Bring a water bottle
and use it for water. Walking, drinking,
listening, talking = thirsty
Bring a warm sweater.
Conference rooms (and Austin) get chilly.
Don't be a slave to
ﬁnding the free food.
It's there, there is a lot of it. There will be more
in an hour, somewhere else. I had some
incredible free food. But my god it was lovely
to sit down at a restaurant, get served, drink
lots of water and diet coke, and order
something from a menu. All by myself.
Go to (some) things
on your own.
It's a long week, give yourself space.
Do your research.
Have a plan, but don't be a slave to it.
(seems no duh)
non conference things.
Google Village, the Spotify House, the Canada House - all
amazing in their way. Get on VIP lists - again, do some
research, get on a list or two but don't stress if you don't.
Have some freaking fun!
It's amazing! Be open and soak it in.
I wish I was going with you!
Especially for secret events and free food/swag.
Don't have a plan
The best things I ended up doing were not planned. From
Exploring Google Village, Miike Snow concert, meeting
people from R/GA, concerts etc. Don't be afraid to break
from your schedule.
Talk to people in line
Simple, but a few of the attendee's I spoke
with in line have become good friends and
are great for networking. One even helped
me ﬁnd my apartment in Brooklyn. SXSW is
a great opportunity for networking,
recruiting and promoting Threespot.