10 Tips to Surviving South by Southwest…


  • Make sure you register early for SXSW and get a hotel room at the same time, otherwise you may be an hour away from all the activity.
  • Download the SXSW app before you get there and select click on what you want to attend.
  • Get to sessions at least an hour before, especially if they are popular workshops.  Otherwise, you may not get in.
  • Try to pick sessions that are within walking distance of each other. If you rely on the shuttles, you may miss out on one of your sessions.
  • Acquaint yourself with the handy map at the end of the Interactive Pocket Guide.  You may want to tear it out and walk around with it.
  • Don’t rely on Google maps or the SXSW app to get you to where you need to go.
  • Check out reviews on Yelp.  Don’t rely on Foursquare for accurate reviews, especially those from paid sponsors.
  • Talk with everyone.  You will learn a little about a lot of things and will be able to predict some future trends.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.  There is a ton of walking, so be prepared.  Also, bring an umbrella and a hoody. I’ve been at SXSW two years in a row and both times, it rained most of the time.
  • Lastly, don’t miss the expo and other festivities that are happening not in your user guide.  You’ll be pleasantly surprised at all the fun things going on around town!



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