SXSW Interactive is one of the most attended conferences of the year for tech and media types, with 30,000 conference participants flooding Austin. But in recent years, the cost of an official interactive badge has gone up considerably and many are attending unofficial SXSW parties and related events that do not require badges. For people who have never attended SXSWi, it’s good to go with a badge at least one year — the depth and breadth of content discussed across hundreds of panels and sessions can be as valuable and high quality as the networking you’ll do. However, it gets redundant year after year. In past years I’ve attended the music portion of SXSW as well — this is incredibly fun and far fewer people spend time in the actual convention center. Why would you with all the amazing day parties and live music showcases across sunny Austin? Here’s a shortlist of unofficial events that I’ve RSVP’d for this year. For more info and discovery of unofficial SXSW parties I recommend Sched.org, do512, and Unofficial SXSW Guide.
Want to meet up in Austin? I’ll be there from March 6-12. Hit me up!
FRIDAY March 7
*ff Venture Capital’s ff MASSIVE 2014 is in Austin featuring their portfolio companies, a slew of panels, two full days of activities, plenty of food and drink, and of course, three evening bashes. Friday/Sat/Sun 1-5 and at night.
FRIDAY NIGHT – Robert DeLong, Octopus Project
Empire Control Room & Garage (606 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78701)
RSVP @ http://ffmassive.com/
*NY Tech Meetup
Saturday 11-7 / afterpary 4-7 @
The North Door
502 Brushy Street
RSVP @ https://www.eventbrite.com/
401 E 6th Streeet
w/ the Jane Doze
RSVP @ http://lunar.splashthat.com/
LA TECH CONNECT
Noon – 6pm at
508 Tequila/Pelons (8th & Red River, across from Stubbs – Grail on the patio)
2:00pm – 4:30pm: Media Camp Networking / Alumni Demos
8:00pm – 2:00am: Party with Live Music
Old School Bar & Grill
7th & Trinity
RSVP @ http://startupoasis.up.co/