SXSW has possibly one of the coolest sets of festivals and conferences in the world. As most of you may know, it takes place once every year in Austin, Texas, and brings together the best and brightest minds in film, music, and technology.
Given the sheer number of them, it’s easy to get lost in the sea of the awesome lineups and events at SXSW. From fashionistas to all out geeks and everyone in between, here’s a list of some of the events you simply can’t miss (and for those of you who won’t be able to make the trek out to Austin, just follow the conversation on Twitter with the respective hashtags.)
Bollare Relax & Recharge Lounge, March 11th-14th 12 PM – 8 PM
In conjunction with The Neighborhood at 2nd Street District, Bollare is partnering up with some big brands all for the sake of recharging — and, trust us, you’re going to need it! Here, a select group of fashion pros and tech mavens will come together, have a few cocktails, recharge their iPhones and likely talk a little business. Absolute perfection.
Follow all the unwinding action on Twitter at #BollareSaysRelax #Neighbor2013.
Fashion Brain Bar, March 11th 10 AM – 5 PM
Relax, connect with, and pick the brains of the experts in the fashion/tech space at the full-day lounge and event at the W Hotel in Austin. There will be coffee and cocktails, a fashion film screenings, a DJ set, and pop-up shops keeping you company as the crème de la crème of the industry share their insights, advice, and expertise. Learn from the geniuses behind Bergdorf Goodman, Warby Parker, Net-a-Porter, LVMH, Mashable, Instagram, and more – all in one place.
This is an event exclusively for those who work in, with, and breathe the fashion industry, and certainly one that no one in this space should miss.
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #FashionBrainBar.
Women Innovate Mobile is celebrating International Women’s Day, March 8th 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
What better way to celebrate International Women’s Day than with the best female founders and funders? Network with and listen to inspiring women, from companies such as L’Oreal, Dell, and Twitter, on the panel, as they reshape the frontiers of the industry every day.
In a male-dominated sphere, it’s easy to forget the wonderful women who are doing great things every day. Raise a glass to them with Women Innovate Mobile and Goodwin Procter.
Beyond Mobile: Where No Geek Has Gone Before, March 9th 11 AM – 12 PM
Gone are the days of the PC: it’s the smartphone and tablet world. And Josh Clark, Principal at Global Moxie and a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and UX (not to mention he’s also an advisor to TWF), is here to reveal what’s up next. It’s a science fiction movie in real life, complete with sensors, robots, and smart technology.
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #sxsw #nextUI.
Keynote: Tina Roth Eisenberg, March 10th 2 PM – 3 PM
With a myriad of experiences in design, blogging, collaboration, app invention, and tattoo shops, Tina Eisenberg is a force to be reckoned with. Share her passion, knowledge, and experience at this keynote. If you’re juggling a side project or two, be inspired by how she turned hers into success.
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #sxsw #Eisenberg.
The Next Frontier of Interactive: Smart Fashion, March 9th 11 AM – 12 PM
Fashion/tech, as we all know it currently, is merely the intersection of the fashion and tech industries – and all the wonderful hybrids that arise from it.
Enter the next level of fashion technology: where fashion is technology, and technology is fashion. It’s wearable and smartly integrated. Join Jennifer Darmour, UX Designer and expert at Artefact, as she discusses the trends, opportunities, and business models that will catapult wearable technology into the mainstream. Who said technology had to be nerdy?
Follow the conversation on Twitter at #sxsw #wearables.
Startup Central, Dates Vary
Startup Central is a cross-conference collection of events for the entrepreneur, digital innovator, investor, and startup to share ideas, talents, and trends. Depending on where your interests lie, you can check out startups in SXSW Interactive, Film, or Music – each with their own meetups, lounges, pitch events, demos, and showcases. There’s bound to be something for everyone.//
And of course, you can’t forget the wine – whether you are following the action from Twitter or living it in Austin. Happy SXSW!
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