So you’re a SXSW newbie? Welcome to the club!
If this is your first time going to South by Southwest, you’re in for a treat. This conference is like none other!
Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts:
Do wear some very comfortable walking shoes, you’ll be on your feet all day.
Do not bring every piece of technology that you own, you won’t use anything other than your cell phone
Do bring a charger and an extra phone if you have it. I went through two phones every day and still needed more juice.
Do not try to do everything, you’ll wear yourself out and drive yourself crazy.
Do not be afraid of leaving a panel discussion, unless you’re on the panel. If it sucks, it sucks. Go find something else.
_ I left this discussion, it was awful, and the first one I went to!_
* Do not stick just to your 'course.' If you're a journalist, explore other areas. If you're in healthcare, check out the government track. * Do bring an extra big messenger bag or backpack for all the free schwag you want to score. Everyone will be giving out something. * Do talk to as many people as possible. Don't be intimidated by anyone. They're just like us. Except for the robots. * Do leave time for serendipitous meetups and hangouts. If someone makes an offer, take them up on it.
* There will be a TON OF PEOPLE THERE. Don't let it get to you, just go with the flow!
* Ask lots of questions, even dumb ones. Last year during a discussion on open data in Texas, I asked "Do you have any data sets on Chuck Norris? The panelist replied: "Chuck Norris cannot be contained to a data set.
- Meet someone famous! Keep your eyes peeled, you’ll never know who might sit down right beside you!