As an Advisory Board member of SXSW 2012 and a 3-times veteran of the event, the organizers interviewed me about what is the best “tool” to network with other attendees. SXSW was interested in stories about particularly serendipitous moments from past SXSW Interactive Festival that we have attended.
I told them that:
“The first time I attended SXSW I was totally overwhelmed by the huge amount of content and how much cool stuff was happening simultaneously. Now at my third edition, I’ve learned to trust the serendipity flow that magically impregnates the festival. While ambient-local-social-people-discovery apps like Glancee, Discovery, Ban.jo and Sonar will be hot at this year’s edition, the best networking tool is and will always be the food (BBQ but not only) and the parties you didn’t plan to attend but ended up in (but did because the major ones were too crowded). In 2010 and 2011 I found new business partners, clients and friends at Iron Works, Stubbs, Carmelo’s and Maiko Sushi. This year I’ll expand my ‘operations’ to other restaurants too!”
Will you be at SXSW? Let’s meet!! With some food and drinks of course… drop me a line at gian @ conferencebasics . com