South by Southwest Interactive Festival March 2006

Some people have a countdown to Christmas or their wedding, I’d rather have a countdown for the next South by Southwest Interactive Festival. It’s happening next March 10-14, 2006 in Austin, TX. Craig Newmark of Craig’s List is doing one of the keynotes. South by Southwest Interactive is the best tech/web event to go for learning, recharging and lots of fun.

From their FAQs page:

What is SXSW Interactive?
The SXSW Interactive Festival offers five days of panels, keynote discussions, trade show and exciting evening events. Attendees benefit from hands-on, how-to training as well as long-term, big-picture analysis in an atmosphere that super-charges creativity and out-of-the-box thinking.

Who attends this event?
SXSW Interactive appeals to uber-geeks and digital creatives who push the cutting edge of technological change. More specifically, the event appeals to content developers, web designers, programmers, bloggers, wireless innovators, gamers, tech entrepreneurs, bankers, investors and educators.