Packing for SXSW 2012: The Light Digital Traveler
Travel to SXSW requires packing a light digital footprint and being ready for downtime.
This week the world’s biggest internet conference kicks off, and South By SouthWest Interactive brings thousands of people from all over to world to Austin, Texas.
Downtown Austin will be a packed sea of internet denizens day and night as people attend talks, panels, events and SXSW’s legendary parties.
Hotel rooms for 2012 sold out in 2011. Additionally, a significant number of people could not obtain badges for SXSW 2012.
This year’s higher registration price was a significant factor for badge scarcity.
I’m told that those with badges are being snarkily referred to as “the badge-worthy 1%” – #OccupySXSW, anyone?
Needless to say, staying connected and charged will be such a challenge that even the most experienced digital traveler is certain to feel frustration.
As a multi-year attendee and speaker, I have a slim digital traveling profile and a shortlist of things I simply won’t travel without.