The #WinSXSW crew just spent five days at South by Southwest shooting interviews with 126 different up-and-coming startups.
Every one’s a winner, of course, in our hearts. But in the cold light of reality, only a few rise to the top of the popularity contest we call #WinSXSW. (VentureBeat is co-hosting the contest along with Fandrop.)
By now, you know the rules: Companies give 30-second answers to our interview questions. We post the videos on WinSXSW.com. Then you vote on the pitches you like the best, by sharing those videos through Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn. The winners are those companies with the most votes at the end of the contest, but we also picked daily winners for each of the days of SXSW Interactive.
So far, more than 50,000 people have visited the #WinSXSW site to view videos or cast votes.
The winner for day three was Citybot, a mobile app that helps people plan trips and map out their itineraries. (Vote for Citybot on #WinSXSW here.)
And for day four, the top vote-getter was Jobhuk, a crowdsourcing platform for referring potential hires and hiring new employees.
(Vote for Jobhuk on #WinSXSW here.)
Since SXSW Interactive is over, we’re not interviewing any more companies. But you can still enter if you want — we just created a new category, for “Best Product Video,” and all you need to do to enter is register and then upload your own product video.
And there’s still time to vote on your favorites. Voting ends on Friday, the 15th, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific time, and we’ll announce the winners on March 20. Check the full list of #WinSXSW entries to see the current front-runners in each category.
Oh, and by the way, there are real prizes, including cash and services worth more than $100,000, plus introductions to top investors at A-list venture firms, and the possibility of coverage on VentureBeat.
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