Let’s all go to Austin.
First-timer Survival Tips.
Plan your schedule.
Once you’ve registered, head to schedule.sxsw.com to build a schedule for yourself. This will create an easy guide to the talks you want to attend and allow you to see your days at a glance.
RSVP for the “unofficial” parties.
While there are a bunch of official parties at SXSW Interactive that don’t require an RSVP, many companies also host their own events in Austin. You can find a lot of of these “unofficial” parties on GarysGuide or Eventbrite, but RSVP early because the guest lists fill up fast.
Upload your headshot.
Log into your SXSocial.com account and upload a headshot to your profile before you leave for Austin. If you don’t, you’ll be forced to pose for a blurry, unflattering photo when you pick up your badge, which will just take up more of your time.
Skip the airport cab line.
At peak times, braving the taxi line can take awhile. Consider calling a local Austin cab company and scheduling a car to pick you up at the airport when you land. Or take the MetroAirport bus downtown, which takes about 30 minutes.
Show up early.
The most popular SXSW sessions (particularly the keynotes or anything involving a celebrity) fill up fast—and they’re first come, first served. If there’s a speaker you really want to see, consider lining up early to ensure you get in.
Uber and Lyft are both back in business in Austin after being banned in previous years, but don’t forget local rideshare option Ride Austin.
Bring cash for pedicabs.
Pedicabs are one of the best bets for getting around downtown Austin. Though some pedicab drivers take credit card payments via Square, most take only cash. Fares are negotiable and vary by driver, so make sure you agree on an amount before you begin your ride (and remember to tip well). If you don’t like the idea of watching someone else huff and puff while they haul you around the city, consider renting your own bike.
At many SXSW event locations, electrical outlets are few and far between and usually fiercely guarded by someone who got there first. Sponsors sometimes set up free charging stations in and around the Convention Center, but you’ll probably have to fight for an outlet. It’s worth purchasing an extra battery pack for your phone, like a Mophie Juice Pack.
Pack for comfort (and weather).
As much as we all want SXSW to serve as a reprieve from endless Winter weather, the truth is that it’s as often rainy and cold as it is sunny and warm. There’s no way to tell what you’re going to get, so try to pack a bag that covers your bases. Unless you’re renting a bike, expect to spend a lot of time on your feet, so bring shoes that won’t make you suffer.
Hang out with Huge at the Midnight Cowboy.
If you’re a client or friend of Huge, escape the insanity and get some actual work done at our exclusive hangout spot on 6th Street. Take advantage of the complementary wifi, meeting rooms, breakfast tacos, and bottomless bar. Email email@example.com for more info.
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