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12 2013

Memories of #SXSWi 2013

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For all the hoopla about #SXSW I can say the following: I’ve never seen such a dysfunctional transportation system in my life. Cabs not being available for hours on end was really frustrating! The weather was somewhat fickle. It didn’t know whether it wanted to be nearing summer or receding to dark, dreary winter. On that note, the torrential downpour Saturday night, coupled with the lack of transportation did not, in the least, keep me amused. Seeing Twitter and Facebook friends FINALLY IRL was amazing! The connection was the same regardless! You consistently ran into familiar faces despite the multitude of parties, locations and meetings. Wifi was everywhere but not necessarily accessible. Except for the convention centre, the hotels and even Starbucks didn’t allow for consistent connections. Electrical sockets were few and far between. I felt like a homeless person squatting at the Hilton desperate to find any available electricity to juice my devices. Food was abundant. See pics below. You could easily gain 10 pounds just by looking at the food. Canadians were everywhere! It was great that we “represented”. I’m so proud of Rogers for consistently creating an environment for Canucks to hang out! I finally got to meet some amazing people I look up to including Jure Klepic, Jeremiah Owyang and Michael Brito face to face, and have a bit of conversation! That made my day! Talking with people who “speak the same language” was pretty awesome. Innovation and ideas were everywhere. Disruptive technology was definitely present. Filed under: social business, Social Networking

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