We made the annual trek to SxSW this year and had an amazing experience as usual. This year I gave a short talk titled “Web Vector Graphics: Myth or Reality?” and did a Paul Graham style Q&A session at the end with a large number of answers in a very short amount of time. I strongly believe that answering questions is much more valuable than the actual slides I present, so I like to answer as many questions as possible.
We continued on the traditional of the annual trek to the Salt Lick, where 27 of us enjoyed all you can eat Texas BBQ, followed-up with cobbler. The saying that everything is bigger in Texas couldn’t be more epitomized than this Sunday night unofficial SxSW tradition. Joyce attended, and I had a change to meet a number of people at the dinner that were invited by people I invited. It was a great use of Renkoo!
We attended a number of official and unofficial events, and look forward to more of the same next year. They are wise to not schedule events prior to 10am!
Two years ago, no one could stop talking about Flickr, microformats, and tagging. Last year, everyone was excited about Ajax, standards backlash, and maps mash-ups. This year the Ajax buzz continued, and Twitter was everywhere. Twitter takes the idea of the Yahoo 360 Blast or Dodgeball notifications, and brings it to another level. I actually don’t really find this service particularly interesting for my personal use (of course, I said the same thing about YouTube, MySpace, and eBay), but for me it is rather interesting to see Evan and co. are switching gears from Odeo to Twitter. If Twitter reaches critical mass and success, the turning point could very well be SxSW.
Overall, SxSW is one of the more affordable, enjoyable conferences out there, thanks to the amazing efforts of Hugh Forrest and the amazing SxSW team. I can’t wait for next year’s event!