Entrepreneurs who ascribe their companies with a noble cause not only solve the most interesting problems, but they can also inspire people to change the world. Such were the words of John Sculley, the former Apple CEO, on Saturday to a packed room at the sixth annual SXSW Accelerator pitch competition presented by Oracle.
Overall, the event allowed 48 startups representing emerging technology companies to increase their visibility while getting specific feedback from emcees including Sculley and panels of judges consisting of industry experts, venture capitalists, and high profile media influencers.
The 18 finalists in each of the six categories that will compete on Sunday for Grand Prize titles are as follows:
Highlights from the first day of SXSW Accelerator were as follows:
The most wearable fashion trends for spring aren't wide-leg trousers or collarless coats. Fashionistas will be wearing the latest in "Silicon Valley jewelry." Along with wristbands and bracelets, clothing and bags will be pulling double duty by charging our most important accessories - smartphones and tablets.
Big data was represented big time with companies coming up with unique ways for the public to use real time actionable data in our healthcare, sports, and even raising our children.
Lastly, some companies went "old school," creating apps and wearables that can make our face-to-face interactions more meaningful.
Congratulations to the 18 finalists who will be returning tomorrow to present again before a panel of judges, starting at 9:30 am in Hilton Salon A/B. The grand prize winners in each category will be announced at the inaugural SXSW Accelerator Awards, immediately after the competition concludes.
This blog post written by Tamara Bell.