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SXSW 2013 Trade Show - 3D exhibitor map
Within its sprawling, multi-day, overlapping South by Southwest expos dedicated to technology, music, film, education, gaming and hardware hacking lived the SXSW Trade Show. Like an expo within the expos, the Trade Show included a bit of all the topics covered by SXSW and also featured a wide range of innovative tech products as well as startups and organizations such as the Knight Foundation, the EFF and public art collective Illegal Art.
The SXSW 2013 trade show was the best one I've attended in many years - and I went back more than once. There were hundreds of exciting companies to discover. The above photo is the 3D interactive, touch-screen rotating map with all the exhibitors. The show also had a stage with ongoing entertainment and panels, a meetup lounge, an 'exhibitor crawl' open to anyone and lots of freebies.
Photo by Violet Blue.
Ghostery - SXSW 2013 Trade Show
One of the recurring themes on the trade show floor was user and consumer privacy. I was excited to see one of my favorite privacy companies Ghostery with a booth and very friendly staff. According to one staffer, this year they were seeing a noticable shift in public awareness with more people understanding and interested in internet privacy products than ever.
Photo by John Adams.