Dan Chuparkof makes the bold claim of writing ‘The Definitive Guide To Hacking SXSW’, and while I can see a few things I would add (which downgrades definitive to comprehensive) there’s still a lot going on in this post. It’s actually geared up to looking at SXSW as a year-long adventure (that sounds familiar) but his advice for March is perfect.
For example, take his backpack advice for prowling around Austin:
- A refillable water bottle & snacks: 11:00 & 12:30 sessions are some of the best of SouthBy. You might not be able to squeeze lunch in without missing something awesome. Bring some food. There’s a pretty good chance, you’ll also be dehydrated from the night before, so bring some H2O.
An external phone battery: You will run out of juice. You’ll be downloading apps all day, tweeting, taking video, and struggling to get a wifi/cell signal all day. Nothing kills nighttime fun worse than a dead phone. If you forgot this part, head to the SXSW expo on Saturday, Mophie will have a booth and they’ll sell JuicePacks.
An umbrella & poncho: Don’t bother checking the weather. I promise it rains every March in Austin.
Other essentials: Aspirin, Vitamin-C, business cards, extra room for free t-shirts & swag.
All that and more can be found here.