Before You Blink…Do This
I have to start by saying, if you have not RSVP’d for all of your parties, then your best bet is to go to the WillCall app and RSVP to over a hundred parties for free! Also, Rsvpster.com will register you to over 200+ parties for less than $40 for all three conferences.
Beware…it’s crowded out there.
Preparing yourself for the frustration of crowds is half the battle of staying calm in the midst of all the chaos. Here are some tips to help you emerge from the crowds a WINNER.
Pick up your badge the day before if possible. The lines are insane that first day. Let me repeat, the lines are INSANE the first day.
Next, traffic is heaviest on work days, so leave travel time in your schedule. The worst part of the traffic is having to find a place to park. One alternative is Austin VIP. They will pick you up and drop you off at your place. Considering how difficult and expensive parking can be, it’s a good idea to check out shuttle services.
Okay so you’ve made it safely to the Austin Convention Center and picked up your badge. Now what? If you’re like me, you will immediately want to ditch that SXSW goody bag because they tend to be heavy and annoying. You can reserve a locker atMobileChargingLockers.com to store valuables and charge gadgets while you’re at the parties or hopping around SX.
If you’re a newbie to SXSW, you will quickly find out your cell phone battery is going to get sucked dry very fast, so consider purchase something like the Mophie, which will help you stay charged on the go.
When it comes to food, the Food Crawl at SXSW is the best way to join foodies, techies, bloggers, and local experts for the food lover’s guide to SXSW. You must register to get the secret map and information on the interactive workshops. Last year over 20,000 people participated in the Food Crawl. Jane Ko is one of Austin’s leading food bloggers and is the Editor of A Taste of Koko. Okay, I have to admit I might be a little bias, but hey, can I help it that Jake Landon, Xing Fang, Jane, and myself, make such a great team? But seriously, we’re not only sending you to our favorite eating spots, we’ve created a fun scavenger hunt and we’re giving away tons of free awesome gifts.
Other than that, try not to worry too much about your schedule, spontaneity might lead you to something better. Be sure to arrive early for panels because they’re going to fill up quickly. And don’t fret if you miss a band. Most of them play 2-4 times throughout the week.
I’d remind you to enjoy yourself but how can you not? There’s free food, booze, networking, awesome panels and events, parties, parties, and more parties!