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?
On January 25th 2014, Roc Nation hosted the 4th Annual Pre-Grammy Brunch at a private location in Beverly Hills. Presented by MAC Viva Glam, the Roc Nation brunch was the most anticipated event during Grammy weekend.
The star studded event brought out celebrities including JAY Z, Rihanna, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Calvin Harris, J. Cole, Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Rita Ora, T.I., Ellen Pompeo, Kelly Rowland, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, Grimes, Sasha and Theo Spielberg, Chris Ivery, Adrienne Bailon, Meek Mill, Wale, Julian Morris, Diane Warren, Sylvia Rhone (President, Epic Records) and more.
At this year’s celebration M.A.C Cosmetics donated $0.25 to the M.A.C AIDS Fund for every #VIVAGLAM mention and retweet during the event. Ambiance, nourishment, sounds and beverages were provided by sbe Events, Pepsi, TARGET, D’USSE, Bacardi, Budweiser, Sonos and Comador. Check out more photos from Saturday’s brunch below…
The ESSENCE Black Women in Music event took place last night in Los Angeles, California honoring the U.K. native and featured an exclusive performance from Sandé with special guests. The ultra-glam, star-studded event, presented by the Lincoln Motor Company, kicks off the week leading up to the 56th Annual Grammy Awards and is designed to shine a light on African American women in the music industry.
“Emeli Sandé brings fresh, groundbreaking style as a performer and songwriter, which makes her a perfect match with the new perspective the Lincoln Motor Company is bringing to the luxury segment,” said Shawn Thompson, Lincoln manager, multicultural marketing. “Lincoln is pleased to be the presenting sponsor of the 2014 ESSENCE Black Women in Music event because it celebrates strong and creative women.”
Emeli Sande’s debut album, Our Version of Events, became the top-selling album in the U.K. for the second year in a row and to date has sold 238,000 units in the USA, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In a statement released about the honor, Essence editor-in-chief Vanessa K. Bush shared, “Emeli Sandé’s soaring confidence as a songwriter and fearless self-expression as a singer is in the tradition of many iconic female trailblazers such as Nina Simone.”
Celebrities in attendance included: Chrisette Michelle, Sevyn Streeter, Michelle Williams, SWV, Kelly Price, Malinda Williams, Kelis, Vivica Fox, Tank, Goapele, Ledisi, Mara Brock Akil, Erica Campbell, Leonna Lewis and more… [Discover which celebrities loved posing with the Lincoln MKC here.]
Sandé joins previous Black Women in Music honorees Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Janelle Monaé, Solange Knowles, Lianne La Havas and industry veteran Sylvia Rhone.
We’re less than one week away from one of the biggest industry events in the technology world. Once again, the world turns its’ attention to Sin City for CES 2014. CES remains one of the most important events in the world of technology and it’s where the latest gadgets battle for the spotlight they think they deserve.
For the fourth year in a row, DivasandDorks.com will be on the ground running to show you only the biggest and brightest stars that CES 2014 has to offer.
This year, we’ve partnered with OnStar and General Motors to bring the hottest trends in tech directly to a screen near you with daily “tendspotting” videos daily on Fastlane.GM.com and DivasandDorks.com. What trends can you expect?
4. The Evolution of Wearable Technologies
We’re talking everything from fitness trackers, smartwatches and plenty of smartglasses will be in tow.
3. The Evolution of the “Smart Home”
Gadgets are meant to enhance the human experience right? Check out what the notion of “smart home” really means when we redefine smart appliances and connectivity at CES.
2. Bigger, Better, Curvaceous Screens
From TVs to tablets and even the next greatest smartphones – expect to see a variety of bigger screens, higher-resolution displays and even a few curves to tickle your fancy.
1. The Evolution of Connected Cars
We won’t be highlighting the flash and flair of the latests cars at CES (We’ll save that for later this month at the North American International Auto Show.) but what you should expect to see is an entirely new way we connect with vehicles and more.
Starting this weekend, I’ll be in Las Vegas covering everything you want to know see at the big show! Sunday afternoon, the fun begins with CES Unveiled at the Mandalay Bay and Monday, the official CES press day kicks off with press conferences early in the morning until late in the evening. CES officially begins next Tuesday, January 7, 2014, and runs through Friday.
What are some of the futuristic gadgets you hope to see take off at CES? Share your predictions below…
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