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South by Southwest starts today

South by Southwest (or SXSW for short) starts today, and goes on until the 22nd, so there’s still time to get down and get groovy!

SXSW is a festival that brings together burgeoning artists and techies all in one place. It’s a music, film, and interactive media festival (this is where the technology part comes in, and we’re talking a wide range of stuff, from video games to regular games to old-fashioned book readings; all sorts of frivolity) that has taken place in Austin for over 20 years, but is just now starting to get international attention. Heck, even the folks at NPR are excited about it.

The SXSW festival is a fantastic venue to see new and upcoming artists of all sorts. They’re also all about supporting green technology and exploring sustainability practices. Check out their schedule here. I love how each of the music, film, and interactive categories has a “parties” schedule.

For those of you who can’t make it to the southern end of these United States, on Saturday in the twin cities MAKE magazine is having Make: Day. Whether you’re a knitter or a hacker, Make: Day is a chance to bond with fellow makers and explore all the different projects you’re not-but-really-want-to-be working on.



Beth Kelley is an applied & digital anthropologist with an overall interest in how people engage with and are impacted by their environments and vice versa. This has manifested itself in many ways, by looking at creativity, playful spaces, built environments, and environmental enrichment, sustainability, design research, and integrative and collaborative models of learning such as through play and hands-on learning.