Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bottoms Up! - SXSW Part 1

What is interesting about the whole SXSW experience is looking back and remembering and seeing what really you remember.  It's a little foggy! :)
One of the big reasons why people go to SXSW is for the parties.  I have been to other conferences and this is unlike anything that I have ever seen before.  Basically the conferences start around 9 am and goes through out the day.  There are many different companies that set up tents/trailers and loungers all over down town Austin with free booze and goodies.  ( I am a sucker for swag.  Give me a paperclip with a company logo and I am so there. lol).
Then at night the parties happen, and most have free booze and amazing bands and tons of people.  I have never been to a conference where you meet SVPs, CEOS, co-founders etc and they listen to your elevator pitch of whatever you do.  This is a photo of the amount of business cards I received and all the amazing and talented people I met.
I also have never seen so many smart people in one space- in fact I felt a little dumb. lol.  Also this is the largest this portion of the conference that it has ever been.  It was a ZOO!  It was a complete zoo from going to the talks and staying out till 3:00 am every night.  I felt like a 21er all over again.  (Don't judge me, yes I was that crazy but that was a long time ago.. well maybe I am still a little crazy.) I have no voice, but I am so thrilled about the over all experience. 

11 comments:

Angela said...

SXSW sounds amazing!! I really want to go one day!

I just got all caught up on your blog and I think the business portion will be a great addition!! I look forward to learning what you have to teach - I also love to learn new things-

(and yes, you need flowers more than twice a year)

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Brenna [fabuleuxdestin] said...

how fun!!

the southern hostess said...

I'm so jealous! Sounds like a great time.

Happy Little Trees Studio said...

Sounds like it was great!

♡Shayla♡ said...

oh, man. I very much wanted to be at sxsw this year!

too bad.

at least I can live vicariously through you!

Tee, Passports and Postcards said...

That sounds like a lot of fun! I've only heard about the music and movie festival, so this is a pretty cool opportunity for business/creative people.

Are you ready for HK? I've never had bugs before but the ones I've seen are small and look crunchy like chips. The ones in China, on the other hand, where HUGE and I don't think they'll have quite the same texture. Some people like it so I'm sure it's not that bad.

Dave said...

So much energy and creativity in one place...what fun!! It's like you just want to stand there and soak it all in!!! I presented at a tech conference a number of years ago in Seattle...reading your comments reminded me of the buzz I felt just being there!

Diana Mieczan said...

It sounds really fun and I love those photos. Enjoy your day, my dear
Kisses

Ps: I’m hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY today! You can win 5 cool art posters!

Red Hill General Store said...

Sounds like you had a great experience! Never been to SXSW, but you definitely make it sound tempting!

Jenn @ Live Love Life Now! said...

Loved the pictures!! I can imagine that the SXSW conference is a little different from the ones that corporations throw...but it sounds like so much fun :)

Free music, food and swag? What isn't there to love?!