This week, before all the REBarCamp08 hoopla (btw- are you involved yet?), we announced that we would be attending the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive festival in Austin in March. Several famous keynote speakers and panel speakers are hitting the mic, and we couldn’t be more pumped to rub elbows with people that are waaaay bigger than any of us in this niche we call real estate!!
Scheduling your days at SXSW is complicated because there are hundreds of speakers and there’s no way to see them all. That said, listed below are the confirmed speakers that we will be making an effort to see. Which would you most want to see (it’s unfair since some of us know some of these people personally!)?
SXSW Interactive Speakers:
Gina Trapani- Lifehacker
Michael Eisner- former CEO of Disney, currently Torante Group
Matt Mullenweg- Word Press
Tim Ferriss- 4-Hour Workweek Author
Kristin Alexander- Group Research Manager at Microsoft
Gavin Bell- social software designer
Douglas Bowman- Google
Blaine Cook- Twitter developer
Will Graham- The Onion Producer
Steve Ganz- Senior Developer at LinkedIn
Alan Kasindorf- Sr. MySQL DBA at Six Apart
Brewster Kahle- Director & Co-Founder of Internet Archive
Michael Lopp- Senior Engineering Manager at Apple
Gary Leland- Podcast Pickle
Merlin Mann- 43 Folders
Ali Partovi- CEO of iLike
John Resig- Mozilla
Owen Thomas- Valleywag
These are my favorite picks so far of the nearly 400 speakers. There’s more SXSW Coverage to come- we haven’t even touched on book readings, SXSW mixers, after-party life or panels, so stay tuned!