At SXSW this year, I spent time at the Apress Books booth to promote a book I’ve written but has not yet been released. Since the projects in the book would take too long to build, I brought my LEGO TARDIS to display, but I wanted a new creation that I could build at the table, as well as building some of my video game characters. So for SXSW, I designed the LEGO micro TARDIS.
When I was at SXSW Interactive, PepsiCo was doing some interesting things in their area of the Austin Convention Center. They were displaying assorted technologies, like future vending machines and panes of glass that could display video or be interactive. One of these technological displays I got to participate in was an interactive experience utilizing Livescribe pens.
It’s been a week since South By Southwest Interactive has ended. It was a whirlwind of a week filled with parties, events, panels, concerts, and other chaos. It would be impossible to recap the entire SXSW, almost as impossible as it would have been to see everything in Austin, Texas at that time, so these are my personal highlights.
This past week, I was at SXSW Interactive, where all sorts of internet startups show off their latest and greatest and try to be the next huge launch, like Twitter and Foursquare. Amidst all the hoopla, free food, open bars and other assorted freebies sponsored by the different companies, it’s tough to tell what each company is promoting and what exactly they do.
When attending SXSW last month, I participated in an event imaginatively entitled Run SXSW. Attendees of the run made their way around Lake Austin in the park near the Austin Convention Center. There are quite a few things to remember when running in a city that isn’t your own, some of which I didn’t heed.
After two years of co-founding and organizing NxNYC, I thought about finally attending SXSW after hearing all my friends’ stories about “Geek Spring Break.” When being asked to join the Chevy SXSW Road Trip, my decision was cemented. The reins of NxNYC were handed off to Devin and Leslie, and I was off to Austin, Texas.
Days of not sleeping, long hours creating videos, working with teachers, the pressures of competition… All of it coming down to the final 12 hours of the Chevy Road Trip Challenge between the ten teams from across the United States and Canada heading towards Austin, TX to win the mystery prize from Chevrolet.
I am currently sitting in a car barreling down the highway across Arkansas that is heading towards Texarakana. Once we get there, we have four challenges to complete tonight and another few tomorrow before heading to Austin to see which team takes home the trophy in this Cannonball Run meets Midnight Madness adventure.
As chronicled previously, I finally decided to travel to SXSW for the first time, after years of hearing about it. But rather than take a plane and get there in a matter of hours, I will be taking part in the Chevy SXSW Road Trip.
For the past two years, I have been very active in the social media scene in New York. When fellow technologists converged on Austin, Texas for South By Southwest (SXSW) for the interactive conference, I cofounded NxNYC with Christina Coster and Karen Costa, and ran it with Christina a second year as our brethren emigrated south again. This year, I have decided to finally join them and travel to journey southward.