bit of a road trip… and no liquid carry-on issues!