My votes for SXSWi 2009

It’s SXSW Interactive time! kind of…

Panel Picker is up and running. If I were to have my ideal set of panels to attend, I’d have the following on my sched.org:

This is just a quick glimpse. I voted for WAY more (lots of Austin love etc. .). In any case, check the list out for yourself and remember to vote before August 29.

SXSW 2008

So let’s jump into what you guys are really here to read.

SXSW Interactive –

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Much like the rest of SXSW – interactive was a blur of panels, parties and people (like the alliteration?) .

And as a first-time SXSW attendee, it felt like a large conundrum.

Everything  was engaging, but at times awkward. The topics were informative, yet seemed simple. The people were nice, yet cliquey – kind of like high school where instead of the popular football jocks, you have the kids who could own @ Rock Band. Also, if you ever want to feel insignificant, nothing can top being in a room full of aspiring 23 year-old CEOs.

Back to the conundrum. It was interesting to hear and talk to what seemed like two types of interactive attendees. There were those who drank the kool-aid if you will (the Internet rockstars, gamers and devs). Then, there were those who were intermittent participants – people like myself. One person said: “What these guys don’t realize is that outside of this world, no one twitters.” Realized how invaluable it is to have a foot in both worlds.

Heard several comments/discussions in regards to social media – reality vs. Internet personas. Overheard a conversation in line of a guy grappling between the way he approached people in person versus his seemingly Casanova-like approach over the Internet.

It was a non-stop technology overload with constant elevator pitches for start-ups and killer ideas that will surely change the way we ultimately communicate (like fireeagle, socialthing etc. . ) The spectrum of innovation is endless, which seems appropriate for the Internet age.

Overall, wouldn’t trade in the five days for anything else. Below are some highlights: Continue reading