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Top Tips For Perfect Pitches In Austin

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Under a month to go, and no doubt many of you who are preparing sessions, presentations, and company pitches are needing a bit of reassurance. In which case Bicad Media has put together a set of top tips to create a great pitch at SXSW.

If you are an early stage startup, SXSW Accelerator is perhaps, the brightest spotlight that can shine on your product. Crafting an exceptional pitch deck for SXSW is a great beginning and a game well-begun is half won already. As the designers of the 2015 SXSW’s winning pitch deck, here are some vital insights BICAD offers for startups looking to crushing it this season:

You might also think about how these apply to the other pitch made at SXSW… when you ‘pitch’ yourself in the hallways, bars, clubs, and queues of the event. Always be ready to bring your ‘I’m brilliant!’ game.

Content From The Donut King

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

Friend of the Parish David Dylan Thomas (and the man behind ‘Dunk Donuts With Dave’) will be speaking at SXSW Interactive this year, and while The Baby! staff have a bit of an in-built bias, Thomas knows his stuff… and he’s a superb entertainer as well as an educator.

Content strategy is a plan that uses content to achieve a goal. It’s important because a lot of people are asking for it, but very few really know what it is. This is an opportunity to learn a skill that is in high demand.

Learn what it takes to practice content strategy. We’ll look at case studies and examples to illustrate what content strategy is and the types of problems a content strategist aims to solve as well as the deliverables one typically produces. Primarily, we’ll learn by doing, working through exercises to build a content strategy that will use content to align user goals and business goals in a sustainable, scalable way.

More details on the talk at SXSW, where you can star the talk with your SXSW Profile and be reminded about it when you hit the ground in Austin… because you do have the SXSW Go app, don’t you?

Last Call for Vols

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Hey Babies!
Welcome to a new year of SXSW!!!

If you have ever wanted to volunteer for SXSW-now is the perfect time. Hour requirements to gain perks have been lessened, so it is easier to earn a badge.

Last vol call for this year is…

FEBRUARY 6th, from 3p to 6p, at Austin Convention Center (ACC).

Head here to get all the info you need.

Keep checking back here for more news, Babies! Till next time…

SXSW Volunteer Call is Sunday January 24th

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Want to get access to SXSW events for free? Want to meet great folks and make lifelong friends? Consider volunteering for SXSW!

Every year SXSW recruits a veritable army of volunteers, thousands of them to help setup, run and break down all the events, shows, and parties that comprise the South by Southwest experience.

To meet their goal they hold a Volunteer Call in January each year where you can go and meet the crews, learn more about the responsibilities and time commitments and what perks you can earn.

Volunteer Call Dates and Times
January 24, 2016
3PM to 5PM
Austin Convention Center, Ballroom ABC

This year they have made changes to some details:

- New volunteer types – All-Conference & Music Festival Volunteer

All-Conference Volunteers can schedule hours anytime throughout the 10 days of the SXSWeek, March 11-20, 2016, and be on up to 2 crews. When available, returning All Conference Volunteers may work some of their hours during SXSWedu, March 7-10. All-Conference Volunteers work hours toward a perk of their choice.

Music Festival Volunteers work on ONE crew during the nights of the SXSW Music Festival, March 15-20. Most Music Festival Volunteers must be age 21+. Music Festival Volunteers earn their perks based on the number of hours worked.

- All crews work hours towards perks (no shifts) In the past Conference crews tracked how many hours they worked, while Music Crews tracked whole shifts. This change makes things easier to understand and is more fair.

- New perk requirements (Much fewer hours required!)

Hours                      Perk Reward
24 – 47 hours            VOLUNTEER SXSWedu BADGE, or 2 SXSW VOLUNTEER T-SHIRTS
48 – 63 hours            VOLUNTEER GOLD or MUSIC BADGE
64 hours or more     VOLUNTEER PLATINUM BADGE (reserved for Returning Volunteers)

- No Conference Crew Walk-thru (this was always a Bataan Death March through the Convention Center)
- Shorter Pre-event Meetings
- Easier sign-up process for Out of Town Volunteers

SXSW also takes Out of town volunteers, so even if you’re not from the area, go check out volunteer.sxsw.com to learn more.

Convergence: Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some” Premiere & Panel

Monday, January 11th, 2016

A small snippet in the recent Interactive Featured Speaker announcement mentioned that Richard Linklater’s “Everybody Wants Some” premiere (and related panel) is part of the SXSports which is a Convergence track. This means anyone with an Interactive badge can attend, along with Film, Gold, and Platinum badges.


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!