My first day at South by Southwest was a success. Today I met people from nearly every continent on the planet. It is amazing the see the global reach of this festival. As a “Newbie” I became acclimated to the SXSW culture. And after speaking with others, the experience of being turned away from a breakout session due to a venue reaching full capacity is more or less the norm. If you really want to attend a particular breakout session, arriving 20 or 30 minutes may not be early enough. You might be more successful arriving an hour earlier. But there is a silver lining if this happens … the fact that at another time, you might be standing line next to some one who is a speaker, or the product development manager for a key technology in the industry – allowing the opportunity to learn something new.
Today I attended a mobile developer meet up. And the environment was very cool. Participants gathered while being encouraged to mingle … then move to another person’s table the, meet new people. Tell them what you do, and give them an opportunity to say what they do.
During this meetup, I met the representative for a content strategy company who is looking for developers. Not for relocation, per se, but for offering an affordable solution for their clients.
I was approached by a venture capitalist looking to provide funding for a new business. Also, I was asked to play a native app game targeting an 8 year old children. The developer was watching to see how I played the game (what options I chose to make the cow’s milk squirt and knock over the barn silos.) Then, I was able to meet the development team of a company who created a iOS native app that is a personal organizer. While this is in the alpha testing phase, the app uses hash tags as the database primary keys.
I look forward to the days to come at this conference before being greeted by the neighborhood pitbull upon arriving home.