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SXSW Hits The Road In The UK

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

For many in the UK, SXSW is an annual fixture in their diaries. For others questions around the topic of ‘Why SXSW?’ abound (generally until the decision to made to go for the first time). But where can you ask questions about the Austin spectacle? The answer is at the upcoming SXSW Roadshow in the UK, organised by SXSW and UKTI:

The briefings will include short presentations about SXSW and MIDEM before moving into an interactive panel discussion to answer your questions and discuss opportunities. There will be plenty of time for networking to give music, film and digital creatives a chance to meet with me [Una Johnston] (SXSW), Javier Lopez (Midem UK & Ireland Sales Manager) and Phil Patterson (UKTI).

* Why is SXSW de rigueur for the digerati, music-minded and movie biz alike?
* What’s new for SXSW 2016
* How to plan for a rewarding SXSW
* Timeline Reminders

The roadshow tours the UK during the September, visiting Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, and London. You can find more details, and RSVP for the free events. I’ll be at the Glasgow event on September 1st, maybe I’ll see you there?

SXSW GAMING HAS MOVED! SXSW GAMING HAS MOVED!

Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

*ahem*

Pardon my excitement at not having to endure the shuttle ride to the far side of the seemingly insurmountable Lady Bird Lake to get to the Gaming Expo.

SXSW has announced that SXSW Gaming has shifting its dates and location! Previously set in the Palmer Events Center on the South side of Lady Bird Lake, it was the opposite of SXSW Interactive both in Place and time. I was always torn between attending Interactive and Gaming sessions and events. BUT NO MORE!

SXSW Gaming will now take place in the Austin Convention Center March 17-19, after SXSW Interactive!  No longer will you be forced to choose sides! it is a TOTAL win-win for everyone attending SXSW 2016!

Here is SXSW’s announcement:

NEW DATES AND LOCATION FOR 2016 SXSW GAMING
For 2016, Gaming sessions and events will take place in the heart of SXSW activities at the Austin Convention Center. In terms of timeframe, these Gaming sessions also move to later duringSXSWeek® (March 17-19), thereby strongly emphasizing the strong crossover between the gaming, film and music communities. This programming occurs at the same time as the SXSW Gaming Expo, which also moves to the Austin Convention Center.

WHEN
Thursday, March 17 through Saturday, March 19, 2016.

WHERE
Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St) in downtown Austin, TX.

WHO CAN ATTEND
Free and Open to the Public

God bless us all. Every One!

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