Almost ready for SXSW Interactive

SXSW Interactive kicks off tonight. Wes, against his better judgement, is going to the Linux Top Gun contest. I decided to skip out on the opening night for a variety of reasons, mostly to stay home with family, and because driving downtown just for an hour seemed a little silly.

SXSW is a weird mix of sessions. Here are some of the ones I plan to hit during the conference (my comments in parenthesis):

  • David Weinberger, Small Pieces Loosely Joined (I haven’t read the book)
  • The Future: User-Centered Design Goes Mainstream (the future design process, with Jesse James Garrett)
  • Doing Good Online: Innovative Ideas From Non-Profits on the Internet (moderated by Adaptive Path’s Lane Becker, with Cory Doctorow)
  • Journalism: Old vs. New (weblogs weblogs weblogs)
  • Lawrence Lessig, Building a Layer of Sanity Into the World of IP (superhero)
  • Conceptual Firewalls (inequalities and blogging)
  • Computers vs. Blackboards: Net Learning or Not Learning? (almost too related to my work)
  • Organizing the World’s Information (Google employee)
  • Deconstructing the Rich Interactive Experience (Flash MX blah)
  • Beyond the Blog: The Future of Personal Publishing (Trott and more)
  • Bruce Sterling, Tomorrow Now (haven’t read this book either, but a fun way to close out the conference)