South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive

by Stephanie Rewis on March 11, 2006

With back to back trips lately (an actual skiing vacation to Colorado), I've been more than slammed. And through all this, the repeated narcolepsy of my computer has been loads of fun. ;) But the good news is — my husband and I are at South by Southwest in Austin. Timothy does “music and movie” stuff, so this is the first conference I've had opportunity to attend that includes us both. Most have been more Macromedia/Adobe-related and I'm looking forward to hanging with a huge assortment of my favorite things — geeks! Geeks from every walk of life doing every imaginable type of code. And is this city hoppin'!

I'm about to go register and get my real schedule, but looking at the options online, I see some great panels to attend… great friends to meet… and some great parties (pace yourself Stephanie)… Jen Taylor, Scott Fegette and Bob Regan are here from Adobe. We're having our annual Web Standards Project (WaSP) meeting, so there are over 30 WaSPs registered. A great turn out and some names I'm really going to enjoy meeting in person. And of course, I can't wait to reconnect and hang out with friends I don't often see.

I'll try to report back about the fun and learning… just to make your mouths water a little. And hey — this Austin place is cool!

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Deborah March 5, 2008 at 4:21 pm

Hi Stephanie,

You have a very busy next few months! I’m really looking forward to your book.

I’ve been considering what conferences to attend this year. There are many to choose from in the US. I really enjoyed the Webmaster Jam Session conference last fall (where I finally met you!). I liked the small size of the Jam Session conference, and the fact there were opportunities to meet and speak with the presenters.

However, I was often torn between deciding which session to attend, since the conference offered parallel tracks. I haven’t attended many other conferences, but want to find one similar to Webmaster Jam Session. What recommendations do you have?

Stef. March 5, 2008 at 7:43 pm

Hi Deb! Well, depending on what focus you want, there are three I would recommend.

If you want a big focus on Adobe products and best practices and such in an intimate atmosphere, TODCon will fill that bill. Otherwise, An Event Apart (I believe they’re expecting about 400 or so) or Web Design World (not sure, but probably about the same). :)

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