Day 10: That’s All She Wrote.
That last day feeling. Everyone knows it. The last day of Mardi Gras. The last day in Cabo. The last day of Spring Break. Day 10 is that day. You heard it here first, if you mix Mardi Gras, Cabo, and any other incredible spring break vacation together, you get the 10-Day Panlizr Experience (as long as you add not sleeping, junk food, HTML, a smelly room, and a really awesome blogger).
But that last day feeling, it’s both good and bad. On the one hand, you get to go back to your normal life. You can sleep. Eat healthy. Sit and wait while everyone tells you how great the thing you just made is. On the other hand, it sucks. It sucks because it also marks the end of an adventure. The long nights, the fights, the doubts, and frustrations inevitably made the 15 of us closer than anything else could have.
We have now sent Panelizr out into the world- just like the parents driving home after move-in day at college. We know we will still get nagged for money and be the first one called if there is ever any trouble, but for the first time, things are in large part out of our control. It is now up to the outside people following SXSW to make the most of Panelizr. The rest of us can just sit back and relax- and by relax I mean constantly tweet about our site as we pray that it won’t go down.
It won’t be until after SXSW is over that we’ll know for sure the impact of our creation. More than likely, we will all be hired by Google, Apple and Facebook to huge salaries with big signing bonuses. We will each have our our own, individual panels at next year’s SXSW that can only be sorted through by using the official panel organizer of the event, Panelizr. My blogging career will really take off while Ernesto debuts on the surfing world tour and Heather opens up her own bakery. Mike Rozycki will be playing a video game about his own life while Jake and Bryan ride on roller coasters that they themselves designed. Sybil will host her own radio show as Claiborne’s art exhibit gets ready to go on display at the Smithsonian. Raj and Greg will star in the number one music video on the charts (mixing dope Northeastern beats with sweet Indian flare) while Yvonne finally gets declared the overall winner of Farmville. Jeff, Rachel, and Runde will each play themselves in the box office hit Panelizr: The Movie, directed by our own Schuyler Hunt after he didn’t get cast for the role of himself (given to Zach Braff).
However, in the unlikely event that none of these things end up happening, the bottom line will remain the same. After 10 days, a lot of soda, and many, many hours spent in the same room with the same people, the first year Creative Technologists at the Brandcenter made something awesome, from scratch, for SXSW (and are much better friends because of it).
This was the story of Panelizr.