We’re pretty excited about heading down to Austin this week. Leah will be giving an exciting talk about the role of social reputation and trust mechanisms in our lives, and TaskRabbits will be on the ground helping companies, brands, and attendees. Since we still have to wait another day to pull on our cowboy boots, we put together this list of the five things we’re most excited about at this year’s festival:
Panels, Talks, and Sessions
This year’s lineup of speakers is overwhelmingly awesome. We wish we could clone ourselves and soak up all the knowledge that will be doled out around town during the week. The things we’re most looking forward to? Lyft / Zimride Co-Founder John Zimmer will chat about the role of UX in peer-to-peer marketplaces. RelayRides Founder Shelby Clark will speak alongside Airbnb’s Nate Blecharczyk and Etsy’s Juliet Gorman on the power of the sharing economy. Tumblr Founder David Karp will talk about building tools for the 85 million creators on the social content platform. Productivity guru Tim Ferriss will teach us all how to learn more efficiently in his session on meta-learning. Jane Pratt, founder of Jane and Sassy magazines and editor-in-chief of XoJane.com will dole out secrets discovered from 25 years of disrupting media. And our very own Leah Busque will discuss the role of social reputation in our lives — and the future of trust in our society.
Eating Our Way Through Austin
Where do we even start? We plan to have barbecue sauce on our faces 24/7. We’ve got a handful of favorite BBQ joints, but we’re really salivating for the brown sugar & coffee rubbed brisket from Lambert’s. We also can’t wait to get our hands on the tried and true pies from Home Slice Pizza. And, of course, we plan to try as many flavors of Amy’s Ice Creams as possible while we’re in town.
Austin Beerworks & Spec’s
Sure, we’ll drink our fair share of Shiner Bock while we’re in town, but what we’re really excited about is getting our paws on some cold cans of Fire Eagle from Austin Beerworks. We’re suckers for craft beer and amazing brand design — Austin Beerworks gives us both! We plan to pick up our beverages at the very cool Spec’s — the Texas superstore with a smart looking rabbit in the logo. How can we resist?
South by Southwest pretty much runs on the friendly, reliable Austin TaskRabbits. We’re endlessly impressed by this hardworking bunch and love heading to Texas to see their smiling faces. Plus, like many conference attendees, we know we’re gonna need a hand while we’re in town. TaskRabbits can help with everything from point-to-point deliveries on the ground (iPhone chargers and coffees and umbrellas, oh my!) to supply runs for you and your team (Whole Foods, Target, whatever you need).
Hanging Out With You
Those of us heading to Austin from TaskRabbit HQ can’t wait to hang out with you! Follow @TaskRabbit and be sure your TaskRabbit iPhone App is up-to-date to get the latest on where we’ll be when.