How To: Enjoy SXSW (Without Being at SXSW)

How To: Enjoy SXSW (Without Being at SXSW)

How to enjoy SXSWOver the next couple of weeks, you may be hearing and reading a lot about SXSW (read: South by Southwest). In the real world, it may not be that big of a deal, to many in the tech, film or music worlds, it is a must place to be to see the latest and coolest things happening and mingle with those making it happen.

While all the festivities take place in Austin, Texas from March 12 – 21, there should be quite a bit of content you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home (or office…just don’t tell the boss you heard it from me).

The festival has three primary tracks:

I’ll be attending Interactive events and will be blogging one of them (my blog posts will end up on the SXSW site, not here). If you happen to be at the Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator event on Monday, be sure to stop by and say hello. This event will be streamed live online for those who’d like to watch. I’ll be sure to post a link on Twitter and to the AlmostSavvy fan page on Facebook, so stay tuned for that.

Massive schedule of events

Stay up to date on the full SXSW schedule of events here (note that you can filter the massive schedule with “browse by” options near the top of the page) and what you’re able to watch online here. And, if you’re game, you can always experience it by watching the Twitter stream here, though my guess is that this will be extremely chaotic as it will be a mix of content from cool panel discussions, people wondering when the bus will arrive and a few late-night tweets from party which are certain to be regretted the next morning.

Is it too noisy?

If you’re using Twitter and finding that the SXSW tweets are clogging your stream while you’re trying to focus on other content, before unfollowing your friends en masse, check out these options to simply “mute” tweets containing certain keywords or hashtags.

Bring it on

So, sit back and enjoy the event, whether you’re in Austin with cowboys boots in tow, or at home in your jammies.

Which of the events look most interesting to you? Will you be there or have you been before? Any tips for me, a first-time attendee?


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