Photos: Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

What happens when you mix 29 startups, 6 sponsors, a few hot models with a slew of photographers and camera phones, a mobile app smackdown, a delivering happiness bus, two connected venues and a few thousand people? One hell of a night with a lot of photos online to prove it.

Here’s a brief overview of the companies and festivities and a photo gallery with highlights from the night. See more photos from the event here. All photographs by photographer Liang Shi.

The Startups…

  • Udemy – They democratize learning and publishing so anyone can learn or teach anything online.
  • GotoCamera – Providing free and easy home, pet, and small business monitoring using web cams.
  • BreakoutBand – Unleash your inner rock star, have fun, and win awards.
  • Sphero – The world’s first robotic ball is controlled by your smart phone and boasts an open API for developers.
  • NeighborGoods – Save money, live more sustainably and strengthen your local community by sharing goods and skills with your neighbors.
  • Rootmusic – Their BandPage Facebook app allows musicians to interact with their fans, book shows, connect with labels, and more.
  • Smartling – Through a cloud-based software model, Smartling provides an entirely new, automated method to translate websites and web applications into multiple languages.
  • QONQR – The geosocial game that combines RISK, Farmville, FourSquare, and Starcraft, with a dash of WarGames thrown in for good measure.
  • Exfm – The best way to find, organize, and share music on the web.
  • Owni – A new media hub for investigative journalism in politics and tech supported by a huge community of bloggers.
  • TwoChop – This content gamification platform enables partners to turn any content (text, images, music, videos, and data) into games.
  • Flixlab – The fast and fun way to turn your videos and pictures into great movies to share with your friends.
  • Roqbot – A social jukebox for your favorite bar or restaurant.
  • TinyVox – Record audio files for quick and easy sharing.
  • Metabeam – Metabeam apps deliver smart remote control, search, preview, social networking and more for Flash users.
  • YAPPER – An online self-service for publishers to build their own mobile apps.
  • GadgetTrak – GadgetTrak tells you where your laptop, tablet, or smartphone is and who has it and it has the ability to secure the data on it.
  • MuckRock – is the easiest way to request, analyze and share government documents, making politics more transparent and democracies more informed.
  • Votizen – Provide tools for voters to communicate with their government officials, backed by the power of their voting history.
  • Tango – Use Tango to make mobile free video calls to your family and friends wherever you are.
  • Storify – Mix together Tweets, photos and videos to create dynamic stories that can be embedded anywhere.
  • Kabbage – Kabbage provides working capital to the millions of online merchants that sell on marketplaces like eBay and Amazon.
  • Crowdmap by Ushahidi – Collect, aggregate, and visualize geospatial data from on-the-ground sources with this crowdsourcing application.
  • GazeHawk – Low-cost eye tracking service uses ordinary webcams to show you where on your site users look so you can optimize design/copy.
  • Sifteo – Sifteo cubes are 1.5 inch computers with full-color displays that sense their motion, sense each other, and wirelessly connect to your computer for interactive game playing that gets your brain and body engaged.
  • Compass Labs – Generate qualified leads and achieve brand engagement on Facebook and Twitter using Compass Labs’ precision targeted social ad solution.
  • Portalarium – Bringing premium games to the social web across social networks, web browsers and both desktop and mobile devices.
  • ViKi – A play on video and wiki, ViKi is an international video site for the best of world TV series and movies, translated in 100+ languages by a community of avid fans.
  • DocumentCloud – DocumentCloud makes it easier for journalists to publish and analyze more document source material and keeps those documents available for future research, reporting and review.

Supporting Sponsors:

  • LiveShare by Cooliris had a slew of photographers taking pics of guests with cowboy and cowgirl models, then displaying them on the walls around the event. One luck winner walked away with a new iPad2!
  • Microsoft had three developers coding an app with the LiveShare API in a real-time mobile app smackdown. Video coming soon.
  • Applications for Good brought a superhero to spread the word about how you could win $50K by building a a mobile app that benefits others.
  • Ascentium contributed to the SXSW fun with their Hit it or Quit it mobile app, encouraging community participation throughout the conference. Their mini-kinect robot rings were a hit!
  • Akamai shared info about how they can help small businesses as they grow to stardom, and also gave away a new Logitech Revue with Google TV to one lucky winner.
  • GroupFlier was on hand spreading the word about free group text messaging with their easy mobile app.

The iPad2 winner at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

Guests at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

Tony Hsieh and Jen Consalvo at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

Sphero at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

Demoing at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

The Crowd at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

Tony Hsieh, Jenn Lim, Frank Gruber, Jen Consalvo at Tech Cocktail SXSW presented by LiveShare from Cooliris

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