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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.

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!

SXSW Baby Podcast: Rick Silvestrini (CreativeLive)

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

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Creative Live’s VP of Content Rick Silvestrini (www.creativelive.com) talks about online learning and the social classroom 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!

SXSW Baby Podcast: Andrew D’Souza (Bionym)

Friday, March 7th, 2014

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Bionym (www.bionym.com) President Andrew D’Souza talks about identity via your heartbeat 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!

Announcing the 7th SXSW Baby Social Breakfast

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Okay, so a little bit last minute, but hey, isn’t that the Southby way? Now the Baby! team have landed in Austin, and everyone has been asking if we’re organising our regular breakfast on the Saturday morning of Interactive at Magnolia Cafe (South Congress), I guess we’d better make it official.

This year’s ‘SXSW Social Breakfast‘ will be on Saturday March 8th, starting at 8am at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. Everyone is welcome, and the SXSW Baby! team will be there so make sure to say hi!

A big thank you as always to the staff at Magnolia, who’ll be opening up the patio area early for the Social Breakfast so you can all mingle, meet old friends, make new ones, and set yourself up for the rest of the day. If you’re keen to get back to the Convention Center, most folk are finished by nine and there’s a local bus that will take us all back to town in time for the first morning sessions.

You can RSVP on Facebook.

Also, if you run one of the many ‘we’ll sign you up to all the parties at SXSW for $10′ services, please do not add the Breakfast. It’s unrealistic to have 4,000 people on an RSVP list for an intimate event like this (as we have had in previous years). We like to have an honest idea of who is turning up, rather than who the RSVP has been sold to.

20×2 asks "What’s the last thing you remember?" for 2014

Sunday, March 2nd, 2014

Another stalwart of the evening entertainment at SXSW Interactive is Saturday night’s 20×2 event. The format is simple – the team ask twenty people the same question, and they are each given two minutes on stage. No restrictions on style, presentation, or methods, are given.

If you’ve not been along before, you’re going to find a wild night of entertainment, inventiveness, excitement, adventure, and a theremin (well there was one last year)…

It all goes down at Elysium (7th and Red River) from 7pm on Saturday March 8th. SXSW badge holders get in for free, for everyone else it’s a $10 cover charge.

The speaker list (but not the runnig order) can be found at 20×2.org.

See you there?

Ready to spend ten grand to promote at SXSW Interactive?

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Once upon a time you needed just $100 to rock a launch at SXSW. Then it was $1000. Now the going rate in an article headline to launch a brand new service at SXSW is $10,000, as Posse explains over on the New York Times blog:

Last year, I went back to SXSW to introduce Posse, a social network that helps users see their friends’ recommendations for places to go. Technology companies now use the conference as a platform to capture the world’s media in a bid to be the next big thing. Like many top bands, Twitter and Foursquare got their big breaks as start-ups at SXSW.

With the conference season here again, thousands of entrepreneurs will head to SXSW, TechCrunch Disrupt, Launch and a myriad of other trade shows and exhibitions that showcase products and services. But with so many competitors and limited resources, how can one start-up stand out?

Find out all their advice here.