SXSW 2014 and the Hope Outdoor Gallery

SXSW 2014 Austin Texas Hope Outdoor Gallery 6th street

This year was the first time I've actually made it out to SXSW. If you haven't heard of it before it is a huge interactive, film, and music festival held in Austin, Texas.

My main reason for going was to attend the interactive and digital media sessions, but I stayed on afterwards to help launch a new product (more about that later) and to soak up the general awesomeness that is Austin.

Hands down, the best thing I discovered was the Hope Outdoor Gallery, a huge graffiti / street art project run by SpraTX. Words can't describe how incredibly cool this place is, so check out the video and photos below. It is definitely worth a visit if you find yourself in Austin!

While I was in town, a friend who lives in Houston flew his helicopter in for a visit. We went on a rainy-day adventure along the Colorado River and out to Lake Travis, where we landed on a tiny island in the middle of the lake (yep, having a helicopter is pretty awesome). Here are a couple pics from our excursion.

If you'd like to check out more of my friend's flying antics, check out his Instagram feed: www.instagram.com/theodorerobertwrightiii

And last, but not least, here are a couple of pics from my time in Austin and at SXSW itself. It's a pretty cool city, with a lot of live music, great food, and art. Austin is also making a name for itself as being a hub for start-ups and entrepreneurs, which makes for a very cool vibe.