Thousands of representatives from electronic and traditional media outlets descend on Austin every spring to report on all the creativity, innovation and inspiration that happens at the SXSW Interactive Festival. Other content about the event is published via personal and company blog posts.
One of our favorite recap essays was written by Kevin Roose for New York Magazine. Roose’s account of SXSW 2014 largely focuses on the Google Glass Explorer Meet Up that he took part in during his time in Austin:
As it turned out, though, the Google Glass meet-up I attended over the weekend will almost certainly be the most heartwarming thing I see in Austin this year. Far from a gathering of smug geeks bearing $1,500 face computers, the meeting became a safe space for people who, by virtue of their choice in eyewear, have set themselves apart from the rest of society, and a venue for Explorers (as Glass's beta-test wearers are called) to compare notes on the daily delights and frustrations of life with the world's most polarizing gadget.
For the rest of the hourlong session, the Explorers exchange more tips on living with Glass – this presumably being the first time some of them have been in the same room for an extended period of time with another Glass wearer. They ask each other if you can go for runs with Glass on (verdict: yes), if Explorers get motion sickness (sometimes, at first), if Glass is tax-deductible (if you're in the tech industry), if the battery life is good (no), and if the feeling of being judged by passersby ever goes away. ("This should be a safe room, but even here, I’m insecure," Mark says.)
Want to be part of SXSW Interactive in Austin next spring? Then mark your calendar for March 13-17, 2015 — and don’t forget to purchase your badge in early August 2014 when the registration process begins.
Or, get a taste of the March event much sooner by attending SXSW V2V, which occurs July 13-16 in Las Vegas.
Other compelling press accounts from SXSW Interactive 2014 include: