There are a lot of opinions about who were the winners at the 2011 SxSW conference. (SxSW is the annual music, film, and interactive conference and festival held in Austin, TX).
SxSW presents music that calms and invigorates. It premieres films that inform and incite. It advances science and technology. It stimulates conversation.
The cynical might say it’s a marketplace of pitches and self promotion.
I believe it promotes a society of collaboration and sharing.
We all win.