My SxSW Interactive 2009 Highlights

This was my first year at SxSW Interactive and it lived up to my expectations. Here are some of the highlights.

This was my first year at SxSW Interactive and it lived up to my expectations. Here are some of the highlights.

  • My favorite: Tuesday's Keynote Interview of Wired's Chris Anderson on the economics of free (new book in June)
  • The parties and networking - I met some really cool people and had a fun time.
  • Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos.com, gave a heartwarming presentation on customer service and hiring for culture. You can see the slides here:https://www.slideshare.net/zappos/zappos-sxsw-31409
  • Open source is a hot topic. That simple. * Being surrounded by innovation and intense discussion for days was very refreshing.
  • I learned some interesting stuff about what is going on in other industries. I hope to explore these in future blog posts.
  • OpenCalais gave a terrific presentation at the Austin Semantic Web meetup. There were a lot of SxSW-ers there, so, it unofficially makes the list.
  • The Ultimate Showdown of Content Management System Destiny: http://www.cmsshowdown.com/ I am listing this last because it didn't feel like an uber-competitive showdown, but it was interesting.

 

Liz