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And you can register for SXSW 2016… Now!

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

It’s time for the diehards to buy their badges for March next year, because  SXSW 2016 is now open for badge business and you can register for the 2016 Conferences. Given the smaller conferences springing up around the core three, the registration page has a handy chart as to what you can go to with each badge. That’s definitely worth a look of you are only taking in one or two of the main events.

Prices, as always, are on a sliding scale, with benefits to buying your badge as early as possible. Walk-up rates are available right up until the end of the Conference, but be honest, if you know you are definitely coming, then now is the time to buy a (non-refundable) badge.

thru Sept 21 thru Oct 3 thru Nov 20 thru Jan 15 thru Feb 12 Walk up
$1345 $1425 $1495 $1575 $1645 $1745
$1025 $1125 $1225 $1295 $1395 $1495
Music $650 $695 $725 $750 $795 $895
Film $525 $550 $575 $625 $650 $695
Interactive $825 $925 $1025 $1095 $1195 $1295

Oh and if you were looking for the best hotel rooms, the chances are that the main hotels next to the Austin Convention Center are, as usual, going to sell out incredibly quickly, so if you;re sure, and you know you are, then now is the time.


Get on your bike to get around Austin

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Once more, the SXSW team are working with the local Austin infrastructure to help you get around. The SXcycle program has been around on the fringes of SXSW for many years now, but the partnership with Austin B-Cycle should give it much more prominence this year.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with B-Cycle, you can essentially pick up a bike from one of many dock/stations around Austin, and cycle around for thirty minutes for free. At the end of the time, there’s a small hourly fee, or you just dock the bike at any other station to stop the clock. So yes, you can pick up a bike opposite the Long Center For Performing Arts, pedal over to Stubbs, and there’s no charge.

Well, there is the matter of a daily fee, but that’s where SXcycle comes in with its free vouchers!

From Friday, March 13th to Saturday, March 21st – 10am-8pm daily – the SXcycles depot at 604 Driskill St will hand out complementary B-cycle day pass vouchers to SXSW badgeholders. This $8 value grants attendees unlimited rides 30 minutes and under for 24 hours once activated. Each B-cycle comes with branded basket, three gear options, branded splash guard, reflectors, and built in lights. Voucher quantities are limited per day, so come early to get moving!

I found the B-Cycle station outside my hotel last year, and I never stopped peddling for SXSW week. THe vouchers are a great idea, but I’m already budgeting to sign up for all my time in Austin in advance.

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.