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Your guide to finding the best unofficial SXSW 2014 events — March 2, 2014

Your guide to finding the best unofficial SXSW 2014 events


Going to SXSW this year? Our community peep Shannon Byrne brings you a list of places to discover unofficial events.

Of course you are. Everyone seems to be going. I feel like the second thing after “Hello” from the mouth of every tech/startup/community person I’ve run into in the past month has been: “Are you going to South By?”. Unfortunately, I am only going in spirit. Although I am envious of everyone with a pass, I am even more envious of the people who will be attending all of the “secret,” unofficial, and pop-up events. Let’s face it, these events aren’t just a pleasant surprise, they’re usually the best part about a big conference conference. And rumor has it that the same rings true for SXSW.

Usually equipped with free food, free booze, and high-quality networking (not just the people there for the free booze and food), these pop-up events and parties bring a breath of fresh air to the typical stodgy name tag cladden networking event. If you’re looking to make the most of your SXSW experience, we at The Fetch suggest checking out these resources and guides that you won’t find on the official SXSW agenda:

1) Gary’s Guide to SXSW is described as “the ultimate” SXSW party list with lots of pub crawls, food crawls, happy hours, brunches, parties, and educational talks broken out by day. Have your SX itinerary next to you while you scan the list to pencil the most appealing events in.

2) Austin 360 has a super helpful side party guide. Choose your day with the option to select free entry only, free food and drinks only, and/or staff picks to see your curated list of the best SX side parties.

3) RSVPster has a pretty extensive unofficial SXSW party calendar. Make sure to check out their Crash Course in Attending SX. It’s pretty focused on music, but there’s helpful tips for innovation too.

4) Expion is hosting some interesting pop-up panels featuring Gary Vaynerchuck of Vayner Media, Sabeen Ali of AngelHack, and more.

5) .Co is setting up an entire pop-up SxSW HQ equipped with coworking space, coffee, tacos, meetups, talks from some of tech’s greatest leaders, and more.

6) Cool Austin has a huge list of unofficial events on their Tumblr page.

7) Start following Unoffical SXSW on Twitter or Facebook for tips on some of the best (and free) parties.

8) has put together a diverse list of tech, startup, music, arts, and showcase events. This one is definitely for those interested in broadening their networks (and one of my favorites, personally).

9) There’s even a Reddit feed with a list of and discussions around all the bets parties.

Although we are envious that you get to go rub elbows with all of tech and music’s finest, I wish you safe travels and a ton of fun! Bring me back some swag, won’t you?! 🙂

Image credit: Austin Tech Council

Curator Year in Review 2012: Chloe in London — November 30, 2012

Curator Year in Review 2012: Chloe in London

As the end of 2012 approaches, we thought it’d be nice to have an update from our beloved city curators. To kick us off, Chloe Nicholls in London, aka @ThatGirl_Chloe, highlights some of her most appreciated events, spaces and top moments of 2012.

Chloe presenting for at The Lovie Awards

Best event for meeting people? 

Any of the events organised by @3Beards i.e. SiliconDrinkabout, Digital SizzleDon’t Pitch Me Bro – these guys have really revived the tech and startup scene in London.

Best event for content shared and learnings? 

General Assembly London for key learnings and workshops, and some favourite  conferences and events include Social Media WeekInternet Week EuropeleWeb LondonReMixMind the Product and Wired 2012

Personal event stye preference? 

Although I attend many conferences and big events every year, I prefer smaller panels and workshops, with a great MC who can ask direct questions – not only to the panel but to the audience too and get a debate going. I find that it’s the people in the audience who sometimes have the most interesting answers/points of view rather than the speakers or panel.

Favourite source of local community news? 

Twitter and Facebook is where I find out all my industry goss!

Favourite coworking space? 

For the creatives The Hospital Club and for the techies Google Campus and Central Working (great coworking spaces and cafe even if it’s sometimes bursting at the seams).

Favourite cafe with wifi? 

The Breakfast Club! (Good place for breakfast, lunch or both; brunch – plus they have great wifi access). 

What’s been a personal highlight and not so high moment of the year? 

Heading to SXSW with my team from Newspepper and low light, bit of an obvious one, but the summer rain before the London 2012 Olympics – it was endless rain for about one month.

What have you enjoyed about being involved with The Fetch in 2012?

The Fetch has been a great way to tap into London’s tech, business and creative communities and keep up-to-date on going on for professionals. By curating the newsletter, I get to discover new  events and share them with the rest of the community. I’ve definitely met some interesting characters along the way!

What are you looking forward to in 2013? 

I can’t wait to start hosting The Fetch Conversations – which are thought-leader dinners for The Fetch community plus continue to work with our brilliant Community Ambassadors and build the community for a wider audience. 

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