South by Southwest Trade Show 2016

The South by Southwest Trade Show 2016 brought a variety of tech services together with demos, short presentations, and lots of freebies.

SxSW Knowbility Expo 01

Knowbility at Expo today #SXSW2016

SxSW 2016 poster Rick Linklater dream is destiny

Rick Linklater, poster boy, for the movie Dream is Destiny  #SXSW2016

SxSW 2016 Gaming Poster 02

South by Southwest Interactive Gamers event is March 17-19, 2016. #sxswi #sxsw2016

SxSW 2016 Crypton CEO Hiroyoki Itoh & poster

Happy to see Crypton CEO Hiroyuki Itoh, creator of Hatsune Miku, virtual singer. Miku comes 2 Dallas 2016. #SXSW2016

SxSW 2016 VR demo expo

Let’s dance. Virtually, of course. VR demo #SXSW2016 Expo

SxSW 2016 Nasa VR demo

NASA VR demo #SXSW2016

SxSW 2016 Mascot expo hall

Not a furry, thank goodness. Mascot at #SXSW2016 expo hall.

SxSW 2016 NASA selfie ops

NASA selfie #SXSW2016 southby expo open today

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Tradeshow #SXSW2016 robots, apps, future tools.

SxSW 2016 Del HealthHive

Dell Healthive #UTatSXSW #SXSWi2016 #SXSW2016 hookem

SxSW 2016 Transfor health w art demo

Transform health using art in clinics & hospitals #SXSW2016 #SXSWi2016

SxSW Am inventors patents

American inventors and patents. Find more online. #SXSW2016

SxSW Inventors need protection 02

Inventors need support, protection #SXSW2016

SxSW 2016 DOT Austin transport upgrades 01

DOT has chosen Austin for some transportation connection upgrades.

SxSW UT Health demo booth

Discover UT Health @uthealth_sbmi #SXSW2016 #SXSWi2016 no mascot but lots of heart.

SxSW 2016 Grindr demo

Grindr showed up to the trade show, bringing some fun.

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Texas Advanced Computing Center UT Austin at Expo. Hookem!!

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AI Samurai

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NoMaps the #SXSW2016 for Japan supporting bands, films, & startup.

DIY comics artist Jody Culkin: Making and Drawing Comics in a Makers World

SxSW 2013 Jody Culkin & Fumetti comic & NYU open source laser project

Jody Culkin, artist in a variety of media, speaking at South by Southwest Interactive 2013 in Austin Texas

Lasersaurs, science geek comics, comic book how-to’s on lasers, creative uses of IPhone cameras, hacking, soldering, coloring books on electronics, rapid development of instructional manuals using photo-comics—Jody Culkin brought many (pardon the art pun) graphic examples in a slide show presentation on DIY comics to a South by Southwest Interactive Conference audience.

Jody Culkin, a teacher in the Multimedia Program at CUNY’s Manhattan Community College, is an artist in a variety of media, including comics, photography, mixed media, installations and much more. She’s shown her sculptures, photographs and new media pieces at museums and galleries throughout this country and internationally.

Culkin suggested the use of comics, with their straightforward images and text, to assist with the development of an idea from a prototype to a finished product. And why not use comics for product—hardware or software— documentation?

Making your own fun

Tools: if you have the money or access via work or school, it’s certainly possible to use professional, expensive tools like Adobe’s Illustrator and InDesign for comics, there are plenty of no- or low-cost tools that can be applied to DIY comics. Comic Life, while not open source, integrates well with photos and is wired in with IPhoto if you use it to organize images.

Gimp, an open-source tool similar to Photoshop, can be used for pixel-based, as opposed to vector-based art and it’s available for Mac, PC, and Linux. Gimp has a lively community of users. Find out more about Gimp at

And for open-source vector-based art creation, consider Inkscape:

Culkin listed sites where science, electronics, DIY toy creation…..

Perhaps the best way to experience what the artist brought to the audience would be to review her event slides, which she posted in SlideShare. What a great idea, eh, for a DIY comics outsider artist, to give us an easy way to take in the ideas and images? Bravo, Culkin!

SxSW 2013 Jody Culkin list of suggested online comics


Links from her slides in graphic form.

More images from 2013 South by Southwest Interactive

2013 SxSW Interactive Presentations on Soundcloud 

Find out more about the South by Southwest Interactive Conference in Austin Texas

Change is as good as a holiday

South by Southwest Interactive (SxSW) 2013, a five-day free flight of imagination and creativity, just ended in downtown Austin, Texas. Each year, creative minds gather to share dreams and nightmares about technological changes, inventions, and twists in the road that takes the rest of us to the future.

Who was the most interesting wiseguy at Southby Interactive this year? Whose prophecy, whose new hardware gadget, 3D print imager (laser tech), or change-the-world idea will be the one left standing when 2014 rolls around?

Will it turn out to be this guy who said the most important thing at SxSW Interactive in 2013? He’s Nobel Fellow and UT Austin professor Dr. Steve Weinberg. He discussed new physics discoveries that are transforming our understanding of the world; Dr. Weinberg urged that we concentrate on funding and building a mammoth particle accelerator. (2019 update: Now CERN has its own Intagram.)

SxSW 2013 Steve Weinberg Physics Discoveries

Or will it be Takahito Iguchi, the CEO of Telepathy, whose interactive glasses from Japan might beat out Google Glass for style and features?

Takahito Iguchi from Facebook 2013

Takahito Iguchi, the CEO of Telepathy, using wearable tech. (pix from his Facebook)

(2022 Update: Keep up with the many tech projects, from vision tech to audio social innovations spun out by Tajaguto Uguch by following his Twitter. Quotable: “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”


And speaking of magic, how much longer do we have to wait to climb into our own spaceships? Want to catch a ride on Sir Richard Garriott’s Nauvoo-like multigeneration colonizer flight?

SxSW 2013 Preview on Space with Hugh Forest at UT Austin
Hugh Forrest does a pre-flight of the upcoming 2013 South by Southwest Interactive, which has a focus on space, with a NASA visitor area at the Long Center that will be open to the public.
SxSW 2014 NASA booth 03
SxSW 2014 NASA booth 02


SxSW 2013 Preview Talk on Space with Richard Garriott
Sir Richard Garriott did a pre-event visit to UT Austin to discuss space travel.
SXSW 2014 NASA booth 01

The answer might be: not long at all, if we are willing to work our way across the universe, according to Richard Garriott, who is busy building rocket ships with his friends. Garriott, AKA Lord British, is juggling multiple projects, all deep in the field of dreams. (2022 update: his latest MMO gaming project, currently called Effigy, will be using blockchain tech, will include NFTs and some user-created content.) Follow Garriott on Twitter because life should come at you faster than the speed of light if you plan to exit this galaxy to get to The Rings.)

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