Looking for highlights from SXSW Interactive 2013? Well, you are in the right place! With a dizzying array of panels, keynotes, industry parties and start-up hype, this years SxSW Interactive conference has proven to be one of the biggest yet. I have been attending SXSW Interactive since 2007 and have seen a lot of changes in that time. I remember when the Mark Zuckerberg Keynote descended into a glorious symphony of chaos back in 2008.
I remember seeing a staggering Evan Williams being escorted by an assistant leaving the Microsoft party, unable to walk on his own. I remember the hype and fascination of Foursquare badges specific to SXSW and looking back and laughing at how me and my friends would check in every 5 minutes at the conference in an attempt to collect them all. I remember Gowalla. Oh Gowalla, how I miss you.
This years SXSW Interactive was different for me than any other year since I have been going in that I did not actually learn anything new to speak of. I caught a few useful tips on usability and UX and definitely got a good chuckle from the shenanigans I witnessed at the after parties, but for the first time since I have been going to SXSW Interactive, I was a bit underwhelmed. Almost every year I’ve attended, there was always a jewel I walked away with. Something I could hang my hat on and say “See, that’s why I go to SXSW”. Sadly, I cannot say that for this years conference.
With that said, this years SXSW Interactive did have it’s moments. Here are some of my personal favorites from this years conference:
A real life Tony Stark, Elon Musk message of commercial space travel resonated with this years conference goers with his evangelism of commercial space travel with show stealing quotes like “I want to die on Mars. Just not on impact” as reported by Mashable and the SXSW website. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Elon is the mind behind the Tesla Motors and SpaceX ventures.
Gary’s five hour publicity stunt at this years Interactive portion of SXSW was a pretty epic move to continue owning and being a part of the larger conversation. Even though he wasn’t keynoting this year, he stayed in peoples minds by doing this, even if it was just one person at a time. I love Gary’s passion and energy for social business and his commitment to helping his audience and supporters is inspiring. He is second on my list this year, simply for the drive and hustle. This is what it takes to be successful, not just in tech, but in life.
Bre Pettis keynote was the talk of the conference, presenting his vision of a second industrial revolution with 3D printing technology at the forefront. His company MakerBot has been doing some pretty darn cool stuff the last few years in the 3D printing space. If you were unaware of this new technology, you might want to come out from under that rock and take a gander, it is worth your time. The possibilities of how this technology could disrupt traditional manufacturing methods is profound and potentially far reaching.
Former SEO Moz employee and internet celebrity Matthew Inman was one of my favorite keynotes this year. Matt inspires me a lot to take more risks and spend time on things I really care about, as he has made a career out of doing what he loves. His online comics and various books have entertained the team here at AXZM to no end, especially “How a Web Design Goes Straight to Hell“. He is among my top highlights for being an awesome person and creating killer content, two things we value a lot.
Probably one of the most uneventful keynotes of the conference, Al Gore showed up to talk tech with Walt Mossberg of All Things Digital. I wish I could offer more enthusiasm for the man that invented the internet, but I cannot conjure up excitement that simply isn’t there. He gets a mention because he was technically our POTUS at one point, even if it was basically stolen from him.
You couldn’t look at a feed during this years conference without seeing the #VegasTech guys up in the mix somewhere. So what the heck is Vegas doing in Texas promoting Vegas? According to their website…
“VegasTech is a tight-knit group of thinkers, doers and makers committed to making Las Vegas the #1 hot spot for tech entrepreneurship.“
OK, I can dig it. Do whatever it takes to make it happen. They get honorable mention for their guerrilla marketing efforts. Other states trying to attract more start-ups and entrepreneurs should take note. This is community at work.
2013 SXSW Interactive Highlight
Just because you didn’t make my list of favorites above, doesn’t mean you don’t get a mention! I created a Storify of the entire conference below. Enjoy! Retweet! Link back and all that good stuff…
Day One – Bre Pettis Opening Remarks Community Recap | SXSW 2013We took the time to check out Bre Pettis, our Opening Remarks speaker and the CEO of MakerBot, today in Exhibit Hall 5 at 2pm. Pettis tal…
At #SXSW, Bre Pettis just announced the new MakerBot Digitizer to capture objects in 3D space. http://pic.twitter.com/E0EsOfeV6CInspired Richard
SXSW 2013: Bre Pettis Makes SXSW Opening Remarksfleishmanhillard
Today at #SXSW, Makerbot founder Bre Pettis introduced the Makerbot Digitizer Desktop 3D Scanner. http://bit.ly/14DBGmXForbes
"#Creativity is much more accessible now in the maker world." @makerbot’s Bre Pettis #sxsw #3Dprinting http://pic.twitter.com/Y38dbiEMj6Autodesk
Thingiverse – Digital Designs for Physical ObjectsThingiverse is a universe of things. Download our files and build them with your lasercutter, 3D printer, or CNC.
