Posts Tagged: ‘South by Southwest Interactive 2009’

Right about now, nerds, hipsters, tech journalists, Internet celebrities and the Twitterati are stirring in their beds in hotels across Austin. They’ll be shaking off the hangovers and fuzzy memories generated from a night of partying after the first day of South by Southwest Interactive, or SXSWi. The conference is all about sharing ideas about the state of the Technology industry in general and the World Wide Web in particular.

So what are the big topics discussed so far? I thought the best way to find out would be to look at a few of the panel discussions held yesterday coupled with a sample of Twitter messages sent out by people attending the conference. And away we go!

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ey, if you’re in Austin, Texas, this weekend, you need to drop in on the South by Southwest Interactive Festival (SXSWi), which starts today. HowStuffWorks.com Editor-in-Chief Conal Byrne will be participating in a couple of panels over the weekend, and you should definitely check those out. Also? If you see him, call him “chief.” He loves that.

If you can’t be in Austin, then you’re missing out, speaking as someone who’s attended SXSW. It’s a whole lot of fun — lots of the great minds of music, filmmaking and tech are going to be there. If you’re like me and unable to participate this year, there’s a live feed of the show, thanks to Ustream.TV.

You know, SXSW started as a music festival only, way back in 1987. Organizers started small — there were only 700 people registered that year. Now they’re pushing 12,000.

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