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2014 SXSW Explores The Future of Food (HINT: Insects Play a Role!)

Just a bit of background in case you are like me and only recently learned about the glorious SXSW. SXSW—which is short for South by Southwest—is a collection of film screenings, “interactive events,” music festivals, and conferences that happens in Austin, Texas every March. (Today is opening day!) It started as more of an indie-music thing but now it’s one of the top tech meet-ups in the world. And there truly is something for everyone, including dozens of food-specific offerings like discussion panels.

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Below, a sampling of this year’s SXSW food-and-health related seminars:

March 8
“Dear Taco Vendor, How Are You Securing My Data?”
This important seminar explores the idea of exchanging personal information as currency. SXSW, like many other festivals and events, offers free swag in the form of clothing, grab-bags, and, of course, food. You’re not often charged money for these items, yet you have to “earn” these free things by logging into your various social networking accounts and promoting the company. This seminar discusses the process from logging in to ways the companies benefit from your information. The security of your personal life is important. Get to know the way of the world in 2014!
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Earn the Gym Rat Badge on FourSquare, Get a DIR T-Shirt

How many calories can you burn checking in on FourSquare, the rapidly growing location-based social game? We’re going to guess about one, since all it really requires is stretching your thumb over the “Check In Here” button. However, a real-life game of foursquare, the popular playground game, can burn 350 calories in an hour. (See, a workout doesn’t have to be a workout, go play a game!)

Our team just returned from SXSW Interactive in Austin and aside from walking four miles round trip each day to and from our accommodations to the conference center, we did our best to “shape a healthier us” all week long; for instance, skipping the grilled cheese station for a sushi lunch. Part of that strategy was playing several rounds of foursquare at the Pepsi Max/FourSquare court. We even had an opportunity to meet Dennis Crowley, founder of FourSquare, and share with him one of the fitness-inspired business cards we’d created for SXSW. Thanks @Dens for Tweeting out a picture, and sharing this comment on Flickr: “Sweating like I’ve been at the gym for 4 hours.”
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DietsInReview.com at SXSW

sxswWe just wanted to let our loyal readers know that the DietsInReview.com team is in Austin for SXSW. We’ll be sitting in on sessions to learn what’s new in interactive developments to bring even more innovations to you. We’ll also keep our eyes open for any health and fitness goings on and keep you updated on our Twitter.