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SXSW Baby Podcast: Mark Schulze and Clover

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

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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.

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.

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.