The next few blog posts will focus on my experience as a Volunteer Photographer for South By Southwest (SXSW) Conferences & Festivals. As some of you may know, SXSW is a 10-day long festival held once a year in Austin, TX wich offers a unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies.
This will be my second year volunteering 60 hours in exchange for an all-access Platinum Badge, which will grant me all-access to exclusive events, parties, panels, workshops, and screenings.
I arrived in Austin, TX this morning and received my first assignment this evening. I'll be taking the Metro Rail into downtown tomorrow morning and diving head first into the chaos and excitement that is South By Southwest.
My first 3 assignments for Friday, March 8th, all taking place at the Sheraton Austin:
2pm-6pm - “Health 2.0 Code-a-Thon”
Subjects: Jessica Goldband
3:30pm-4:30pm - “Designing Habits: From Big Data to Small Changes”
Subjects: Jeffrey Holove, Michael V Copeland, Steph Habif, Tim Chang
5pm-6pm - “Female Orgasm: The Regenerative Human Technology”
Subjects: Nicole Daedone
The most interesting of these three looks to be the last -- a panel discussion that examines the importance of the female orgasm and the fundamental need of a human connection in a world of technology and social networks. Some of the questions that I can expect to be answered:
Since my first assignment is not until 2pm, I plan on exploring other events and networking with professionals to meet as many helpful, inspiring, and insightful people as I can. I am currently working on a number of personal projects in the film and interactive fields which can use all the guidance and resources I can get.
One of the things I love most about SXSW is the opportunity to learn and explore new technologies, ideas, and techniques in my craft. It gives me a chance to step outside of my comfort zone and open my mind to new creative possibilities. I will be learning a lot and sharing even more. Stay tuned for future updates!