1. Getting everyone more involved in technology.
SXSW focused on the importance of technology—getting everyone involved. Specifically, we’re really excited about are the talks of getting more ladies into coding. Girl power!
2. Diversifying game changers.
(Matthew Inman, The Oatmeal)
From PayPal to video game consoles to comedy sites, this year’s thought leaders are inspirations for nearly every industry and young entrepreneur. Pave the way, guys!
3. Bringing memes to real life.
Two words: Grumpy. Cat. SXSW brought our favorite memes to the light and thank goodness for it. We can never get enough of them.
4. The end of obnoxious apps!
App creators at SXSW have realized it’s best to move away from products that try to bring people together—maybe it’s time we try to do that on our own?
5. Big brands are getting more fun.
(Oreo giving pedicab rides in Austin)
Big companies like Chevvy, AT&T and Oreo got down with the people at SXSW. Not only was that fun for everyone in Austin, but it’s better for us as consumers. Thanks for caring about the people, guys.
6. Entertainment is getting interactive.
(Game of Throne’s real Iron Throne.)
This year’s SXSW blended two of its parts: film and interactive. We’re thinking this might be an evolution of the festival in which everyone benefits because who wouldn’t want to sit on the real Iron Throne???
7. Wearable technology is about to go mainstream.
Wearing technology seems like a thing of the future—as in 2040—but SXSW proved that manufacturers are about to bring it to us now. Prepare to look awesome, everyone.
8. 3D Printing is rapidly maturing and benefiting everyone.
SXSW brought 3D Printing to everyday users. Its uses range from hearing devices to military F-18s to cars to toys. Pretty soon this power of 3D printing can be anyone’s.
9. SXSW is expanding.
(Microsoft Windows 8 Dev Team)
SXSW has gone from a smaller meet up of industry leaders to a large-scale festival for everyone and anyone involved in or a fan of countless brands. SXSW has exploded so much that a spin off called SXSW V2V is happening this year in Vegas. If you’ve ever been interested in attending SXSW your chances are increasing. Score!