“Technology isn’t what’s new, its what works” – Day One at SXSW 2013


The title for this blog post pretty much sums up my first day (and time) at South by South West, SXSW. It’s a quote I picked up from Christy Pipkin at a panel on disrupting education in Africa.

A lot of the buzz around SXSW focuses on the next big thing, the latest trends, preparing for the future etc. Its a great conversation really. I take nothing from that.

I am however concerned that we often forget what’s important – the value these conversations, thoughts and ideas add to our lives… more so, improve them.


Austin is a great city – not your stereotypical Texas city – but a great city nonetheless. It has a great culture, a vibrant people – a very friendly people at that, and to crown it all off, it offers one of the best conference experiences ever in the form of SXSW!

Thankfully, through the support of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce, I got a shot to experience it all for myself. I attended some pretty interesting panels, meetups and parties and  talked to/met some really cool people.

The thing I find interesting the most is the culture and how it shapes the lifestyle and livelihoods of the people here.

I’m still wrapping my head around the crazy schedules and I look forward to day two and the rest of the programming. More soon as it unfolds.


I’m here with Nivi Mukherjee of eLimu. Check out her day 1 experience here.

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09. March 2013 by mtoto wa jirani
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