Part of what makes Google such a fun place to work is that there’s always something going on: diverse talks, lunchtime concerts, impromptu game tournaments, you name it—all wrapped up with a collective passion for building a better web. So when we were thinking of what we should do for this year’s SXSW, it was pretty obvious: let’s package up a few of the things that we love about Google and bring them with us to Austin, Texas.
Our participation kicks off on Friday, March 9, in a fireside chat where senior vice president Vic Gundotra will discuss the future of the Google+ project with Guy Kawasaki. We also have Googlers speaking on more than 25 panels, covering topics as varied as the design of Google and YouTube, changing the world through hacking and WebGL’s impact on the web.
On March 10-11 we’ll open up the Google Village. We’re taking over Rainey Street (just a few steps away from the Austin Convention Center), setting up shop in four houses and packing them full of demos, drinks, talks and, of course, live music. Here’s what you can expect at each of the houses:
- Android House: We’re showcasing the latest and greatest from Android, including phones and tablets running Android 4.0, live music on the backyard stage, and a look at cool entertainment for your device.
- Google Maps House: Interested in enhancing Google Maps with biking directions or updating the business information in your local neighborhood? We’ll show you how, plus many other ways you can add more map data to the places you know and love.
- Developer House: Participate in code labs and spend a day with the team building LEGO race bots controlled by Android, leading up to the ultimate rumble Sunday evening. Learn more on the Developers Blog.
- Discovery House: Find out more about our latest creative and advertising products, and see how Google can help you expand your business—or maybe start one.
Live from the Lot
There’s no place like Austin for live music, and on March 15-16 Google Musicand YouTube Presents will host Live from the Lot, two days of concerts atop a downtown parking garage. We’ll have performances by The Shins, Gossip, The Ting Tings and Heartless Bastards, to name a few. If you can’t make it in person, tune in online for a full live stream of both days’ shows atyoutube.com/presents.
Plus, artists officially showcasing at SXSW can also stop by our artist lounge atLive from the Lot to relax and recharge with food, laundry machines, massages and more.
Get more details about our plans for SXSW on our website. The trucks just finished packing up the last Android statue, and we’re all ready to go. It’s Austin or bust—hope to see you there!