How Not To Get Sick Before, During and After SXSW aka How Not To Get SXSW Sars

Let's face it, no one likes to get sick, especially when traveling and attending conferences. One of the largest tech conferences in the world is SXSW Interactive which attracts thousands of geeks, nerds, developers,etc to Austin each year to learn, network and of course to party. Last year (2014) SXSW Interactive attracted over 32,000 thousands people from 82 foreign countries. With that many people, networking, shaking hands, exchanging business cards, in and out of bathrooms and more, unfortunately there's plenty of germs in the air. This is what many SXSW veterans call SXSW Sars.

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58 GEO/Location-based panels submitted for SXSW 2011 on check-ins, foursquare, augmented reality and more to vote for.

SXSW Interactive in the past has been known as THE conference to launch new startups and have conversations about what will be the next big thing. In 2006 Twitter was launched at SXSW and Foursquare was launched at SXSW 2009.  This year at SXSW 2010 some said it was over crowded and too many social media topics lacking the interactive geek flavor it once had.  There were also a lot location-based panels featuring Brightkite, Gowalla and Foursquare with Mapquest and Yelp tagging along.  Since March 2010 the location space has truly exploded and moved out of the geek tech bubble of will [...]

A location-based road trip to SXSW with TriOut badges, widgets and check-ins.

As some of you know I had the opportunity to attend SXSW Interactive, and participate in a great American Race style road trip/competition sponsored by Chevrolet. So while SXSWi was held in Austin, TX the road trip started for me from Atlanta, GA. For the road trip I traveled 3 other friends @TheRab, @Jakrose, @NikisNotes aka, Team NC. Chevrolet was a sponsor of SXSW and the hashtag we used while traveling was ChevySXSW.

As a location-based app fanboy and partner of a location-based service (TriOut) I was looking forward to not only checking in at various locations at SXSWi, but also [...]