Let’s say your stereotypical, white-collar conference is straight out of Office Space – an extension of the monotony of cubicle life, interrupted by staid speakers waxing boring on industry topics, where a team-building exercise or trust fall would be the only non-alcoholic activity to provide a needed, if unpleasant, recess. 

SXSW is the exact opposite. It’s a (spring) break from office/production/whatever life. It’s a serious conference that doesn’t take itself seriously. It’s replete with amusing panels that are there for no other reason than to amuse.

Exhibit A: Worst Website Ever: That’s So Crazy, It Just Might Work – Nine internet-renowned writers, designers, and engineers pitched their best most terrible ideas for an internet-start-up to a real-life investor for a shot at a fake $1 million. Bonus points went to presentors who were able to pull off a semblance of knowing wtf they’re taking about while making the least amount of sense.

Exhibit B: Battledecks II Powerpoint meets Karaoke meets improv comedy.  A game-show competition where internet cool kids took their turns at 3-minute, impromptu presentations in front of slides they had never seen before. To add to the difficulty/hilarity, the slides had nothing in common except they were all swimming in the web’s meme pool.

Rocketboom has a look:

If you need some help with understanding the inside jokes, click here. Just kidding, start here and then click here.

In any case, geeks at conferences know how to have a good time.

Facebook Comments

Don't miss out on the next big story.

Get Tubefilter's Top Stories, Breaking News, and Event updates delivered straight to your inbox.

This information will never be shared with a third party