One of my most bitter disappointments about SXSW2008 this year was the lack of tangible take-aways from the sessions. A quote that really inspired me before last year’s festival was this by John Gruber of Daring Fireball:
SXSW is the only conference I know where designers and developers hang out. Designers have design conferences. Developers have nerd conferences. http://daringfireball.net/2007/02/sxsw_2007_rands
True to this statement, I attended as a guy who knew a good bit of Ruby, knows a lot about Perl, and lives in a Unix-y environment. I left with a lot of great knowledge from disparate fields. That didn’t happen this year and I fear it may mark the shark-jump moment for SXSWi. I’ve written my concerns about the future of SXSWi and would appreciate any feedback. Please put comments in this entry.