SXSW: Day 1 “Hot Tech Cold Beer”

I’m headed to the Austin Convention Center to begin my SXSW 2011 journey, and I am looking forward to a variety of keynote, distinguished, and featured speakers; notably, Barry Diller (“Insights On All Things Media”), J. Craig Venter (“Does The Future Include Synthetic Life”), Tim Ferriss (“The 4-Hour Body: Hacking the Human Body), Guy Kawasaki (“The Art of Enchantment”), and Gary Vaynerchuk (Vaynermedia), to name a few.

A quick visual scan of the attendees during registration yesterday indeed saw the “hipster-geek” style in action and yesterdays evening activities saw no shortage of the creative drive, with Capital Factory (an early stage accelerator program for tech startups) hosting a “Start-Up Crawl – Hot Tech Cold Beer” meet the founders tour around the Austin-area; replete with shuttle service and of course, cold beer. Fun!

[h1_underlined] Meet The Founders Included [/h1_underlined]

CAPITAL THOUGHT –  CHIMPIT –  CLOUD MASONS –  CONJUNCTURED –  FOOD ON THE TABLE
GOWALLA –  HURRICANE PARTY –  INFOCHIMPS –  IRONY LABS –  KEEPSTREAM –  MOODFISH
MUTUAL MOBILE –  PEOPLE ADMIN –  OTHERINBOX –  QRANK –  STEREOWAGON
SMILEY MEDIA –  SPAREFOOT –  TABBEDOUT –  VAST –  VRING.LY –  WP ENGINE
WHITNEY CASEY PRODUCTIONS

While this is not my first SXSW experience, as I had performed during SXSW 2010 for “Invasion Of The GoGirls” at Trophy’s, and I had previously attended SXSW Music Festivals as a volunteer Stage Manager, this is my first full-blown intent as a lover of start-ups, techie things, entrepreneur’s, and all things creative to cover this years SXSW Interactive, Film, and Music Conference.

Now onto Day 1 of SXSW 2011. If you’ll be at SXSW this year, please leave a comment with any suggestions, advice, or tips…or even just to say hello.