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SXSWi Starts Today!

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South by Southwest Interactive kicks off officially today, and thousands of attendees from the world over have gathered to learn about the most cutting-edge emerging technologies in the world of social media, web marketing, project management, and much more.

As mentioned in our Free Lunch Friday contest today, SXSWi continues to attract large sponsors that are eager to have a presence amongst attendees at the event, including new sponsors Skype and Ebay this year.

On top of hosting SXSWi each year, Austin continues to be a hotbed for emerging technology.  For example, Austin is the home base for BazaarVoice, Gowalla, and Hurricane Party.  Each company was certainly influenced by the treasure trove of ideas shared at SXSWi conference over the last few years.

BazaarVoice allows you to integrate user-generated content (i.e. reviews) onto your website.  Gowalla is a location-based service that allows you to check-in at brick & mortar businesses to earn discounts.  Hurricane Party allows you to find out which SXSW parties your Facebook friends are attending.

The rise in emerging technology companies in Austin has helped influence the ongoing development of downtown living options.  If you’re looking for a great place to live near downtown, three great places to start are the W Residences, Austin City Lofts, or 360 Condos.

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