For techies, it's a lot more than Bonnaroo ...
The stage is set. The buzz is ON.
SXSW 09, (or South by SouthWest) is fast approaching with people from all over the world now chiming in "See you in Austin" on the various online social networks.
The combination Music, Film, Interactive and Tech fest is rapidly becoming a 'don't miss' on many more people's busy schedules.
For some, it's just plain fun. For others, a valuable networking opportunity.
SXSW is, in fact, an eclectic event with just about something for everyone.
SWSWeek this year runs from March 13-22nd, and from the looks of it so far, the event doesn't seem to be feeling the recession pinch that many others have.
The event before the event?
Many of you know of or have attended WebmasterWorld's PubCon in Las Vegas.
PubCon has been held in numerous other places over the years but Vegas has been the most talked about conference.
This years, PubCon South 2009 returns to Austin, TX and runs March 11-13 just prior to SWSW ...
Kicked off this year by a 'fireside chat' with Guy Kawasaki and Chris Brogan, the conference features an interesting cross section of experts in search, search marketing and social networking.
Change those plane tickets? PubCon is a great way to expand the SXSW experience if you still can.
The smaller venue allows for more personal networking, some great SEO and SEM workshops, and more.
You can follow Pubcon 2009 on Twitter here