#sxswbus – Day one

March 10th, 2010 § 0 comments

(….although it feels like a week has elapsed to be honest)

We met up at 6.30am, set off for the HP HQ, attended an invigorating talk by Phil McKinney, CTO of HP, and then got back on the bus. That’s when we heard everyone’s product ideas and talked about those between us, after which some clear idea winners and teams began to form.

Teams are fully formed now (11.25pm local time) and some progress has been made.

Challenges –

  • Space – or the lack of it. It’s very hard to have group discussions with more than 2-3 people on a bus. Also very hard to juggle the niggly gadget stuff.
  • Movement – Felt the morning sickness the moment I opened my lappie in the morning. We stopped for some anti-motion sickness pills, and it’s been ok since then, cept for the time we were stuck in LA traffic. UGH
  • Personal space – This is one which might be particular to me. Just not used to being around people and noise all the time. I feel like I don’t have any thinking space. Being in the bus is like being in a box. Feels like my brain is too. Let’s face it, it’s hard to take a thinking walk on a moving bus. 🙂
  • Food – As usual, finding it hard to eat healthy on a trip like this, but that’s a minor issue I was prepared for. Have had too much caffeine today. Waaaay too much
  • Energy – Despite the caffeine overload, still so tired. Brain dead. The hope is to get some good sleep tonight. *fingers crossed*

I must say, there was a moment I questioned myself. Felt like running away from the bus. 😛 But then I remembered how much I was enjoying it earlier in the afternoon and felt better. (Not to mention the fact that I have no energy to run anywhere anyways….)

We’re almost at the hotel. YAY! Adios amigos. Bed and sleep beckon.

Oh, and remember, you can keep track of where we are and what’s happening here: http://sxsw2010.thestartupbus.com/

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