The Importance Of…

The Importance Of…

19 June 2013Speaking Engagements, SXSW

Just a quick note that I’ll be presenting the Saturday keynote at DrupalCamp Austin this weekend. While it has been a little while since I hacked on Drupal, I’m very honored to be participating and sharing a bit of the SXSW CMS story. I’m planning to share ten insights from my personal journey into technology … Read More

Behind the Curtain: My Guide to SXSW 2013

Behind the Curtain: My Guide to SXSW 2013

8 March 2013Event Technology, SXSW

For over twelve years I’ve worked behind the curtain at SXSW Interactive. And many times I have longed to experience the playground that I help construct for others. Perhaps in another life. For now, I humbly present twelve hastily-prepared tips and recommendations for this year’s event. Keep in mind there are approximately 1064 distinct sessions … Read More

Building Playgrounds

Building Playgrounds

25 September 2012Event Technology, Somewhat Interesting Things, SXSW

It seems everyone is talking about hackathons these days — and for good reason. Providing a more open infrastructure for a community to create new relationships and develop ideas is valuable. It’s very efficient from an event producer’s perspective. If the conditions are just right, some really amazing products and experiences can come from such … Read More


1 May 2012Personal

If you haven’t already heard via my tweets or G+, there is a very good reason I have been quiet as of late. We are currently adjusting to being a foursome with our newest addition to Team O’Keefe: Mabel Corinne. And today she celebrates four weeks on the outside.

goodbye facebook

25 January 2012Personal, Questionably Interesting Things, Rants

You have to understand, most of these people are not ready to be unplugged. And many of them are so inured, so hopelessly dependent on the system, that they will fight to protect it.” Morpheus, The Matrix I’ve thought long and hard about this one, but today I deactivated my Facebook account. v2.0

22 November 2011Design, Questionably Interesting Things

Call it “2.0” or whatever buzzword of your choosing, but I’m excited to reveal that we recently launched a new site design for We’ve implemented Typekit and a highly-customized premium WordPress theme from Shaken & Stirred. We hope this design will allow you to more easily deep-dive into our archived content and enjoy the … Read More

operation lil’ hazelnut

9 November 2011Personal, Very Interesting Things

Some of you might recall my little post titled “Project Number One” almost 2 1/2 years ago — we now call him “Ian” of course. Along similar lines, I’m very excited to reveal that our little family will become a quartet at the end of March: And just this morning, we discovered that this baby … Read More