Australians and ANZA TechNet at SXSW

Last week we told you about The StartupBus, which left San Francisco on Tuesday and arrives at SXSW in Austin, TX  today.  The StartupBus is the innovation of Australian (and ANZA TechNet member) Elias Bizannes.  On board are 25 entrepreneurs, who have divided themselves into teams to create ideas for startups that they will pitch tonight at Hickory Street Bar & Grill, 800 Congress Ave. in Austin at 6:30. It may be the hottest free ticket for super-early stage innovation at SXSW. And, a number of Aussies will be among the participants.

Our friends at Australian Anthill have some on-the-road coverage of the StartupBus. The Bus also got a write-up in the Wall Street Journal! But perhaps the best way to keep up with the StartupBus is on Twitter @TheStartupBus.

Another source of coverage on Aussies at this major interactive and entrepreneurial conference has been iPitch.com.au. The biggest story with an Australian angle is QMCODES out of Melbourne providing QR codes on all the attendees badges. CEO Antony McGregor Dey will be moderating a panel on QR code technology featuring representatives from publisher Harper Collins and Google.  Antony is also an ANZA TechNet member.

Darren Rowse, the Australian behind ProBlogger will be giving a reading at 5:20 pm tonight from his book “Secrets for Blogging Your Way to a Six-Figure Income“.

On Saturday, March 13, a group of Australians are conducting a panel discussion called “Time Travelers: Why Australians Are Virtual World Innovators”.  I think those of us working across the international dateline know why — but the panel should certainly prove to be a bit of an eye-opener for those used to working on American timezones only.

Our marketing manager, Kathy Drasky is at the show, following these Aussies and looking for others. You can ping her on Twitter @kazzadraskmedia. Let her know of any other Aussie events at SXSW ANZA TechNet members should know about.

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