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SXSW Interactive, Year End Wrap Up

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Let’s be honest, Interactive is the daddy of SXSW now. Outselling Music in 2011, it’s going to be huge in 2012. That’s not without issue, both in terms of hotel beds being sold out, and the campus approach to get in as many talks as possible. With the decision to “go big” this was always going to happen – and you’ve either planned your SXSW Interactive trip already, or you’ll need to be inventive to find some room at the Inn.

Because it’s shaping up to be a great Interactive in terms of keynotes and talks. Baratunde Thurston was already locked in, but his recent activity with “Poor Black Kid” is going to make his opening keynote even more interesting and dynamic. Joining him at the keynote table will be Amber Case (a cyborg anthropolgist), Ray Kurzweil (who’s just smart in ways you would not believe), and Jennifer Pahlka (the exec director of Code for America).

Around 900 proposals have already been accepted, and the main SXSW site has grouped them (by the 13 campus sites around Austin, and therefore by a rough topic) for you to start planning a rough schedule for during the day.

And of course the parties – the major and official parties are locked in, from the traditional crush of Mix at Six and the Opening Party on Friday and Saturday, to the combined Film and Interactive Fusion Party (Sunday) and the Interactive Awards on the Tuesday.

SXSW Interactive starts on Friday March 9th, but expect the early crowds to arrive the day before on Thursday and set up camp in all the old haunts… which will be re-discovered as the new haunts by all those attending their first Interactive.


Panel Picker round up: Cathy’s Cattle Call

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

A veteran of many SXSW weeks, Cathy Brooks has a general “here’s some cool stuff” post on her blog that could all do with a vote on the Panel Picker:

I’ve been pleased this year to see, or rather to not see, such excessive crowing across social media. Oh sure, I’ve seen plenty of folks promote their sessions, but the tenor this year seems to be almost, dare I say, mature. Perhaps it’s because SXSW is growing up. Perhaps it’s because those who attend & participate are. More likely I think it’s due to thoughtful voices, like that of CC Chapman, who have made a point to educate and inform people about the best practices for SXSW and help guide neophytes towards behavior that ultimately serves the overall SXSW community far better.

And if you feed any community a sparkling diet, they’ll pay you back in kind, somewhere down the line. So head over to Cathy’s choices, and get voting. You have until midnight Austin time to make your mark on 30% of the final score for all the panels!