SXSW Interactive is one of the world's best conferences, and you should make plans to attend it at least once in your lifetime. I've been a couple of times and came home with new event ideas and connections—innovative seating and participation structures, captivating speakers, and technology advancements, just to name a few.
Considering technology, conference organizers recently named the SXSW 2013 Accelerator finalists. SXSW Accelerator takes place in front of a live audience and a panel of expert judges. Forty-eight companies will present March 11 the latest advancements in social media, mobile, and Web technologies. The group will then whittle down to 18 companies on March 12, with winners announced at the end of the day.
Some of the finalists look interesting from a meeting profession point of view:
Plotter is the first social network for maps. Not only does it bring much needed features to mobile maps like viewing multiple plotted locations at once, it lets you crowd source and discover maps from friends and experts. Finally, a map app that does more than search and directions.
Think YouTube meets Slideshare. Whether it's a conference presentation, pitching for business, updating your team, setting assignments for students or applying for a job, Present.me allows you to record and share your ideas, knowledge or messages online, simply and cost effectively.
Charlie preps you on people before you see them. With access to your calendar Charlie knows who you are going to meet and before a meeting Charlie filters through the web to present you with any commonalties between you and your connection, breaking news on their company and social updates.
Sprezzat, helps users customize their incoming call screen by streaming dynamic content from their favorite applications. Our flagship application Thread, is an innovative caller-ID and contact management application. Users personalize their incoming call screen and address book with a consolidated view of the caller's recent communications and social network updates.
Check out the SXSW Interactive Accelerator page for finalists, and please let us know in the comments which ones you're excited about (or if you're attending SXSW Interactive).