If South By Southwest (SXSW) is an immersive experience that lasts 10 days, it can be very hard to come away with a concrete takeaway. You leave with your head literally spinning and a pocketful of business cards. Leading the “celebrities,” there was President Obama, Michelle Obama, Iggy Pop and Willie Nelson, as well as a gaggle of stars including Queen Latifah, Loretta Lynn, Kirsten Dunst and Sofia Vergara (Modern Family). If SXSW is unique because of the combination of film, music & interactive people, the best things tend to happen randomly on the side (e.g. backstage or in lines). And then there are also concerts and film premieres galore. All the same, many of the sessions provide valuable insights.

Making Change, IoT, Virtual Reality…@SXSW

If there was no new “periscope” app or gadget that buzzed this year, the technology that was the talk of the town was Virtual Reality. There was also a lot of talk about the need for change and how to effect change, in part through technology. There were plenty of sessions that focused on IoT, AI, big data as well as a few on Influencer Marketing, whether in Interactive, Film or Music.

In an effort to curate the takeaways, for all the sessions I attended, here is a selection of “recaps” via Storify. Each storify contains the best of the tweets for that session. If nothing else, it’s a different way to find out what happened! Do comment below on anything you liked/disliked about this post.


Why Happiness Is Hard and How to Make It Easier with Headspace’s Andy Puddicombe

[mdial/why-happiness-is-hard-and-how-to-make-it-easier-sx” target=”_blank”>View the story “Why Happiness Is Hard and How to Make It Easier #SXSW with @AndyPuddicombe” on Storify]

The State of Media & Tech

[mdial/the-state-of-media-and-tech-at-sxsw” target=”_blank”>View the story “The State of Media and Tech at #SXSW” on Storify]

Virtual Reality Unplugged at SXSW

[mdial/virtual-reality-unplugged-at-sxsw-2016″ target=”_blank”>View the story “Virtual Reality Unplugged at #SXSW 2016” on Storify]

Virtual Reality: Is It The Ultimate Brain Hack?

[mdial/virtual-reality-is-it-the-ultimate-brain-hack-at-s” target=”_blank”>View the story “Virtual Reality: Is it the Ultimate Brain Hack? at #SXSW 2016” on Storify]

12 Inevitable Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future

[mdial/12-inevitable-tech-forces-that-will-shape-our-futu” target=”_blank”>View the story “12 Inevitable Tech Forces That Will Shape Our Future with @Kevin2Kelly #Inevitable” on Storify]

Designing Behavior Change At Scale

[mdial/designing-behavior-change-at-scale-with-chris” target=”_blank”>View the story “Designing Behavior Change at Scale with @ChrisRisdon” on Storify]

The Moral Compass of Future Play

[mdial/the-moral-compass-of-future-play-sxsw” target=”_blank”>View the story “The Moral Compass of Future Play #SXSW #betterplay” on Storify]

Inspiring Change In A Connected World

[mdial/sxgood” target=”_blank”>View the story “Inspiring Change In A Connected World #Activism #SXSW” on Storify]

Building Influential Tech Brands

[mdial/building-influential-tech-brands-with-techbrands” target=”_blank”>View the story “Building Influential Tech Brands Summary – #techbrands #D5sxsw” on Storify]

Social at SXSW

140 Characters, Zero Context

[mdial/140-characters-zero-context-with” target=”_blank”>View the story “140 Characters, Zero #Context – with @MKanin @jbouie @eramshaw & @mikedebonis #SXSW” on Storify]

Online Life After You Die

[mdial/online-life-after-you-die-techlegacy” target=”_blank”>View the story “Online Life After You Die #TechLegacy” on Storify]

Deep Web and Dark Social: Is Anything Really Private?

[mdial/deep-web-and-dark-social-is-anything-really-privat” target=”_blank”>View the story “Deep Web and Dark Social: Is Anything Really Private? #SXSW #DarkSocial” on Storify]


How Not To Pitch a Movie

[mdial/how-not-to-pitch-a-movie” target=”_blank”>View the story “How Not to Pitch a Movie #SXSW” on Storify]

Demystifying [Film] Digital Distribution

[mdial/demystifying-digital-distribution” target=”_blank”>View the story “Demystifying [film] Digital Distribution at #SXSW” on Storify]

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