Snapshots from SXSWi 2009
Canadian photographer Kris Krug has been nice enough to share some of his SXSW Interactive photos with us. As we hit the last day of the event, it's interesting to see that his photos capture many of the themes that attendees have noticed.
The first trend is somewhat predictable. Among movers-and-shakers of the Web and even film, there seems to be one thing that binds them all together: Mac laptops. And of all the MacBooks, the MacBook Pro notebook in particular seems to be everywhere. In fact, SXSWi may be the easiest place to talk about Mac products or to borrow Mac accessories (like the quick use of a power adapter) -- or to feel out of place if you're clacking away on a Dell.
More photos after the jump.
One of the most endearing and longstanding areas of the Austin Convention Center is the Lego Pit. Adults, children and everyone in between gravitate to the colorful corner of the conference. It's also a great place to catch international germs, if that's what you're into.
SXSWi is the perfect place for BarCamp because it's one place in the world where people would definitely know what BarCamp is.
Zombies were spotted all over SXSW. Don't call it a comeback. Not at least to their faces. Or what's left of their faces.
Internet celebs at SXSWi such as former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki (today's co-keynote, pictured above at left) and uber-blogger Robert Scoble get as much attention as actual celebs like Bill Murray (not pictured) who attended the SXSW Film Festival.
Like at most conventions, companies hand out freebies, chotchkies and stickers. Their goal is to get their brand in our hearts and minds, but this is a little ridiculous.
Nerds just won't let this Segway thing die.
Speaking of nerds ... one trend spreading the globe is the use of Flip cameras. Lots of people are using the tiny video shooters to document their lives. But the use of professional flash photography on a sub-$500 point-and-shoot model got a few LOLs along the trade floor.
-- Tony Pierce
Photos: Kris Krug