My SXSW Interactive, Film and Music Experience


Oh, I should write more, shouldn’t I.

Well, this being my 500th post on this here blog, I think I will. I can’t believe I have written that much.

SXSW is a conference (or play?) in three acts: Interactive, Film and Music.

I didn’t have my lovely Canon 5d Mark ii because it had a software error, that Canon fixed graciously, it just took two weeks.  The two weeks I was gone in Austin.  All pictures below are from my iPhone.

Decemberists during their encore at Stubbs.
Decemberists during their encore at Stubbs.


People that come to Interactive are the people undermining the business models of Film and Music.

(Accessibility * randomness) + drinks + ideas + bands – ego + Austin + gadgets.  Pretty much the formula.

This year featured some real knock out panels.  I have written about the Yes Spec Is Evil panel, but there were so many other panels worth noting.

Alex Bogusky, who I worked about 20 feet from when I was at CP+B, spoke on a new project, Bcycle.  I would love for this to take off.

Other highlights included: The Ecosystem of News, Change v2, The Hyper Island Way: Learn Creative Group Dynamics, HOWTO: 149 Surprising Ways to Turbocharge Your Blog With Credibility!, Design for the Wisdom of Crowds, Making Whuffie: Raising Social Capital in Online Communities, Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business and Policy Trainwreck: How Copyright Law Failed the Digital Age.

If you read an article such as “South By Southwest is a Pointless Party” it should make you laugh (how many times can you spot Becca Camp in the background of the photos?).

Thinking about it, SXSW was the only party I have ever been to that had a purpose.


I only saw two films.  The first was brilliant documentary called Strongman.  Really well done but was about a half our too long (131 minutes I believe).

The other film was RiP: A Remix Manifesto which has been released for everyone to remix.

I would highly recommend this film. Trailer is below.

Next year I need to make sure to watch a few more films.  It is really a nice break from the hectic panels and parties.


By this point, I was looking into meetings for drinking this many days in a row.  Thankfully, fewer parties were hosted bar, and I reduced drinking down substantially.  Thankfully.

I saw a dream lineup of bands.  Over four days I saw at least a half a set of 36 bands.  My big memories:

SXSW Music at Stubbs

Those were the stand out bands that I saw.


BrightKite was out in full force, as was Foodzie, who were hand making smores on the streets to anyone wearing a Foodzie button.  They also had bacon suckers.  No joke.

Foodzie at SXSW
Foodzie at SXSW

My favorite tweets from the event:

  • A recent survey of metallica fans says that there better not be any hipsters in here. #sxsw
  • Most concert attendees have ear plugs. Except that one old dude giving the “turn it up” sign. #sxsw
  • Still mass AT&T problems in Austin.
  • I miss the #Sxsw geeks. The hipsters have taken over the town. Anyone up for a battle?
  • crazy brits made my night. @paulcarr crew is always welcome. Well, unless that bouncer wants to break you, in which case, your on your own.

I’m now slowly going through the stack of business cards, following up with all the great people I met.

Next year, I am taking a break between Interactive and Music.  A day is needed to decompress.

A huge thank you to the staff at SXSW, another amazing year.

ps. Hugh Forrest for mayor

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3 responses to “My SXSW Interactive, Film and Music Experience”

  1. Kath Avatar

    I still remember the time I picked you up from DIA after your first SxSW. You were excitedly speechless. Then raved about it for the next hour.

    I always love your perspective on events, and this post is no exception.

    Congrats on #500…thanks for blogging so well about life a la Hyde.

  2. Emily Avatar

    nice work my friend.
    how about moving your blog over to tumblr so i can follow you? just a suggestion.
    and watch where you charge your phone.

  3. Emily Avatar

    nice work my friend.
    how about moving your blog over to tumblr so i can follow you? just a suggestion.
    and watch where you charge your phone.

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