Top 5 most interesting SxSW 2010 BizSpark finalists

Summary:I'll be at SxSW this year covering the panels, parties, and people. Every year, Microsoft's BizSpark Accelerator finds young companies to showcase and compete against each other in various categories.

I'll be at SxSW this year covering the panels, parties, and people. Every year, Microsoft's BizSpark Accelerator finds young companies to showcase and compete against each other in various categories.

The candidates are in for 2010, and I have summarized the five most interesting startups:

5. Collecta

For over 10 years, Google has been the first place you go to find information online. But as things get faster, we want to know what's going on right now. Collecta takes a stab at real-time search:

You just type in a search term and Collecta goes to work, collecting real-time results as they come in. You can filter out blog posts, comments, Tweets, photos and videos. They also list popular trending results for you to explore.

4. Gamesalad

It's fun to play games, but it's even more fun to create games.

Gamesalad is making it easy for anyone to create iPhone or iPad games with a drag-and-drop interface.

These guys had a competition at Macworld to see who could make the best games. They are doing big things, keep an eye on them.

3. Bu.mp

Bu.mp is simple. Connect to someone and share information by simply bumping your phones together. These guys are developing some cool APIs that programmers can play with to let users interact in new and exciting ways. Bluetooth is so yesterday.

2. Foodspotting

I'm addicted to Foodspotting. Simply upload pictures of food you have eaten and tell Foodspotting where you ate it. You can search restaurants and find awesome pictures of food. You can search different genres of food by geo-location and find the tastiest treat.

If you are a foodie, this is your new favorite website.

1. Khush

Khush is a reverse karaoke app for the iPhone. You sing or rap into the phone the applications finds music to go along with your vocals. I am dyin to try this one.

If you want to see me cover something specific at SxSW this year, drop me a line: andrew.mager@gmail.com

Topics: iPhone, Apps, Google, iPad, Microsoft, Smartphones, Start-Ups

About

Andrew Mager is a hacker advocate at Spotify in New York City. Before moving to NY, Andrew worked at SimpleGeo & Ning in San Francisco. Previously, he was an associate technical producer at CBS Interactive. Andrew studied print & electronic journalism at Virginia Tech, where he created a student-run online news publication called Planet B... Full Bio

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