CitizenPod and SXSW4Pod

CitizenPod is company that has written the interactive schedule for South by Southwest. SXSW2005 is a gaggle of multiple festivals and conferences that incorporate music, interactive media, and film.
Probably the most uber-geek props go to this festival/conference for not only putting their interactive schedules up on the website for the music and film, but also offering a full 2.6G music download via bittorrent for their showcase artists. You read that correctly. OVER 750 full-length songs for your downloading pleasure!
UBERGEEK.

STATISTICS FOR SXSW 2004
Music

  • Showcasing Acts: 1279
  • Music Venues Participating: 60
  • Music Conference Participants: 7,213 (with band registrations 8,195)
  • Approximate Number of Music Media in Attendance: 1,595
  • Approximate Number of Music Trade Show Attendees: 10,000
  • Number of Music Trade Show Exhibitors: 175
    Film/Interactive
  • Number of Films Screened: 180
  • Film Conference Participants: 3,667
  • Approximate Number of Film Media in Attendance: 352
  • Interactive Conference Participants: 3,270
  • Approximate Number of Interactive Media in Attendance: 288
  • Approximate Number of Film/Interactive Trade Show Attendees: 7,000
  • Number of Film/Interactive Trade Show Exhibitors: 121
    ECONOMIC IMPACT IN AUSTIN FROM SXSW: (Figures provided by the Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau)
  • Music Conference: $19.7 million
  • Film/Interactive Conference: $9.6 million
  • All Three Conferences: $29.3 million
  • Participants from around the world spend on average $264/day
    ADDITIONAL IMPACT OF SXSW ON THE CITY OF AUSTIN:
  • Media attention from coast to coast and numerous countries around the world
  • Music venue revenues increase on the average of 45% over their next highest month, with similar increases at restaurants, bars, etc.
  • Establishment of relations with international governmental agencies in 17 countries which reinforces the “Live Music Capital of the World” title
  • Largest annual conference held in the city of Austin
  • 12,291 room nights booked in local hotels

  • Via BoingBoing