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SXSW Baby Podcast: Mark Schulze and Clover

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Ewan interviews Mark Schulze from Clover, a new way for retailers to take card payments, and for developers to create relevant applications.

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.

# Posted by Ewan on March 19, 2015; Leave a Comment.
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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Thursday March 19th

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

Music Panels

•  Redefining “Radio” for the Digital Age
2:00pm ACC Room 12AB

Film

• Super Secret Screening
9:00pm Stateside

Music

• Stone Foxes
9:00pm Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

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Super Secret Screening? Stone Foxes? Radio? Why??? Find out by listening to the SXSW Baby! podcast, supported by HipChat.

# Posted by Eric on March 19, 2015; Leave a Comment.
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Sign up for SXSW Softball (Did you know about this?)

In the off chance you did not know this, SXSW concludes with a Barbeque and Softtball Tournament. Players may sign up on Thursday March 19th from 1p until 5pm and Friday March 20th, also from 1p until 5pm at Austin Convention Center (ACC) 4th floor near the Day Stage. SIGN UP!!!  DO IT!!!!!!

BBQ and Softball Tournament

The 29th annual South By Southwest Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the traditional closing social event of the SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm on Sunday, March 22.
Free for all SXSW Music and Platinum registrants!

Sunday, March 22: Schedule

11:45am First shuttle buses leave hotels
Noon-1:00pm Player check-in and warmup
12:30pm Barbecue & beer service begins
1:00pm First round games begin
2:30pm Semifinals (fields available for pick-up games)
4:00pm Championship game

Food available while it lasts – usually until about 3:30-3:45pm

Eat and Drink

The SXSW Barbecue is an authentic Texas spread, with all the trimmings (vegetarian options as well), prepared by Austin’s own Ruby’s BBQ, plus beer, water, and soft drinks.

Menu: Beef brisket, chopped beef, pork spare ribs, smoked chicken, sausage, vegetarian jambalaya, potato salad, beans, 2 varieties of coleslaw, bread, butter, pickles, onions, sauce and a variety of cookies.

Drinks: Beer, water and iced tea.

It’s free for all music and platinum registrants (one meal per badge; you MUST bring your badge), but the area is also open to the general public, with food and soft drink tickets available for sale.

Showcasing Artists: If you choose the registration packet, your artist packet envelope gets you one free barbecue meal. The area is also open to the general public, with food and soft drink tickets available for sale.

Note: For insurance reasons, we cannot sell beer to non-registrants; however, you’re welcome to bring your own (no glass containers, please).

There’s plenty of bleacher seating, three rounds of usually entertaining softball to watch, and a great chance to catch up with other registrants in a relaxed setting, and make plans for Sunday night’s closing showcases.

Play in the Softball Tournament

Any SXSW music or platinum registrant can sign up to play in the SXSW Softball Tournament. Performing artists with performing artist wristbands can sign up and play as well; one player per band, please. There are three rounds of games: quarterfinals, semifinals, and a final that starts at 4pm, with live announcers and a rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.”

We recommend you bring your own glove, if you have one, but we have a lot of loaners as well, which you can sign out with proper ID.

IMPORTANT: TO PLAY IN THE *TOURNAMENT, YOU MUST REGISTER FOR A TEAM IN ADVANCE.

Musicians
Print Media
Mixed Media
Record Companies
Agents/Managers
Clubs/Talent Buyers
(SXSW staff and SXSW volunteer teams will be filled from within)

Our tournament staff will reconfirm with you closer to the event, and is available to answer any questions you may have. In addition, there will be a Player Registration Table on the 4th floor of the Austin Convention Center, 1-5pm on Thursday and Friday during the Music Conference.

The 29th annual South By Southwest Closing Barbecue and Softball Tournament, the traditional closing social event of the SXSW week, runs from 12:30-5:30pm on Sunday, March 22nd.

Free for Artist wristbands holders and SXSW Music and Platinum registrants!

Transportation

Krieg Fields are located at 517 Pleasant Valley, about a 10-minute drive from downtown, and about 15 minutes from Austin-Bergstrom airport. SXSW will run a van shuttle between the fields and the Hyatt, Hilton and Sheraton downtown hotels, beginning around 11:45am, and running every 20 minutes or so. With advance notice, we can also take you directly to the airport from the field; please notify the softball table at the convention center if you’re going to need that.

