Cathrine Gunasekara (not attending SXSW, but would love to know what content to follow online)
- Go to sessions with speakers you like/think are interesting. You can't know if a talk will be good, but you can know if the speaker will be.
- Check out Plancast to see what events the crowd is getting excited about.
- Each talk has an education level. Skip the beginner-level talks, they're often very generic. Aim for intermediate and advanced.
- Don't have a single schedule, because it will be ruined. Be prepared for the unexpected. Plan several events during one time period.
- Find a buddy! It's easier to figure out where to go when you have two brains.
- Take and give lots of business cards...but be sure to write on the card where you met them and why you took their card, or you'll forget.
- Don't bring a laptop: it'll be heavy, and you won't use it that much.
- Check the weather...unless it's getting really cold, don't bring a jacket. It'll just be a hassle.
- There are outlets in the hallways. If you bring a power strip, you'll make friends.
- Going East of the freeway is not crazy-safe. Better to stay in the main area, which is North of the river, South of the University, East of Congress Ave, and West of the freeway. 95% of the events are there anyway.
- Restaurants can take forever. Head for the food carts instead.
- Wifi can be spotty, as can reception. But you shouldn't spend too much time on your devices anyway.
- Don't chase free food or booze, it's not worth it usually.
- The big parties are loud and hard to get into. Look for smaller, quirkier events.
- Technically you have to RSVP to parties to attend, though they don't often check
- Check out the WillCall app to RSVP to 50 parties automatically