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Just How Important Is SXSW To Austin?

Friday, September 18th, 2015

The simple answer is “about two-thirds of a Superbowl”, according to the annual Business Impact Survey commissioned by SXSW and put together by Greyhill Advisors. Chad Swiatecki writing for the Austin Business Journal looks at the report and pulls out the numbers:

The economic impact directly attributed to official SXSW events was $211 million, with the remainder in economic impact being generated by the tourism and cultural activities at the fringe. In terms of media exposure for Austin, the festival generated $90.6 million worth of media coverage. More than 60,000 hotel room nights were booked during the festival.

Growth in terms of income was up 0.7%, but the actual growth of three three main strands was higher, with Interactive up 3.1%, Film up 8%, and music up 8.2%, in terms of attendance. SO Austin has more people coming, but the gains are a bout more marginal.

Still worth it, Austinites?

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?


Wednesday, August 12th, 2015


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:

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.

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

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

Free and Open to the Public

God bless us all. Every One!

And you can register for SXSW 2016… Now!

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

It’s time for the diehards to buy their badges for March next year, because  SXSW 2016 is now open for badge business and you can register for the 2016 Conferences. Given the smaller conferences springing up around the core three, the registration page has a handy chart as to what you can go to with each badge. That’s definitely worth a look of you are only taking in one or two of the main events.

Prices, as always, are on a sliding scale, with benefits to buying your badge as early as possible. Walk-up rates are available right up until the end of the Conference, but be honest, if you know you are definitely coming, then now is the time to buy a (non-refundable) badge.

thru Sept 21 thru Oct 3 thru Nov 20 thru Jan 15 thru Feb 12 Walk up
$1345 $1425 $1495 $1575 $1645 $1745
$1025 $1125 $1225 $1295 $1395 $1495
Music $650 $695 $725 $750 $795 $895
Film $525 $550 $575 $625 $650 $695
Interactive $825 $925 $1025 $1095 $1195 $1295

Oh and if you were looking for the best hotel rooms, the chances are that the main hotels next to the Austin Convention Center are, as usual, going to sell out incredibly quickly, so if you;re sure, and you know you are, then now is the time.


Things To Do Today at SXSW: Monday March 23rd

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

•  Really, Go home!

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


Things To Do Today at SXSW: Saturday March 21st

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

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

Music Panels

•  Power Networking in the Music Business
3:30pm ACC Room 17a


• 808
3:45pm Vimeo


• Blacklist Royals
11:00pm Soho Lounge

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Why did we choose these sessions, films, and bands?  Find out by listening to the SXSW Baby! podcast, supported by HipChat.