It’s almost time for South by Southwest Interactive and that means you should prepare for information and sensory overload.
A blog once termed SXSW as TED.com’s crazy cousin from the South. It’s also been called Spring Break for Geeks. But I like to refer to it as the Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Information Overload. People come here from all over to drink from the fountain of geek wisdom. And we’ll be gulping down our share this week. So I thought I would share with ya’ll information on where Silicon Hills News, the premiere technology news startup covering Austin and San Antonio technology scene, will be this week.
SXSXedu kicks off on Monday and runs through Thursday culminating with a keynote speech by Microsoft Founder turned Global Philanthropist Bill Gates.
The Global Coworking Unconference Conference, known as Juicy, starts on Tuesday at the Austin Music Hall with a formal day of programming and continues on Wednesday with a full unconference day.
The SXSW Startup Crawl 2013, presented by Rackspace, starts at Capital Factory on Thursday at 4:00 p.m. and runs through 10:00 p.m. More than 14,700 people have RSVPed to attend the event, according to Joshua Baer, its organizer. And dozens of startups companies are on the free shuttle route.
Also on Thursday is the day-long Social Business Summit at the W Hotel put on by the Dachis Group. This is an invite-only conference.
And we’ll be picking up our badges early for SXSW to avoid those long lines. This year, SXSW offers remote pick up at the Palmer Events Center on Thursday and Friday as well as the Austin Convention Center.
Once SXSW kicks off, we’ll be covering a ton of Austin and San Antonio related technology and startup news. We’ll have at least five posts a day on the Interactive Conference so stay tuned for the best local technology news coverage around.
On Friday afternoon, we’ll be at Getting Started with Angel Investing, 5 Austin Companies that Can Get Profitable on Less than $1 Million and Move Your Company to Austin for Free.
Friday evening we’re heading to Champions Bar where Rackspace has set up its SXSW Interactive Headquarters for its Open Cloud Experience, starting at 6 p.m..
And you can also interact with us on Saturday at Which Comes First: The Story or the Money? Susan Lahey, reporter with Silicon Hills News, will be moderating a panel on Central Texas technology media coverage. The panelists include Bryan Menell of AustinStartup.com, Colin Pope with the Austin Business Journal and Kirk Ladendorf with the Austin American Statesman. The panel starts at 3:30 p.m. at the Hilton Austin Downtown in the Austin Chamber offices at 500 E. 4th St.
Here’s some other useful guides for SXSW:
This guide on the Austin Startup Group on Facebook is put together by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. Jacqueline Hughes, one of the founders of Austin Startup Week, created the list. The document has a ton of local startup events – some that require badges and others that do not.
Startup America has a jam-packed agenda aimed at Startup Companies throughout SXSW Interactive.
Mass Relevance has a VIP All Access Guide to SXSW with information on the best bars and food trucks and other eateries as well as parties and conference sessions.
Gary’s Guide bills itself as the ultimate guide to SXSW with listings of more than 300 parties and events.
The Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce also has a great list of local events spotlighting the technology industry.
Women 2.0 has created an unofficial guide to SXSW with some great events.
AT&T is a super sponsor of SXSW and they’ve got a guide to everything the company’s doing at the show.