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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Sunday March 22nd

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

•  Barbecue and Softball Tournament
12:30PM – 5:00PM Krieg Fields

•  Go Home

 

Sign up for SXSW Softball (Did you know about this?)

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

In the off chance you did not know this, SXSW concludes with a Barbeque and Softtball Tournament. Players may sign up on Thursday March 19th from 1p until 5pm and Friday March 20th, also from 1p until 5pm at Austin Convention Center (ACC) 4th floor near the Day Stage. SIGN UP!!!  DO IT!!!!!!

BBQ and Softball Tournament

The 29th annual South By Southwest Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the traditional closing social event of the SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm on Sunday, March 22.
Free for all SXSW Music and Platinum registrants!

Sunday, March 22: Schedule

11:45am First shuttle buses leave hotels
Noon-1:00pm Player check-in and warmup
12:30pm Barbecue & beer service begins
1:00pm First round games begin
2:30pm Semifinals (fields available for pick-up games)
4:00pm Championship game

Food available while it lasts – usually until about 3:30-3:45pm

Eat and Drink

The SXSW Barbecue is an authentic Texas spread, with all the trimmings (vegetarian options as well), prepared by Austin’s own Ruby’s BBQ, plus beer, water, and soft drinks.

Menu: Beef brisket, chopped beef, pork spare ribs, smoked chicken, sausage, vegetarian jambalaya, potato salad, beans, 2 varieties of coleslaw, bread, butter, pickles, onions, sauce and a variety of cookies.

Drinks: Beer, water and iced tea.

It’s free for all music and platinum registrants (one meal per badge; you MUST bring your badge), but the area is also open to the general public, with food and soft drink tickets available for sale.

Showcasing Artists: If you choose the registration packet, your artist packet envelope gets you one free barbecue meal. The area is also open to the general public, with food and soft drink tickets available for sale.

Note: For insurance reasons, we cannot sell beer to non-registrants; however, you’re welcome to bring your own (no glass containers, please).

There’s plenty of bleacher seating, three rounds of usually entertaining softball to watch, and a great chance to catch up with other registrants in a relaxed setting, and make plans for Sunday night’s closing showcases.

Play in the Softball Tournament

Any SXSW music or platinum registrant can sign up to play in the SXSW Softball Tournament. Performing artists with performing artist wristbands can sign up and play as well; one player per band, please. There are three rounds of games: quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final that starts at 4pm, with live announcers and a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

We recommend you bring your own glove, if you have one, but we have a lot of loaners as well, which you can sign out with proper ID.

IMPORTANT: TO PLAY IN THE *TOURNAMENT, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR A TEAM IN ADVANCE.

Musicians
Print Media
Mixed Media
Record Companies
Agents/Managers
Clubs/Talent Buyers
(SXSW staff and SXSW volunteer teams will be filled from within)

Our tournament staff will reconfirm with you closer to the event, and is available to answer any questions you may have. In addition, there will be a Player Registration Table on the 4th floor of the Austin Convention Center, 1-5pm on Thursday and Friday during the Music Conference.

The 29th annual South By Southwest Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the traditional closing social event of the SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm on Sunday, March 22nd.

Free for Artist wristbands holders and SXSW Music and Platinum registrants!

Transportation

Krieg Fields are located at 517 Pleasant Valley, about a 10-minute drive from downtown, and about 15 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom airport. SXSW will run a van shuttle between the fields and the Hyatt, Hilton and Sheraton downtown hotels, beginning around 11:45am, and running every 20 minutes or so. With advance notice, we can also take you directly to the airport from the field; please notify the softball table at the convention center if you’re going to need that.

Driving directions: From downtown, south of the river, take Riverside Drive east. Turn left on Lakeshore Blvd., a couple of blocks past I-35. Make another left on Pleasant Valley when Lakeshore dead ends, and then take the first right, at the traffic light, into the first parking lot for the Krieg Softball Complex. Follow the park road around until you can’t go any further.

Rain plan: Barbecue will be served 1-4pm, or until it runs out, at the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion on Bergman Street and Lady Bird Lake. (From the Convention Center head east on Cesar Chavez Street about 10 blocks. Turn right on Chicon and the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion is on your left two blocks before Chicon dead-ends at Lady Bird Lake.) If the weather looks iffy on Sunday morning, call the SXSW Softball Hotline, (512) 467-7979, to find out whether the game is on or not.

SXSW Baby Podcast: Hugh Herr’s Extreme Bionics

Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

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Ewan interviews Hugh Herr, speaking as part of the IEEE Future of Identity series, on his research and development around ‘Extreme Bionics.’ Support for this year’s podcasts comes from HipChat. Bring your team to life, with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, all at hipchat.com.

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Friday March 13th

Friday, March 13th, 2015

Here are more highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Interactive

•  Women in Tech Can’t Be Our Next Endangered Species
3:30pm Marriot (rm 407)

Film

• The Last Man on the Moon
7:45pm Vimeo

Party

•  Interactive Opening Party
8:00pm J.W. Marriott

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And now you can listen to our picks of the day on the SXSW Baby! podcast, supported by HipChat.

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Thursday March 12th

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

Here are some highlights from the SXSW schedule, as chosen by the SXSW Baby! team:

Travel/Other

•  Go To Austin

•  Pick up your Badge!
Registration is open from 9am-11pm at the Austin Convention Center

Party

•  Pre-SXSW Startup Crawl Sponsored by Hipchat
5:00PM – 10:00PM 816 Congress ave, 18th Floor and other locations Downtown

 

 

SXSW Baby Podcast: The Ninja’s Guide To SXSW 2015

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

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In our final preview podcast (the ‘ninja’ level), Ewan takes a look at ‘Five Ways To Get Away For A Bit’ as well as the hints and tips that SXSW ninjas use to survive the event.

Support for this year’s podcasts comes from HipChat. Bring your team to life, with group and private chat, file sharing, and integrations, all at hipchat.com.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @SXSWbaby. Got news about SXSW for us? Get in touch via SXSW Baby’s contact form! Don’t forget to follow the podcast via the RSS feed.

Pre-SXSW Startup Crawl Presented by HipChat

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

So you’re in town, badge in hand, and nothing to do?

Fear not, my intrepid traveller, for there is always the ATX Startup Crawl!

With over 50 startups participating across 15 shuttle stops it’s a great way to have fun, some drinks, some food, and meet great tech companies from right here in Austin!

Head on over to their site and RSVP, then join in the fun, it is a great way to network before all the craziness of SXSW and it’s FREE! You don’t even need your badge to attend (in case you’ve been lazy about picking it up)

This years crawl is presented by Hipchat!

Here is a map of the route and a listing of participating startups!