30+ Handy Resources for SXSW interactive

Visit our stand at SXSW 2009 Digital Mission

The first time I went to South by South West interactive, the sheer volume of events was over-whelming. A predictably hurried decision to go left little time for any proper planning and the show whizzed by.

sxswi parties - sunday night by Liz HenryAccording to Aaron Brazell, second time out, the event should be an endless round of conference sessions, meetings and partying networking. As part of the Digital Mission, featuring 35 of the UK's hottest digital companies, our group will number nearly 100. For more Brit-related shenanigans, keep an eye out for Rebecca Caroe's cunning plan.

With that in mind, a little preparation may go a long way. I've been collecting handy links for the last couple of weeks, and here's a compendium of over 30 resources that'll help make the SXSW experience tip-top. If you've got others to add, drop me a line or leave a comment below...

Official

It's worth spending a little time on my.SXSW. I found the navigation a little tricky, but there's some very handy features in there. I'm not quite sure how well the SXSW-only Twitter-like functionality will work, but the advanced user search is really useful for finding contacts by name, industry, company, etc across all the SXSW festivals.

Note that advanced search is only available on the homepage of my.SXSW. The site also features a full list of panels, as you'd expect, select a few you fancy popping along to, and they'll show up in your public profile (here's mine).

Who's Going?

Panel Planning & Scheduling

Maps

Party Info

or..."Yes, that's right the Iron Cactus is an unusual name for a business centre. I was, <cough>, networking". Don't forget to check out Gary's Guide to SXSW and Sched*SXSW for listings info.

A couple of unofficial parties that are worth watching out for:

Twitter

Where would we be without the little blue birdy...there's probably heaps of people to add here, so do let me know.

How-To's

Social

Austin, TX

You've come all this was for SXSW, but there's a whole city out there. And bats (I kid you not).

So, that's plenty to get stuck into. If you're not part of the Digital Mission, don't forget to check out our Expo stand (look for the mahoosive British flag). We'll be dishing out drinks and snacks as part of the SXSW Block Party on Sunday, 15th March between 4-6pm.

Plus, we're bringing the authentic British breakfast to Austin, with our networking event, the Great British Breakfast on Tue 17th March, between 10am and midday at Old Pecan Street Café. RSVP now and meet the cream of the UK's digital scene. See you there!

In the likely event I've missed off people, links, guides, etc - samatchinwag [dot] com (subject: Info%20for%20SXSWi%20blog) (drop me an email), Tweet or add a comment below, thanks.

[Pic courtesy of Liz Henry]

Comments

About my.SXSW

A couple small clarifications about my.SXSW.

In order for people to see your schedule you need to be following them and they need to follow you back (mutually following). Same goes for seeing a persons email, phone number, etc.

This is conceptually similar to how with Twitter you need to be mutually following each other in order to send direct messages.

Speaking of Twitter, the my.SXSW is a Twitter client! You can link your accounts so that messages posted on the my.SXSW are also posted to Twitter.

Great article, hope to see you in Austin.

Mike Buckbee Lead Developer The Social Collective

Thanks Michael. Swing by

Thanks Michael.

Swing by the Digital Mission stand in the Expo Hall and say 'hi', be good to meet you.

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