So, I am currently couch surfing in Austin, attending the first SXSW Eco conference.
I will probably post updates relatively frequently, giving my thoughts and impressions of the event.
First, I will say this: I am pretty sure that I am not the target audience for this event.
The cost of registration was quite high for a three day conference (though it has since been reduced), and likely priced out many academics, especially given that this is the first time this conference has been put on.
The schedule is an interesting mix of participants, with some focus on urban systems, and the business world has a strong presence. We'll see how things go.