Tips & Tricks for #SXSW
What are the best tips & tricks from the #NordicMade community of creators, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators going to SXSW this year?
Background: On Friday the 1st of March I launched a small project where anyone from the Nordics going to SXSW, South by South-West, can register to a public list of people and at the same time get access to that list. The list will be publicly published for anyone that wants to get a hold of the best and the brilliant from the cold north. There is nothing spectacular about this really. But, in this form I asked “ What is your best SXSW tips/tricks?” and I got so many great answers so I figured I’ll share a few of them. (If you add yourself to the list you get access to all of them).
Go with the flow — but have a schedule as your backup!
Attend group discussions, they are smaller events but you get to know people
Wear comfy shoes
- Tor & Johan
Be happy and be yourself. Be present instead of everywhere
WhatsApp groups, spontaneous invitations/invitation, answer messages asap
Bring powerbanks!, Find Comcast-loungen i Convention Center [this year it’s called Mercedes Media Lounge and you can regiter for it now] for a much needed break between presentations. There is popcorn, cold drinks, good coffee, charging stations and exciting talks.
“Trust the process” and visit Elephant Room
Use the sxsw-app
Plan ahead — that way you’ll have room to embrace randomness as well
Create and enjoy SXdipity
Make a good plan and the go with the flow! No stress, put the most important things to see & hear into calendar (like MoMo_Su) and then just experience the SXSW Vibes
Dare to stay and develop the relationships you already have, and try to eat healthy, use a lot of hand sanitizer
Pick the sessions you really want to see and be early in the line
Follow along on the Twitter #-livefeed; best way to filter out interesting people to meet with
Stay cool, be open, dare to be spontaneous, let go of your FOMO
If you are also going to SXSW this year and either come from the Nordic countries (or feel like you are) then join the open list of #NordicMade people here.
If you want to join in on what is happening at SXSW this year, on site in Austin or from a distance you can find the #NordicMade (Nordic, Scandinvian, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish & Iclandic) group of people here:
- House of Scandinavia by SAS and partners official site
- House of Scandinavia Facebook group
- Nordic Startup people at SXSW Facebook group
- SWESXSW Facebook group
In a later post I will give some more insights into a few of the events happening and some of the official talks where #NordicMade people are on stage. For now I just leave you with:
MobileMonday (on a Sunday)
Sun, March 10, 5:00 PM — 9:30 PM CDT
Pitch night and mingle session with AI & Machine learning theme!
What is the secret sauce of the Stockholm Unicorn Factory?
Tue, Mar 12, 12:30PM — 1:30PM CDT
Startup City pitch by yours truly @ SWSW
Is the Nordics the World’s Next Unicorn Factory?
Tue, March 12, 3:00 PM — 5:00 PM CDT
Tue, March 12, 5:00 PM — 7:00 PM CDT
Startups, Venture Capital & Swedish Minister for Foreign Trade with responsibility for Nordic Affairs, Ann Linde.