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5 Crucial SXSW Tips

An Irishman in Texas

I just listened to the latest episode of Managing the Gray. C.C. Chapman had some fantastic tips to better your experience at SXSW Interactive. I recommend you give it a listen. C.C. inspired me to create my own list of tips to enjoy SXSW.

1. Register for Twitter. You’ll find Twitter very helpful for staying on top of where and what your friends are up to. Use the hashtag #SXSWi, so you can easily track the conversation. I also suggest following http://tweetchat.com/room/SXSWi to track the tweets in real time.

2. Bring back up power for your mobile device! Trust me, you’ll need all the extra juice you can get.

3. Eat migas, C.C. recommended this too. It’s the best way to start your day! My favorite are at Las Manitas‘.

4. For a quiet night of story telling don’t miss The Fray Cafe. It was one of my highlights from last year.

5. I’ll shamelessly go ahead and promote one of our (Griffin) products, Clarifi. The reason why is that you can use the Clarifi case on your 3G iPhone to shoot close up pictures of all of the business cards you collect during the festival. Then use Evernote to manage the images. You’ll be able to search for keywords within the business cards directly, so you’ll have no need to manually enter everything. There’s a video here worth checking out. Oh, and you can save 25% on the case now using MARCHSAVE09 on the site.

BONUS TIP. Don’t throw away you’re conference center map, you’ll need it!

Have a look at my post from last year for some additional ideas on how to make SXSW rock (and it most definitely shall rock!)

Are you a SXSW veteran? Do you have any tips to add?

Dave

http://www.davemadethat.com

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  • Tips to add:
    1) Check out our SXSW scheduling tool: http://sxsw2009.sched.org
    2) If you are there for the whole 10 days, don't be ashamed of taking an afternoon/evening off and relaxing. Take in a movie, sleep-in, lounge by the pool.
    3) Some people concentrate on meeting as MANY people as possible, but I like to find a handful of people I find really interesting and end up hanging out with them multiple times during the conference to actually create a relationship.

  • Thanks Taylor! These are all awesome tips.

    Cheers,
    D

  • Las Manitas is no more, don't go crazy looking for it!

  • Speaking of The Fray Cafe, I have not seen ANYTHING about it this year and I've been looking. I sure hope it is happening and want to put it on my calendar. It'll bump anything else so I want to get it there. Got any inside scoop?

    Now I'm hungry for Migas, but somehow I don't think they serve it on the Acela train *laugh*

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  • Noooooo….!
    What happened? What's the next best place?
    I also ate them at Magnolia last year and that was awesome.

    D

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  • I've heard nothing about The Fray, I just assumed it would be going down. I
    *really* hope it's happening again this year too. I'll post here if I find
    out about it.

    Thanks C.C.

  • Dave

    Interesting tips. I was especially curious about the idea to use Evernote to manage cards. I guess I've always done it the old fashion way, with a rubber band!

    Could you write a blog post detailing essential elements of a business card to make sure you maximize this new technology?

  • Thanks Rodney.
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. You can use Clarifi to shoot a
    close up shot of your cards, then upload them to Evernote to quickly search.

    Have a look at this:


    Let me know if I answered your question. See you Saturday at PodCamp!

    D

  • Dave

    Interesting tips. I was especially curious about the idea to use Evernote to manage cards. I guess I've always done it the old fashion way, with a rubber band!

    Could you write a blog post detailing essential elements of a business card to make sure you maximize this new technology?

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  • Thanks Rodney.
    I'm not sure I understand what you mean. You can use Clarifi to shoot a
    close up shot of your cards, then upload them to Evernote to quickly search.

    Have a look at this:


    Let me know if I answered your question. See you Saturday at PodCamp!

    D

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