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SXSW Survival Guide

A prezi based on Dawn Foster's "10 Tips for Enjoying SXSW," published on Gigaom on March 10, 2010. http://gigaom.com/2010/03/10/10-tips-for-enjoying-sxsw/
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Zane Groshelle

on 22 April 2014

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Transcript of SXSW Survival Guide

The Iron Cactus makes fresh guacamole right at your table, and they have decent margaritas. Enough said.
GUACAMOLE
SXSW is “South by Southwest” or”‘South by” for short. Never refer as S-X-S-W.
They are usually too crowded to be able to move or have conversations with people, so skip those and head out
to some of the smaller parties or informal gatherings.
The convention center is huge. Wear comfortable shoe, think carefully about how much gear you want to lug around all day, and consolidate everything into one bag.
Arrive with a full charge and don’t count on being able to easily find power, and when you do there's a huge crowd around. Consider bringing a backup battery if you have one or a power strip to share power.
The weather in Austin is unpredictable. Like most convention centers, the indoor temperature can also vary widely. Dress in layers and bring a rain jacket or umbrella.
SXSW suffers from long lines and overcrowding, so plan for something to do while you wait. You should also arrive early to keynotes and popular sessions, since they often fill up quickly.
POWER IS SCARCE
ARRIVE EARLY
SXSW is all about the people and the conversations that you have at the parties. More on the parties in
PACE YOURSELF
PARTIES
PREPARE TO WALK
SXSW is all about the people and the conversations that you have at the parties. More on the parties on Point
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Nothing starts before about 9:30 a.m., so sleep in, take a afternoon nap and don't drinking too much or too early.
PRONUNCIATION
ATTEND SESSIONS
Do some advance planning to work out which ones you want to attend, but you should also talk to people and be prepared to switch sessions. The number of sessions is overwhelming, so I attend what I can in person and some others I listen the podcasts.
CRAZY WEATHER
SKIP BIG PARTIES
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