The guy won some tickets to a SXSW concert, so we decided to take a little impromptu adventure into that craziness!
We went European and walked a couple blocks to the bus stop, and then rode the bus downtown. It was nice to get some walking in, and the weather was good for it too. It actually wasn’t overwhelmingly crazy downtown. We got to stand in the VIP line, because we were so important, so that probably helped a bit. I am not a tall person, so I sometimes get super overwhelmed in crowds. We had a really fun evening of people watching, music enjoying, and laser light shows!
I stole most of these photos from the guy’s insta-g. He was a most artistic and handsome photographer for our evening.
SXSW Interactive finished up this past week in Austin and I thought that it was a really great year. There was a ton of great panelists speaking on a range of topics from how to implement a social media customer service program to what it’s like to swap creative folks in an agency swap program between the U.S. and the UK. Even Al Gore made an appearance for a jam-packed session that I am fairly certain they had to simulcast from almost every exhibit hall for those who could not get into the live session just to make sure there wasn’t an uproar.
It was during the Al Gore session that I tried to sneak a peak of the latest celebrity to hit town, and not it was not a person. It was the real grumpy cat at the Mashable House! Unfortunately, I could not bring myself to stand in the ridiculously long line but I was able to grab a shot of a poster on the back of the tent.
Last week the girl and I had a fun date night and attended a great event that was put on by Dulce Vida Tequila, Barreled 2013. It was their inaugural Barreled event and was a great way to kick off the pre-SXSW activities with some good food, music and company. The set-up was awesome with food trucks in the parking lot and barrels stood up on end for tables for people to pull up at and enjoy some tasty guacamole and tacos. They even took some old wooden pallets and turned them into swinging benches inside the warehouse which helped create a really fun vibe and atmosphere. Not to mention they partnered with Collings Guitars to put on some great live music featuring local musicians such as MilkDrive, Redd Volkert and Sons of Fathers!
Now that’s a way to welcome your guests! A huge logo projected on the side of a warehouse.
A photographer with a nice set-up greeted you as soon as you walked in the door. Say “Cheese”!
Strings of light across the warehouse really helped set the mood.
Guac N’ Roll was there and we got to try all three kinds of guacamole they had. Who doesn’t love avocado?
The Peached Tortilla food truck was in attendance and had their usual great tacos and brussel sprouts with bacon jam.
Dock & Roll Diner had some great poppers and at first I thought it said “fresh pickled lobster” and was completely confused until the girl corrected me.
I’m not sure when it happened, but SXSW Interactive has become a huge deal in Austin for brands, agencies, start-ups and everyone else in between. Its popularity has grown to the scale of an estimated 80,000 badge holders (according to the nice individual who helped me check in at registration) which is insane to me! That is a lot of people.
Two of my favorite things about SXSW are the people watching and the social media conversations that pop up which is why I’m a fan of Mashable’s SXSW Trendspotter that they have created through a partnership with Topsy. Case in point is that during a session today on “How to Rank Better in Google and Bing” the hashtag #Bingle popped up and was a top trending hashtag during day one of SXSW Interactive which I found highly entertaining and amusing.
SXSW interactive trending hashtags with #Bingle coming in at #3.
Tweets Per Hour with #Bingle during Day one of SXSW Interactive.