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Google Village at SXSW

Pedal powered margaritas

A giant Android stands guard out

An Android cell phone charging station

Android yourself

Lego Mindstorms Hackathon

The house that Google built

The Lego Mindstorms course

When it rains, it pours

Google Maps House

A game of Google Maps pinball on the deck of the Maps House

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This week, like most of the Silicon Valley digerati, Google packed up and moved to Austin, Texas, for the South by Southwest Interactive festival, where they re-created a tiny version of the Googleplex.

Renting out a series of houses and bars, Google turned one neighborhood in Austin into a mini Google festival. Rainey Street in Austin became a festival within the festival, with street musicians and food trucks gravitating to the area along with thousands of SXSW attendees who came to see Google's view of the future.
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Pedal-powered margaritas are served out back at the Android House, where a stage welcomed speakers including comedians Sara Benincasa and Bobcat Goldthwait and musician Billy Corgan for one-on-one conversations throughout the weekend.
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A giant Android stands guard out in front of the Android House in the Google Village at the SXSX Interactive festival in Austin, Texas, on Sunday.
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An Android cell phone charging station in the lounge area at Google's Android House in Austin.
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Transforming houses in Google Village into techno teach-ins, at the Android House Google showed off some of the features of Google Play and Google Books.
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At the Developer House, competitiors tinker with Lego in preparation for the Lego Mindstorms Hackathon on Sunday afternoon.
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In addition to the robotics hacking going on at the Developer House, throughout the SXSW Interactive weekend, Google offered talks and programs on developing for Google TV platforms, HTML5, Google App Engine, and Google+ APIs.
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Digging through piles of bricks, teams are engineering robots who can run this course, scoring points for Speed, Style, and Creativity.
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After raining nearly all day Friday and Saturday, when the sun came out Sunday, everyone was ready to enjoy it. Here SXSW attendees relax on the front porch of the Google Developer House.
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One of Google's mapping cars is parked in front of the Google Maps House, which offered free food and drinks and live music showcases.
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A game of Google Maps themed pinball on the deck of the Maps House in Google Village.
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A Google Maps place marker shows the entrance to Rainey Street in Austin Texas, where this past weekend, Google set up shop to showcase some of their latest work as part of the South by Southwest Interactive festival.
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