Digiday’s guide to what’s in and out at SXSW 2019

SXSW is still all about the tacos and tech, but the annual conference for tech, film and music still has some notable new features and appearances.

For one, Austin now has electric scooters, so SXSW’s more than 70,000 attendees can forget about hailing an Uber (or one using local ride-hailing app Ride Austin) and instead hop on a scooter to get across town. HBO, in partnership with Giant Spoon, is back with another experiential event. But instead of transporting attendees to “Westworld” to drink old fashioned, they’re being asked to donate their blood on behalf of “Game of Thrones.” And then there’s a bunch of 2020 presidential candidates here to show off how digitally savvy they can be.

Here’s our take on what’s popular and what’s not at this year’s SXSW.


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