|Q&A after screening of Blindspotting|
I am back in my Houston office this week after spending the past week in Austin attending the South By South West (SXSW) event. I have to admit that I don’t think I’ve ever enjoyed a conference more than I enjoyed SXSW. I’ve always resisted going because I always thought that it was just about the music, and I couldn’t imagine paying $900-$1300* for a music conference… especially since you could catch some of the bands playing non-SXSW clubs for free during the week. After attending, I have to admit that I was way too narrow on what SXSW is, and I think I’m going to go again next year because it is a total experience of education and experience.
For those of you unfamiliar with SXSW, there are four tracks to the event:
|Keeping Austin Weird|
Yeah, that’s great, but I have a boss who wouldn’t allow me to [do the specific thing that the speaker did in her situation], so what can I do to get my boss to…”
That’s when I usually lean over to the person sitting next to me and say, “he doesn’t need a conference speaker, he needs a consultant.”
The value of SXSW isn’t the direct application to your specific needs, but rather the introduction of new ideas and concepts which you might be able to tweak in a way that makes sense for your specific needs. With that in mind, I highly recommend attending SXSW if you get a chance.
* I actually got a free Platinum Badge this year because I spoke on a panel for parents of transgender children. Thanks to Lou Weaver at Equality Texas for submitting my name for the meeting and landing me the badge.