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Attend SXSW 2012 as a Volunteer

The 26th annual SXSW festival will take place between March 9-18, 2012 in Austin, Texas. SXSW is divided into 3 core conferences, Interactive (March 9-13), Film (March 9-17) and Music (March 13-18). Last year, the total number of SXSW Conference and Festival participants totaled 126,100.

Here are some statistics from last year:

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Sketches of SXSW Archetypes | The View from a Local Company

This is a guest post by the folks at Software Advice, They’ve researched and reviewed hundreds of software products, so you don’t have to, you can contact them at http://www.softwareadvice.com, check out their blog as well for great articles.

This is a pretty funny post they did and we are posting it here with their permission. Basically, this is a list of the stereotypical characters that flock to SXSW each year – including the dirty hippy, the hipster, and other classics…

As a local Austin company, we have a love/hate relationship with South by Southwest (SXSW). We love the shows and the action, but parking sure is a drag right now. More than anything, we’re enthralled by all the visitors to our small, Texas town. As a diversion from our day jobs, we thought we’d sketch out some of the archetypical characters we’ve been seeing around town during the festival.

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Aspiring EntrepreneurAspiring Entrepreneur

“We’re Twitter meets Zynga with an API that transforms the social graph.”

He’s an alpha male in a beta body, rockin’ the hoodie and flip flops – just like Zuck. SXSW Interactive attracts a swarm of these php-smokin’, eager beavers. You’ll find him at “Business Model 101: How To Actually Make Money?,” but he wishes he was at the Android Developer Meetup. You’ll often find the PR Chick and the Venture Capitalist in hot pursuit – a stunning reversal of the social order that was in place during college, last year. At least one of these aspiring entrepreneurs will join the digital elite within a year. And OMG, you totally ordered a Bulleit on the Rocks next to him at the Mashable party.

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Developers: Rackspace gives you $10,000 in prizes for building in their cloud

Get ready for a battle. Rackspace is kicking off the SXSW Interactive King of the Apps contest, an ongoing contest targeted towards developers and startups to build applications using the Rackspace Cloud Files API.  For more information and for contestants to submit their app, please see:  http://www.rackspace.com/kingoftheapps

After submitting your application, it will be evaluated by a panel of 5 judges made up of both tech-experts and tech-lebrities, including Stacey Higginbotham of GigaOm, Dave McClure of 500 Startups, and Eric Ries creator of the Lean Startup methodology, and Rackers Robert Scoble and Bill Boebel, who will select two finalists to compete in a live-audience Showdown @SXSW.

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SCVNGR "Chief Ninja" added as a keynote speaker for SXSW Interactive 2011

Seth Priebatsch, the “Chief Ninja”  for Boston-based mobile gaming startup SCVNGR, has been added as a keynote speaker for the upcoming SXSW Interactive 2011.

This “Chief Ninja” is the fifth keynote speaker selected so far, more will be added as additional keynotes are confirmed.

SCVNGR is a mobile game and a game platform. The game is easy, you earn points by going places, check-in and completing challenges using the mobile application which it is available for both the iPhone and Android.

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2011 SXSW Interactive Sessions have been announced!

The initial list of confirmed sessions for SXSW Interactive has been released. SXSW accepted session proposals from June 14 – July 11 of this year through the SXSW PanelPicker, a unique online interface that allows the community to have a voice in SXSW’s programming.

The released list of sessions only represents about one-third of the total that are programmed for 2011. More than 2,400 proposals were received, and SXSW is still working on adding more sessions to the list. If you proposed a session and is not in this list, no worries, yours still has a chance to be accepted in the coming days.

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