South by SouthwestI've just survived my first South by Southwest in Austin.  It was a great time - a bit long for me though - I was at the whole festival from March 7-16 (interactive, film, and music).  The highlight of the festival for me was yesterday, starting with attending a packed interview with Ice Cube and DJ Pooh about their new UVNTV.com.  I sensed genuine buzz and excitement in the audience for what they are trying to do.  Then I had a 20-minute one-on-one interview with Ice Cube where we talked about the intersection of technology with hip-hop, music, and celebrity.  I was a bit nervous but I think it went very well.  The day was then topped off with a free live concert in Austin where Ice Cube performed and it was streamed live to UVNTV.com with Silverlight.  I was backstage during the concert and got a great look at the whole process of producing a live concert streamed to the Internet.  As far as I know (I checked all around) this was the first live streamed concert in Silverlight and it went off without a hitch.  The technical wizards who did this were from iStreamPlanet  and their expertise showed - real pros on streaming live events.

Over the next week I'm going to take it easy but I will be posting some video interviews that I took with some of the vendors that I met in the Trade Show and showing some of the backstage video that I captures to explain the live streaming process.

If you're still in Austin on 3/16 and want to meet up I'll be around since my flight doesn't leave till 5:00 PM.