I came into Austin without appointments and booked sessions. Back in October, I had this strong notion that I had to go. 14 years ago, I lived in Abilene a few hours north of Austin so revisiting would mean many meetings with people I love and places I knew from my youth.
Still, when walking into the Austin Convention Center to pick up my badge for the (South by Southwest) SXSW Interactive late Thursday evening, my legs shook and at the same time I wanted to scream of joy. I challenged myself to get here. I wanted to face the knowledge in my industry and by the unknown. I desperately needed to recharge batteries. I came because the time had come to chase new dreams and to find new horizons.
A week since SXSW Interactive conference ended and I am still digesting.
What a wonderful beautiful world of possibilities I took part in.
What a creative melting pot of creativity and welcoming spirits.
What a mix of great people off all ages, nations, gender and backgrounds getting together to share ideas for social change, for new horizons in business and simply connecting with each other in easy conversations.
You can join the SXSW spirit. Together we can make this world a better place. Tell and communicate your stories offline and in social media. Dream the dream. Be proud of who you are. Go get it. You just connected with the future.
Be inspired as I was by this Keynote by Baratunde Thurston – How to read the word
Åland’s Social Media Guru Mats Adamczak writes about SXSW here (in Swedish)
A blog post in Moosylvania.com -What Austin Taught Us: Key Takeaways from SXSW
The Chamber of Commerce in Göteborg writes on their blog (in Swedish)
Baratunde Thurston SXSW 2012
Downtown Austin by Mats Adamczak