a) Don't take a heavy bag with you. If you have 3 cameras and a laptop ( Like I did) make sure you go to your hotel room or car to drop off the stuff before you go for a party.
b) Wear Comfortable shoes . The convention center is huge and you may have to walk miles
c) Follow @GerryTShow (Warning: Please click on this link after the kids are in bed) on Twitter but not in Downtown Austin.
I may have followed him at least 4 miles in the opposite direction trying to find the Frog party. Take a cab.
d) Don't attempt to attend all the sessions. If they are back to back in different rooms then you have to be faster than a high school kid.
e) @jonnygoldstein ( Jonny's Partay) @scottstead ( Scottstead.com) are good people to hang out with.
f) You may not like your detractor's opinion online but at a conference you are there to schmooze and have a good time.
Events :- Knowledge v/s networking
- Remember you will usually get a good wrap up of the sessions . it may be a good idea to see the events as homework after SXSW on the official site or other blogs. Give priority to meeting people while you are there.
- Pay attention to Twitter. You may see a open invite where other Twitterati are congregating.
- No dinner served at SXSW parties ( Please correct me if this is wrong)
- Having dinner with other attendees is better than standing in line at a party.
- The first day Friday is hang out day, Saturday is mixing with people.
- Sunday, Monday has a lot of activity.
- Tuesday is time to go home.
- If you are a panelist - get people to come to the panel by having a FaceBook group for the event.(like Rohit Bhargava did)
- There will always be a central place where all the bloggers/twitter folk meet. In this case it was the BlogHaus sponsored by AMD and others.
- Take lot of pictures so there is proof if your word is not good enough.
- You may meet a queen
- or even two queens
- Austin cabbies are all social media types except the guy who refused to let me eat ice cream in his cab.