SXSWi2006 | February 2, 2006
SXSW interactive –the biggest event on the web geeks calendar– is only 6 weeks away, and I’m seriously looking forward to it. If you’ve not been to southby before, it’s four days of inspirational talks, hanging out with cool people, eating, drinking and partying.
Last year saw a bit of a British invasion, with many of the BritPack heading out for the first time. This year looks to be even bigger and better, with the British contingent easily doubling in size. If you happen to live in Austin, I suggest letting the local bars know they need to stock up on beer. Despite drinking far too much last year, it was impossible to get even mildly drunk on their 3% larger, giving us a fairly undeserved reputation as hardened drinkers (if you’ve ever been out drinking with me in the UK you’ll know I’m a bit of a lightweight).
However it’s not all drink, drink, drink. There are some fantastic speakers there this year and some great sounding panels and presentations. Invariably panels will clash, but theses are the ones I’m most looking forward to:
- AJAX: What Do I Need to Know?
- How to Bluff Your Way in DOM Scripting
- Traditional Design and New Technology
- Holistic Web Design: Finding the Creative Balance in Multi-Disciplined Teams
- How to Roll Your Own Web Conference
- Running Your New Media Business
- Web 2.1: Making Web 2.0 Accessible * Wild Web Wrestling: Standardzilla vs Tabelella
- CSS Problem Solving * Design Eye for the List Guy
- Microformats: Evolving the Web
- Standard Deviation: Hacks and Dirty Tricks for the Web
- Web Standards and Search Engines: Searching for Common Ground
- WTF: WaSP Task Force Panel — Getting the Job Done
- Designing the Next Generation of Web Apps
- How to Convince Your Company to Embrace Standards
You may have noticed amongst the book plugs and underpants icons in my right hand column a “See Me Speak at SXSW 10-14” button. That’s right, I’m going to be speaking at southby again this year, which is something I’m looking forward to. I’ve teamed up teamed up with the talented Mr Clarke and will be giving a presentation entitled “How to be a Web Design Superhero”. I’m not quite sure what it will entail just yet, but I’m sure it will be fun. Feel free to come up afterwards and say hi, or grab me in the corridors for a quick chat.
If you happen to be on a panel, I strongly recommend reading Seven Steps to Better Presentations by Jeff Veen. How to Kick Butt On a Panel also has some good, sensible advice. Whatever you do, just make sure you have your morning coffee first.
The official evening events look as good as ever, but it’s worth keeping your eyes on upcoming.org for a list of all the unofficial ones as well. Last year I painstakingly transfered all the events into iCal only to realise that I could subscribe to their shared iCal calendar. One big event that may have slipped under the RADAR is BarCampAustin on March 11th. With so many geeks in town, it could be good. Although it’s a real shame they didn’t put it on the day before the conference when more people were free.
If you are looking to keep track of all the latest southby news, or want advice on eating and accommodation, head over to the official SXSWi Community Blog or check out SXSWBaby. If you are stuck for accommodation I’d recommend finding a couple of people to share a hotel room with, or you could try couch surfing if you’re really desperate.
If you are planning to go to SXSW interactive this year lets start to get to know each other. Where are you from, what’s your website address, how many times have you been, where are you staying and what are you most looking forward to?
Posted at February 2, 2006 10:37 AM