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SXSW Interactive 2013
South by Southwest Interactive has wrapped up, and it was a long week. There were lots of people, lots of parties, and lots of interesting discussions, but there might not have been one "next big thing."
Just as SXSWi in the past was dominated by golden boys like Twitter, location-based services such as Foursquare, or group messaging apps, this year the masses seemed to constantly be searching for "the thing," -- but they were never able to settle on one.
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Austin, a music town
At its heart, Austin is a music town, and even during the Interactive portion of the festival, the nights are filled with music as bars and clubs downtown host exclusive parties.
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Inside the convention center
Inside the Austin Convention Center on Saturday morning, the heart of the South by Southwest Interactive world.
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6th Street at night
During the festival, many blocks of 6th Street are closed and there is music everywhere.
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Street art along 6th Street on Thursday night in Austin, Texas, beckons to "Follow Me."
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Elon Musk at SXSW
During his keynote speech at South by Southwest on Saturday, Elon Musk discussed Tesla, SpaceX, and SolarCity, and how he sank his whole fortune into these three innovative companies.
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Setting up for SXSW
Outside the Austin Convention Center on Thursday night any surfaces not already covered with ads, flyers, and other promotions were quickly being plastered with bills for the coming week.
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British computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee, who is best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web, was at the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers meetup on Saturday afternoon.
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Full scale model of the James Webb Telescope
NASA's full scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and will be launched in 2018.
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Mirrors on the JWST
The mirror array on the full scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST), which is the successor to the Hubble Space Telescope, and will be launched in 2018.
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Bre Pettis unveils the MakerBot Digitizer
MakerBot's Bre Pettis pauses briefly before unveiling the Digitizer, which will scan real-world objects into 3D-printable digital files.
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The MakerBot Digitizer prototype was shown for the first time at South by Southwest.
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MakerBot Digitizer prototype
"It's kind of like Tron," MakerBot CEO Bre Pettis explained, as a prototype of the new Digitizer 3D printer fired its laser scanners at a garden gnome.
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3M was showing off some holographic technology around the Austin Convention Center this week at South by Southwest. A video image was projected from behind onto a thick cutout in the same shape as the projection, which gave the impression of a very life-like figure speaking to you.
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Playing with the light field
This strange-looking 50-foot-tall plastic bottle tower was actually part of a demonstration for the Lytro light field cameras
, which were available to check out and use for the day.
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Mayorships and badges
Foursquare CEO Dennis Crowley talks location with blogger and entrepreneur Anil Dash. Crowley says Foursquare's massive amounts of data are so much "more than mayorships and badges.
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With tens of thousands of people in town, traffic is awful in Austin this week. A better way to travel is a pedi-cab, a tricycle which carries up to three passengers.
Many of these pedi-cabs are sponsored, and free, like this one powered by Oreo.
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State Department reaches out to SXSWi
At a panel on "Mobilizing Ingenuity to Strengthen Global Security" with CNET's Daniel Terdiman, acting U.S. Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller (far right) said she believes the public can play a vital role in helping combat international arms control violations and threats.
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Grumpy Cat along 6th Street
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CNET party Saturday night
The CNET party on Saturday night.
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The Wanderu monkey
Wanderu is a service that facilitates travel on intercity buses and trains between any two points in the country. This little monkey appears to be a fan.
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Social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk
Social media guru Gary Vaynerchuk doles out advice inside the Austin Convention Center on Sunday.
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Al Gore talks with Walt Mossberg
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Robert DeLong at the CNET party
Musician Robert DeLong
performs at the CNET party in Austin, Texas, on Saturday.
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A unicorn from Samsung's new Unicorn Apocalypse game makes an appearance at the CNET party on Saturday.
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Fun in the afternoon sun at the Spotify House at South by Southwest.
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Music and more at Spotify
The Spotify House had long lines to get in on Monday afternoon, as people came for the free drinks and performances from Robert DeLong and Atlanta's Watch the Duck.
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Someone's turn has gone horribly wrong while playing a large-scale version of Jenga at the Mashable party on Sunday night at Speakeasy in Austin.
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Salt Lick BBQ
A trip to Austin is never complete without a visit to Salt Lick for barbeque. A visit to the legendary spot has become a sort of South by Southwest annual pilgrimage for many festival attendees.
We'll see you next year!