At SXSW Interactive, there are dozens of panels, sessions, workshops, demonstrations and speeches to choose from. For this week only, even the local restaurants and bars surrounding the convention center are revamping their interiors to make space for on-site programming events.
During SXSW Interactive 2013, Rackspace has been spreading the word on the open cloud to the masses. And among our team of open cloud evangelists is the Rackspace Open Cloud Community. You can find the community team at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant throughout SXSW. They’re here signing people up to join the community, answering question on open and cloud and handing out some really sweet t-shirts.
One device getting a lot of buzz at SXSW Interactive is the Leap Motion Controller, which allows you to control your computer with hand motions in mid-air. We first caught sight of the controller over the weekend at Drone Games, when one team used it to control their quadcopter drone with up, down and tilting hand motions. Today we ventured over to Leap’s demo tent near the Austin Convention Center. Since the device doesn’t hit stores until May, SXSW has become its public debut.
During SXSW Interactive, thousands of technologists from across the globe come to Austin to find out about the next big things on the tech horizon, share their knowledge as technology thought leaders with others, network with like-minded geeks and reserve their nocturnal hours for some of the most stellar parties on the planet. Within this subset of technologists are the developers, who are creating and building the architecture, infrastructure and software that allows you to run things on the web today.
Stanford professor BJ Fogg delivered a talk at SXSW Interactive on Saturday called Why Tiny Habits Give Big Results. Dr. Fogg is a founder of the Persuasive Technology Lab and teaches a class on persuasion and behavior analysis at the university. His system and teaching has become quite popular with software developers and design experts; after all, a new piece of software is designed to change or modify a user’s behavior. I was interested in attending his talk because I had enrolled in his Tiny Habits online course in the fall of 2012.
Day two of SXSW Interactive involved a lot of walking and a lot of waiting. My Interactive badge gives me access to dozens of panels, meetings, sessions and meetups on the latest cutting-edge technologies.
At SXSW Interactive on Friday, Reddit co-founder and Internet activist Alexis Ohanian talked about the “Tales of US Entrepreneurship Beyond Silicon Valley.” In 2012, Ohanian crowd-funded a bus to go through the heart of the United States to see startups in action. What he found was plenty of folks who were starting companies and creating value. “The Internet helps level the playing field,” Ohanian said.
Tealet is a Rackspace-powered startup that connects independent tea farmers with tea lovers. The e-retailer works directly with close to 25 tea growers in nine different countries to sell their products directly to the market. Customers can purchase tea online in individual packets, or they can subscribe to a service that will send four different types of teas to their doorstep every other month.