Mar 10 AT 2:39 AM Clark Wimberly 15 Comments

Team Android at SXSW – full party details revealed!

Well, well. What do we have here? Oh, only the raddest Android bash ever known to mankind. No, seriously. More than 4,000 of you have signed up to join us on March 13 at Lustre Pearl AND we have a ridiculously awesome sponsor lineup, both of which point to one thing: you not wanting to miss this party.

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We’ve partnered with a number of fine folks to bring you an evening of the hottest new Android devices and apps topped with free food and drink. The doors open at 7PM and we’ll be letting ticket holders in first. We’ve released only enough tickets so that all confirmed RSVP’s should be able to get in, but best bet would still be to arrive plenty early. We’re going to form two lines, one for ticket holders and one for standby guests. While the party is open to the public, we think we’ll hit capacity fairly quickly and can’t guarantee everyone in the standby line will get in. If you’ve been to SXSW, you know the cold reality is some events fill up. If we could let you all in, we would.

Once you’re inside, you’ll notice a few things. First, you’ll see Art Vader doing a live mural painting. We’ve seen him in action a bunch of times and frequently he paints in a destructive robot style- we figured he was a perfect fit. Next, you’ll notice an open bar, backed by one of the best bar-tending teams in Austin (seriously, if you’ve been to Lustre you know these guys really hustle). After a drink or three, you can head into the backyard to hang around our on-premise food truck, Bomb Tacos. At 7:30, when everyone is nearing the optimal mixture of drink and beef, we’ll start the show.

Team Android Choice Awards Presented by Appolicious

The Team Android Choice Awards are all about showcasing the best and most innovative Android apps at SXSW. We’re giving ten developer teams 2 minutes each on stage to pitch their app to our packed house of Android elite.

After each team has hawked their goods, we’ll take an hour or so break to give the teams time to work the crowd, provide hands-on demos with their apps, and finally collect a crowd vote. We’ll be taking the live vote through a webapp we’ve built just for the event so make sure your phone has some juice left after a hard day of conferencing around Austin if you want to play along.

Perhaps the most exciting part is the trophy we’ve built for the event, which features our familiar Android friend perched atop a solid gold cup. Ok, it’s not real gold, but it’ll look like it when you get back to the office and proudly display this bad boy on the front desk.

The Team Android Choice Awards are presented by Appolicious, a powerful app discovery tool available in the Android Market right now. While we’re on the subject of sponsors, now would probably be a great time to give a shout out to all our great partners helping make this event a reality:

Event sponsors

The venue: Lustre Pearl on Rainy St

The whole thing is taking place at Lustre Pearl, an old house that’s been converted into one of my favorite hangouts in Austin. One of my favorite things, believe it or not, is the fact that it’s not located on 6th St. If you’re from out of town, you might think that’s a bad thing. If you are from Austin, you know exactly why that’s a good thing.

The good news is that Rainy St is just minutes from 6th St and downtown and can easily be walked on foot. In fact, we think it’s so easy, we went downtown one day to shoot the video below. The entire trip, from 6th & Red River to Rainy St only took 9 minutes.

The official Team Android poster, featuring you!

Just like last year, we’ve got an official event poster featuring the awesome illustration abilities of Angie. Unlike last year, she took the entire RSVP list and added the full names of everyone involved to the poster. If you signed up early enough to get a ticket, you’ll find your name on this poster.

Team Android at SXSW preview image

IMG_9507.JPG On top of the poster, we’ll have some Android and Me stickers (the first time we’ve gone full-color and die-cut) and hopefully all sorts of other goodies. Of course, I can’t get in to specifics, but we’ve got a big roll of raffle tickets and we’re not afraid to use them.

Oh and remember that mural painter I mentioned earlier? We’ll be dismantling the installation at the end of the night and giving away one-of-a-kind art originals.

Join the team!

In summary, all at once, as quick as I can do it: We’ll be at Lustre Pearl on Rainy St at 7PM on March 13 with Appolicious, Samsung, HTC, Verizon, Netshelter, and NVIDIA. If you have a ticket, we’ve saved you a space at the party. If you don’t have a ticket, you can come in as soon as we finish the ticket holder line. If you want more info or to join the waitlist, please visit our official SXSW page at We can’t wait to see you all this Sunday!

PS: This party is 21+ only! We forgot to mention it and while most of you probably figured it out (being in a bar and all), we just wanted to make sure we were clear. Leave the kids at home!

Clark is a developer living in Austin, Texas. He runs ClarkLab, a small web firm with his wife, Angie. He's a big fan of usability, standards, and clean design.

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  • buschwusch

    i dig the beard.
    i’d love to come, too bad that i’m a continent away :/

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  • AndrewKam

    Damn, you guys are really making me wish I would have gone to SXSW this year. Guess I’ll have to go next year to make up for it.

    And Clark, how slow were you going? I could have sworn it took us only like 5 minutes during the BBQ. I’m guessing the night time traffic makes it easier to cross streets?

    • Clark Wimberly

      Felt like I was moving at a reasonable rate, haha. I did get caught pretty dirty at that light near the end, that probably cost me a few minutes.

  • http://Website adryan

    Hey Clark do you think alot of people will be there from many of the other popular android websites like droid life or android central? or even phandroid or androidpolice?

    • Clark Wimberly

      Not sure exactly who from the blogosphere is going to be in town for SXSW. You can see a full list of RSVPs on the Eventbrite page though:

  • Taylor Wimberly

    Thankfully some of the sponsors have donated prizes to give to our online readers. Look for details over the coming weeks.

  • http://Website adryan

    maybe samsung will give out a SGS2? ;) yeah right but i can dream. or tablet would be nice to. especially if its the only one released for america

  • http://Website Kevinthebox

    Too bad I’m 21 a week after. *Sigh* Someone better get smached for me!

  • http://Website John

    You have over 4000 people signed up to line up at the front door of an old house turned into a bar? This event sounds awesome, but shouldn’t it be held in a larger environment like a gymnasium or small arena?

    • Clark Wimberly

      Most of those people are just on a waiting list and don’t actually have tickets. We’ve only released enough tickets to make sure we all still fit in the venue- the rest are just hoping that ticket holders don’t show up.

      Plus most of the event is happening outside, the house really just houses the bar itself.

      But yes this is going to be absolutely crazy. Anyone planning on coming should get ready to get nice and cozy with their fellow Android brethren.

    • Taylor Wimberly

      The honest answer is last year we held a SXSW party and maybe 100 people showed up. This year we booked a larger venue expecting more people, but I never imagined that 4000 people would want to come hang out with us.

      • http://Website Raptor

        Was twice on Engadget shows. during last several years. It was around 800 and 1200 people there. 4000 people will bury you LOL

        • http://Website Bob

          The 4000 people are on a waitlist. Only 500 or so have tickets.

          But yes, this is going to get pretty hairy.