Bre Pettis was amazing @ sxsw with the makerbot digitizer http://pic.twitter.com/uJBsLiBQMdskittles0vader
SXSWi – Who Will Be The Next Twitter? . See in full at: http://bit.ly/13JUyVo #infographic #visually http://pic.twitter.com/4fQk1Trq9wJonathan Caines
We found over 1 million mentions of #SXSW and #SXSWi on the first day of the conference. Will day 2 hit higher? http://pic.twitter.com/buu1Ohjwn5sysomos
Day Two – Elon Musk Community Keynote Recap | SXSW 2013Yesterday, at SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, Chris Anderson interviewed Elon Musk in a highly anticipated and extremely well…
Elon Musk in Charge @ SXSW 2013Peter Tsai Photography
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Elon Musk SXSW Recap Rap by SaulPaulrerouteproductions
Experiment to correlate how #funny violations are w. alcohol intake by @joelmwarner @petermcgraw @humorcode #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/899UNf4jAMTania Duarte
#BigData = Big Opportunity #Infographic.Marketing executives are particularly influenced by its emergence #SXSWi http://pic.twitter.com/KllbwVms6ypeter bordes
Top startup on @Mashable SXSW Trendspotter right now: @groupme http://sxswtrends.mashable.com/startups #topsysxsw #mashsxsw http://pic.twitter.com/b8mhocQyX9Topsy
@garyvee hustles more than anyone, but more impressive, he consistently gives back. Five hour Q&A booth?!?!#respectAaron Batalion
Lines aren’t too long yet for the @garyvee Q&A .What should I ask?#sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/YPVDZj7ZfkIan
Impromptu preach and Q&A with @garyvee was awesome #SXSW magic http://pic.twitter.com/VCa6QC1nJcAdrian Bretado
@garyvee Q&A good luck man! http://pic.twitter.com/dVcswEFx6cJennifer Okula
@garyvee Loved the Q&A today! Any chance you can DM me details ab the #secretwineparty tonight? Y’all had to run! http://pic.twitter.com/bBnU9kGkLiJordan Groves
All Star Pannel: Joichi Ito, Kevin Rose, John P Barlow interviewed by Colin Raney #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/uSSPVpy5wGChris De Abreu
"It’s important to commit to something and go and build it" – @kevinrose on "The New Serendipity" panel at #SXSWi http://pic.twitter.com/kkwNRfjjntGoogle Ventures
Tumblr was invented to enable anyone to post anything and customize everything says David Karp #SXSWi #growtumblr http://pic.twitter.com/T5eslh8PFDSally Burtt-Jones
Design Like DaVinci — SXSW 2013In this talk, you will learn about five sketching secrets of Leonardo Da Vinci, four rules for generating ideas, and four rules for refin…
Line forming to hear @TonyHsieh speak at the Lounge. #VegasTechSXSW #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/2mZe7I8J3wNicole Lucht
Working the knobs on the Smithson Martin Emulator fully touchscreen DJ interface. #SXSW #SXSWi #Microsoft http://pic.twitter.com/r9XUs1LfRyDJ Chicken George
Interesting discussion of the new grammar of the Internet age. (Great infographic) #writeway #SXSWi http://pic.twitter.com/j0AIoKJgHzTerrie Akers
In his wake, Pitch @SHAQ opportunities #sxsw #pitchshaq http://pic.twitter.com/VfIkNs5H36Danny Sullivan
Here is @SHAQ next to @jchysk learning about @LaunchKeyApp h/t @davidgosse #VegasTech #SXSW #SXSWi http://pic.twitter.com/2aakc7VE72#VegasTechSXSW
Shaquille O’Neal Talking Technology at SXSWi 2013normalguyguide
Met Grumpy Cat today at #sxsw. It was awful. http://pic.twitter.com/GC1MJrhM4dBen Lewis
Discuss the evolution of the internet with Mashable CEO @petecashmore at #SXSWi 11 a.m. Monday. #MashShow http://pic.twitter.com/M3UQXSw22VPete Cashmore
Just Scumbag Steve and Grumpy Cat. #SXSW #SXSWi @BlakeBoston617 @RealGrumpyCat http://pic.twitter.com/Y73D4kFq7RBen Lashes
RT @BenLashes: Just Scumbag Steve and Scumbag Alex Jones hanging together. #sxsw #sxsi http://pic.twitter.com/5LKf8o64FLCoolhead Tech Austin
Alex Jones, Local Austin boy,telling sxsw to shove it #talkshowhost #infowars #alexjones #sxsw http://pic.twitter.com/1u594qfz5iRodWilliamsMusic
Police Target Infowars with Citations at SXSW Festivalthealexjoneschannel
http://clashot.com/report-1369249-1369249.html Alex Jones at SXSW http://pic.twitter.com/aegT0bB1nEElena FlanaganEister
Texans are America’s Vikings. #SXSWiTeam Coco
This happened. #grumpycatdpstyles™
So the remarkable thing about #SXSWi this year is how unremarkable it is. Nothing new in marketing or tech – all tired and old. #sxswgiovanni
Day 3 of #SXSWi is coming to a close. What was your favorite panel of the day? What did you learn? http://pic.twitter.com/ticdL89FaLPulsePoint Group
@gabeshep you are the man #VegasTech #v2v #sxsw http://pic.twitter.com/0S4cArjSK6Chris Shepherd
#VegasTech top trend on @mashable for #SXSWi again! Keep it going please use #VegasTech #SXSW #SXWi in your tweets. http://pic.twitter.com/vf1Os6Drna#VegasTechSXSW
Great job tonight by @zappos @jasonmendenhall and the entire #vegastech crew at #sxswi cocktail party! http://pic.twitter.com/WHrdybRvEcLas Vegas Chamber
Sarah Silverman talks having the freedom to fail: "Comedy dies in the second guessing of it." #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/QTurhM5bf0CheckMark
@hootsuite you just got pulled over no drinking and tweeting #sxsw #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/kre3irbc5LAdam Lazzara
Nyan Cat’s @PRguitarman and Andrew WK partying hard at #SXSW #SXSWi #nyancat #mashSXSW http://pic.twitter.com/VqMIuGMqPDBen Lashes
@craignewmark at @sxsw #SXSW2013 #sxswi #journalism http://pic.twitter.com/oyfH3l5biaArchna Sharma
Responsible news: don’t interview people who are paid to lie. #PRhacks #SXSW #sxswi Craig "Craigslist" Newmark http://pic.twitter.com/HAm1lWbnsnClairwil Oh
Fun night @knoxkeith @chrisyates11 My boy gets interview yet again! Cashmore & Mashable #MashSXSW #sxswi #sxsw http://pic.twitter.com/2tnRTfl3VPChris Yates
Hey @google, what if you could have a natural conversation with your #talkingshoe? Sound Googley?#NLU #NLP #SXSWi http://pic.twitter.com/pkpoKUo6wAAsk Ziggy
@guykawasaki signing books at #sxswi for @Duarte crew #whatsyourstory http://pic.twitter.com/dBOWWtihCtDuarte
Bryan Reece: imagine if everything you do is recorded. This is the direction that technology is headed #SXSW #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/RPqZrpqWXMClairwil Oh
James McQuivey Digital disruption will place us in perpetual disruption. Prepare to continually change #SXSW #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/1KpbkJ2sWnClairwil Oh
Crazy. #GoogleGlass introduces new #UI and info-sharing: Timeline cards, bundles, ear tap and nodding. #Glass #SXSWi http://pic.twitter.com/88QCXYiwfaMyjive
Causes of failure when trying to be funny online. Via @benhuh @Cheezburger #humorbomb #sxswi http://pic.twitter.com/geN5zXunpaBen Cecil
Want to know what had people buzzing on day 2 of #SXSWi? Check out our buzzgraph http://pic.twitter.com/YClc2cQBZxsysomos
Day Three – Tina Roth Eisenberg Keynote Community Recap | SXSW 2013Tina Roth Eisenberg wowed the audience at her keynote session at SXSW Interactive yesterday. Catch up with her talk by watching this keyn…
A labor of love always pays off — Tina Roth Eisenberg. #Resource #SXSW http://pic.twitter.com/BAQOLj74jqtodd novak
Tuning in to #SXSW and watching @swissmiss http://sxsw.com/tina-roth-eisenberg-keynote-live-webcast-presented-oracle. Like the career venn diagram http://pic.twitter.com/rIhkq8pRcu (via @cshapiro)Emilia Flockhart
.@SuperNAP @VEGAScom & @vegastechsxsw all listed on @mashable SXSW Day 3 The Top Social Buzz http://mashable.com/2013/03/11/sxsw-social-buzz-3/ http://pic.twitter.com/DgttV0bko2#VegasTechSXSW
Epic #SXSW FILM 2013 Infographic! http://pic.twitter.com/pQHYGN5OQfAustinFilmCommission
#SXSW and #SXSWi attracted the attention of Twitter across the globe on the 3rd day of the event http://pic.twitter.com/LlDNusGl9ssysomos
Hot topics at SXSW – day 3 & 4 infographic http://sxsw.tmw.co.uk/2013/03/hot-topics-at-sxsw-day-3-4-infographic/ #tmwsxsw http://pic.twitter.com/UbSzRWz83yGareth James
Day 3 of the #stackathon at #SXSW! Stop by and participate for a chance to win an iPad mini! http://pic.twitter.com/2umF2HpdzG" @jeanbertstanisBenny Thomas