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In Photos: SXSW Festival 2014 @ Austin, Texas

In Photos: SXSW Festival 2014 @ Austin, Texas

Sadness in Austin at SxSW, 2014

In my first year *not* at SXSW in seven years, I woke on this strange day of March 13 where so many good things and so many bad things happened in my small world to read the news that last night another bad thing happened.

I don’t want to go into details but March 13 – besides being my older brother’s birthday and the day I presented fuck stats make art at SXSW – has also a day which has seen sadness and tragedy and frustration and confusion in the most profound and tearjerking ways.

Before I heard the news of what happened in Austin last night, I reminisced about a dearly departed whose life was lost around that same hour on that same day two years ago – and when I saw the news all I could think about is my friends at South by.

Once I saw the details I realized that I stayed in apartment right across from Mohawk, walked The streets around red river and ninth, I would’ve been at that X show at the mohawk or hanging out outside getting a giant plate of six dollar barbecue from that stand on the corner.

It could’ve been me it could’ve been you.

After smashing my face on a moped just months ago I was chilled thinking of the two people happily cruising the streets of beloved sultry Austin on the mopeds and in an instant they were transported to whatever happens next.

I think of the confusion and frustration that this caused so many people: the friends, the families, the hospital staff, the south by organizers, the venue operators, the musicians – but mostly the people who work so hard and saved and planned all the logistics to make this trip down to see their bands that they love to interact with their peers and to live this remarkable experience and to have those dreams, logistics, dollars, expectations dashed with this spurt of irresponsible chaos.

Support your friends and do not underestimate the impact of witnessing such ridiculous horror has on any one of our minds.

Breathe walk take a hike cry and be grateful that you were there breathing – there’s something more for you to do.

Carry-on dear intrepid fans, bands, volunteers, organizers, venues. Do not let such random recklessness delay the important tasks of goodness before you.

I’ve had tussles with the Austin police (no details) and also been at late-night hospitals in Austin and know the strange surreal feeling of going from the most fantastic exuberant emotions to the cold reality of tubes wires bills and blood.

I don’t wish an experience of these rapid changes of reality on anyone – especially as someone who has spent a lot of time in hospitals in the last eight months and witnessed death of a dearest one in the most profound divine manner possible just scant weeks ago.

Our futures are all intertwined with the actions of people we will never meet so the best we can do is intrepidly move towards our dreams and express everything we can while we are in control of these bodies that our minds tote around.

Love and blessings to all in Austin and the families of those afflicted however far-flung they may be – sent on a gossamer thread around the world from my 18th floor recuperation suite overlooking freighters and a gray horizon.

“How to Win the Networking Game at SXSW” Ryan (and Dave) in Wall Street Journal

How to Win the Networking Game at SXSW
Mar 5, 2014, The Accelerators, Wall Street Journal

After eight SXSW conferences, I’ve learned that the hard way. When my company was first getting off the ground, we were completely lost in the shuffle, despite our best efforts. In 2012, however, we had a 28-foot-long, 15,000-pound secret weapon. To stand out amid the gala parties and blow-out bashes hosted by much bigger tech companies, HootSuite decided to take to the streets. We transformed a Ford E-450 shuttle bus into possibly the world’s biggest owl, in honor of our mascot – mounting a pair of giant eyes above the windshield and affixing enormous plastic wings on the sides.

HootSuite’s former VP of community, Dave Olson, inspects the HootBus.

ANDREW LAVIGNE

Cheesy? Yes. Effective, absolutely. By the end of the conference, our logo had been splashed across the pages of USA Today, Mashable and Inc. The conference’s highest profile attendees were clamoring to get on board and party with us. And investors whom I didn’t even know were inquiring about thecompany. In the end, it cost us around $30,000 to buy and outfit the vehicle. Considering that hosting just a single party at SXSW can cost as much, if not more, that’s an absolute steal. This year, in fact, we’re bringing HootBus back for its third ride.

Making Great Swag – soliloquy on a trail, part 3

Dave (L) and Richard Loat shoot swag from atop the Hootbus at SxSW HootHockey event in 2012
Dave (L) and Richard Loat shoot swag from atop the Hootbus at SxSW HootHockey event in 2012 (photo by ?)

