SXSW Interactive opens on March 9th

The 19th annual SXSW Interactive festival will take place March 9-13, 2012 in Austin, Texas. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies, the event features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable line up of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer.

From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to experience a preview of what is unfolding in the world of technology. An important part of the festival is the Startup Spotlight Reception, which shines a light on emerging businesses at SXSW. The event will be held from 4-6PM on Friday March 9th at Startup Village on the 4th Floor of the Hilton Hotel, the reception will feature demonstrations from participating companies and complimentary drinks.

The participating companies below and be the first to discover the next big thing:


Audioair is a mobile-based technology that connects to a network within the given establishment.


Brouha is an at-door automated mobile messaging platform that allows for a direct mobile connection between customers and the stores they frequent, every time they show up.


Mumbo is the ultimate social messaging app for your smartphone or desktop.


NewsiT is a mobile crowd-reporting platform for people to create, collaborate and share the news that’s personally relevant to them.


Nixter’s an app that will improve your nightlife experience recommending the best parties based on your real nightlife likes.


A quick and fun way to discover volunteer and social opportunities around you.


RAVN, the Pandora of Event Discovery.


Sphero, from Orbotix, is the first robotic ball you control with your smartphone, lets you roll into a new world of gaming.


StepwellS provides a simple platform for anyone to create, publish and consume mobile dashboards.


Talentwire is a talent development community for tech, media, and entertainment professionals where you connect with people who do what you do. is a beautiful and broadly-focused website that aggregates learning and informational Trails, which are a simple visual way to find & share your favorite online information.


Wendr is a free iPhone app that makes it easy to find out what your friends are doing #TONIGHT.


Womzit, the Word of Mouth App is a fun, fast and frictionless way for you to spread great experiences.

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