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Vancouver does SXSW: SWAG

Saturday, March 15th, 2008 — 7:18pm PDT
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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

A guest post by John Biehler

Guest contributor John Biehler is an avid photographer, gadget geek and traveler. He has filled in for Rebecca on several media travel trips and provides stunning video and photos from these adventures.

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  1. tyfn says:

    I have yet to open my bag of Schwag!

  2. DaveO says:

    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. Jennie says:

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

  4. GZ Expat says:

    Woot…Zappos swag. Shooooz are good.

  5. Tris Hussey says:

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

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