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.

Liz
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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