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PSFK’S Hot Picks For SXSW

PSFK’S Hot Picks For SXSW
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Cut through the noise and get the best South by Southwest events, tips, tools and buzz.

Nestor Bailly, PSFK
  • 7 march 2013

The Internet has been all abuzz with excitement for weeks, and now thousands of reporters, entrepreneurs, creatives and artists will begin descending on Austin for the biggest digital event of the year. SXSW can be quite overwhelming, with hundreds of companies vying for the spotlight alongside world-class musical acts and panel discussions. To help cut through to what’s worth your time, we’ve curated a few events, the best tools and the worthiest buzz for SXSW 2013 attendees.

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Need a lift to an event? Even though free rideshares are banned, you could always do a paid carpool with the SideCar app (it’s like a more sustainable and community-oriented Uber). But if you don’t have far to go and feel like getting weird, why not piggyback it? Lyft, another rideshare app, is setting up on-demand piggyback rides.

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Want to connect to people in your industry, or just want to know what others are talking about? Good luck navigating Twitter – #SXSW and #SXSWi are extremely crowded conversations. Enter HeyBigFish.com, a site that helps you discover the people and connections that matter most. It tracks the Big Ideas, Big Chatter and Big Fish around SXSWi so you can find what you want to know and won’t get overwhelmed by all the noise.

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If you’re having trouble finding a place to stay, check out Syfy’s new show Defiance, the first ever convergence of television and online gaming. What does this transmedia project it have to do with lodging? Well, they are setting up the Defiance Container Village at San Jacinto and 4th Street where there will be rooms where  guests can stay overnight. Go check it out 11am – 8pm from March 8 through March 11.

Any hot tips and events we missed? Let us know on Twitter!

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