Driving directions: From downtown, south of the river, take Riverside Drive east. Turn left on Lakeshore Blvd., a couple of blocks past I-35. Make another left on Pleasant Valley when Lakeshore dead ends, and then take the first right, at the traffic light, into the first parking lot for the Krieg Softball Complex. Follow the park road around until you can’t go any further.

Rain plan: Barbecue will be served 1-4pm, or until it runs out, at the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion on Bergman Street and Lady Bird Lake. (From the Convention Center head east on Cesar Chavez Street about 10 blocks. Turn right on Chicon and the Fiesta Gardens Pavilion is on your left two blocks before Chicon dead-ends at Lady Bird Lake.) If the weather looks iffy on Sunday morning, call the SXSW Softball Hotline, (512) 467-7979, to find out whether the game is on or not.

# Posted by Wendy K. on March 19, 2015; Leave a Comment.
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SXSW Baby Podcast: Hugh Herr’s Extreme Bionics

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Ewan interviews Hugh Herr, speaking as part of the IEEE Future of Identity series, on his research and development around ‘Extreme Bionics.’ 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.

# Posted by Ewan on March 18, 2015; Leave a Comment.
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2015 Must See Films: 24 Beats Per Second

If you enjoyed last year’s Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, then you will certainly enjoy Danny Says. Who is Danny Fields and how did he help build some of the biggest acts in music?  Go find out.

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Wednesday, March 18
4:15PM – 5:59PM Vimeo Theater

Thursday, March 19
2:30PM – 4:14PM  Satellite Venue: Marchesa

Saturday, March 21
12:00PM – 1:44PM  Alamo Lamar B

I did not get a chance to preview Landfill Harmonic, but I am intrigued. Follow and learn the story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a Paraguayan musical group that plays instruments made entirely out of garbage. Music and recycling? How can you go wrong?

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Wednesday, March 18
1:45PM – 3:09PM Alamo Ritz

Friday, March 20
4:15PM – 5:39PM  Alamo Lamar B

Saturday, March 21
11:00AM – 12:24PM  Alamo Ritz

Are you tired of listening to the same old thing? Check out Y/Our Music and add a whole new genre (or several) to your playlists! Expand your mind while watching the lush country of Thailand and her people. A treat for the eyes and ears. I am particularly fond of the Khaen and old style pin.

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Hint-That’s a Khaen!

Tuesday, March 17
1:30PM – 2:51PM Alamo Lamar A

Wednesday, March 18
6:30PM – 7:51PM  Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Thursday, March 19
7:45PM – 9:06PM  Satellite Venue: Marchesa

 

# Posted by Wendy K. on March 18, 2015; Leave a Comment.
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2015 Must See Films: Visions

Maybe you are a young girl. Maybe you know a young girl. Honeytrap is the story of a young girl becoming a woman who does not yet grasp what feminine power can be and do. Director Rebecca Johnson captures the pitfalls of growing up. Go see it!

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Friday, March 13

6:45PM – 8:18PM Violet Crown Cinema

Saturday, March 14

12:00PM – 1:33PM  Alamo Lamar CWednesday, March 18

11:00AM – 12:33PM  Rollins Theatre at The Long Center

Petting Zoo is also the story of a young woman. Set in San Antonio, love, sex and teen pregnancy are the consuming thoughts of our protagonist.

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Saturday, March 14
10:15PM – 11:45PM Violet Crown Cinema

Sunday, March 15
3:00PM – 4:30PM  Alamo Lamar C

Thursday, March 19
1:15PM – 2:45PM  Topfer Theatre at ZACH

 

Barge follows the lives of the men who work the barges of the Mississippi River, 28 days at a time. Get to know a convict, a veteran barge man and a newbie. This is their life.

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Saturday, March 14
3:00PM – 4:11PM Alamo Lamar C

⋆ Sunday, March 15
6:30PM – 7:41PM  Satellite Venue: Marchesa

⋆ Tuesday, March 17
12:00PM – 1:11PM  Satellite Venue: Alamo Slaughter

⋆ Friday, March 20
1:30PM – 2:41PM  Stateside Theatre

 

# Posted by Wendy K. on March 18, 2015; Comments Off.
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Things To Do Today at SXSW: Wednesday March 18th

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

Music Panels

•  Exposure vs. Revenue on YouTube: Must We Choose?
3:30pm ACC Room 10B

Film

• Danny Says
2:00pm Vimeo

Music

The Vaccines
11:59pm Clive Bar

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

# Posted by Eric on March 18, 2015; Comments Off.
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