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SXSW Baby Podcast: Beginner’s Guide To SXSW 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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In our ‘Beginners‘ podcast episode, Ewan takes a look at ‘Five Tips For Enjoying Panels’ as well as a look at the basics of attending SXSW in Austin. There’s some groovy background music, advice, tips, and more. If you don’t know how to get the most out of your time in Austin (or you need a refresher), have a listen.

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.

Hands Free in Austin This Year

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

For all the out-of-towners coming to SXSW (and there are a few I imagine) you should know that the City of Austin has passed a new ordinance *banning* the use of mobile devices while operating a motor vehicle or bike.

I know you are all thinking, “WHAT?! How am I supposed to update my lunch pic to Twitter/Facebook/Snapchat/Foursquare/My FoodPr0n site?”

It’s go hands free. I admit I have been guilty of near constant use of my mobile device (my nose print is etched in the screen), but have discovered the “Hey Siri” functionality while charging is very handy to have the AI read my messages and allow me to dictate replies while having both hands on the wheel.

Here is an excerpt from the ordinance below, full deets can be found here

Unless using a hands-free system such as Bluetooth or headphones, or a GPS system, use of portable devices while driving a car or operating a bike will be a citable offense beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

As defined in Ordinance No. 20140828-041, portable electronic device means a hand-held,

  • Mobile telephone
  • personal digital assistant
  • MP3 or other hand-held music player
  • electronic reading device
  • laptop computer
  • pager
  • broadband personal communication device
  • GPS or navigation system
  • electronic gaming device
  • portable computing device

Hand-held cell phone use is permitted in the event of an emergency such calling 9-1-1 or 3-1-1 to report a crime or an accident. Even in an emergency situation, it is best to pull over and come to a complete stop before using or operating any mobile or hand-held device.

The fine can be up to $500, so either curtail your use while driving or budget for the fine.

Big Names Take To The Stage For SXSW Interactive Set Pieces

Monday, February 9th, 2015

More names front he SXSW Interactive team today as they pull out the big guns in the featured speakers line-up. The names include Eric Schmidt (Google’s Chairman), Biz Stone (Twtter, Square, and Odeo), The Winklevoss twins (currently working on Bitcoin exchanges), Gigi Sohn (Special Counsel at the FCC), Pete Cashmore (Mashable), and more.

I always find ‘the big names’ at SXSW to be interesting discussion points. Nobody gets to these exhausted positions without having some smart ideas and the ability to action those visions. But they will also be aware that they don’t want to slip up or make any public mistakes. So the talks announced today are going to be very high level, no doubt educational, but if you want your SXSW experience to be a little less… scripted… look for the smaller panels and catch the big set pieces on the streaming replays or hashtags.

The great thing is that SXSW can accommodate both extremes of talks, from the energetic and rowdy debates to the fireside chats – and both could make or break a career or two.

Reputation, dignity, and memory – A successful SXSW’er needs all of these things

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Peter Shankman may have written his tips for enjoying SXSW back in 2012, but they remain super-relevant for the event three years later. Rather than focus on the day to day physical survival of Austin’s busiest week, he focuses on how to survive with your reputation intact. It’s mostly aimed at SXSW Interactive and the huge gamut of parties many feel the need to run through, but there are valid points for everyone, such as:

The parties are fun. Just get a glass of club soda with a slice of lime at the beginning of the event, and nurse it. Not only will you be much happier the next morning, but you’ll get to actually remember what you did at the party, who you talked to, and what you said. Perhaps more importantly, you won’t be “that guy.” I’ve been “that guy” once. Three years later, there’s still not water hot enough to wash off the shame.


Networking starts LONG before you get there. The second you register, use the beauty of social media to let the world know, and find new people who are going as well. Ask them if there’s a hashtag, then use it. You want to have at least ten new people you plan to meet over the course of the conference before you go to the conference. The rest of the people you meet will be nice bonuses. The end game for you is to come out with new contacts.

You can read all of Shankman’s wisdom here.

New for 2015: SX Health and MedTech Expo

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

New this year in the ever expanding SXSW universe is the SX Heath and MedTech Expo.

Taking place March 16th-17th in the new J.W. Marriott, the Expo “will incorporate the same ideals of SXSW Interactive, promoting creativity, innovation and collaboration, and will feature over 60 exhibiting companies from around the world that are pushing the limits of healthcare technology.”

This event will build on past Health and Med Tech programming and offers more specialization with regard to the growing industries.

Dates: March 16-17, 2015
Hours: 11:00am-6:00pm
Location: 2nd Floor Exhibition Hall, JW Marriott Hotel

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.

Get Your [SXSW] App On

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Tying in with your SXsocial account and all the planning you have been doing with the SXSW.com scheduler, the SXSW Go mobile app has been updated for 2015 and is now available to download from your online app stores.

McKenzie Jones, for SXSW:

SXSW Go allows you to browse our lineup and create your personal schedule, then log in to sync it with your other devices. You can also interact with other attendees by virtually participating in events, locating venues, getting directions and activating your SXSocial account to network and connect with friends!

New this year in the app is the “Around Me” feature, which shows which venues are around you, what’s happening at each, and which of your SXSocial contacts are nearby. Join a session discussion with other attendees and participate in real-time audience polls with SessionLive, now with more sessions for 2015. For a full list of features, check out the Mobile Guide.

Download the iOS or Android versions now.