Local start-ups making a splash at SXSWi in Austin, Texas
AUSTIN, March 10, 2013 /CNW/ - The biggest names in digital, online, and
new media are converging right now at the South by Southwest
Interactive (SXSWi) conference in Austin, Texas, and Victoria's tech
industry is taking centre-stage.
"SXSWi is the place to be for cutting-edge and creative digital
companies," said Dan Gunn, Executive Director of VIATeC (Victoria
Advanced Technology Council). "Our job here is to help the
Victoria-region's tech companies make connections that will grow their
business. We're here promoting our 'imagination economy', and so far,
it's been wildly successful."
Interest-based social network TicTalking.com has been a hit at SXSWi, culminating with their co-sponsorship of one
of the biggest events of the week: the '#NakedSocial', presented by
Naked Wines and The Social Media Monthly.
"The #NakedSocial had more than 4,000 RSVPs for a 300-person venue, and
we had to add a second night to handle the crowds," said TicTalking CEO
Peter Nieforth. "It's hard to overstate the impact that an event like
this can have for a company like TicTalking.com."
Victoria-based social media promotions tool yupiq.com is also taking advantage of the industry excitement around South by
Southwest Interactive. MediaCore, a Victoria tech company providing
video-based learning solutions is also building their business
connections thanks to VIATeC's coordination of SXSWi events and
"Technology is a $2-billion industry in Victoria, with 800 companies and
20,000 tech employees in the region," explained Gunn. "We call it
'Tectoria', and the innovation thrives thanks to our schools, research
labs, and most importantly, the city's creativity and imagination.
"Craft beer, live music, a strong arts community: Victoria is a great
place to live, and that's why so many cutting-edge technology companies
are based here.
"TicTalking.com is about connecting people from around the world based on their common
interests: their 'Things In Common'," Nieforth explained. "At South by
Southwest, we're seeing that interest-based social networking is the
next wave in the industry, and it is amazing to be here amongst so many
innovative companies and crazy-smart people."
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Executive Director, VIATeC