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Miami Techies Prepare for Austin Tech Conference

February 17, 2011 By Carlos Miller in Miami: Local NewsTechnology  | 6 Comments

Clad in her Texan boots, South by Southwest representative Kathryn Irwin asked the handful of techies who had arrived for the SXSW pre-mixer party in Miami if they had any questions about next month’s conference in Austin.

A couple of hands went up, mainly asking about hotel rooms, which have not been available for weeks now.

Miami Beach 411 was lucky to get a couple of rooms five miles from the conference. And that was months ago.

“Your best bet is to stay with a friend,” said Irwin.

Irwin asked the group if anybody had anymore questions.

Matt Meltzer, who will be with me in Austin attending and covering the conference for our readers, asked the all-important question.

Can we have a couple more of those free drink tickets?


And that’s when the party started, lasting several hours into the night at Black Bar in one of the grimiest neighborhoods in Miami, on the outskirts of Overtown.

If there is one thing Miami locals can do better than Austin locals is party. Sure, they party in Austin. Party very hard. But their last call is at 2 a.m. We don’t really have a last call in Miami. Not if you know where to go.

So Austin better prepare itself, at least for Matt and I, because we are going to raise some serious hell in Texas.

If you doubt us, take a look at the video as to what to expect.

I’m hoping Scosche has released their wireless microphone for the Flip camera by then because as you can tell by the video, it would really help us conduct our interviews as we take advantage of the free booze.

Otherwise, I just might have to resort to my Canon HG 10 and I really don’t want to do that because the editing process takes so much longer (meaning it will eat into my free booze time).

Excuse the tech talk, but this is the conversation that gets the juices flowing at SXSW.

We will be attending the conference from March 10-15. We will probably hype it up in the upcoming weeks.

For more information on SXSW, check out this link. It’s essentially a music conference that evolved to include a film and interactive (meaning tech or nerd) conference. We’ll be covering the tech and film conference.

Our friends from Rakontur (Cocaine Cowboys and The U) will be debuting Square Grouper, a documentary about the marijuana smuggling business in the 1970s.







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Carlos Miller is a featured writer at Miami Beach 411. He also operates Photography is Not a Crime, a blog about photographer rights, New Media and First Amendment issues.

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6 Comments on

"Miami Techies Prepare for Austin Tech Conference"

Gus says:

Nice video, Carlos. Looks like a cool group of people. Matt is a natural in front of the camera.

Posted on 02/17/2011 at 1:34 PM

UTS says:

Miller be prepared for a suprise. They party BIG TIME in Austin like everything they do in TX. The University often is awarded the moniker of ” Best Party College”.

You guys should have a ball

Posted on 02/17/2011 at 4:00 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

UM and UF I think won two of the last 3 years. I don’t know that they deserve it, neccesarily, I"m just saying those rankings are not always that accurate.

That being said, Wei Yei needed to speak up. But aside from that he gave me about 1001 free drink tickets, so I can’t complain. I had to check my credit card receipt the next morning to remember where we went for dinner after. This should be fun….

Posted on 02/17/2011 at 10:49 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

Jesus Christ. Re-examining that, I was pretty banged up there at the end of the night. It’s gonna be a rough week…..

Posted on 02/17/2011 at 10:56 PM

UTS says:

Matt - If it gets rough, resort to the ” Hook ‘em Horns hand sign ( modified ” hang loose ) and you’ll have it made in that town.

Posted on 02/18/2011 at 7:45 PM

Matt Meltzer says:

Thanks, UTS. Hopefully I can remember that 12 drinks deep.

Posted on 02/21/2011 at 2:10 PM

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