It is with an inordinate amount of geeky pride that I start my first blog post with the following statement: I have finally attended SXSW.
Preparations for this weekend of legend started several weeks ago. My coworker shared her schedule with me, as an example of how many events I should register for in the same time slot. She also suggested that I wear sneakers and dress in layers. A good friend shared maps, plans and lists that he made from previous visits to Austin. He also recommended that I purchase both an external power source and a cool multi-outlet that includes USB slots.
I built my schedule five or six events deep for each time slot. I RSVP’d “YES” to every event invite that came my way. I registered for multiple lounges, not knowing how many sponsored shelters I would need to try before I’d find a place to recharge myself and my Mophie.
And so, I descended into Austin.
First things first: Food. My coworker, Erin, steered us to Iron Cactus, where we had an amazing meal. (Please note that I am not a food blogger!)
Next on the agenda: Parties. We started at a wine-tasting, hosted by TrackMaven. There was a selfie-stick, and … well …
Credit: Geoff Livingston
We talked, we shmoozed, we laughed. Then we headed to 6th Street for another party. There, we found a massive crowd, a dance floor covered in black lights, and glowing dancers hanging from trapezes. Somehow, it became 1 AM and I excused myself.
First Full Day at SXSW!
My first morning consisted of:
- Breakfast tacos at the WeDC House
- Networking at the Beaconfire Lounge
- Figuring out what I was going to attend that morning
- Getting completely lost in the Austin Convention Center
- Ultimately going to a session on drones and archeology
- Realizing that a session on Women and Digital Literacy was taking place at the same time
- Sneaking out of the first session to get into the second
And then, it was time for lunch.