Geek Smack! 218: The Road to SXSW

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The road to SXSW is happening, so going to burn out this show as soon as possible, for I have a ton of work to do in the next 72 hours before I board a plane. It’s a beautiful day, so I am hoping to get some outdoor time, too.

 

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Geek Smack! Topic of the Week: SXSW Preview

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Going to SXSW

Today, we look at the big show – South by SouthWest, aka SXSW is starting this Friday the 9th, and goes to the 18th. SXSW Interactive, or SXSWi, for the tech crowd, SXSW Film and SXSW Music.

This will be my first SXSW show, and I am pumped to see what is going to happen. I still don’t have a ticket, but I hear there is a lot to do outside SXSW. Nonetheless, I am going to soak up as much SXSW as I can.

Still, I plan for if I was going in there. SXSW has a lot of sessions, but I am hoping to get into the expo hall and talk with a lot of startups. Learn about the new products and gadgets coming out.

Some sessions I hope to get into include Richard Garriot’s Continuing Space Mission, How to Read the World by Baratunde Thurston, Frank Abagnale’s Catch Me if you Can, A Carlin Home Companion with Kelly Carlin, Jeffrey Tambor’s Acting Workshop, Jason Fall’s Social Media Comes of Age without the Help of Porn, Beer and Bots with Dean Kamen and Maywa Denki, and a bunch more sessions.

Some of the parties in the evening include TechKaraoke, Mashable SXSW, FormSpring, GeekyBeach party and more. I am also going to attend my friend Wesley’s company – SnoBall party. Of course, I will be bringing the video camera and trying to get as much footage as possible.


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