How to Keep SXSW Going for the Rest of the Year

March 11, 2008 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

I just tried to get into the Mark Cuban panel… and the room was overbooked. I couldn’t get in. Personally I am blaming Eloy. How many strikes is that?

So I hopped into a room and am listening how to “Rock” SXSW for the rest of the year. The panel started out with a super energetic dude, Kevin Smokeler that threw candy at the crowd, sang to final countdown, and a troop of panelists that ran through the room like a basketball team….Real funny.

Thomas says about his first SXSW experience, “The year was 2003, we were going to be out of Iraq in two weeks.” They

What will you do when you get home?

  1. Organize your business cards, email people you want to keep in touch with, if you don’t do that soon it won’t get done.
  2. Reflect on what the themes are. The unspoken lessons. Making heads or tails of themes.
  3. Upload photos, blog, and do the things you didn’t have time for.
  4. Start an email to everyone you wanted to touch base with, on the way home

What is the first real day back at work like?

  1. Just get back to focused on business, don’t do anything related to SXSW.
  2. Reach out to other people in the company and pass knowledge and make connections for other business needs

How do you see your life being altered from SXSW?

  1. Integrate items you have learned into current practice. Many folks come to SXSW with an agenda that they have some solution for
  2. Make connections with folks that need the information from SXSW
  3. Have a party and make friendships real
  4. Next year be more engaged with the experience. Discusses the “Fray” cafe where folks have “Open Mike Night” where someone gets up and tells a story. Any story.
  5. No idea is too crazy. Smokler says, “I want us to have music. I want us to come in like professional wrestlers.”

What dilemmas do you have from attending SXSW? How can we take advantage of collective brain power and sove problems presented at SXSW?

  1. I live in a small town, and I feel like I am the only geek in the world. Lady wants great ideas on how to feel connected to the brains at SXSW when back in a remote area?  A) Join online communities. Skype folks into meetings. Use IRC for getting people that can’t make a meeting involved. Skype is the big take away.
  2. Day job is with MSN, but can’t shake up the big organization. How can you take this wild environment into a big company? Look for champions in your organization to interject change.
  3. How do you tell others what the conference was like? What happens here stays here. (There is enough content online that you can show people what it was like) It won’t replace the people experience.

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  • 1. Tskksnov  |  September 7, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Nice post, if you have some time . Tnx I will visit your site soon again , re give me the favour.


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