Ultimate Guide to SXSW Interactive

SXSW 2008

South by Southwest is better known for its now famous annual music festival, but they’ve expanded over time and now it’s also one of the best web conferences around. Since our producers are old hats at this, we asked the Daily Idea research team to dig up the best tips to create the Ultimate Guide to South by Southwest Interactive.

Special thanks to Scott Beale from Laughing Squid for many great photos we used in this video and a great list of links on his site.

Primary Links
SXSW Interactive 2008 – the official website
SXSW Videos – the latest videos from SXSW (watch Daily Idea here)
SXSW Tools – web resources for SXSW attendees
SXSW Baby! – the unofficial SXSW blog
SXSW Tweeps – a wiki for Twitter users

Written Guides
Airbag Guide to SXSW – Greg Storey’s veteran roundup
Beginner’s Guide to SXSW – John Phillip’s guide for newbies
SXSW ‘08 Insider’s Guide – tips and advice from fellow SXSW attendees
Rohdesign’s SXSW Roundup – nice list of links and first timer’s lookEvents
Evening Events at SXSW Interactive – official SXSW Interactive events
Unofficial Evening Event list – Adactio’s event list integrated with Google Maps
SXSW Events & Parties – all events tagged “sxsw” on Upcoming
16bit SXSW Interactive 2008 Party – Laughing Squid is a co-sponsor
BarCamp Austin III – the unconference companion to SXSW
Kick! 2008 – SXSW Interactive’s unofficial, informal kickball kickoff
dorkbot-austin at SXSW – a convergence of art of technology
The Heather Gold Show: Opting Out – Laughing Squid is a co-sponsor
Fray Day 8 – the annual personal storytelling event
The People Powered Party – Moo Cards, Etsy, Timbuk2 and Threadless
The Bigg Digg Shindigg – Digg’s big closing night party
Austin 360’s Party List – Great list of parties for SXSWi and for Music
Geeks Love Bowling – Hit the bowling lanes with other geeks, March 9

Miscellaneous
Geek SXSW T-Shirts – Smith Magazine’s Collection of Geek Tees
SegCity – Segway tours around Austin
Photo Groups – All SXSW Flickr groups you can join
Flickr SXSW photos sorted by tags – SXSW, SXSWi, SXSW Interactive
Twitter posts by keyword – SXSWi, SXSW, SXSW Interactive
Austinist – local group blog all about Austin
Taco Town – More than you’ll ever want to know about tacos
Restaurants – City Search’s list of all local food joints

Daily Idea Twitter links for SXSW
Daily Idea – Show news
Nikki Key – Host
Jason Falls – Writer/Director
Todd Earwood – Producer

FULL TRANSCRIPT

Howdy, I’m Nikki Key and the Daily Idea is headed to TEXAS!

For regular geeks, tech conferences are a dime a dozen, but if you’re a WEB geek, and we are, South By Southwest Interactive is THE place to be each March.

South by Southwest is better known for its now famous annual music festival, but they’ve expanded over time and now it’s also one of the best web conferences around. Since our producers are old hats at this, we asked the Daily Idea research team to dig up the best tips to create the Ultimate Guide to South by Southwest Interactive.

According to the research team, all types of good-to-know folks attend this event. You’ll run across developers, designers, photographers, podcasters , authors, consultants, entrepreneurs, web stars and even a few corporate suits. C’mon, he’s not a suit… yet.

With all these great people in one place, hour first tip is to meet new people! I know some of us like communicating online but why not actually MEET your online friends in person. And don’t be afraid to approach the big name guys either. The great thing about this event is everyone is approachable and if they’re not … well tell the world on Twitter.

Ahh yes… Twitter. In 2007, this micro-blogging service started its love affair with South By Southwest and blew up in Austin. Be sure to follow the new friends you made like us and follow those you want to meet.

We’re positive Twitter will bring that beat back to Austin. Seriously…be patient with the Twitter gang as we’re sure they’re servers are going to be pushed to their limits.

Now let’s discuss the most important part… ok the most important to me… What to wear!

Yes, I’ve been told not everyone there will be sporting belt buckles, wrangler jeans or leather chaps, but ladies I must say… a cowboy hat isn’t the worst thing a man could wear. Actually, this is the worst thing a man can wear but that’s another show. At South by Southwest, you’ll see everything from t-shirts to t-shirts to… t-shirts and yes a few corporate suits… someone had to sponsor this thing!

Seriously though the dress code is whatever works for you and our research team suggests above all else… be comfortable.

In addition to clothes, our researchers suggest bringing your camera, a camcorder or any other device that helps you document the event.

Now, I’m not trying to ‘Mom’ you guys, but be sure to appropriately tag your content. What good is that perfect photo of you and Chris Brogan if people can’t find it?

When you’re not hobnobbing with the blogebrities, you may be tempted to spend your free time on your laptop.

I know most of us can’t go too long without web access, but if you’re going to make more friends in your first life, try to keep time online to a minimum.

It’s fine to write a couple blog posts and check your email, but honestly you can do all that back home.

What you can’t do at home is party with this many web geeks. Be sure to get rest BEFORE you show up at Austin, because our research team say the parties are the best.

Check out South By Southwest Baby.com, upcoming .org and the official South by Southwest site for all the evening events.

And be sure to ask around as there are a few unlisted parties you’ll want to attend.

Now we didn’t have time to cover everything here, so our researchers compiled a great list of links and tools for you to plan out your schedule. Be sure to go to dailyidea.tv for our lonnnggggg list of links.

And don’t be strangers… when you see us down in Austin come up and say howdy. We’ll be taping lots of great stuff and talking to fabulous people like you on camera.

Again, get some rest before you go, travel safe and that’s another daily Idea.

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