2008 SXSW Interactive Festival Wraps Up Strong Year Keynotes, Web Award Winners among 2008 Highlights; 2009 dates released



    AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The 15th annual South by
 Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival, a leading festival targeting Web
 technology innovators and digital creatives from across the globe,
 generated the largest number of attendees in the event's history with more
 than 9,000 Interactive, Gold and Platinum registrants in attendance. This
 marks a 30 percent registration growth over the 2007 Interactive Festival.
 
     "SXSW Interactive experienced considerable growth in 2008 but, more
 importantly, it scaled a lot better this year than in previous years," said
 SXSW Interactive Director, Hugh Forrest. "We were able to create a number
 of smaller events within this larger event, thus helping to retain the look
 and feel and the one-on-one interactions that people traditionally like so
 much about SXSW."
 
     The five-day festival, which concluded earlier this month, featured
 over 150 panels, dozens of networking events and parties, a keynote
 interview with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and keynote
 presentations by Frank Warren of the PostSecret Project, renowned video
 game designer Jane McGonigal and Henry Jenkins, Co-Director of the
 Comparative Media Studies Program at MIT.
 
     In addition to record-breaking registration numbers and noteworthy
 keynote speakers, highlights from the SXSW Interactive Festival include the
 ScreenBurn Arcade, which featured gaming tournaments and an opportunity for
 consumers to experience up-and-coming game titles first-hand, and the 11th
 annual Web Awards ceremony hosted by comedian Eugene Mirman. The Web Awards
 honored the top web developers and designers in 20 categories, including
 People's Choice and Best in Show, and a complete list of winners is
 provided below:
 
 
Activism Art World Without Oil Viscosity http://worldwithoutoil.org/ http://windowseat.ca/viscosity/ Amusement Blog Elf Yourself Passive-Aggressive Notes http://elfyourself.com/ http://www.passiveaggressivenotes.com Business Mobile Wikinvest Mosio http://www.wikinvest.com http://www.mosio.com/ CSS Motion Graphics Ficlets HL2 http://ficlets.com/ http://www.hl2.com/ Classic Music Wired Minuit http://www.wired.com/ http://www.minuit.co.nz/ Community Personal Portfolio Flock JLern Design http://www.flock.com/ http://www.jlern.com/ Educational Resource Student The Story of Stuff Paper Critters http://www.storyofstuff.com/ http://www.papercritters.com/ Experimental Technical Achievement MetaNotes Twiddla! http://www.metanotes.com/ http://www.twiddla.com/ Film/TV People's Choice Award Animoto Productions Kongregate http://animoto.com/ http://www.kongregate.com/ Games Launchball http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad/launchball/ Best of Show Launchball http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/launchpad/launchball/ To check out some of the programming that SXSW Interactive offered during 2008, visit www.sxsw.com/interactive for podcasts and video content of featured panels. The official dates for the 2009 SXSW Interactive Festival are Friday, March 13 - Tuesday, March 17. Registration will open up in late- summer 2008. More details about the 2009 SXSW Interactive Festival will be available in the coming months at www.sxsw.com/interactive. About SXSW Interactive Festival Scheduled March 7-11 in Austin, Texas, the 2008 SXSW Interactive Festival provides practical how-to information as well as unparalleled career inspiration, bringing together some of emerging technology's most creative thinkers. The event features five days of keynote speeches, more than 120 panels, the SXSW Web Awards, the iF! Trade Show & Exhibition, the ScreenBurn Arcade, and dozens of exciting evening events. For more information on SXSW Interactive, see www.sxsw.com/interactive.

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