SXSW preparations

by Justin Souter on March 8, 2009

A post reflecting pretty much what it says in the title –  I’m trying to get my ducks in a row for SXSWi.

Key things have been:

  • Deciding what to pack
  • Getting the logistics sorted
  • Working out what I’ll be doing when I get there
  • Doing my best to fit in with Digital Mission
  • Sorting out my gadgets

Packing

Some useful links:

Although I shouldn’t pack too much as I may not have a chance to wear it, I’m taking a fair bit anyway. Also, although the weather can get into the 70’s, it can rain, so taking a brolly & waterproof top. The weather forecast seems pretty pants for Friday, Saturday, & Sunday. :-(

Digital Mission

I’m planning to hook up with Digital Mission whilst I’m in Texas: Sam Michel of Chinwag (the DM organisers) has put a useful guide together.

There’s apparently a crowd of 100 or Brits out there, so should be a good chance to make new connections! :-D

Standard stuff I’ve got to take:

  • passport
  • visa into the States
  • Phone

Tools

I’m hoping to do some live blogging using CoverItLive, but it may turn out to be completely impractical for reasons of battery life, wireless coverage, being hung over – that sort of thing.

Blackberry

I’m also using Worldmate live, to track my itinerary on my blackberry. Vodafone have kindly helped me unlock my bb for use in the States, so I need to buy a PAYG sim card when I arrive.

Cameras

Hopefully my bag of tricks should capture a whole load:

  • Venerable FujiFilm camera
  • Sony video camera
  • Blackberry camera

Logistics

Leeanne at Codeworks has kindly been sorting out the logistics:

  • Out
    • I fly down to Heathrow tomorrow lunchtime via BA and stay at the Hilton (useful Hhonors points!)
    • Then fly at 0855 to Dallas Fort Worth on the 12th, and a connecting flight to Austin
    • I arrive around 5.40pm, and have organised a SuperShuttle ride into downtown Austin
  • There
    • Am staying at the Hilton Austin, right next to the Convention Center :-D
  • Back
    • Taking the SuperShuttle from the Hilton just after 1400 on the 18th, if anyone’s interested
    • Back via Dallas to Heathrow and Newcastle – arriving at lunchtime on the 19th, fingers crossed!

Online

I will be available online where bandwidth allows:

That’s about it for now – otherwise I won’t get packed… :-s

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