Here in Austin during SXSW there aren’t enough hours in the day to participate in panels, enjoy all the local eats and do all the fun things around town. That’s where the AT&T Teleportation lounge comes in.
Visit a roller derby, go kayaking or even check out some of the many food trucks within Austin’s city limits. This visually stunning dome with surround sound fully immerse visitors inside of some of the best attractions the Austin has to offer.
Located in the heart of the SXSW action within the Austin Convention Center, guests can plug into productivity as well as step inside the teleportation dome for some outdoor fun. The domed teleportation activation visually transports you to some of the hottest sights and sounds of Austin, other AT&T SXSW activations and just in case you can’t be in two places at once, the teleportation dome even streams SXSWi keynote and panel discussions – so you don’t miss a thing.
Need to juice up fast? The AT&T charging stations, offers power and protection within the charging station lockers where guests can lock up their charging device and get to other things without the worry of a lost or stolen phone.
There’s so much more going on outside of the Austin Convention Center too. If you’re enjoying SXSW check out AT&T Teleportation Lounge and other activations going on throughout downtown Austin all week long and discover more on ATT’s blog.
What happens when a hip hop heavyweight and NBA Superstar turned technology creative invades SXSW? A whole lot of learning about entrepreneurism and technology from two unlikely resources. On Sunday, March 9th both Nas and Shaquille O’Neal hosted major panel sessions in Austin highlighting the business of business and the new era of the wearables technology trend.
Nas hosted “The Hard Things About Hard Things” panel discussion with Ben Horowitz. Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, held a lively conversation about building and leading a business when there are no easy answers. Drawing from his storied career—as software engineer, cofounder, CEO, and investor—Ben shared practical wisdom, insights, and anecdotes from his own experience founding, running, selling, buying, managing, and investing in technology companies.
Discover more from the Image Think infographic for visual highlights and insights into the SXSWi panel below…
Shaquille O’Neal was one of the first big-name celebrities to embrace social media — witness his more than 8 million followers on Twitter. He’s now turned a lot of his attention to wearable technology, which looks to be one of the biggest areas of emphasis at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. In this conversation with Rick Valencia of Qualcomm, Shaq revealed his plans for dominating this brave new world of wearables as well as proclaimed his love for wearables stating he simply loves the fact that they keep fitness simple by tracking all your workout data in one place.
Discover more from the Image Think infographic for visual highlights and insights into the SXSWi panel below…
When you think of Nokia, you typically don’t think about an outdoor discovery experience led with a smartphone and convertible bike, that is until you take part in a Nokia SXSW experience.
Typically upon arriving into a new town for a conference, you’ll find yourself bringing back tons of gift bags and swag back to your hotel room – not a $700 Tern folding bike.
Thanks to the good folks at Nokia, I got the chance to check out the Nokia Creative Tent and Interactive space just outside of the SXSW Gaming Expo (The Palmer Center) in Austin. The creative space included D-I-Y designing of tin water bottle, buttons and more. Just outside the tent an oasis of Nokia branded Tern folding bikes were parked and waiting for novice and experienced bikers alike to take them out on a SXSW journey throughout Austin. And I was just too happy to oblige…
Considering the fact that I hadn’t pedaled on a standard bike in many years, I was definitely nervous, yet up to the challenge. Within minutes of vigorous pedaling and feeling the wind whip through my hair – I felt like a kid again (mind you, I just celebrated a 30+something birthday last week.) I easily traveled an accumulation of over 10 miles on the bike traveling to some of Austin’s scenic locations, throughout downtown and even through a few residential neighborhoods.
Check out more of my favorite stops throughout Austin all shot using the Nokia Lumia Icon for Verizon Wireless (of course…) below..
Are you ready for SXSW 2014? This year boasts to be bigger than ever before and once again, we’ve got some tested tips to hack your way through SXSW like a pro and get the best experience possible in the process. Want to figure out the best way to build your session schedule? What about finding free food and drinks? Get all the tips and tricks to hack your way through SXSW 2014 below.
Hacking Through SXSW Sessions
A sad fact of SXSW is that you can’t attend all the sessions. Do your research now and find three sessions a day that you must hit in order to get your return on investment. As a friendly reminder, you’ll need to walk between hotel convention centers, restaurants, and the main convention center, which takes time. So, plan your priorities and backup options because popular sessions will reach capacity.
Here are a few can’t miss sessions that are sure to be informative as well as entertaining…
How Twitter Humorists Landed Sweet Real World Gigs (Friday)
When: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Who: Jenny Johnson, Josh Hara, Matt Silverman and Megan Amram
Where: ACC 12AB
Why: Learn how funny people leveraged social media in order to land their dream jobs and high praise from Rolling Stone, TIME and the Wall Street Journal. They’ll give you inside tips and ideas for how to use digital media to build a personal brand — while undoubtedly cracking you up in the process. All the speakers are terrific, making for a great end-of-day panel.
