SXSWi geeks gathering
2008 at 03.33 pm posted by Veerle Pieters
So I left Austin and arrived in New York safely for the last days of our US trip. It has been a little weird compared to previous years because the weather wasn’t that great in Austin. Most of the days had wind, some rain and Cindy even saw a tornado!
No Summer joy
I was really looking forward to enjoy some sunshine to get rid of the cold I had. Only the last day was nice and warm and cozy enough to lay on the grass around the conference center. Now that we are in cold NY the weather in Austin is nice, sigh.
The conference itself has grown even bigger then last year. It's the largest one I have ever been to. That's not always for the better because some of the coziness that made it what it was is gone. I still had fun with the unexpected turnouts and it was so great to see many friends again. I went to a few sessions and one of them was the sneak peak of ExpressionEngine 2.0 which I will talk about later here. If you are interested in following along with what was going on at SXSWi you can watch a video or audio from most sessions. They are gradually coming online. Another funny thing that became popular during the event is bixbyheart.com, an iPhone application that also works in Safari. It's about our friend Mark and his love for bacon :)
One of the more memorable moments was Jon Hicks being reunited with the flat Hicks version and getting branded underwear :)
At the screen burn arcade I managed to capture Master Chief playing Guitar Hero :)
It's about the people
Most other good times are about being surrounded by like minded people and having great conversations. We had dinner a few times with the *original* Mint inventor and not that lame bank thing that couldn't come up with their own original name. I've tried many new things I've never eaten before etc.
Geeks love Bowling
One of the funnier events was Geeks Love Bowling. Cindy (and the N’clud guys) set this up after the event almost didn't went through. Started only at the end of January she did an awesome job in making this a free event for everyone on the 52 teams/lanes. Yeah you did read it right, 52 teams and a full house. One of the prizes you could win was Office 2008 for Mac and I also enjoyed the branded M&M's :) You can see a few picts below.
The last few days of our trip we are spending in the Big Apple. Should be fun and I'm sure there will be many pictures coming as well.