Friday Buzz: SXSW, a Year After Tragedy
The festivities will go on in Austin, Texas, starting this weekend, after a deadly crash at last year's event—but expect SXSW to be toned down this year. Also: Let's talk about your IT maturity score.
Last year, one of the country’s hottest events took a tragic turn.
The 2014 edition of the SXSW festival—which covers topics in music, film, and interactive technology—was thrown into disarray after a driver fleeing police ran into a crowd of revelers. Four people were killed; nearly two dozen others were seriously injured.
“And for each specific memory of the pain, there is a matching remembrance of good, an opposite and equal reaction to the night’s horrors: the bystander who laid her sweater on a victim, or who started CPR, or used his shirt for a tourniquet, or knelt near the head of an injured man to hold his neck until medical help arrived,” the Austin American-Statesman‘s Eric Dexheimer wrote in a feature piece.
The man who was behind the wheel of the car, Rashad Owens, remains in jail a year after the accident. Meanwhile, organizers of the festival, along with city officials, are looking to take the lessons of the tragedy and build a safer environment for attendees.
The city announced that it would cut down on the number of approved special-event permits, and some of the biggest brands at last year’s event are staying home amid criticism over unauthorized open-air parties. Those who are holding parties are toning back their events.
“It’s a very fine balancing act,” SXSW Interactive head Hugh Forrest told USA Today. “Our top priority is having a safe and user-friendly event for all our registrants.”
Webinar to Watch
What's your association's IT maturity score? Join us & @dcoriale to find out http://t.co/EbsKIRuvd3 #assnchat pic.twitter.com/C8fXPnmtkw— ACGI Software (@ACGISoftware) March 13, 2015
How do you ensure that your technology matches your needs? Tech firms DelCor and ACGI Software say the IT Maturity Model can help. The companies will host a free webinar about the value of a solid IT Maturity Score on March 31 at 1:30 EDT. Learn more over this way.
Other Links of Note
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