Fearlessly Funny: The Women Changing Digital Humor (Saturday)
When: 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Who: Issa Rae, Jane Pratt, Kristina Wong, Mandy Stadtmiller
Where: Austin Convention Center, Room 18ABC
Why: This panel, convened by xoJane.com’s editor-in-chief, promises to be sassy, funny and honest. Bring smart questions to the Q&A and expect to spend some time laughing.
Hacking Through The Connections
The Gadgets: Stay charged and connected. A mobile battery is a great way to stay on top of your game. You’ll be Tweeting, checking emails, consulting the SXSW app, texting or Snap-chatting people you just met over free food and drinks. If you’re not sure which one you should buy, I’d suggest two external battery options that’ll keep you powered throughout SXSW. Mophie’s Juice Pack Plus is a great source for power on the go. The 2100mAh battery case with added power and protection is equipped with up to 120% extra battery to make it through the busy SXSW week. The Samsung Universal USB Extended Battery Pack isn’t just for your smartphone, but it’s also portable power for your tablet (or any devise with a USB port) when you need, it where you need it
The Networking: Looking for a few SXSW tips from a Pro? Here’s one! TIP #4 – Be OUTGOING, but don’t be a DOUCHEBAG! You’ve seen those people that just have to be the center of attention, yeah – you don’t want to be them. Be unique, humble, memorable but most importantly – be yourself!
[Discover more tips: SXSW Survival Of The Fittest Tips To Make Your Experience Unforgettable!]
Hacking Through The Parties
Food and drink. If you do it right, you shouldn’t have to pay for a single meal or beverage. Luckily, there are entrepreneurs who streamlined the unofficial and offsite SXSW parties.
There are plenty of SXSW party source sites. Do512 is a pretty good source and you can check out the parties here. Also, you can find events on Gary’s Guide, RSVPters and even Eventbrite. The same rule with sessions holds true with parties—find a few that you need to attend and make them a priority.
Are you a SXSW pro? If you’re a returning SXSW attendee and want to help our readers get the most out of their experience, share your survival wisdom in the comments section below.
Every year, an oasis of new media thinkers, music lovers and film fans migrate to Austin, Texas for an amazing week of learning, entertainment and more – this is known as South By Southwest. The SXSW 2014 festival hosts over a week of entertaining keynotes, sessions, film premiers and concerts and this year promises to be bigger and better than ever before.
Just what am I looking forward to at SXSW 2014?
There are tons of sessions for entrepreneurs, techies and social media savants to choose from. Just a few of the Interactive sessions I’m excited to learn from highlight Black Social TV talks and even tackle the subject of the Black Twitterverse jumping into the Startup life and being a real woman in a new media world. I’m beyond excited to catch up with friends and make new connections during my SXSW Interactive experience in Austin.
One of the most entertaining moments of SXSW take place during many of the first look film screenings. This year, I’m looking forward to attending the screening of the Jimi Hendrix biopic, “JIMI: All Is By My Side” starring Andre (3000) Benjamin as the iconic Jimi Hendrix. With celebrity lead talks from the likes of Mike Myers, Tilda Swinton, Jason Bateman and more – the film sessions and screenings will be another huge highlight of the entire SXSW experience.
While I’m not exactly certain what new music and musicians I’ll discover this year, I will say that the likes of Prince, Jay Z and others have graced Austin during the SXSW festival and this year is sure to be no different. I mean, last year I literally bumped into Macklemore while in the city streets of Austin and a year later he’s one of music biggest stars to date! With performances by NAS, SchoolBoy Q, Bridgette Kelley and Slaughterhouse already scheduled the surprise performances will only heighten the musical expectations for the year. The SXSW music festival of shows will definitely be the grand closing of my Austin experience and I can’t wait to see what musical experience it holds.
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About SXSW: The 21st annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2014 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. The SXSW® Film Conference & Festival champions the vitality, innovation and opportunity that drive entertainment and media, and boldly tackles the evolution of all aspects of “film” today, down to its very definition. South by Southwest (SXSW) Music and Media Conference, the world’s leading music industry event, offers attendees the opportunity to explore the future of the music industry during the day at panels, talks, the Trade Show, Music Gear Expo and other conference activities at the Austin Convention Center. At night, the absolute best mix of musical performances from over 2,200 regional, national and international acts take place at the SXSW Music Festival. Altogether, SXSW presents unmatched networking opportunities, career-building conference programming and over 100 stages of music for showcasing bands and conference attendees. SXSW Music is now in its 28th year.
In celebration of Super Bowl XLVIII, the NFL has transformed over 13 blocks of Broadway into Super Bowl Boulevard Engineered by GMC – the Super Bowl’s epicenter for NFL fans in New York City. As part of the four-day fan celebration that is free and open to the public, the iconic New York City street will play host to some of the best musical talent the region has to offer Wednesday, Jan. 29 through Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
The Boulevard’s main performance location at 40th Street will transform daily allowing fans to meet some of their favorite NFL stars for free autographs from 12 – 5 p.m. at the Autograph Stage Engineered by GMC, before transitioning to the Concert Stage Presented by Pepsi with musical acts at 7:30 p.m. each night. With tons of free entertainment, prizes and more – take a closer look at all the Super Bowl Boulevard fun below.
