South by Southwest Conference – Starts Friday!


I realize I already mentioned this, but this post is a bit more detailed as to why you should be coming to this event if you haven’t purchased your ticket already!

The SXSW Interactive Festival starts this Friday in Austin, TX (USA). I will be in attendance — if you’d like to meet and chat, send me an email. If you are attending the event, leave a comment on my previous post with a little information on yourself.

The conference offers five days of panels, keynotes, a trade show, and some events in the evenings. “Attendees benefit from hands-on, how-to training as well as long-term, big-picture analysis in an atmosphere that charges creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.”

The event costs $350 and goes from March 9 – March 13. Last year, over 4,700 people attended.

There are over 450 confirmed speakers at SXSW Interactive Conference — here are a few you’ve likely heard of from your TechCrunch reading:

And others from: Microsoft, Google, Yahoo!, Apple, AOL, Ning, MobiTV,, Revver, FreshBooks, Wufoo (a Y Combinator company), Flickr, Pandora, BlogAds, Akamai, iLike, Tiny Pictures (Radar), Eyespot, Maya’s Mom, Google’s dodgeball, 30boxes, YouTube, Pheedo, Brightcove, Adobe, Dogster,,, Skinny Corp (Threadless), Slide, FeedBurner, etc.

There are over 175 panels ranging on topics of Business, Content, Design, Gaming, Net Generation, Programming, and Social / Community. Here’s a few of them:

  • After Bust 2.0: Ten Years Later, Where Will We Be?
  • Bootstrap Your Startup!
  • How to Bluff Your Way in Web 2.0
  • How to Convince Your Company to Embrace Mashup Culture
  • Turning Projects Into Revenue Generating Businesses
  • ValleySpeak for the Rest of Us: Developing Apps Outside InternetVille
  • Lonelygirl15: A Case Study
  • Open Content, Remix Culture, and the Sharing Economy
  • Video Mashups: “Please Rolling Stones Don’t Sue Us”
  • What Does the Future Hold for Video on the Internet?
  • Emerging Social and Technology Trends
  • Get Unstuck: Moving From 1.0 to 2.0
  • MobileActive: Mobilizing The Masses WIth Mobile Technology
  • Barenaked App: The Figures Behind the Top Web Apps
  • Rails and AJAX: Building Enterprise-Class Web Applications
  • Tag, You’re It
  • Can Social Networking Build Your Brand
  • Finding the Next Billion Internet Users
  • From Tags to Riches: Life After Code
  • Under 18: Blogs, Wikis, and Online Social Networks for Youth
  • World Domination Via Collaboration
  • Using RSS for Marketing
  • Web 2.0 and Semantic Web

If you attend, don’t miss on March 14 when the great SXSW Music Festival runs through March 18 — there are panels/speakers by day regarding the music industry, and over 1,600 bands playing music during the 4 nights.