Creating memorable, keep-able promotional items can enhance your brand / campaign rather than getting tossed out. On a hiking trail, Dave shares “rules” and considerations from experience, including many examples and anecdotes, ergo:

Rules:

  • Light enough to travel
  • Photo-op-able
  • Sizes suck
  • Quality goods
  • Metaphorically yours
  • Will it fly?
  • Thrifty for lots
  • If you’ve seen it before, don’t do it

Examples:

  • Scarves (muted design, subtlely design, useful in chill too)
  • Flags (simple design, sized to fold, wear like a cape, bonus for decorating event)
  • Beer coozies (low cost, party-friendly, connect to home)
  • Passports (independence, handy for notes, interactive)
  • Pins and stickers (easy giveaways, make a bundle for excitement, mailable, each unique)
  • Temp tattoo (inspired by Sailor Jerry rather than just a logo)
  • Masks (remixed from users, great for events, provides interactive activity)
  • Plush owls (remixed from user, take like a traveling gnome, shoot from cannon!)

Other Considerations: 

  • Design for your audience and crew
  • Workshirts with patches + bandanas
  • Swag-box exchange and unboxing
  • Budget guidelines
  • Making best t-shirts

Breaking rules:

  • Lighters and pint glasses with etched logo (renegade “hippie” culture)
  • Coasters (allowed us to leave bread crumbs, bars/restaurants find useful)

Recorded spontaneously in May 2013 on Varley Trail, Lynn Valley, North Vancouver

Listen to: Making Great Swag – soliloquy on a trail, part 3 (23:37, 192k mp3, 37MB)

 

Fun Musical Parade on Austin’s 6th Street

While in Austin for SXSW 2013, I came across a parade — maybe an anti-war message, i’m not sure — either way, they were drumming, music making and dancing. Maybe just for fun.

“Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Social Media House SXSW 2011 (audio)

Dave talks at SXSW but a whole other talk than the one in this audio clip but you probably won't notice. Photo by Kris Krug via Flickr
Dave talks at SXSW but a whole other talk than the one in this audio clip but you probably won’t notice. Photo by Kris Krug via Flickr

During SXSW Interactive Festival, Dave shares stories of analog arts and crafts, sparking creativity, using technology to tell stories and remaining interesting using examples from historical artists and his own experience.

Gte social for: Art and Tech are Old Pals at Social Media House SXSW 2011 (21MB, 15:35, 192k mp3)

Also available in “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Social Media House SXSW 2011 video version.

Note: Thanks to Social Media Clubhouse for inviting/ filming.

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You can catch a longer version of the similar deal in “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Wordcamp Vancouver and you might also enjoy “Are you Worthy? Greeks to Geeks” at Wordcamp Whistler.

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“Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Social Media House SXSW 2011 (video)

I shared a spiel called “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Wordcamp Vancouver in a full version but shared a spontaneous and shorter version while at Social Media Clubhouse at SXSW 2011.

In this spiel, i discuss a “people’s history” of media creation and my tactics and thoughts about how to foster creativity by viewing the past and participating in the creation of the future.

Blurb:

During SXSW Interactive Festival, Dave shares stories of analog arts and crafts, sparking creativity, using technology to tell stories and remaining interesting using examples from historical artists and his own experience.

You’ll see lots of interesting props pulled from an old-timey suitcase and a few laughs along the way plus practical tips you can implement to enhance your own creative process.

Note: Thanks to Social Media Clubhouse for filming.

Audio only version also available via Community Feasthouse podcast feed.

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You can catch a longer version of the similar deal in “Art and Tech are Old Pals” at Wordcamp Vancouver and you might also enjoy “Are you Worthy? Greeks to Geeks” at Wordcamp Whistler.

(How to be a) Public Speaking Bad Ass – soliloquy on a trail, part 1

Dave Olson "Fuck Stats Make Art" - SXSW 2009
Dave Olson “Fuck Stats Make Art” – SXSW 2009 (photo by Kris Krug via Flickr)

Sharing stories to groups – whether for business, civics, or art – requires a certain amount of performance art in order to effectively educate, entertain and inspire.

Along a trail, Dave shares a stream of consciousness spiel with tips and tactics. learned from dozens of gigs at all sorts of audiences. Including: slides are not the talk; don’t depend on tech; have a uniform; give tweet-able snacks; don’t re-introduce yourself; go “Donahue”; plus, riffs about finding flow, establishing momentum, starting in situ, finally knowing your audience and treating with intelligence.

Unedited and spontaneous, transcription also available. Recorded April 2013.

Listen to: (How to be a) Public Speaking Bad Ass – a soliloquy on a trail, part 1 (22:35, 33MB, 192k mp3)

More: Transcribed version of “(How to be a) Public Speaking Bad Ass  {DRAFT}”

SXSW China panel shares market-entry advice to Western businesses | CNReviews

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