If you’re on Twitter, you’ve surely seen the #sxsw tags. As it turns out, there are probably a lot of Indiana start-ups involved in the South By Southwest Interactive Conference, which gets in high gear today.
Indianapolis Business Journal’s website reports that more than 100 area entrepreneurs are heading down to the conference. Although SXSW may be better known as a music and film festival, the interactive part — for which entrepreneurs and other technology-minded people participate in challenges — kicks off the event.
The SXSW site explains it better:
SXSW® Interactive features five days of compelling presentations from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders, the incredible new SXSW Trade Show and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new digital works, video games and innovative ideas the international community has to offer. Join us for the most energetic, inspiring and creative event of the year, taking place March 11-15, 2011 in Austin, Texas.
The fact that Indianapolis has so many people attending the event is great news for the area. That’s a clear sign that startups are thriving here. In fact, this year, so many people attended that Indianapolis was one of 15 “tech hotspots” around the nation, the IBJ.com story says. It continues:
Some locals say the event isn’t just about national recognition. It also helps members of Indianapolis’ startup crowd—many of whom already are linked through social networking sites such as Twitter—connect in person and forge relationships they can take back to Indianapolis.
Hopefully, this event can help build Indianapolis’ tech scene even more.
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