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Why RSVPs at SXSW aren’t worth your Twitter handle

Monday, January 19th, 2015

If you’ve ever wondered why an RSVP at SXSW is never a guarantee of entry, why you still have to queue, meet RSVPster. For forty dollars, you can have the site’s organisers sign up to every event at SXSW Interactive and SXSW Music and send you the details. It doesn’t matter if you only want to go to a few, your name will go down on every list out there.

While it provides great flexibility for you as a punter on the streets of Austin, speaking as a former SXSW Event Organiser it wreaks havoc on any planning. Services like RSVPster (it is not alone in offering this style of service) flood every invite list and tool out there. SXSW Baby! once had 785 people signed up to come to our meet and greet breakfasts in Austin – we got the normal numbers turning up (around thirty to forty, for an 8am event) but our invite list gave us an indication that it would be twenty times that number.

If you’re coming to SXSW and are looking for a list of parties, then there is some value here – just be aware that just because your name is on the list, downs;t mean you’ll get in everywhere.

After all, with services like this, everyone’s name is on everyone’s list.

Start planning your daytime adventures in Austin with the scheduler

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

One of the advantages of living with a digital SXSW are the online tools. SXSW’s own Schedule system allows you to navigate all the sessions, marking your favourite,s and building up your own itinerary. This can be viewed online, and presumably through this year’s mobile app when it arrives.

It’s not that long before we all move to Sixth Street, so grab a coffee and dip into the SXSW Scheduler to mark your favourites.

We here at SXSW Baby! would always suggest that you have alternatives marked out at each time slot. Planning is good, but listening to serendipity not he streets of Texas’ capital is always the way to guarantee an excellent adventure. It’s worth noting that the music showcases are not yet listed in the system, nor are the film screenings, but they’ll show up during February.

Or you could rely on a big marker pan, just like we did in the old days…

Who would submit a panel to SXSW and try not to be selected?

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Obviously there’s quite a few people trying not to speak at SXSW, because South By’er Hugh Forrest has taken to Medium.com to talk about the best methods of not getting selected:

All this effort for a simple speaking slot? Really? Perhaps you should save yourself the aggravation of what could be endless hours of tedium. Instead, ensure yourself a rejection letter by following these 10 straightforward tips for creating an amazingly awful PanelPicker proposal.

Oh – he’s using reverse psychology….

SXSW Baby Podcast: Tal Siach (Visual.ly)

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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Tal Siach, from graphic design company Visual.ly talks to Ewan Spence on info graphics, agencies, and new ways of working for creatives.

Follow the SXSW Baby blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to on the ground via Twitter and @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!

Things To Do Today at SXSW: Tuesday March 11th

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

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

Interactive

•  Why Fanfic is Taking Over the World
10:00am ACC Ballroom G

Gaming

•  Worst Technology Ever, the Wrong Side of History
12:30pm Sheraton Austin, Creekside

Film

• Premature,
4:45pm  Ritz 1

Music

 •  The Mighty Oaks
6:00pm Embassy Suites

Party

•  SXSW V2V Backyard BBQ
3:00pm East Tent, Brush Square Park

 Other

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

SXSW Baby Podcast: Kris Krüg (SXSW Photgrapher)

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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SXSW photographer and veteran of Southby Kris Krug (@kk) talks with Ewan Spence.

Follow the SXSW Baby blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to on the ground via Twitter and @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!

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:

Interactive

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

Gaming

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

Film

• Silicon Valley
1:30pm Vimeo

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

Party

•  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

Other

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

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