Well, six representatives from Birmingham/West Midlands are representing the region at the SXSWi (the i stands for interactive), a geekfest in Austin, Texas.
I've been following the six as they explore various forums, meetings, presentations, get-togethers, parties and so on, via an aggregating site that is almost up to the minute in its immediacy.
There's a lot to think about just with what they are finding out - the bleeding edge of internet technology and ideas along with some of the hoary chestnuts of the internet (like who actually invented the word "blogosphere").
What is particularly interesting is the way sxswm.com is able to aggregate text, photos and video from six people, add in communication and feedback, and keep people half a world away informed of what is going on. It's not quite the same as being there but then I haven't had to suffer the pain of travel, not to mention the hangovers, that the team have endured!
What is interesting is the description of the kit they are using and the availability of free wifi in Austin. Portable computing is obviously the way to go, but surely we will soon be speaking of iPhones rather than MacBooks, instantly uploading video and so on. All very exciting.