8 Apps You’ll Want to Use During SXSW

March 13, 2015

9:00 am

You’ve made it to SXSW, now you just need to survive the nerdy mayhem that is about to hit you. Navigating through this week’s maze of panels and parties will take some planning. Don’t worry, Tech.Co has your back!

You’re probably following hashtag #SXSW on Twitterbut if you want to get the best out of the event and the city of Austin, check out these apps:

1. SXSW Go

Make sure to download the official SXSW mobile app. It’s great for getting the most out of attending the conference, organizing your event schedule and staying on track with the panels.

2. FollowUp

Followup makes connecting with the people you meet during SXSW easy. Write up your canned emails (think of it as a template). Any time you get a business card, snap a picture of the card and pick the template. Followup will email the canned response.

3. Austin Traveller’s Essential Guide:

Austin Cities guide is designed to use offline and includes attractions, museums, and things to do in the Austin area.

4. PartyDOWN

Why not get matched with someone that shares your same interests during SXSW? This app matches you with people based on commonalities and your location. So meet someone new at every after party.

5. SceneCheck Mobile

This app keeps you up to date with Austin’s bars and entertainment with live updates and maps of where to go next.

6. Banter

Austin is known for its awesome food truck culture, so expect even more options during SXSW. Banter App keeps you up to date with the best happy hours, Food Trucks, live music all in real time.

7. Austin Map and Walks

Access several self-guided walks that feature the city’s highlights and hidden gems.

8. Lyft

Need a ride anywhere, call a Lyft driver. Uber will not be allowed to operate at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport this year’s SXSW.

9. Eventbrite

Many of the after parties will be available on Eventbrite. The app keeps your tickets handy and also helps you find out what other parties you may be missing.

What app do you recommend using during SXSW? Let us know.



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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.