SXSW: Go where the crowd is not
I went to my first SXSW workshop today, and it was one of my best experiences so far (well, Neil Degrasse Tyson’s keynote still wins). A cozy atmosphere with about 25 people, and actual work got done.
You can watch the big ones online
Ok, Julian Assange is a name you’ve heard over and over and you want to be there for his virtual keynote: I just did it and I regret it.
Keynotes are streamed in other rooms, so you can just skip the line and watch it in another room, so you’ll get a good seat for the next talk that you really want to see.
Smaller crowd means more networking: go to workshops
In a workshop, you talk to people way more than in a 3500 seats amphitheater. If you get stuck, you can turn around and ask the guy behind you. Easy.
With nobody stepping on each other’s toes, people are friendlier and open to discussion. The speakers might be some pretty big shots, but not
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