ReleaseIt at SXSW Highlights Companies and Services Launching in Austin in March

ReleaseIt at SXSW gives companies a head start on launching a new product or service at SXSW Interactive. Participants will do a short pitch about of their product in front of a live audience of SXSW Interactive, Gold and Platinum registrants, many of whom will be traditional press and / or heavy social media users. The Friday, March 7 event at Startup Village will include a panel of judges who will help determine which new product is the winner of the ReleaseIt at SXSW event — i.e., which new product they deem will most likely have success. Come be part of this exiting new SXSW venture!

WHERE:
Salon A at the Hilton Downtown Hotel on the fourth floor. 500 E. 4th St, Austin, TX, 78703

WHEN:
Friday, March 7th

11:00am to 12:00pm timeslot:
Brandicted
Featuring.Me
Geppetto Avatars, Inc
iGenApps
iM5 Inc

12:30 to 1:30 timeslot:
Jarvis Boards
JobJybe
TuVisiónCanal.com
Visage
Bawte

WHO CAN ATTEND:
Scheduled Friday, March 7, ReleaseIt at SXSW is open to all 2014 SXSW Interactive, Gold, and Platinum registrants. To purchase your 2014 SXSW badge, click here.

EMCEE:
Trey Bowles
CEO & CoFounder, Dallas Entrepreneur Center (The DEC)

JUDGES:
Evan Baehr
Cofounder Outbox

Julie Huls
President & CEO, Austin Technology Council

Jamie Rhodes
CEO, National NanoMaterials, Inc
Founder, Central Texas Angel Network
Founder, Alliance of Texas Angel Networks

RELEASEIT AT SXSW FINALISTS:
Bawte
Des Moines, IA
Bawte is awesome product support for the things you own. Tag products to get instructions, videos, digital receipts, warranties, recall notifications, and Bawte Service Team support for everything you own in and around your home. Oh, and it’s free!

Brandicted
Quebec, Canada
People shop from visual cues. Brandicted allows users to visually explore and purchase branded products based on current, popular, and relevant real-life images. Brandicted finds the best photos of products from social media and links them to its matching products.

Featuring.Me
Nashville, TN
Featuring.Me allows artists to develop and distribute optional elements within a piece of their music. Their fans are then able to select the individual elements which most appeal to them, thereby crafting a personalized version of the song for purchase.

Geppetto Avatars, Inc.
Mequon, WI
Geppetto Avatars, Inc. builds conversational characters who interact with people via natural language and artificial intelligence. These characters are as engaging as they are useful – they talk, gesture, and communicate with the end user.

iGenApps
Guaynabo, PR
iGenApps is an award winning App development platform, constituted by a small International team, with a unique patented cloud-based SaaS. Business owners and individuals can create, update and publish fully functional content-driven Apps from their mobile device and without programming.

iM5 Inc
Austin, TX
iM5 is a social platform that inspires real-life action through the sharing of ideas. It can be anything from discovering cool things happening in your area, achieving personal goals, or collaborating to create social change.

Jarvis Boards
Austin, TX
Jarvis Boards is a startup that handcrafts eco-friendly wood stand up paddleboards in Austin Texas using sustainably harvested wood. Our passion is building great products that are also great for the environment.

JobJybe
Austin, TX
JobJybe drastically improves company’s visibility into their team's field activities anywhere in the world. Wherever your people are, you can see what, where, when and how they are progressing simply and quickly in real-time.

TuVisiónCanal.com
Santa Monica, CA
TuVisiónCanal.com is the first Spanish Language social video sharing platform created for Latinos. TuVisionCanal.com provides global space that’s feature rich for Latinos that includes empowering and inspiring professional and user generated content from a truly Latino point of view.

Visage
Newport Beach, CA
Visage transforms uninspired data in your reports into beautiful, branded visualizations that make your message more impactful—and make you look good. We believe that beautiful design should be available to everyone.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
For more information, questions, comments and suggestions about the SXSW Startup Village events, please contact Chris Valentine.

PRESS:
For press inquiries related to SXSW Startup Village, please contact Kelly Krause.