The Evernote SXSW Survival Guide


The Evernote SXSW Survival Guide

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 10 Mar 2012

Posted by Kasey Fleisher Hickey on 10 Mar 2012

Editor’s Note: This note was updated with minor edits on June 5, 2015 to more accurately reflect the current Evernote feature set.

If you’re going to SXSW, you’ll definitely want to arm yourself with our survival guide. It’s packed with tips for how you can use Evernote and a number of our partner products (that you can find in the App Center), to get more done, capture your experiences, stay organized, and be able to access all of your notes from any device you have on hand.

Our top 10 tips for using Evernote apps and products at SXSW:

  1. Create your packing list. As you get ready for your trip, create a checklist of things to pack so you don’t forget anything. Check things off your list as they go in your suitcase.
  2. Have all of your travel, hotel, and transportation information handy. Email your travel itinerary, hotel confirmations, and more, to your Evernote account. Don’t go shuffling through your inbox when you need to pull up this information, need to find a phone number, or confirm a departure date.
  3. Annotate maps with Skitch, save them to Evernote. Whether you’re new to Austin or not, use Evernote and Skitch to map out your game plan for the parties, panels and meetings you’d like to attend. Use Skitch to capture a screenshot of a map, annotate it, then save it to your Evernote account.
  4. Use Evernote to capture your grand ideas. You’ll be attending panels, meeting tons of inspiring people, and learning about lots of new companies and opportunities. Use Evernote to capture your ideas — whether they’re written down in a notebook, on a napkin, or drawn out with chalk on a sidewalk. Type out notes and snap photos of text that you’ll be able search and find later.
  5. Corral all of those business cards. Before you toss someone’s business card into your bag, snap a photo of it using Evernote and add any additional thoughts as a note. Save all of your business cards into a separate notebook that you can use as your searchable, digital rolodex. If you don’t have time to take a photo, you can always scan them later, or use one of our partner integrations like Shoeboxed.
  6. Chronicle your food experiences with Evernote Food, and join our SXSW Food Hunt! There are lots of delicious places to eat in Austin. Just ask our Austin-based Food Writing Ambassador, Kristi Willis. She’s leading a SXSW Food Hunt, so while you’re in Austin, be sure to join the fun. Use Evernote Food to snap pictures and add notes about the delicious places you eat and the people you share your meals with.
  7. Get work done on the go. Your colleagues back home are probably jealous that you’re at SXSW, so make sure you don’t drop the ball when it comes to getting your work done. Save work documents and presentations, mockups, and important emails to your Evernote account so you can stay productive in between sessions. If you’re Premium, then you can also take everything offline on iOS and Android.
  8. Save tweets to your Evernote account. Follow these instructions for connecting your Evernote account with your Twitter account so you can send tweets you may want to remember to your Evernote account.
  9. Share your experiences with friends and colleagues. Whether you’re using Evernote, Evernote Food, or Skitch, share your notes with friends back home through Shared Notebooks, as individual notes, via email, Facebook, and Twitter.

Useful Trunk Integrations

Check out some of our great partner integrations to help you get even more out of SXSW.

  • Expensify: Capture your receipts instantly, then pull together your expense report when you’re back at your office.
  • Quicktate, Dial2Do: When you’re at a conference session, instead of taking notes, record it! Then, use these apps to transcribe your recorded audio notes.
  • ifttt: If you’re using Foursquare, Instagram, Twitter and other social apps, use ifttt to connect them to your Evernote account so you can remember more from your social interactions.


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  • Mary hazlett

    I bought Evernote some time ago and haven’t used it much. Apparently I have an email account with it? What does the full version do that my smaller version doesn’t do?

    • Kasey Fleisher Hickey

      Hi Mary, you don’t need to have a Premium account to have an Evernote email address. Find your Evernote email by going to your account info. You’ll see an email address that ends with To email notes straight to your account, just address them to this email. You can find information about Evernote vs. Evernote Premium here:

  • thameera

    Helpful list, even if you aren’t planning to visit SXSW. 🙂

  • jose | Diseño web profesional

    Excellent article, very good advice I have personally visited almost every day and I will continue so, greetings and go on like this

  • Ladaija

    I Need help on how to make a e-mail address when I don’t have one

    • Heather

      Every Evernote user is given an email address. You can find it in your Account Settings.

  • Ginny

    Does anyone know if you can set up a password to sign on to ever note from any of your devices? Don’t one anyone getting into my notes. Also if I have one one note on a client and one to add a new note, new date, new information. Is it possible to create a file for that customer and have each note seperate.

    • Mark

      Laptop – it’s own pw protection
      iOS built into the app.

  • sandy

    what does sxsw mean? Why do people assume everyone knows ALL acronyms?

    • Heather

      SXSW is the name of a convention.

      • Bob

        A convention of what.

      • Mark

        It’s where all the acronyms get made.

        South By Southwest. “Annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin. Includes schedules and band and film lists.”

  • Fernando González

    I have problems with syncing my Evernote android, how I can fix it?