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March 11th, 2019

SXSW kicked off on Friday, bringing folks in tech, film, media and music together for the annual festival in Austin, Texas.

Since the event draws an early-adopting crowd on the hunt for the next breakout hit, the fest has historically served as a launch pad for new apps to take off. Previous SXSW breakouts include: Twitter (2008), Foursquare (2009), Highlight (2012), Secret (2014), and Meerkat (2015).

This year, however, SXSW is shifting away from a place for startups to launch apps. Big tech companies focused more on branded *experiences* — from Snap's “Snap House” to Patreon's “House of Creativity.”

And politics came to the festival in a big way this year. Up-and-comers like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Beto O’Rourke were there, and presidential contenders like Amy Klobuchar, Howard Schultz, Elizabeth Warren and John Hickenlooper all spoke at the fest.

Electric scooters also made a splash at SXSW, as they became the primary way to get around.

While the jury's still out on a hot new breakout app from SXSW this year, the winners of the festival's annual pitch competition were announced yesterday. Here are a few of the winning apps you should check out:

Tankee is the first gaming network for kids ๐ŸŽฎ

Nebula Genomics wants to put all of you on the blockchain ๐Ÿ˜ณ

Supportiv is an anonymous support network ๐Ÿ’ฌ

Twenty Tables helps people find meals at local restaurants for $6 ๐Ÿ”

Healium uses VR to lower stress ๐Ÿ˜Œ

We're also keeping an eye on Traverse, a new immersive audio platform that will let you map your surroundings with AR. It's set to launch at SXSW today.

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