There and back again, a SXSW and BarCampAustinIII Tale

March 11, 2008 • 0 comments

Last weekend was great, more like all sorts of awesomeness. It was my first SXSW and it left an interesting impression. The panels, the trade show, Screenburn… all were really exciting and I had a blast. Not to mention Austin, TX is a pretty cool place sans the traffic and the horribly maintained streets.

SXSW

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SXSW as an event itself was quite the experience; the immense geek aura that emitted from the Austin Convention Center could be seen miles away, the countless people drinking coffee in the morning, and alcohol in the evening was a humorous sight. Inside the convention center, the geek vibe was at its peek, laptops, blackberrys, iPhones/iPods, OLPCs, etc… the amount of technology inside and the potentially cancerous waves of wireless frequencies were a not only a turnoff but an avoidable necessity. I cant remember how many times having WiFi access saved us. The amount of walking also got annoying fast. Although the massive legos section was pretty tempting but I didn’t have time to build that time machine.

One of the highlights of SXSW was the Mark Zuckerberg keynote. Suffice to say, it was pretty brutal, for Sarah Lacy that is. During the entire interview the crowed was not pleased with they way she seemed to interview herself and not Mark. It got so bad she decided to open it up for questions and have a “digg like mob rule”. One of the audience members asked

Other than rough interviews, what are some of the biggest challenges Facebook faces?

It got a lot worse throughout the interview, you can find more information all across the web.

BarCamp Austin III

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BarCamp Austin III was held at the magnificent GSD&M | idea city building about a mile from SXSW. We walked in greeted by friendly faces and whurly putting bands on everyone’s wrists. BarCamp just had a different energy about it, more lax yet at the same time more productive for example the iPhoneDevCamp had been working for about 12 hours straight. Towards the end, there was live entertainment and the unicorn made another appearance there.

Michael Cummings showed up shortly after with some crazy equipment to take some really awesome pictures. That ring light was amazing. As you know the theBelafonte designed the badges and the shirts… but did you see the truck design! Now that is “all sorts of awesomeness”!

See you all again for BarCampAustin4 and SXSWi 2009!

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