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SXSW Baby Podcast: The Intermediate’s Guide To SXSW 2015

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

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In our ‘Intermediate‘ podcast guide to this year’s SXSW Festival , Ewan takes a look at ‘Five Great Places To Eat In Austin’ as well as a look at the ins and outs of the night time events of SXSW in Austin. The funky music is there, the one quick takeaway, advice, tips, and more. Listen and get yourself in an Austin state of mind before you arrive!

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.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @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: Beginner’s Guide To SXSW 2015

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

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In our ‘Beginners‘ podcast episode, Ewan takes a look at ‘Five Tips For Enjoying Panels’ as well as a look at the basics of attending SXSW in Austin. There’s some groovy background music, advice, tips, and more. If you don’t know how to get the most out of your time in Austin (or you need a refresher), have a listen.

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.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @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.

I Could Dance With You Till The Cows Come Home

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

SXSW has announced this year’s comedy line-up for the fun in March. The full repertoire of performers can be found on the website, with a mix of stand up shows, full shows, recordings, and live tapings.

Have aloof through the list at the SXSW website, with a lot of new and upcoming names (just like SXSW Music) but with the occasional big hitter in the mix (including Beth Stelling, W Kamau Bell, Glen Wool, and Katie Dippold all catching my eye.

As well as the usual gigs and podcast recordings we’ve seen in previous years, the SXSW team are recurring two love comedy specials  for subsequent broadcast. These will both take place at The North Door on Sunday March 15th.

SXSW Baby Podcast: Introducing Our 2015 Audio Coverage

Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

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With just over three weeks to go until SXSW kicks off once more, it’s time for the regular SXSW Baby! podcast to start up again. This year we’re going to build up to SXSW through a series of ‘Understanding SXSW’ podcasts. Today’s introductory podcast will explain it all (as well as introduce you to ‘Five Things That You Need To Pack In Your SXSW Bag‘), and as your trip to Austin gets closer we’ll have a ‘beginner’s level’ podcast, followed by ‘intermediate’ and then ‘expert’ tips and advice from the SXSW Baby! team.

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.

Follow the SXSW Baby! blog for more South by Southwest fun, and what we’re up to as we get ready for Austin via Twitter at @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.

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.

Reputation, dignity, and memory – A successful SXSW’er needs all of these things

Sunday, February 8th, 2015

Peter Shankman may have written his tips for enjoying SXSW back in 2012, but they remain super-relevant for the event three years later. Rather than focus on the day to day physical survival of Austin’s busiest week, he focuses on how to survive with your reputation intact. It’s mostly aimed at SXSW Interactive and the huge gamut of parties many feel the need to run through, but there are valid points for everyone, such as:

The parties are fun. Just get a glass of club soda with a slice of lime at the beginning of the event, and nurse it. Not only will you be much happier the next morning, but you’ll get to actually remember what you did at the party, who you talked to, and what you said. Perhaps more importantly, you won’t be “that guy.” I’ve been “that guy” once. Three years later, there’s still not water hot enough to wash off the shame.

…and…

Networking starts LONG before you get there. The second you register, use the beauty of social media to let the world know, and find new people who are going as well. Ask them if there’s a hashtag, then use it. You want to have at least ten new people you plan to meet over the course of the conference before you go to the conference. The rest of the people you meet will be nice bonuses. The end game for you is to come out with new contacts.

You can read all of Shankman’s wisdom here.

Get on your bike to get around Austin

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Once more, the SXSW team are working with the local Austin infrastructure to help you get around. The SXcycle program has been around on the fringes of SXSW for many years now, but the partnership with Austin B-Cycle should give it much more prominence this year.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with B-Cycle, you can essentially pick up a bike from one of many dock/stations around Austin, and cycle around for thirty minutes for free. At the end of the time, there’s a small hourly fee, or you just dock the bike at any other station to stop the clock. So yes, you can pick up a bike opposite the Long Center For Performing Arts, pedal over to Stubbs, and there’s no charge.

Well, there is the matter of a daily fee, but that’s where SXcycle comes in with its free vouchers!

From Friday, March 13th to Saturday, March 21st – 10am-8pm daily – the SXcycles depot at 604 Driskill St will hand out complementary B-cycle day pass vouchers to SXSW badgeholders. This $8 value grants attendees unlimited rides 30 minutes and under for 24 hours once activated. Each B-cycle comes with branded basket, three gear options, branded splash guard, reflectors, and built in lights. Voucher quantities are limited per day, so come early to get moving!

I found the B-Cycle station outside my hotel last year, and I never stopped peddling for SXSW week. THe vouchers are a great idea, but I’m already budgeting to sign up for all my time in Austin in advance.