I arrived in Austin at lunchtime and checked in to the hotel (eventually… slight confusion with the booking payment, but blip very professioanlly handled and resolved by the hotel manager). This will be my base for the next five days whilst I attend the SXSW Interactive conference.
My budget hotel is a bit out of the way (7 miles from the Austin Convention Centre (ACC) where the conference will take place), however the room I have been given is spacious and comes with a lounge, kitchenette, good sizes bedroom and bathroom. Free wifi is included and complimentary ground coffee (a real coffee machine) plus microwaveable popcorn!
This afternoon I took a cab downtown to the ACC and queued up to get my badge and conference bag. The venue is HUGE! Now armed with a map and printed session guide, I had a wander around in preparation for tomorrow. I’m going to be doing a great deal of walking over the next few days, that’s for sure. Having got my bearings I headed back to the hotel.
I’ve since spent a quiet evening finalsing my choices for the sessions on offer. Tomorrow I look forward to not only attending the conference but also meeting new people there.