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What to Expect from South by Southwest

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 10/03/2016 Carey Beth Elder
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South by Southwest begins tomorrow in Austin, TX. This annual festival and conference brings together independent films, interactive media and emerging technology, and music for one of the largest events of the year. SXSW has continued to grow in both scope and size every year. Expectations have risen because artists like Hanson, John Mayer, Imagine Dragons and the Alabama Shakes were discovered at SXSW and brands like Twitter and Foursquare have gained global recognition at SXSW.
This year President Obama will give the keynote at the beginning of the music portion of SXSW. Many are criticizing him for attending SXSW and skipping Nancy Reagan's funeral, so we expect him to give some respect to the Reagan family and their accomplishments. Virtual reality will be a focus for many of the conference sessions, which is no surprise after CES and Mobile World Congress this year. Other themes we expect out of SXSW are wearables, privacy and security, fashion in tech, women in tech, sports technology, and food tech.
What predictions do you have for SXSW this year? We collected a few predictions from Sage users, click to agree or disagree and make your own on Sage!

Down to Lunch is unpolished and a little goofy but this new app can help friends get together and we predict it to be a #breakout#app at SXSW. #SXSW#tech: https://areyousage.com/prediction/down-to-lunch-is-unpolished-and-a-little-goofy-but-this-new-app-can-help-adyz

Sage

Tribe video messaging app will be the "hot new app" at #SXSW 2016: https://areyousage.com/prediction/tribe-video-messaging-app-will-be-the-quothot-new-appquot-at-sxsw-2016-mbmb

Mitchell McKenna

Virtual Reality will have a spotlight on it at #SXSW.: https://areyousage.com/prediction/virtual-reality-will-have-a-spotlight-on-it-at-sxsw-gwmm

Sage

Obama will mention Nancy Reagan during his keynote at #SXSW but he won't say why he's at SXSW instead of Reagan's funeral.: https://areyousage.com/prediction/obama-will-mention-nancy-reagan-during-his-keynote-at-sxsw-but-he-wont-say-why-adnz

Felix T.

I predict that Milbox Touch will win #VR and #AR award #sxsw#virtualreality: https://areyousage.com/prediction/i-predict-that-milbox-touch-will-win-vr-and-ar-award-sxsw-virtualreality-gwgm

wynnemangos

Pusha T will be a surprise performer at #SXSW 2016: https://areyousage.com/prediction/pusha-t-will-be-a-surprise-performer-at-sxsw-2016-odoz

Mitchell McKenna

Roger, the walkie talkie app will be a breakout app at SXSW. #SXSW#Roger: https://areyousage.com/prediction/roger-the-walkie-talkie-app-will-be-a-breakout-app-at-sxsw-sxsw-roger-rvnj

Sage

Anchor will be the breakout new app at this year's #SXSW: https://areyousage.com/prediction/anchor-will-be-the-breakout-new-app-at-this-years-sxsw-rvmj

Felix T.

I predict that What is Home? will win Student Innovation award #sxsw: https://areyousage.com/prediction/i-predict-that-what-is-home-will-win-student-innovation-award-sxsw-odlz

wynnemangos

I predict that Pulse Solo will win Music and Audio Innovation award #sxsw: https://areyousage.com/prediction/i-predict-that-pulse-solo-will-win-music-and-audio-innovation-award-sxsw-adez

wynnemangos

Weezer will make an appearance and play songs from their new album at SXSW. #SXSW#music: https://areyousage.com/prediction/weezer-will-make-an-appearance-and-play-songs-from-their-new-album-at-sxsw-sxsw-ewgd

Sage

I predict that The Brain Power System by Brain Power will win Innovation in Connecting People #sxsw: https://areyousage.com/prediction/i-predict-that-the-brain-power-system-by-brain-power-will-win-innovation-in-connecting-lqmj

wynnemangos

Michelle Obama will mention #Gamergate at her #SXSW keynote: https://areyousage.com/prediction/michelle-obama-will-mention-gamergate-at-her-sxsw-keynote-nkmv

Felix T.

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