We hesitate to say this is the year of community at SXSW (we think community will become a larger topic each year moving forward), but… we do know this is an outstanding year for community professionals. Community has become a huge part of a lot of conversations among big brands and our field is hosting a whole lot of parties and events.

So many of you will be there and will be giving talks and attending happy hours. We wanted to make your life easier, so we put together a definitive guide. CMX’s own David Spinks will be there, so tweet at him if you’re there @DavidSpinks.

Keep this bookmarked and by your side, and you’ll know exactly where other community professionals will be throughout the festival.

Saturday, March 14

GA + SXSW Present: Build Brands Customers Love
AT&T Conference Center
1900 University Avenue
Details: A free short class taught by CMX Speaker Lauren Perkins

Surviving Cancer with Games and Community
Long Center
AT&T Education Room
701 W Riverside Dr
Details: A talk on gaming community and how they can help heal. Requires badge.

How CNN and The New York Times Moderate Comments
JW Marriot
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St
Details: A panel hosted by CMXer and community expert Patrick O’Keefe with community professionals from NYT and CNN. Requires badge.

Food, Brand, and Community: Food’s Big Movement
Driskill Hotel
604 Brazos St
Details: A panel for those in food tech. Requires badge.

The Colorado Party
Old School Bar & Grill
401 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Details: Hosted by CMX Speaker Andrew Hyde. A party to celebrate the Colorado startup community. All are welcome.

Ignite Talks
Old School Bar & Grill
401 East 6th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Details: Hosted by CMX Speaker Andrew Hyde

Sunday, March 15

Love Letters: Building Brand and Community
Hyatt Regency Austin
Zilker Ballroom 3
208 Barton Springs Rd
Details: Pinterest’s Head of Brand talks about community and brand in loving harmony. Requires badge.

Monday, March 16

Community Management Meetup
JW Marriot
Room 508
110 E 2nd St
Details: Free happy hour hosted by CMXer Audrey Lo!

Community-Driven Apps Defining What’s in Style
JW Marriot
Room 206
110 E 2nd St
Details: Panel featuring CMX Speaker Jess Lee of Polvore. Focuses on fashion and product. Requires badge.

CMX Happy Hour
Old School Bar & Grill
401 East 6th Street
Austin, Texas, 78701
Details: FREE with RSVP only. Cash bar provided

We can’t wait to see you all at the CMX Happy Hour! After this event, we’re all heading to the .me bash so come tag along:

Domain.com and .ME’s Brush Square Bash III
East Tent Brush Square Park
Neches and 5th St
Details: FREE with RSVP only. Open bar.

Tuesday, March 17

Building Trust in Community Marketplaces
JW Marriott
Salon 8
110 E 2nd St
Details: Panel featuring Airbnb, Sparkplug. Requires badge.

How to Start a Community Among Giants
Hilton Austin Downtown
Salon D
500 E 4th St
Details: Talk hosted by The Next Web for those interested in media communities. Requires badge.


Hootsuite House
Brass House
115 San Jacinto Blvd, Austin, TX 78701 


Twitter List of all SXSW Community Attendees (follow along! Thanks, Jessica Malnik!)


Did we forget anything on the list? Tweet at us at @CMX to let us know.

Carrie Melissa Jones

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