Reading, processing and cataloguing all the media accounts of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival will continue for a few more weeks. Until this process is completed, we offer perspectives on the event from various staff members from the SXSW Interactive team. Today’s highlights come from Monica Sack, who manages the ISA (Interactive Speaker Assistant) program for SXSW Interactive in Austin as well as SXSW V2V in Las Vegas.
Most inspiring speaker (or session) from SXSW Interactive 2014: The Dewey Awards. I'd never attended before, but found it inspiring to hear about all the really interesting things people are doing to help out their communities, and what really drives them to make the world a little better.
Most innovative speaker (or session) from SXSW Interactive 2014: Alfred Liu's presentation. I only heard a snip, but the ISA who managed this session said it was amazing, and overheard some people exiting the session say that it was life changing.
Favorite networking or evening event at SXSW Interactive 2014: The Interactive Awards finalist party. It was small and intimate, which allowed people a chance to really talk and connect with each other. I was able to meet three of the finalists and hear about the creative websites they created.
Favorite place to hang out at SXSW Interactive 2014: Third floor hallway in the ACC. It was less crowded than other areas, and I got a chance to hear attendees talking to each other and making real connections.
Favorite Trade Show exhibitor at SXSW Interactive 2014: Impossible, which was the company that printed pictures from your phone onto old school Polaroid film. I liked the nostalgia feel. It was like Instagram, but the real thing.
Most touching moment from SXSW Interactive 2014: The SXSW Gaming Awards. Touching because we honored the late Matthew Crump. I was so happy to see how engaged the audience was, and so incredibly happy that it all came together and was really successful for a first year event.
Favorite moment from SXSW Interactive 2014: This one is personal. I really liked that we all got a chance to get together at the end of Interactive to enjoy a drink together in the Downtown Hilton bar. I don't get a chance to regularly hang out with the team, so for me it meant a lot to connect with everyone
Who I want to see speak at SXSW Interactive 2015: Ira Glass. This American Life has a real life storytelling element that SXSW Interactive needs in order to remind us that we're only as great as the human side of us.