A friend just asked about advice for SXSWi.
Since I am a SXSWi expert/celebrity/goddess (you get the picture, right?) I’ll generously share my reply and then some:
I could have a LOT of tips for you – First, it’s a massive conference. Expect overwhelm.
Then: Plan as best you can, and then throw the plan out the window.
Here’s a comprehensive list of events.
–> RSVP now for everything you know you want to attend, and even the stuff you are on the fence about attending. (Most events are badge &/or RSVP only).
You will not get to everything. Don’t even try. (As Lucretia Pruitt said, “SXSW is like a surfing competition – you can train all you like, but you ride the wave you get.” She was right.)
(No SXSW post from me would be complete without a message from the following sponsors. Namely, Me.)
I have an event on March 15: http://techkaraoke.eventbrite.com
I speak on March 14: http://outsourcingsocialmediaprofessionally.com
You might have fun playing the Meet-Meme SXSW scavenger hunt: http://meet-meme.com/sxsw
Down time & a good place for networking will be the Tech Set Bloggers Lounge (where you’ll want to find Derek Overbvey and ask to borrow his earbuds. Tell ‘em KBJ sent ya!) at the convention center.
But you’ll actually find out that cool kids will be here: http://bloungeatx.eventbrite.com
Connect with people you want to meet now & put them on a Twitter list and then follow them on Foursquare (this is the best way to find people).
You could follow the #SXSW or #SXSWi hashtag, I find them overwhelming now (and create my own for folks to follow… who remembers the Adventures of #KOZi?)
Bring backup power supply for all your electronics…
Take lots of PICTURES :)
(Starting to sound like Baz Luhrmann’s Sunscreen Song here. Well, you might want to do that, too.)
That’s all I got!
You could also ask smarties like:
hmmm…. what else? tips? links? share ‘em!
UPDATED: Crapola! I almost forgot. Hug @SugarJones. Get a picture with @Unmarketing wearing these bad boys :) That last one might be just for me!