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The Rackspace Open Cloud Storms SXSW Interactive 2013

It’s hard to believe that SXSW Interactive starts this week in Austin. We’re still recovering from last year’s awesomeness.

Rackspace will be out in full force at SXSW this year showcasing the Rackspace Open Cloud and evangelizing the startup movement. We’ll be headquartered at Champions Sports Bar & Restaurant at the Courtyard Marriot (300 East 4th Street at Trinity, across from the Austin Convention Center), so be sure to stop in and see us.

Here’s a brief overview of where you can find us during SXSW. And if you want to find us on Twitter, be sure to keep an eye on the hash-tag #SXRackspace.

The Open Cloud Experience At SXSW

We’re bringing the Open Cloud Experience to SXSW Interactive this year. Join us at Champions for a host of amazing open cloud activities. We’ll be there from March 8 to March 11.

Here are some of the things we have in store:

Friday, March 8:

  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Kick-off with an Exclusive VIP Opening Reception
  • 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.: StartupBus Grand Finale

Saturday, March 9:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Open Cloud Experience
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:  Robert Scoble Live from SXSW
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.:  Robert Scoble Live from SXSW
  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Lean Startup Party-sponsored by NEO

Sunday, March 10:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.: Open Cloud Experience
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:  Robert Scoble Live from SXSW
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.:  Robert Scoble Live from SXSW
  • 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.: Cloud HQ at night (more details to come)

Monday, March 11:

  • 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:Open Cloud Experience
  • 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.:  Robert Scoble Live from SXSW
  • 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.:  Robert Scoble Live from SXSW
  • 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Closing Party (more details to come)

Other Events At The Open Cloud Experience

  • In the Press Box-Rackspace Studios Interviews: Live from SXSW with Robert Scoble.  This will be live-streamed, for your viewing pleasure.
  • Build Your Game Plan at the Developer Zone: A line up of our Rackspace All-Stars talking you through the Xs & Os for build a winning game plan for you.
  • Coach’s Corner: Schedule to meet one-on-one with a Cloud Solution Architect or Developer Advocate.
  • Energize Zone: Refresh & Recharge for your second-half of the day. Kick back, relax and enjoy some downtime from the SXSW mania.
  • The Winner’s Circle: Interact with Solutions on the Open Cloud.
  • Recruiting Corner: Rackspace HR Scouters will be on-hand to select future Racker All-Stars & Hall of Famers.

Tech Talks

A number of Rackers will be on-hand at SXSW Interactive to discuss the open cloud through a series of tech talks. Come to Champions to check them out to get more insight into the Rackspace open cloud:

Saturday, March 9:

  • 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Why Open with Rackspace Cloud Strategist Hart Hoover
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.: OpenStack 101 with Rackspace Cloud Evangelista Niki Acosta
  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: FAIL: the best ways to bring down your website (and how to avoid them) with Rackspace Developer Relations Manager Glen Campbell
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Rightscale: Managing the Dynamic World of Cloud

Sunday, March 10:

  • 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Why Open with Rackspace Cloud Strategist Hart Hoover
  • 12:30  p.m. to 1 p.m.: Architecture of a SaaS app: Consuming other SaaS apps with Rackspace Compute Product Marketing Leader  Prabhakar Gopalan
  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Rightscale:  Managing the Dynamic World of Cloud
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: How Lean is Your Startup with Rackspace Cloud Consultant and Evangelist Adam Hansen

Monday, March 11:

  • 12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Why Open with Rackspace Cloud Strategist Hart Hoover
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.: Startup lessons: Migrating from a Rails PaaS to an IaaS with The Frontside’s Charles Lowell
  • 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.: The Cross-Cloud Conundrum with Rackspace Developer Advocate Everett Toews
  • 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.: OpenStack 101 with Rackspace Cloud Evangelista Niki Acosta

Tech Tac Toe

The Rackspace SXSW street team and volunteers will be handing out Tech Tac Toe game boards at Champions and around the convention center. Attendees can play the game for a chance at prizes. It’s simple to win – players spot the different items from the list at the bottom of the game board and take turns filling it in. The rules of traditional Tic Tac Toe apply: the first player to reach three in a row wins and can bring the board to Champions for a prize (while supplies last).

StartupBus Comes To Rackspace

Last year, StartupBus made a quick stop at our San Antonio headquarters on its way to SXSW. This year, we’re the main stop! Yes, StartupBus’ new destination is our Castle headquarters. Rackspace will host StartupBus March 6 and March 7 for working sessions, semifinals and finals.

StartupCrawl

Working with Capital Factory, Rackspace is a sponsor of StartupCrawl 2013 – it’s a bar crawl, but for startups. From 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, March 7, stop by some of the best startups on the Austin tech scene for a free beer or drink, to drop off a resume, check out the office or just say hello before SXSW Interactive gets into full swing. Shuttles will take you from startup to startup and then back to the beginning – the shuttles run 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Every startup will have its own unique beverage, activity, t-shirt or all of the above.

SXSW Interactive Accelerator

Rackspace is also a category sponsor in the Innovative Web Technologies category for the SXSW Interactive Accelerator, a cutting-edge showcase for the hottest emerging startups to present their new technologies to a panel of industry experts, early adopters and representatives from the venture capital community. That accelerator runs March 8 through March 12 at the Hilton Austin Downtown.

Lean Startup Conference & After Party

Join Dave McClure, Eric Ries and 1,000 tech startups and influencers for a day of case studies and keynotes about what it actually takes to build a killer startup. The event will feature some of the most important entrepreneurs and innovators in tech today The Lean Startup Conference runs 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, March 9 at the Hilton Austin Downtown. Following the conference is a Lean Startup After-party with 500 Startups, scheduled for 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. at Champions.

To stay on top of all of the things Rackspace has happening at SXSW, be sure to check our page: http://try.rackspace.com/sxsw/. And, remember, for Twitter updates, keep an eye out for the hash-tag #SXRackspace.

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