South by Southwest (SXSW), an internationally known 10-day series of interactive media, film, and music festivals held March 12-21, 2010, in Austin, Texas, proclaims in its marketing materials, “Tomorrow Happens Here.”

Since its beginnings in 1987, SXSW has been a place to push boundaries and explore new ideas. It’s the place where Twitter was first introduced in 2007. And this year, it was the 5-day SXSW Interactive Festival that lured three SU School of Information Studies (iSchool) students to spend their spring break participating in cutting-edge thinking and innovation.

Having returned with a wealth of information and inspiration—not to mention a web site full of tweets, blog posts, and photos—the students Shay Colson G’10, Kate Holloway G’11, Andrew Farah G’11, along with fellow 2010 SXSW attendee and Syracuse Tech Garden serial entrepreneur Sean Branagan, will share highlights from their trip, followed by a discussion.

The iSchool invites all interested folks—both SU and community members—to “Tomorrow Happened Last Week…But It’s Happening Again Friday!” from 4 to 6 p.m. on March 26 in the Innovation Studio, 011 Hinds Hall.

From journalism and coding to social media and human capacity to produce and digest content, the students will share their experience and impressions from the whirlwind series of seminars, meetings, conferences, and informal networking. They will also tell us what the high profile list of featured speakers predicted for the interactive media future as well as what some of the best new web sites, games, and startup ideas are.

Light refreshments will be provided. Syracuse iSchool Dean Liz Liddy will also announce a contest for students to win their way to next year’s SXSW.

Read up on the students and Branagan’s posts and tweets from SXSW at: