10 Tips for Attending SXSW
Last year we went to South by Southwest (SXSW)…and presented during SXSWi (the interactive component but more about that in another post). If you don’t know, SXSW is a 9-day conference in Austin, Texas, that covers topics surrounding music, film, education, and emerging technologies.
During our 3-day stay we walked aimlessly around the city, tried weird foods, waited in the longest lines ever for concerts, and basically had one of the best times in our lives. And we want you to do the same at this years festival with these 10 SXSW tips we wish we would have had as we prepared for last years festival.
1. Breakfast tacos. Eat as many of these as you can because breakfast tacos are the most delicious.
2. Plan, plan, plan. Plan each of your days or you’ll miss sessions you want to see, parties you should be at, or spend all of your time walking around Austin.
3. Food trucks. Austin has over 1000 food trucks. And we’re not talking sad hot dogs. We’re talking BBQ, donuts, Asian fusion, and more. Check out the Austin Food Trucks website for a complete list of trucks in Austin.
4. Tote bag/purse. You will be handed so much swag and you’ll need to put it somewhere. Don’t get caught trying to jam things in your pockets or leave it behind because you don’t have anywhere to put it.
5. Swag. Speaking of swag, take it all. Every single thing someone gives to you. Pens, business cards, tote bags. Take it all home with you and then sort through it.
6. Hydrate. Be sure to drink plenty of water to balance out the plenty of booze you will get yourself into.
7. Pedicabs. These will be lifesaving. They are cheap, faster than walking, and a fun way to see the city.
8. Comfy kicks. If you plan on
attending standing in line for a concert, movie screening, or just walking everywhere, you are going to need a comfy pair of kicks. Lines are long, buildings are far away, and walking is inevitable.
9. Network. There are people here you are going to want to meet and get in front of. DO IT. Don’t be shy, throw some ‘bows to make you way to these said individuals. Be sure to carry plenty of business cards and ask for business cards from these peeps. Also be sure to follow-up with then once you return home.
10. Party hard. Yes, you’re at SXSW to learn, but some of the best lessons and connections happen at the parties. So get your name on every party list you can even if you know you can’t go. Because there ain’t no party like a SXSW party and a SXSW party don’t stop.
And remember, keep Austin weird!
Check out more about our adventure at SXSW and all the delicious food we ate while we were in Austin.