Category: Culture

Top 5 LGBTQ Panels

The road to this year’s SXSW conference has been paved with some particularly potent discussion of various underrepresented identities. The voices of women in tech are being heard, as are those of POC. We have, in fact, discussed each of these issues here and here. Queer voices are being raised as well and, as we’ve mentioned, SXSW...

Top 5: Southbites

While tech, digital industry and startups take center stage at Interactive, Southbites is the track whose relevance is as old as time: Food. While it’s not our job to pick favorite tracks, food is something that speaks to all of us – and something we’ll need to think about during our long days exploring South...

Top 5 Panels on Love and Relationships

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and whether you’re in a relationship or not, we all have love on the brain. This week on SXTX State’s Top 5 we’ll look at five panels that explore modern love and relationships – from the reason for hookup culture to the future of robot companions. Date-onomics: It’s Not You,...

SXSWistful

I’m sitting in a darkened theater watching a comedy show. The room seats 90 people. It’s a late show, and I only stayed out because there’s a writer from The Daily Show performing. Then the host comes out and says, “We have a very special guest with us tonight…Mr. Judd Apatow.” That’s right, the director...

Interactive Reflections

During the week leading up to SXSW Interactive, I started to panic. How was I supposed to handle something most people described as overwhelming? I had never really liked crowds, I was unsure of my abilities to cover an event like Interactive, and with so many options, I had no idea how I was going to choose what to...

Inspiration and Diversity at SXSW

In the months before SXSW, I prepared. I prepared to be overwhelmed with my choices. With hundreds of panels to choose from and more than 30,000 attendees alongside me making the same choices, I prepared to be jostled, shut-out and waylaid. I knew I might have to change my plans at a moment’s notice. I prepared...