I’ve been to SXSW once before. The year was 2008; the outcome was a mixed-bag. I met some amazing people, got to hang out with other amazing folks I already knew and learned a whole lot. The flip-side was that, between being sick (you’re supposed to get sick *after* sxsw, not before!) and rooming with Gary Vaynerchuk (he. is. a. machine!), I was totally overwhelmed.
I was so exhausted that I didn’t even consider going in ’09 and ’10!
This year is going to be a *bit* different however. I’m on my way to Austin right now. Here’s what the next few days are going to look like:
* Shorter trip — I’m just going until Monday night
* Presenting at Etsy’s Mini-conference!
* Presenting at Worst Website Ever II
Those last two points warrant a bit of an explanation.
By the time I decided I really did want to try SXSW again, all the panels were filled up, passes were hard to get, and travel/lodging was almost all tapped out! At the same time, Etsy was talking about what our presence at SXSW was going to look like. I found out we were getting a space (Venue 222, 222 E. 6th street) for 2 full days (Saturday and Sunday). After some feeling sorry for myself, Amy Hoy came up with a great idea: A micro-conference.
I’ll be presenting on Deployinator. I’ll also be presenting alongside my co-workers and friends Chad, Kellan and Mike Brittain. We’re gonna attempt to brain-dump (in an entertaining way, of course) the engineering spirit that makes Etsy so unique.
But what about Worst Website Ever?!
It’s not an exaggeration to say that the most interesting and fun thing I experienced at SXSW’08 was Andy Baio’s non-panel: Worst Website Ever. When Andy told me he was reprising the presentation again this year, it solidified my desire to get down to the conference.
Through a series of really strange events, not only am I going to get to experience it… I get to pitch *my* idea as well! As nerdy and specific as it is, this is truly a dream come true.
This South By should be amazing.
Please come say hi if you see me out and about or come see something I’m participating in.