The Rapid City Journal tells me that the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is expanding it’s brand and coming east this year. As a South Dakotan-turned-Brooklynite I greet this news as nothing if not amazing. And as a cowboy-come-technologist headed to this year’s SXSW Interactive festival I find no better opportunity than an expansion of Sturgis during the madness of SXSW for a cultural mashup poll.
In the cowboy corner we have the legendary, biker-and-beer fueled #Sturgis, featuring 1.5 million dudes on Hogs descending on a town of 8,000 people in the Black Hills of South Dakota for a week of butt-rawk, bikes, and booze. Vote Sturgis if you’re all about beer, babes, and bikes.
In the techie corner we have a techno-weird land of awesome parties, startups, slacks, and bloggers. If you like showing up to ‘work’ at 11am, lots of stock options, and ambiguous business models vote SXSW.