South by Southwest 2013

For the past 20 years, SXSW has evolved into an intense networking and discovery conference and festival that swallows up Austin every spring break. The festival is comprised of four branches: SXSWedu, an education technology conference; Interactive, a technology conference; Film, an indie showcase displaying new talents in cinema and over 30 world premieres; and Music, the centerpiece of the entire festival, which showcases indie and mainstream talent alike. The conference is huge, a behemoth of industry talent, parties, panels, ideas, networking and discovery. Not only does the festival bring some major revenue to Austin every March, it also brings some of the biggest names in the education, interactive, film and music industries to the city. For example, Bill Gates, space pioneer Elon Musk, actors Jim Carrey and Steve Carrell and musicians PrinceJustin TimberlakeGreen DayJohn Fogerty and Dave Grohl all converged on Austin this year to help curate an eclectic blend of entertainment for the over 30,000 SXSW attendees.


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