It's already March, and First Friday is Friday, March 7. This week is a big one for Firecat Studio; we'll be traveling to Austin for South by Southwest Interactive, our favorite local web conference.
So we'll do our Friday coworking session from Austin; most of the Firecat gang and usual coworking suspects will be in attendance. Among the events we've got on our calendars:
- Coworking Meetup, Friday March 7, 7-9 pm, San Jose Motel. LaunchPad Coworking's Julie Gomoll has used her connections to get us a sweet spot to meet coworking enthusiasts from around the globe, Austin's chic San Jose, just across from the hopping Continental Club. We're expecting 75 or so; join us! It's open to everyone, you don't have to have a ticket to SxSW to attend.
- Transparency in Business, How Much Is Too Much? Core Conversation, Saturday March 8, 5-6 pm. This event IS an official part of SxSW-i, and I am proud to say I'm leading this discussion. Core Conversations are a new feature of the conference this year, 6 tables in a ballroom and as many interesting planned conversations. If one conversation doesn't hold your attention, you can move on to the next one. But Transparency is a fascinating topic with implications for politics, business, coworking, social lives, personal lives, and the interesting ways these intersect.
- Coworking and the Evolution of the Independent Worker, Core Conversation, Monday March 10, 5-6 pm. Independents Hall's Alex Hillman (from Philadelphia, natch) and other cool folks behind seminal coworking spaces around the world will discuss the coworking trend specifically. Again, SxSW-i badge is required for this one, but I am betting there will be some tweets and meetups after.
Next month it's back to the usual schedule, Firecat First Friday will be on April 4. For the April Brown Bag discussion, we plan to continue our discussion of social networking and collaboration tools. Your suggestions for future brown bag topics are very welcome; thanks to Joe McBride for suggesting Ajax/Ruby on Rails -- we're considering that one for May. Interested? Other ideas? Drop us a comment here.