South By Southwest is one of the most dynamic and overwhelming festivals around. With a seemingly infinite number of events to choose from, planning can take a lot of time and effort. We’ve narrowed down some of the best Austin has to offer over the next week, so make sure to check out the following fun activities if you’re braving the 2015 SXSW crowd:
1.) Flying cars – Companies like Ford, Hyundai, and Chrysler will be promoting their latest technology at the Connected Car Council pavilion on Sunday, 3/15. More interesting, however, will be Aeromobil’s presentation, a Slovakian automaker who will elaborate on their flying car prototypes. The session will include discussions on the future of transportation, challenging attendees to re-think modes of travel.
2.) Robot petting zoo – This new exhibit showcases and allows spectators to interact with new robotic technology, much of which is being used to help disaster spots around the world. These tech-gadgets include drones that can 3D print whilst flying, human-like robots, and prototypes of a new Ebola-fighting suit that will better protect healthcare workers. SXSW-goers will be able to operate and learn more about these state-of-the-art tools from Sunday, 3/15 – Tuesday, 3/17.
3.) Google X’s latest “moonshots” – The semi-secret Google lab responsible for inventing groundbreaking work like Google Glass, the self-driving car, drone delivery, and Project Loon, which enables internet service via stratosphere balloons, is hosting a panel with scientist Astro Teller. The entrepreneurial genius will share his stories of failure and creation, giving insight into the world’s most elite creative team and the age-old lesson they constantly repeat: “If at first you don’t succeed, try again.”
5.) Manson Family Vacation – Directed by J. Davis, a man retaining a strange fascination with the Manson Family, this anticipated film creates an interesting backdrop of the notorious Manson murders against a dysfunctional familial relationship. Catch it on Monday, 3/16, Tuesday, 3/17, or Friday, 3/20.
6.) Deep Web – This controversial documentary about Ross William Ulbricht, the entrepreneur recently convicted of running the online black market Silk Road, is one you don’t want to miss. Silk Road’s operator merely went by “Dread Pirate Roberts,” and it seems there was more than one of them. Among the issues discussed are digital rights, Bitcoin, and our technologically-entwined futures.
8.) Snoop Dogg as Keynote Speaker – What more could you want than words of smoke-hazed wisdom from Snoop Doggy Dogg? His Keynote Conversation will take place Friday, 3/20 at 11:00 AM so make sure you’re not too hung over to see this hip-hop master live!
9.) The Spotify House – Catch indie bands performing throughout the week at Spotify’s own unique house party. With awesome artists like Stromae, The Vaccines, Run The Jewels, Ryan Hemsworth, ODESZA, Twin Shadow, Wale, and more, it’s advised that you take a break from those intellectual panels to see some killer jams. You can also take part in fun exercise programs every morning to work off those beer carbs with SoulCycle, complete with live DJs.
10.) Hype Hotel – The 10th annual Hype Hotel is one of the biggest music showcases at SXSW. With Spoon headlining, you’ll want to RSVP ASAP to secure entry. There are tons of other talented bands to check out including Best Coast, Viet Cong, and King Tuff so start planning now (if you haven’t already) for one of the craziest events of the year!