The hustle and bustle associated with SXSW 2016 is now over and it was a wild ride.
The Projectplace team spent four days connecting with people from various professional backgrounds and countries at the SXSW Trade Show in the Austin Convention Center. On March 13, the trade show opened its doors to thousands waiting to explore the myriad of booths. Some of the business solutions there included Ten-X, an online real estate platform, Computer Futures, an IT recruitment and consulting agency and Wolfram Alpha, a search engine and coding company. More than half of the people we spoke to lived and worked outside of the U.S. but overall two-thirds of the attendees we met lived in North America.
We met small business owners, software developers, data analysts, film industry professionals and certified project managers – just to name a few. We found that many of these attendees were still using somewhat outdated methods, such as email and spreadsheets, while others were dissatisfied with their current project collaboration tools missing the mark.
The challenges of these project collaboration tools mentioned by attendees included limited capabilities. For example, one tool worked for workload management but didn’t allow teams to easily communicate with each other. Another tool offered an effective social component but made it difficult to keep track of tasks.
The concept of “one tool that does more” really resonated with these visitors. The large, interactive Kanban board was an audience favorite, kept people engaged and heightened their curiosity, especially for those who had never seen a project collaboration tool in action. They commented on the specific, unique features such as Gantt reinvented and the social component of the product connecting everything together.
The Projectplace team hit the streets with our unofficial mascot, Kaptain Kanban the pirate, and took pictures with attendees.
SXSW Interactive was an amazing opportunity to interact with thousands of people throughout the week – from all walks of life.