Microsoft at SXSW 2010

We are gearing up for the interactive portion of the annual SXSW conference (March 12-16, 2010), in Austin, TX and wanted to share what we have planned and how you can connect with the various Microsoft teams onsite.

Also, be sure to check out the Microsoft News Center for daily updates during the event.

Opportunities to Connect with the Microsoft Team:
Be sure to stop by the Microsoft booth to check out the latest from Windows Azure, Bing, Internet Explorer and WebsiteSpark.  

We are in the Expo Hall Booth # 904, 906, 1005, 1007.

Microsoft Sponsored Parties, Lounges and Contests: 
Stop by the Silverlight Interactive Lounge located in the 4th floor corridor of the Austin Convention Center, outside of the panel rooms to experience the digital living room showcase. Friday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 16; Hours: Friday (10 am – 7pm); Saturday (9:00 am – 6:00 pm); Sunday & Monday (9:30 am – 6:00 pm) and Tuesday (10:00 am – 4:00 pm). 

Check out the Windows Phone Bloggers Lounge, located at 19A, to experience the Windows Mobile device bar and grab some snacks during the conference. Friday, March 12 – Tuesday, March 16; Hours: 9:30am – 6:00 pm daily

Join us for the official Microsoft SXSW party at SpeakEasy for drinks and to check out technologies from Windows 7, Windows Phone, Silverlight and Surface, among others. Monday, March 15 from 8:00 pm – midnight

Strike up a conversation with the Microsoft Tag street team to obtain your personal Tag, which will allow friends and other attendees to scan your Tag using their smart phone. The attendee with the most scans at 6:00 pm on Monday, March 15 will win $5,000!

Charitable Activities:
Checkin4Charity: Microsoft is partnering with PayPal and FourSquare to encourage attendees to “check-in” at various locations around Austin. For each check-in, a donation of $0.25 will be made to Save the Children, to benefit children in Haiti.

Salute to our Troops: On Sunday, March 14, Microsoft and SXSW will host a group of wounded soldiers from the Brooke Army Medical Center.

Panel Participation and Sponsored Events:
danah boyd, Social Networking Expert, Microsoft Research, will keynote “Privacy and Publicity” on Saturday, March 13, at 2:00 pm in the Convention Center: Level 1, EH1

Chris Wilson, principal program manager at Microsoft will participate in a panel titled, “View Source Has a Posse” on Saturday, March 13, at 2:30 pm in the Convention Center: Room 12AB

“Extending Your Brand? There’s an App for That” workshop will occur on Sunday, March 14, at 11:00 am in the Hilton Hotel Downtown: Hilton D

Sara Summers, UXE, Microsoft, will participate in a panel titled, “Your Design Process is Killing You” on Sunday, March 14, at 2:00 pm in the Convention Center: Ballroom E

Chris Pendleton, BING Maps Technical Evangelist, will participate in a panel titled, “Augmenting Maps with Reality” on Sunday, March 14, at 9:30 am, Location TBD

Toby Richards, General Manager, Community and Online Support, Microsoft, will participate in a panel titled, “Customer Support in a 140 Character World” on Monday, March 15 at 5:00 pm in the Hilton Hotel Downtown: Hilton A/B

BizSpark Accelerator competition will occur Monday, March 15 and Tuesday, March 16 in the Hilton Hotel Downtown

Marc Whitten, General Manager, Live Services, Microsoft, will participate in a panel titled, “The Future of the Digital Living Room”  on Tuesday, March 16, at 3:30 pm in Ballroom D

“Microsoft Bing: Behind the Scenes of The Decision Engine” workshop will occur on Tuesday, March 16, at 12:30 pm, led by Ian Schafer, Deep Focus;  Aaron Lilly, Microsoft senior marcom architect; Lynn Girotto, Microsoft, senior director; and Stefan Weitz, Microsoft director, influentials.

Deepak Manohar, Sr. Program Manager, US-WLX-PM, will participate in a panel titled, “Securing Web Behemoths Web Application That Are Large” on March 12, at 5 pm in Ballroom A

Posted by Dominic Carr
Director, Microsoft News Center.