Complete information on Super Bowl Boulevard’s schedule of events, attractions, player appearances and more can be found at www.superbowl.com. Fans are encouraged to follow the NFL’s official Super Bowl Twitter account (@SuperBowl) and Super Bowl Boulevard hashtag (#SBBLVD) to get the most up-to-date news and to download the NFL Mobile from Verizon app, available now to fans across all mobile service providers.
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It’s getting closer and closer to kickoff time and you haven’t even began preparing for your Big Game plans. That’s where your neighborhood Duane Reade and Walgreen’s comes in. I am an absolute last minute party planner, so when it comes to grabbing up the snacks and treats that will make any big game party a hit – my first stop is always Duane Reade or Walgreens!
In celebration of the big game coming to NYC – Pepsi and the New York Jets own Jeremy Kerley brought the party to Union Square at Walgreens with some amazing freebies, autograph signing and fun prizes. NYC game fans were greeted by cool referees keeping guests warm with complementary cups of gourmet coffee and hand warming-gloves. Fans got a chance to get up close and personal with the Texas native Jeremy Kerley, who made no qualms about having a hard time getting used to the frigid New York temps.
Since Duane Reade and Walgreen’s is a great resource for all your game day needs, it’s only fitting that Pepsi had some great specials for fans to stock up on. I scored eight 2-liter bottles of Pepsi for only $10 bucks! Plus all the chips and dip that my party can handle. Now if only I could enlist a sanitation committee for post-game clean up :/
Stay in the know for all the big game planning fun inside the hub at DuaneReadeBigGame.com where you’ll find the latest pro athlete store appearances, NFL inspired manicure stations and more! Connect with @DuaneReade and follow all the fun online all week long via #DRBigGame.
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New York City is buzzing with excitement because the big game is just days away – I’m talking about The Puppy Bowl! The Big Game will be bringing tons of special events and entertainment into the city that never sleeps – all week long, but why not start your week off with a little FREE fun, fit for the entire family! Mohawk flooring has partnered with the Puppy Bowl Experience at Discovery Times Square to give fans an up close and personal experience in some football fun.
Over 10 million people watch the Puppy Bowl every year and Mohawk flooring is the official carpet sponsor of Puppy Bowl X providing the soft, resilient SmartStrand carpet football field for the puppies to play on.
SmartStrand is the ONLY carpet with built-in stain and soil resistance that will NEVER wear or wash off. It has a lifetime stain and soil resistance that’s built in, not sprayed on and it never wears off. I received a test sample to see how easy it is to clean with mild soap and water…and guess what? SmartStrand really works! Talk about carpet that’s perfect for any home with messy pets, children or adults – that’s what makes SmartStrand rated #1 in customer satisfaction.
Meet Mo! Mo has traveled to NYC to raise awareness and help homeless pets find safe, loving homes, as part of Mohawk’s SmartStrand Unleashed Carpet Challenge. Mo is taking his social media efforts one step further with his #ShareMoLove hashtag on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Snap a picture of your pup, share it on social media using the #ShareMoLove hashtag to help spread the word.
If you want to enjoy all the fun in person, grab your family and friends and head down to Discovery Times Square for your free tickets to the Puppy Bowl Experience. It’s open daily now until Friday, January 31st and don’t forget to watch the Puppy Bowl X, airing on Animal Planet Sunday, February 2nd 3p/EST.
The 56th Grammy Awards featured tons of funny photobombs, fashion faux pas and electrifying performances. This year’s music fest also highlighted memorable moments that have been made immortal by memes, gifs and more for years to come. We’ve gathered the top GRAMMY Facebook and Twitter moments last night and have them below…
Facebook’s Top Moments
On Facebook, 6.3 million people lit the world’s largest social network with more than 13.5 million interactions related to the Grammys. A Facebook spokesperson told Mashable Monday morning that these were the top five moments:
- Queen Latifah presiding over weddings while Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Mary Lambert and Madonna perform a mashup of “Same Love” and “Open Your Heart”
- Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons performing “Radioactive” and “M.A.A.D City”
- Metallica and Lang Lang performing “One”
- Macklemore and Ryan Lewis winning Best New Artist
- Beyonce and Jay Z opening the show
Twitter’s Top Moments
Twitter users sent 15.2 million tweets during the East Coast broadcast, with Lorde, Beyonce and Taylor Swift being the most-mentioned artists.
Meanwhile, the mashup performance by Kendrick Lamar and Imagine Dragons was the night’s biggest moment for tweets, clocking in at 171,593 tweets per minute at its peak. [Have you downloaded the single from iTunes yet?]
Lorde’s win for Best Pop Solo Performance and her performance of “Royals” rounded out the top three peak moments with 152,688 and 146,083 tweets per minute.
We know who had a memorable night – no matter what, right Taylor?