Things I learned in SXSW and Austin

  • Country music doesn’t always sound weird and annoying like Nels Andrews at Gueros Taco Bar a SXSF (south by soup fest benefit for caritas of austin)
  • SXSW in Austin is like Las Vegas
  • But what happens in Austin gets flickred the hell out of it
  • Watch out for the bats flying from the Congress bridge. They are often as surprised as you are.
  • In the United States, 70% of the internet users are over 30. In China, it’s the opposite.
  • The Internet in China started out as a social media application whereas in the United States it was for business
  • Zuckerberg admits that the speed going into Facebook features was too fast.
  • Out of the top companies, only one company has a CEO with the appropriate degree to do the job right.
  • That’s Steve Jobs.
  • Games can increase the quality of life.
  • As designers, we work in the happiness business—to make people happy.
  • The buses in Austin are only 50 cents!
  • SXSWers don’t take the bus
  • The 1 goes up and down South Congress and should come more often
  • Outside the downtown, Austin looks like a huge suburb.
  • There is always a free breakfast somewhere. It’s a question about how to find it.
  • Always register your name for the room so that you don’t get stranded outside when your friend goes missing, because hotels really do care about security.
  • However if you almost have a face that looks like you’re about to cry, they might make an exception.
  • An exception if you can describe a setup in the room.
  • Or perhaps only in Texas?
  • Go to the panels with the least people leaving. It’s the best way to figure out the quality of a session.
  • SXSW does not provide any refreshments during the conference beyond coffee and hot water
  • You might find some free salsa (no chips) somewhere near the coffee
  • Put stickers all over your badge. Also look for pins.
  • Make sure you have an awesome picture for your badge.
  • Most SXSW sessions are too general to teach you something new, but they can be incredibly insightful.
  • It takes about 3 weeks to realize that SXSW was really an incredible time and you want to go again!
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