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Attending SXSW Interactive 2008!

ia-header.jpgFor the past few years, I've been very intentional about attending thought-provoking conferences and events, to learn, grow and meet new people.

In 2007, I attended BarCampMadison, UX Intensive, SOBCon07, BarCampMilwaukee2 the SEED Conference and excellent monthly Web414 meetings through the year.

For several years I've heard great things about SXSW (South by Southwest) Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. Many of the people I admire attend yearly, I've enjoyed podcasts from the event, but it's never worked out for me to attend.

That will change in 2008. On March 7th, I'll be heading down to Austin, with fellow Web414 members Ashe Dryden and David Overbeck. We're all excited to see first-hand, just what all the SXSW buzz is about.

Thanks MakaluMedia!
I've been given the opportunity to attend SXSW as art director and designer from MakaluMedia. I'm very thankful for this opportunity, and I plan to make the most of my time in Austin. I'll attend multiple sessions, take notes and capture sketchnotes similar to the ones I did at the SEED Conference and UX Intensive.

Advise the Newbie
Since this is my first time to SXSW Interactive, I welcome tips and ideas from seasoned veterans. I'm also open to Austin tips and suggestions from any Austin dwellers out there who would like to share. Just leave a comment below. :-)

Contact Me SXSW-Goers
I also want to meet old friends and new people while I'm at at SXSW. If you're attending SXSW Interactive 2008 and would like to meet for a coffee in Austin, drop me a line with the subject SXSW. I'd love to connect before I head down to Austin.

As I prepare for SXSW Interactive, I've compiled a selection of resources to share with other SXSW attendees, and those interested in the event:

SXSW Interactive 2008 — The official site.
SXSW Interactive 2008: Panels (Time) — SXSW Panels, time schedule.
SXSW Interactive 2008: Panels (Day) — SXSW Panels, by day.
SXSW Interactive 2008: Panels (Category) — SXSW Panels, by category.
SXSW Registrant's Guide — Registrant's guide.
SXSW Registrant's Mobile Guide — Mobile registrant's guide.
SXSW '08 Insider's Guide — Information and forums on
SXSW Baby — Un-official Weblog and forums for SXSW.
Ze Frank Explains SXSW Interactive In Under a Minute — Classic Ze Frank humor!
SXSW Core Conversations — Directory for informal conversations.
SXSW Past, Present, and Future — Great podcast interview with Hugh Forrest, Director of Events for SXSW Interactive on the history, culture and future of the event.
SXSW Geeks Love Bowling — Bowling with SXSWers, Sunday, March 9th.
Airbag: Hampton — Greg Storey's Guide to SXSW Newbies.
John Phillips — Beginner's Guide to SXSW.

Have a resource to share? Email me and let me know!

Reader Comments (8)

Advice? Talk to everyone you can. :)

If you're interested in ExpressionEngine or CodeIgniter, make sure you sign up for the EllisLab shindig:

And if you're interested in writing about design for Digital Web magazine, come say hi to us - we'll all be there!
February 7, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew Pennell
Great! Then we can definitely meet in person there. This will be my third year and SXSW is probably my favorite conference of the year. I'll mail you some tips or post 'em here later.
February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJustin Miller
Look forward to meeting you down there, and I plan on being in attendance again. I also plan on writing a "Beginners Guide to SXSW" in the next few weeks, for new people that will be going for their first time.
February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ Phillips
Yea, first timers! Looking forward to the meetup. I see a lot of social events so far, but maybe we should put together a Web Design related TweetUp.

Also, if there are any calendar apps out there that are useful to schedule the week, would be interested in finding out what you use. I am just using google calendar right now.

Every time Mike goes to a conference, the MakaluMedia business somehow grows 10%! Go Mike!
February 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Henderson
Matthew, thanks for the tips! Checking out the ExpressionEngine shinding right now, and I would love to stop by and talk Digital Web magazine article writing with you. :-)

Justin, I'd love to meet and learn from your 3 years experience!

John, let's meet> I will email you this week, and be sure to let me know when your SXSW guide is up so I can add it to my resources links on this post.

Alex, being a newbie I tend toward feeling my way around, but if you wanted to setup a small meeting, I'd be up for helping out. As for calendar, I use iCal and GCal as well.

Thanks Matt, I'll work on that 10% growth goal. :-)
February 13, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde
Hello Mike,

Glad to see some other fellow milwaukee web people are attending the event! I was there last year and I didnt meet anyone from MKE.

The three of you will love this event; trust me. Its heaven.

Are you guys signing up for the bowling event? I'll be on team Lebowski with some friends ;)

Brian from MKE
February 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Artka
Brian, I'm in the bowling and since your post managed to get on your team! Now I better hit the lanes and get practiced up!
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMike Rohde

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