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Trial and Error

Hey SXSW: Ever Hear of an Overflow Room?

March 11, 2008 10:46 AM

So at 11:30 a.m. Central time I headed over to Room 12 at the Austin Convention Center to catch Michael Eisner’s “fireside chat” with Mark Cuban. Like many attendees at South by Southwest, I’ve had a busy schedule. At 11 a.m. I was interviewing Jamison Tilsner, a co-founder of the Web site www.Tilzy.tv.

After I finished that interview, I headed to Room 12. But the room volunteer told me the room was already at capacity. Even for press, I asked? Even for press, she said. “Fire marshal rules,” she added.

I get fire marshal rules. I don’t aim to shirk them. I am totally cool with respecting them.

But hey, SXSW—ever heard of an overflow room?

It’s an extra room where you put all the people who couldn’t fit due to fire rules in the first room. Then you pipe a video feed of the session into that room.

That would have been helpful.


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