Vancouver does SXSW: SWAG

Comments 5 by John Biehler

Contributed by John Biehler

Once again, SXSW Interactive dropped a huge pile of swag on all attendees.

The first year I attended, I ended up having to get an additional bag for all the goodies on the way home. Where possible, I brought extra swag for coworkers that didn’t make it to the conference and it was much appreciated…even if it ended up as a cubicle feeding frenzy once I dumped it out on my desk.

Last year, I planned ahead and had a lot of extra room in my main bag (I packed lighter for the warm weather) and which was overweight upon checking in at the airport to come home (by 5 pounds) so I simply pulled out some magazines and put them in my carry-on.

This year, I just brought a bigger suitcase and was still 16 pounds over upon leaving. I brought an extra carry-on for all the books and pulled it and the paper goods out….and the check in attendant let me go even though I was still about 4-5 pounds over.

Aside from a pile of free t-shirts from all kinds of places, here’s a few shots of some of the stuff that was picked up on the trade show floor – a few purchased items from the Make store or via donations to Creative Commons (CC/Mozilla Moleskin FTW!) and a few trinkets from my brief stopover at BarCamp Austin:

Photo Credit: John Biehler on Flickr

Here’s a video of me dumping out and going through the swag bag you get as an Interactive attendee. If you attended the Music, Film or had a Gold/Platinum badge, you’d get additional bags for those events too.

I shudder to think how much paper was wasted (and not recycled) from the thousands of bags issued to attendees:

Contributed by John Biehler

5 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. tyfnSaturday, March 15th, 2008 — 7:20pm PDT

    I have yet to open my bag of Schwag!

  2. DaveOSaturday, March 15th, 2008 — 7:36pm PDT

    ugh! i just finished packing before heading out and have an epic pile of paper on t he hotel floor – so many duplicates and crap – kept some CDs though …

  3. JennieSaturday, March 15th, 2008 — 10:19pm PDT

    Awwww swag… can I have that huge Blogger sticker?!?!

  4. GZ ExpatSunday, March 16th, 2008 — 1:26am PDT

    Woot…Zappos swag. Shooooz are good.

  5. Tris HusseySunday, March 16th, 2008 — 10:09am PDT

    My fav bit of schwag is getting Huge to autograph my SXSWi bag.

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