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My favorite parties at SXSW 2011
PureVolume House (also where we threw The Hype Machine party)
Josh, Brittany, Dave, Mitchell and the rest of the Purevolume/Buzzmedia crew consistently throw the most reliably awesome experience during SXSW. The drinks flow freely and the quality of the bands mean you can see everything you need to just by staying put. So pro.
CNN bought out Max’s Wine Dive for a week, completely rebranded it as only CNN (what party do you ever remember only having ONE sponsor?) and brought in Danny Meyer’s team from NYC to create a killer, all-free menu. This was a twice a day stop for us to refuel and relax. (read more on CNN’s press blog)
508 House sponsored by Virgin Mobile
One of my favorite getaways because it’s rarely packed during the early evening. It’s literally a house turned venue and they have floor-beds in one of the rooms, perfect to escape for a bit and a killer DJ setup in the other. I saw The Knocks DJ here and a 16 piece marching band all in the same hour.
Rachel Ray’s Green House
A bit of a hike to the east side but a gorgeous garden-y space at the old Big Red Sun. Plenty of places to lounge and enjoy bands all day. Why aren’t there parties here during interactive?
#GetSauced Pool Party & BBQ sponsored by Conduit
Felt a little too like Miami but I still loved it. Gorgeous roof deck pool on top of the Ashton apartments and a great crowd of people.
XO Cafe Noir sponsored by Patron
Wins most creative experience. You had to meet at a non descript coffee truck on 4th and Brazos to pick up your wristband, an iced coffee and a mini flashlight with the patron logo visible, batman style. The coffee sleeve had the address of the party, a few blocks away, printed on it. Inside the space there were delicious cocktails and a magazine style photoshoot in the middle of the party (picture above).
(Guest post by lhl)
Hey SCHEDxSWers. SXSWm is in full swing, so it’s a bit of a crazy time to push out new features, but what the hell, right? In that spirit, here’s a new feature I’ve been working on that has been super-useful for helping me navigate around.
Simply put it’s a map layer that includes your SCHED as well as every other event that’s happening over the next few hours. But wait, there’s more! Since we have a few thousand people making SCHED’s this year (yeah!), we actually have some decent data on how relatively busy any specific show is going to be. When you click in, that’s represented by the length of the red bars (with longest being most busy).
I’ll be trying to add a couple more features, over the next couple days, but I think it’s pretty useful as is and we’d love to hear your feedback as we whip this into shape.
Here are directions on how to get this working on Android phone.
This is the map URL, replace ‘lhl’ with your username:
On Android, all you have to do is type this in the Google Maps App’s Search Bar. Make sure you type the whole URL with ‘http’ and it should give you your map in the screenshots.
Things are a bit trickier with the iPohne, but should give you a similar result if you do it right. First, go to http://maps.google.com/ in Mobile Safari and type in the Google Maps Search Bar. If you use Google Maps in Mobile Safari (web) you’ll see all the cool details, but if not, it just drops a bunch of red pins without descriptions which is not so useful. On iPhone, there’s a free app called My Maps Editor that you can use (it’s great, but you need to click in preferences to make it refresh), and on both Android and iPhone, loading your map URL in Google Earth also works.
Let us know how it works for you (though it’s fresh untested code with sharp edges, so it might not!) and feel free to send bug reports to lhl@sched. If none of the directions make sense, don’t worry, we’ll push it into the main mobile site as it gets more baked soon, but I wanted to at least get it out there, since like I mentioned, it’s been awful convenient.