A week or so back I publicly weighed the options between being at CPAC or somewhere else. I’ve chosen to be somewhere else.
First impressions after getting badged are that SXSW is huge, and that it’s very well run. I was in and out of the badge line in no time at the convention center and headed over to the Long Center across the river to see the life-sized model of NASA’s next great space telescope. More about that tomorrow.
As for the huge part, they’re expecting about 250,000 attendees. Austin’s total population is only about 820,000. Traffic in this place is gonna be a nightmare.
If you’re at SXSW tweet at me at @texasbryanp. I’ll be covering it through Monday at least.