Right now, South by Southwest 2015 wrap-up listicles are as ubiquitous as Uber, free tote bags and beer were at the event itself. Here’s another.
After three years of speaking at SXSW Interactive and two on the advisory board, I know what to expect of the yearly festival. Yes, free drinks, great speakers and so much live music it’s like a mini version of the Music festival that follows Interactive. Yes, sore feet, an inspired mind and dozens of new LinkedIn contacts. But this year was the best SXSW I’ve been to so far, and the themes that made the largest impression are all, oddly and wonderfully, initialisms: VR, AI and LGBT.