32 SXSW Tips

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I will be attending the 2013 South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) Conference in Austin, Texas from March 7th – 13th. Will you be there? Leave a comment if you plan to be please.

This will be my first time back to SXSW in a couple of years. I am thrilled to be leading a Core Conversation on social networking in real life, or what I like to call “SNiRL”. If you are attending, I would love to see you there. The details are available on Facebook or Plancast. Attendees will leave the session armed with tools and tips to improve their networking online and offline.

I first attended SXSW in 2007, and I have plenty of amazing stories that I will share with you one day. What all of the stories have in common is the incredible networking that takes place during this week-long technology festival. I have made many great friends over the years, and I can’t wait to get back to do it again.

The following are 32 Tips for SXSW. Whether you are a new attendee or a veteran, I expect you will find these tips helpful to make the most of your week in Austin. I have a post with additional conference networking tips if you are interested too. I hope to see you at SXSW.

  • Jessica Murray

    So pumped about our session at SxSW and THANK YOU for allowing me to share the floor with you. I’ve always admired you so much and will never forget how welcoming you were when I first moved to Nashville.

    • Thanks very much Jess. I am excited to have you co-host our Core Conversation. I know it will be amazing. See you in Austin!

    • Me too, Jess. Thank you for the kind words too.
      I am excited to co-host this Core Conversation with you.

  • I’ll be there and we need to connect for sure.

    • I’m looking forward to seeing you again Matt.

  • Unfortunately, I am not able to make it this year, but do hope to attend in 2014. Will your session be recorded & be available anywhere?

    • I am sorry to hear you won’t be attending. You have a great a question. I don’t know if it will be recorded. I will do my best to capture the audio at least. SXSW records many sessions, so I will keep my fingers crossed for you.

      Thanks Jared.

  • Great tips! I would also advice downloading the “SXSW Go” mobile application. Helps tremendously while on the go during the conference.


  • Great tips, Dave. I’ll be there and would love to connect. Working on behalf of a client, higi, a a life score that combines body, lifestyle and community to define “better;” it’s the science of better-ology. Please stop by and say hi at one of our morning happy hours and grab a green smoothie. Find me via Twitter (@tomonedge) or learn more about higi at SXSW –

    • Thanks Thomas. I look forward to seeing you and grabbing that smoothie, I’ll need it. 🙂

  • Thanks for the tips.

  • Kerry O’Shea Gorgone

    And how on #14! The coolest experiences were serendipitous get togethers with small groups of awesome people. Let’s make sure we end up at the same one this year!