Foursquare Badge – Karaoke RV (SXSW 2011)

Posted on March 11, 2011 by Craig Bowman

Only the sweet sweet sounds of Journey can power this sound machine through the streets of Austin. So grab the mic, belt it out, and take a ride on the RVIP Lounge! Woot Woot!



If you’ve ever been to SXSW, you know what the RVIP Lounge is. It’s the RV that drives around Austin at night luring the drunken masses onboard to belt out Ace of Base songs. Yes, it’s the mobile karaoke extravaganza. And yes, it will be back this year. With a big time twist.

This year’s RVIP has attracted four big sponsors: FoursquareAndreessen HorowitzGet Satisfaction, and Wired. And each sponsor represents a faction at the conference that will be battling for respect, to the death… of their voices. East coast startups will be represented by Foursquare. West coast startups by Get Satisfaction. Investors by Andreessen Horowitz. And lastly, the press by Wired.

When you board the RV this year, you’ll be asked to choose to side with one of those four teams. Performances “and the general ability to ‘bring it’” will earn points that go on the RVIP Leaderboard. These points will be dished out by the audience subjected to the singing in the RV.

On Monday night, March 14, there will be a finale. There, the four sponsors will be represented by the following people:

  • Get Satisfaction: Thor Muller & Keith Messick
  • Foursquare: Dennis & Naveen
  • AH: Ronnie Conway & Yujin Chung
  • Wired: Jon Snyder

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This badge has shown up at the past two SXSW events.  The past two years you could unlock the badge by:


2009 - unlocked at the 2009 SXSW in Austin, TX by checking in the karaoke RV venue.



2010 - unlocked at SXSW 2010 in Austin, TX. by checking into the Karaoke RV venue.



2011 - Look for the RV Karaoke Lounge Venue and check in to pick up this badge.




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