Join us at SXSW Interactive!
by Julia Lam - March 6, 2009 at 2:49pm

If you weren’t able to join us for DEMO 09, we hope you’ll be able to connect with us in person at the SXSW Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas. SXSW is one of the premier interactive conferences with some of the most engaging developers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries in the tech industry. The Facebook team will be heading down south for five days of inspiring panels, exciting events, and informative meetings with developers like you.

We’ll be hosting and participating in a number of events at SXSW. Check out the details of our plans below. We hope you’ll be able to join us for one or more events!

SXSW Panels and Events


March 13th
Panel: Games By the People, For the People

  • Facebook Speaker: Gareth Davis
  • Date / Time: Friday, March 13th, 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Location: Room C
  • Overview: Exploring the enormous user-generated content opportunities available to anyone interested in game design.

March 14th
Presentation: The Search for a More Social Web

  • Facebook Speaker: Dave Morin
  • Date / Time: Saturday, March 14th, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
  • Location: Room 8
  • Overview: The Web is about people. Learn about efforts to move toward a more social Web and how openness creates better experiences for sharing and connecting.

Panel: Feed Me: Bite Size Info for a Hungry Internet

  • Facebook Speaker: Ari Steinberg
  • Date / Time: Saturday, March 14th, 3:30-4:30 PM
  • Location: Room B
  • Overview: Users are consuming shorter and more frequent content. This session examines social trends, as well as the technologies that make feed-based communication possible.

March 15th
Event: Facebook Developer Garage Austin - Powered by Intel

  • Date / Time: Sunday, March 15th, 1:00-4:00 PM
  • Location: Pangaea - 409 Colorado Street, Austin
  • Overview: Join your developer community and some of our most engaging Facebook developers for a jam-packed Developer Garage. Learn the latest from Facebook, Alamofire, Drop.io, and Causes.
  • Admittance: You must RSVP to the above event to get on the list. SXSW badges will not provide admittance.

Event: Exclusive Facebook Friends.get Party with Red Bull.

  • Date / Time: Sunday, March 15th, 9:30 PM-1:00 AM
  • Location: Pangaea - 409 Colorado Street, Austin
  • Overview: Do you develop, build, or dance like a superstar? Come hang out with Facebook and the interactive community on March 15th for a great party and live entertainment at Austin's hottest club, Pangaea.
  • Admittance: You must RSVP to the above event to get on the list. SXSW badges will not provide admittance.To request an invitation click here.

March 16th
Panel: Scaling Synchronous Web Apps

  • Facebook Speaker: Serkan Piantino
  • Date / Time: Monday, March 16th, 10:00 AM -11 AM
  • Location: Room Hilton B
  • Overview: Serious server-side engineers will talk about how they were able to get around some of the tricky ins and outs of building a fast, reliable, scalable, synchronous Web application.

Panel: Social Media and Social Change

  • Facebook Speaker: Randi Zuckerberg
  • Date / Time: Monday, March 16th, 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
  • Location: Stubb’s BBQ, 801 Red River Street, Austin
  • Overview: A dynamic discussion on how social media has aided individuals and organizations with contributing to their communities. See you at Stubb’s BBQ.

Event: 9th annual 20x2

  • Facebook Speaker: Josh Elman
  • Date / Time: Monday March 16th, 7:00 -9:30 PM
  • Location: Parish on 6th St in Austin
  • Overview: 20 different participants from all walks of creative life, each person has two minutes to answer/interpret the same question before a live audience. The question for this show is "What's It Gonna Take?"

For a detailed look into the SXSW offerings, please check out the SXSW Page or the Facebook Platform Page. We’ll see you there!