Mar 3, 2010

SXSW: Austin, here we come!

You’ve probably heard of South by Southwest (SXSW) if you’re into music and film festivals or if you’re totally into technology, i.e. a tech geek. The MapQuest team is both so we’re really excited to be a part of this year’s SXSW conference in Austin, TX! For those of you who aren’t familiar with SXSW, it’s a very unique convergence of original music, independent films, and emerging technologies. Not only are there five days dedicated to technology, but there is also a five-day music festival and a nine-day film festival.

For those of you attending, check out the new SXSW iPhone app – my.SXSW iPhone – which allows you to view and build your event schedule as well as search for events/venues from your iPhone. The app includes MapQuest maps, helping you navigate to the next concert, premiere party or tech forum. You can also use the new SXSW maps online. The maps are easily filtered by category, venue and date.

During the SXSW Interactive Trade Show, attendees can stop by our booth (#401) to talk to MapQuest Developers about making their applications location enabled. For attendees who will be at SXSW Sunday, March 14th – and who are hungry – we’d like to invite you to join us for free beer and free BBQ at The Salt Lick. It’s seriously the best (in our opinion) BBQ in all of Texas (and quite possibly the world). It’s first come first serve, though, so check out the details on our dev blog to see how to join in the fun.