Weekly Wrap Up - SXSL
04 Oct 2016
Did you catch the first inaugural South by South Lawn last night? What is that, you say? President Obama was filled with so much festival inspiration after visiting this year’s South By Southwest that he decided to partner with SXSW and have a one-day festival of “Ideas, Art and Action” on the green pastures of the White House. In the same vein as SXSW, attendees to SXSL got to attend panels with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio and Dr. Katharine Hayhoe about climate change, sing along to live performances of The Dap Kings and The Lumineers, and pepper in a slew food and interactive art and tech booths in between.
Those of us who weren’t on the guest list were still able to live stream the show to feel a part of the action. If you were one of said viewers, you might’ve seen a few familiar bots on the scene. Our EDU team was there showing attendees the myriad of ways SPRK+ and Lightning Lab are innovating tech learning in the classroom and beyond. We also had a few surprise visitors you may recognize to our booth, who were dazzled by our bots and endless supply of dad jokes, we’re sure.
It was indeed a show for the ages we felt honored to attend and a heck of a great way for the POTUS and FLOTUS to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
As for us, our east coast tour doesn’t end with SXSL, as we’re heading to New York Comic Con this week for some spandex in the city (not Vegas).
From the Lawn to the Con. SXSL 2 NYCC.
A Day In The Life: David Saucedo
Q. S’up, buddy. For those who don’t know you, who are you and what’s you title here?
A. David Saucedo (aka DSauce), Digital Director.
Q. And what do you do at Sphero every day?
A. I take care of all things RGB (web stuff), event booth designs and walk Biggie Smalls 3 times a day.
Q. A day filled with art and dogs can’t be a bad day. What advice can you offer for those looking to get into the same stuff?
A. Do work, son. Don’t be lazy. Becoming a good designer doesn’t happen over night. I’ve been lucky enough to work along side some great artists at Sphero, so I’m constantly feeding off of their creativity.
Q. You guys sure make our stuff look REAL good. So what are you working on these days?
A. I’m currently working on the Paris [Games Week] booth and some top-secret new product renders.
Q. What is your favourite part of working at Sphero?
A. Everyone at Sphero is super cool and fun to hang out with at and after work. I’ve never been at another place where everyone gets along so well. The free ice cream is pretty cool, too.
Q. YEAH IT IS. Which bot is your fave?
A. Ollie is my favorite for sure. Even if you’re not a good driver it’s so fun to make it crash in to things. Nothing can stop Ollie!!
Q. T-Rex-Arm-Extension unstoppable!! Kinda. Well, you know what I mean. What do you like to do outside of work?
A. I love working out and breaking a sweat. If I’m not at work I’m doing some sort of physical activity.
Q. And what’s your favourite aspect of living in Colorado?
A. The WEEEEEEEEEED!!! Just kidding. I love having beautiful scenery in my backyard. We’re so close to so many awesome adventures in the wild. Although I’m a huge ocean lover, the mountains are a VERY close second. I love getting lost in nature and hiking for hours every second I get.
Q. Any sweet or favourite spots you care to share?
A. A family favorite in the Saucey household is Fate in Boulder. If you haven’t had the Pit Boss with the fried egg on top, you haven’t lived yet. (WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???!!!)
Q. Follow one's Fate, if you will. Sorry. Ok, last question: what interesting fact or tidbit can you share about yourself?
A. Everyone knows I was in the military but no one really knows what kind of things I’ve been through or seen over seas. Those are things I like to keep to myself. I pull them out of my memory bank when I’m stressed or down in life. Those memories keep me motivated to keep working hard at whatever I’m struggling with and they remind me that life could be (and was) much worse.