SXSW Round-up: Day 1

Posted on by Gavin MacGarry

 

by Gavin McGarry

When I got on the plane from NYC to Austin, bound for SXSW Interactive, I knew I was going to a tech conference seeing row-upon-row of quiet bowed heads staring at screens.  The best part was after the crew asked everyone to turn off their ‘electronic devices’ (for the 10th time) conversation erupted.

I sat beside Irish Minister of Research & Innovation Sean Sherlock. We had a great discussion about piracy, intellectual property, and SOPA.  We chuckled together as he told me how 20-year-olds hacked his website and created an online campaign against him when he introduced the “Irish SOPA” bill into parliment.  He’s 39. Poor old guy ;-)

I overheard or consumed the following tidbits on Day 1:

More later…

 

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