More than 24,500 attendees registered for SXSW this year, a 27% increase from last year -- and it showed. Huge crowds were the norm, cabs impossible to come by. Attendees waited more than an hour-and-a-half the first day to pick up their badges in a line that snaked around the Austin Convention Center's entire first floor.
Couldn't make it to this year's new media pow-wow? Here's everything you need to know in 500 words or less.
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