Category: Conferences

SXSW Breakfast, Anyone?

I’ve been a regular at Austin’s SXSW for far longer than I care to remember. It’s a heady mix of music, film, and ‘interactive’ stuff and I’ve always met many old friends, made new ones, and had my creative batteries refilled from spending a week or two in Texas. This year is no different, and I’m flying out today. The other thing that happens every year at SXSW is Saturday morning breakfast at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. As usual I’ll be there a little bit ahead of 8am to grab a table and see who else turns up. A few of you have already

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Shall we meet at SXSW?

Once more I’ll be jetting off to Austin in March for another week or so at South by Southwest and I’ll be attending the three main strands (Interactive, Film, and Web). As always I’m going out with a few aims. The first is to meet old friends (and make new ones) so if you want to grab a coffee over some gingerbread pancakes, let me know. The second is to see what’s new in the tech, media, and music world. Be it start-ups, bands, films, ideas in the seminars, products on the show floor, SXSW is a guide to many new ideas. Finally it’s about inspiration and getting

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The iceberg that haunts my SXSW Interactive conversations

The thing I have to remember about the conversations that I have at SXSW Interactive about what people are up to and their latest projects is this. I am only hearing the successful parts of their lives, the head of the swan that is above the waterline. Underneath that graceful and successful body, the ungainly legs are paddling furiously, getting caught up in weeds, and disturbing the mud at the bottom of the lake. So when I think about what I’m doing, I have to remember I’m not comparing like with like. The failures and knock-backs that I receive, the

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Announcing the 7th SXSW Baby Social Breakfast

Okay, so a little bit last minute, but hey, isn’t that the Southby way? Now that I’ve made it to Austin and caught up with the rest of the  SXSW Baby! team, everyone has been asking if we’re organising our regular breakfast on the Saturday morning of Interactive at Magnolia Cafe (South Congress), I guess it’s time to make it official. This year’s ‘SXSW Social Breakfast‘ will be on Saturday March 8th, starting at 8am at Magnolia Cafe on South Congress. Everyone is welcome, and the SXSW Baby! team will be there so make sure to say hi! A big thank you as always to the staff

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The Austin Connection

While this is the fifteenth airline leg so far this year, the current episode of ‘Where’s Ewan This Week?’ has nothing to do with the Eurovision Song Contest (okay, almost nothing, Manga are in town and I might bump into the boys in a Turkish bar). I’m en route to Austin, Texas, for my ninth trip to South by Southwest. This is actually a strange feeling. The last few trips (Finland, Estonia, and especially Latvia) have felt like real adventures, to new locations (or in the case of Helsinki, seeing far more of the city and the surrounding suburbs than

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