While at SXSW 2010 in search of the latest tools, gadgets and tech that are being used or can be applied to Journalism efforts, I ran into the coolest thing, and you don't have to pay to see it. A FREE Cell Phone Solar Charging Station outside SXSW, on Trinity between 4th - 5th outside Austin Fire-Station No.1.
Check it out! At these bright yellow pumps anyone can stop by and connect a cell, laptop, iPhone whatever you need to charge, and it's all free. And it's Eco friendly too, the pumps are powered by solar panels.
BTW... I mentioned you don't have to pay to see it because of the outrageously expensive registration fees at SXSW, credentials this year go anywhere from $300 to $900 + dollars!! Certainly not something everyone can afford... Shame on SXSW for making this event where Social Media Openness is king so inaccessibly expensive for those who actually make social media possible "The People!" You would think they already make plenty with so many sponsors, and could make more accessible registrations for those of us actually using this technology in the public interest.