Yesterday was Bar Camp Austin, and Whurley and company put together a great hacker unconference in the middle of SxSW. Frankly, SxSW is an overblown, bloated mess. Tickets are $495, and I hate to say it .. but it’s mostly a bunch of geeks circle-bleeping with each other. SxSW was originally about independent music, independent film, and the creative spirit. The addition of SxSW interactive was originally meant to do the same, and bring out the creative side of online content…
… what it’s devolved into is a tech conference, and an exclusionary one at that. Dorkbot was there LOCKED BEHIND A FENCE. “Platinum badge, Gold badge, VIP…”
VI-fucking-P for a Dorkbot meetup. With a tent, music, and god knows what else.
So, thank you William Hurley for putting together Bar Camp Austin! Thank you to the sponsors who pitched into the BarCamp and made it free for anyone to come and attend. Somehow, I feel that more and better things happened there that day, than were going on at the big conference.
Bitter? No. Not really. I just have this feeling that enjoying independent film, music, and enjoying some time with hackerly peers doesn’t have to come with a $500, $700 or even $1000 price tag.