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Jamillah Knowles | 12:21 UK time, Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Hello Outriders!

This week the podcast holds the second part of our run around SXSW. With so many great people to talk to, it was a close thing to fit this many into one episode.




First up I was wired up to a heart monitor in order to steer the direction of a movie. Sound odd? It is - but in all the best ways. A combination of hard work, sharp writing and awareness of film craft as well as bio-monitoring makes Film Trip a very interesting experience whether you are hooked up to an EK monitor or not.





The Samsung Bloggers' Lounge at the Austin Convention Center was a safe haven to get your lap top out, plan your day and write long form. While there I met up with Stephanie Agresta who was running the lounge and Brian Solis who had been speaking at SXSW and also has a new book out entitled "Engage!"





After recording in two locations and having a strange cinematic experience, it was time for lunch. Rather than eat another grilled cheese sandwich on the run, I caught up with FoodSpotting Co-Founder Alexa Andrzejewski to find out what might be a better thing to nom.





The afternoon was easily filled by almost literally bumping into web creators in the street. Robert Scoble was being mobbed by fans when I drew him away to ask how he manages such a high rate of social data all the time. Steve Garfield was between panel sessions when I managed to grab a few minutes with him to talk about user generated content, news and what was in his bag.





Another interesting look at our internet habits is revealed in David Meerman Scott's book, Marketing Lessons from the Grateful Dead. If you are wondering what a band making music 45 years ago has to do with current web trends, you may be surprised to find out just how history repeats and how fast that happens in internet years.





As SXSW Interactive drew to a close it seemed apt to look back with the second part of my chat with Peter Blackstock of the South by South West Scrapbook. He told me about how the interactive developments made a difference and what his favourite moment is from the past 25 years.


Exhausted and happy to attend such an event on it's Silver anniversary. SXSW is worth checking out if you are of a digital disposition. Remember to bring comfortable shoes though and that you cannot be every where at once.


Thanks to Colleen Lin for her help on the past two week's programs and to Digital Planet for inviting me to join in on their panel discussion about Creativity and Openness with June Cohen of TED media and Steve Rosenbaum of Magnify.




Until next week!
~ Jamillah




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