SXSW 2014: Inspiration is Headed Your Way

Written by Linda Park | October 18, 2013
SXSW 2nd Registration Deadline

SXSW 2013 Alumni L-R: Grulke Prize winners Haim, photo by Emma Shields. John Gallagher Jr. and Brie Larson of Short Term 12, photo by Rick Kern/Getty Images. Elon Musk, photo by Kevin McGehearty.

We hope you've been keeping up with all the killer announcements from SXSW Music, Film and Interactive. The Music Conference announced a bevy of excellent programming, while the Festival gave you a sneak peek at nearly 200 artists ready to melt yer ears next March. Film has Lena Dunham, Casey Neistat and Jason Blum coming to keynote and Interactive is readying for Adam Savage and over 500 sessions designed to get your brain moving.

Today marks the second registration deadline for SXSW 2014. You have until 11:59 pm CDT to buy a discounted badge and partake in some excellent savings. And don't forget to book your hotel while you're at it.

SXSW, heading into its 28th year, continues to provide attendees with experiences both mind-blowing and intimate. Industry leaders, up and comers, innovators and movie makers all converge on Austin for ten days of business, exploration and fun in the sun.

Have a look at what some of the 2013 attendees had to say, and we hope to see you in Austin next spring!

      "I didn't know what to expect since this was my first SXSW. I was leading a panel discussion and we planned accordingly. Our panel was packed and the audience seemed really connected. One of the best things about my experience was that there was actual business that was conducted. I hadn't expected it to be such a great new-business generator." - Mike Knowlton, “Exploring Place with Cross-Platform Storytelling” panelist

      "It can be pretty traumatizing to step out of a dark editing room that you've been trapped in for three months and spend a week at a film festival trying to remember how to socialize with people. But SXSW was a genuine celebration for all the exhausted filmmakers who trudged through the trenches for years to make their movies. pending that week with all of those passionate storytellers and curators injected me with a huge sense of pride to be a part of such an incredible community. I couldn't have had a better experience." - Destin Daniel Cretton, Director: Short Term 12

      "When we arrived in Austin, we were pale, exhausted and had the winter blues, because it was still snowing in Germany. After four days of sun, networking and great music at the GERMAN HAUS this was all forgotten. The overwhelming response, which included lots of kisses and hugs from complete strangers from all over the world, made us wish our little music 'embassy' was open all year." - Katja Hermes Initiative Musik (Berlin, Germany)

      "Music is the glue that bonds us all. I saw positive proof of this at SXSW, and I fear not that the music business is in dire straits. I did catch a comment that Dave Grohl made at his Stubbs show about making records without the use of big machine record labels. People cheered at that. There is a general sentiment that the music business is alive and well and existed way before any kind of economic infrastructure. As the experts decide where the tollbooth should sit as the music industry gets re-tooled, the bands will play on, as they always have." - Gavin Lurssen, Lurssen Mastering