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SXSW Lounges: Make Time to Chill

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

One of the best aspects of SXSW is the serendipity of networking with those around you, making new friends, finding new products and services, and maybe just catching your breath. For me, there is no place better to do this than at one of the many SXSW Lounges that the festival makes available to registrants.

Here is a run-down of some of the better lounges, expect to see more as we get closer to SXSW Week.

Registrants Lounge
March 13 – 21 // 11am-7pm
Brush Square Park

Open throughout Interactive, Film & Music, the official Registrants Lounge is a convenient and relaxing meeting point for SXSW attendees. Stop by each day for a complimentary drink courtesy of our sponsors or for one of our several networking events.

Casa Brasil
March 13-18 // 2pm-10pm
102 Trinity Street, (corner Trinity and Cesar Chavez)

MVPindex Sports Lounge
March 13 // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
The Four Seasons Hotel, Stone’s Crossing – 98 San Jacinto Blvd
Food, drinks, and charging stations available.

PBS Anywhere Lounge
March 13 // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
Austin Convention Center – Room 1

3M Interactive Lounge
March 13-15 // 9:30am – 5:30pm
Brush Square Park West, 409 E 5th St

The Girls’ Lounge @ SXSW
March 13 – 15 // 9am – 7pm
310-B E 3rd St
The Ipsos Girls’ Lounge energizes self, soul and sisterhood by providing a ‘girls only’ environment where we advocate for each other, inspire confidence and ignite sparks that drive real change.

Lounge in the IBM Cloud
March 13th // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
Hilton, Room 406 – 500 E 4th St

PayPal Social Media Lounge (hosted by TechSet)
March 13 // 11am – 6pm
March 14 – 16 // 9am – 6pm
March 17 // 9am – 5pm
Austin Convention Center – Room 19AB
The PayPal Social Media Lounge, hosted by TechSet is returning to SXSW. You’ll be able to get your caffeine fix at our coffee bar, pick up essentials at the PayPal store, and recharge yourself and your devices at one of our many work stations. We’ll also be featuring a can’t miss lineup of content and speakers throughout each day of Interactive Week. See you there!

The TripIt Lounge
March 14 – 15  // 9am – 5pm
Four Elements, 314 Congress Ave Ste 200
Recharge yourself and your gadgets, in first-class style. Geek out on travel with globetrotting experts and refuel on Austin-inspired bites. Check TripIt.com/blog for the full schedule.

Things ToDo Today at SXSW: Monday March 10th

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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


•  Why Didn’t a Tech Journalist Break PRISM
11:00am ACC Room 18ABCD


•  DPS and You, Building a Digital Magazine
9:30am AT&T Conf Center, Classroom 202


• Silicon Valley
1:30pm Vimeo

• We’ll Never Have Paris
4:30pm Topfer


•  12th Annual Nuclear Tacos, East Tent Brush Square
6:00pm East Tent, Brush Square Park

•  A Taste of Scotland 
5:00pm, West Tent, Brush Square Park


 •  Book Signing: Cory Doctorow
12:20pm ACC Ballroom D Foyer

 •  Trade Show
11:00am-6:00pm Austin Convention Center, Exhibit Halls 3 & 4

Things To do Today at SXSW: Saturday March 8th

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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


•  It’s complicated: Teen’s Social Media Practice
12:30pm Sheraton, Capitol ABCD,


•  Fruit Ninja, Slicing up the brand for all media
9:30am Long Center


• Impossible Light
4:00pm Stateside

• Predestination 
10:00pm Paramount


• Ghostwriter’s Meet up
11:00am Proof Annex


•  SXSW Eco Launch Party
8:00pm Blackheart

•  SXSW Comedy Opening Party
10:30pm Buffalo Billiards


•  SXSW Baby Social Breakfast
8:00am Magnolia Cafe, 1920 South Congress


Announcing the 7th SXSW Baby Social Breakfast

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Okay, so a little bit last minute, but hey, isn’t that the Southby way? Now the Baby! team have landed in Austin, and everyone has been asking if we’re organising our regular breakfast on the Saturday morning of Interactive at Magnolia Cafe (South Congress), I guess we’d better make it official.

This year’s ‘SXSW Social Breakfast‘ will be on Saturday March 8th, starting at 8am at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. Everyone is welcome, and the SXSW Baby! team will be there so make sure to say hi!

A big thank you as always to the staff at Magnolia, who’ll be opening up the patio area early for the Social Breakfast so you can all mingle, meet old friends, make new ones, and set yourself up for the rest of the day. If you’re keen to get back to the Convention Center, most folk are finished by nine and there’s a local bus that will take us all back to town in time for the first morning sessions.

You can RSVP on Facebook.

Also, if you run one of the many ‘we’ll sign you up to all the parties at SXSW for $10′ services, please do not add the Breakfast. It’s unrealistic to have 4,000 people on an RSVP list for an intimate event like this (as we have had in previous years). We like to have an honest idea of who is turning up, rather than who the RSVP has been sold to.

Join Us for Our 2nd Annual Beer Social on Thursday 3/6!

Friday, February 21st, 2014

We here at The Baby! love Austin, SXSW, and well made Craft Beer. And we’d love to share all three with you!

Just like last year on the eve of SXSW, we will be guiding you on the zymurgical delight that is Rainey Street in downtown Austin.

Imagine if you will, you are in town on the Thursday before all the madness ensues, you’ve picked up your badge at the Convention Center, and now there is nothing to do but wait.

Why not come out for a drink then? Rainey Street is a short walk from the Convention Center and is bustling with new bars opening all the time. Our destination is Craft Pride, a mecca for Texas made beer, with 50 taps + 2 casks all made in Texas (and quite a few in Austin). There’s even a food truck parked out back that serves up great Detroit style pizza.

So, please join us for some fun catching up with old friends, meeting new ones, and enjoying some quality craft beer.

No RSVP required, just come on out and look for us on the back deck.

Craft Pride (our favorite spot from last year’s “crawl”)
61 Rainey St.
Thursday, March 6th, 4-6pm


Our friends at Independence Brewing in Austin will just happen to be holding a pub crawl in Rainey St. starting at Craft Pride just as our beer social ends! Stick around and help them celebrate the release of their new Belgian Style White Beer called White Rabbit. They have 4 stops and will giving away sweet looking glassware at the end! They will kick things off with a special cask at Craft Pride at 6pm!

Details can be found at:
Independence Brewing Pub Crawl

SouthBites Returns with Incredible Edible Lineup

Friday, February 21st, 2014

SouthBites returns again this year with a wonderful array of Austin’s best food trucks!

Like last year the venue will be a parking lot on Driskill St. just across Cesar Chavez from the Convention Center, and conveniently loctaed on your way to the Rainey St. venues!

This years list includes:

Ms. P’s Electric Cock

The Waffle Bus

Micklethwait Craft Meats (we’ve heard great things)

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams

Holy Kombucha

Garbo’s Lobster Truck

East Side King


Burro Cheese Kitchen

Be More Pacific

March 7 – March 15 | 11:00am-12:00am
604 Driskill St – Southeast corner of Cesar Chavez & Red River
Open to all SXSW Registrants & the general public!

…we don’t need a story, we have whisky

Thursday, February 6th, 2014

There are no more details in the listing except this:

Meet our innovative companies and try a wee dram of whisky.

I think I’m sold on Scotland’s  SDI event on Monday March 10th at 5pm. See you there?