I arrived in Austin, Texas yesterday. The temperature was 89 degrees and I started sweating immediately. That's not surprising, though. I'm sort of always sweating.
I'm attending SXSW Interactive Festival. The nature of the trip is two-part.
PART ONE // The initial draw was for our podcast (We Got To Hang Out) of which I am a recently-added cohost. Barb and Abby did all the legwork to get the pod accepted and I get to experience the charming benefits. My badge reads 'We Got To Hang Out Podcast, Speaker'. It's platinum, which basically means I can go to whatever I want, seemingly, as long as I can abide by the following:
- arrive to the venue early and stand in line
- endure the wondering nature of said line and mind the gap when the movements starts. This is real life.
- be lucky enough to be near enough to the front of the line to be permitted access to the ever-filling space
PART TWO // I realized very quickly upon checking out the SXSW website that the Interactive Festival is extremely relevant to my job (job title: User Experience Specialist). So, I'm packing my days full of sessions and presentations about ALL THE THINGS.
As I was scribbling down notes in my sketchbook, my mind overflowing with ideas, I decided I should reactivate this quiet blog with a daily digest of my experience at SXSW. This is largely for myself so I can have a handy digital reference back to things I learned or heard (or want to do deeper dives on) while I'm here. Also, regurgitating my sometimes-incomprehensible notes from my sketchbook while they're FRESH will also help etch the ideas in my memory and person.
Here we go.