The countdown to this year’s South by Southwest has been running for some time, but with the clock now under showing under two months to go, it’s time for SXSW Baby! to join in the fun of the ticking clock and help you prepare for your Austin experience of 2011.
This week it’s time to make sure of the basics.
Have you got your SXSW Badge?
A simple question, but you’d be surprised how many people leave it to the last minute. Now there’s nothing wrong with that, but the cost conscious attendee knows that if you get the tickets earlier, then you’re going to get a discount.
You can choose to go for just one of the conferences, the Gold badge (Film and Interactive) or Platinum (the whole smash of Film, Interactive and Music). The big discounts have already gone, but until Feb 11th there’s still a discount compared to the walk-up rate.
||Up until Feb 11th
Have you sorted out a bed?
One of the best reasons to get your SXSW badge is it gives you access to the SXSW Housing Desk, which pretty much has control of the majority of all the hotel rooms during SXSW Week. If you need a room, the ones still left are going to be here. Centralised booking and payment, it’s all here.
There are a number of Austin hotels, apartments and room lets available outside, but you will need to go a-hunting yourself.
How are getting to Austin?
Tickets and bed sorted, next question is to make sure of your transport, which pretty much means you’re going to be flying in to Austin-Bergstrom International. Pretty much every one of the noted American carriers have flights into the state capital. As with SXSW Badges, the quicker you book, the better price you’re going to get. And with a a lot of people flying in, it’s probably more important to get a seat than a good price.
Have you a nice pair of boots?
Finally, and the biggest question for me. What are you putting on your feet? One of the biggest things people forget about SXSW is just how much walking there is. The Austin Conference Center covers six city blocks alone, throw in the extra venues in the various hotels, and you’ve got a lot of ground to cover. Then the sun sets, the parties start, and you can measure the distance in miles!
Most importantly, are those boots broken in yet? Don’t just buy a new pair the week before unless you want to rip your feet open!