As an advisor to the South by Southwest Startup Accelerator Program I’m happy to announce that the application process is open! If you think you’re onto something big, are working on what will become the next Twitter or have just launched the beta of an amazing, then you should grab the stage you deserve… Apply now!
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.
There are several good guides for rookies and old-boys attending South by Southwest, which will bring back tens of thousands of participants to Austin, Texas, in a few weeks. These guides (this and this are pretty good) talk about general tips and while I’m getting ready for my third edition, I decided to compile a few tips for staying healthy during SXSW.
South by Southwest (SXSW: web, twitter) is like a rave party for tech, music and film but startups are the real stars (in particular of the “interactive” segment of SXSW). Twitter (2007) and Foursquare (2009) rose to fame there, as several other startups did over the last few years.
The SXSW Accelerator is a competition that can open the door to stardom and investment for YOUR tech or music startup!
IMPORTANT: Entry Deadline Is Friday, November 18
South by Southwest Interactive (web, twitter) is probably the hottest event for people into digital business, Internet startups and what’s going to be the next killer app/online-service, etc. It features more than one thousand speakers over 5 days. The producers have managed to fill up such a busy agenda with quality content through a crowd-sourced contest: the “Panel Picker“.
The Panel Picker allows “anyone with access to the Internet” to send a proposal (AKA regular guys like you and me but also internet stars like Jeff Jarvis and others). The proposals are then voted through a pondered process that includes SXSW’s Staff (30% of weight in the selection), an Advisory Board (40%) and Public Vote (30%).
Tips for increasing the chance of success with the Panel Picker
Now for the 2011 edition of SXSW they received more than 3,000 proposals so it’s not easy to get picked. In the following video, Shawn O’Keefe (linkedin, twitter) -producer of SXSWi- notes that many of the proposals received are not focused enough.
The sessions last 60 minutes and the organizers want them to be as valuable as possible to the audience, so proposals that are too general or try to cover too much information, become less attractive. During a few conversations with the SXSW team, they have acknowledged that even panels with fewer speakers (or even just one) tend to be more eligible because they stimulate the presenter to be better prepared, while panels with several speakers on stage tend to favor improvisation.
The Panel Picker entry process CLOSES on July 15th!
How to preserve the value of SXSWi
Over the last year the interactive part of Southby has expanded into 10 campuses all over the center of Austin, Texas. Each campus was structured around one particular theme in order to foster the connection between likeminded creatives and make it easier to navigate the overwhelming amount of information present at the event. The 2012 edition will further develop this approach to the event.
Austin’s annual South By Southwest Interactive conference is bigger and glitzier than ever. Physically and virtually–even though it seems more fragmented this year.
But that’s not to say that it’s not full of lines and crowds as usual at SXSW.
Organizers of event, which started Friday and runs through Tuesday, said they expect a 30 to 40 percent increase in attendance from 2010′s 14,000 attendees.
SXSW has in recent years acquired a reputation as an ideal environment for launching social technology products, because it’s such a concentrated hotbed of socializing by people with smartphones.
But, honestly, it’s such a concentrated hotbed of socializing, these apps seem barely necessary.
Just walk around the streets and you’ll find relevant people and friends. In fact, schedule planning and friend finding are so fragmented across all these different apps, they’re almost superfluous.
Wired’s SXSW crew has pieced together a survival kit consisting of a handful of mobile apps designed to keep you on time, in the know and entertained.
Some are specific to the annual conference in Austin, Texas, which in past years has served as a launch pad for Twitter and other heavy hitters. Others will serve you well beyond Austin’s city limits.
Read the full article on Wired (in short, it recommends SXSW Go, Beluga, Lanyrd, Uber, Instagram, Sched, Foodspotting, Plancast and Shazam).
I‘m now in Austin, Texas, a city that morphs into a huge city-venue to host both the official and unofficial events around South by Southwest.
Today (March 11th) I’ll be speaking in the How to Rawk SXSW panel together with Christine Auten, jbrotherlove, Kris Krug, Mark Couvillion and Neil Petty. (I hope not to disappoint: my new job in Madrid and a series of other recent personal events have prevented me to prepare as well as I would have liked… Though I realize that’s a lame excuse anyway).
My contribution to the panel will follow more or less these lines:
SXSW attracts people from all over the world and sometimes it’s the cultural details that make a difference. From the point of view of an argentinean turned italian turned japanese turned dutch and now spanish, discover which differences and similarities you should consider to make the most out of the event. Also, let’s discuss about the gadgets and apps that will help you navigate the tons of content and relate with the thousands of fellow attendees.
Last year I came to SXSW and got a lot of ideas for articles worth sharing on Conference Basics, but for one reason or the other, most of it stayed in draft phase somewhere in the middle.
This year I come with the purpose of reducing the time-to-market of my South-by inspired blogposts and am saying so now so that I can’t hide later on. Will be tagging them with SXSW11 so that you can browse them all together in the end.
A creative way to bring back printed photos to events (will be popping up in several locations at SXSW 2011).