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This sponsored post is produced by Flurry.

Flurry prides itself on helping companies make better apps, grow their audience and monetize their business.   As we’ve grown as a company, we’ve continued to look for ways to help app developers succeed.  For SXSW this year, we partnered with VentureBeat to put three of the most promising, up-and-coming apps into the spotlight in the Command the Spotlight contest.

Last month, we made a call for submissions to any company that uses a Flurry service, asking them to describe why their application is unique, innovative and improves the lives of consumers.  We received over 700 truly amazing entries.  For their effort, the top three winners will each receive a massive launch party at the Alcatel-Lucent Trend Lounge in the Downtown Austin Hilton Hotel at SXSW this year, including interviews from VentureBeat’s own Matt Marshall and Jolie O’Dell.

As we lead up to the surprise unveiling of the top three winner on March 10, 11 and 12 during SXSW, we wanted to pay tribute to the top 20 finalists.  Each of these apps showed innovation and leveraged mobile in a unique and powerful way.  Congratulations to all the Finalists!  We present them by application name in alphabetical order.

CIA: Operation Ajax by Cognito Comics
Draw Something  by OMGPOP
Echoer by Echo Labs Limited
Fooducate by Fooducate
Forkly By Forkly
HotelTonight by HotelTonight
Kwarter by Kwarter
Lemon by Lemon
Mingle!  by Mingle for iPhone by
Onefeat by Onefeat
Popcorn Horror by Popcorn Horror Ltd
Qello by Qello
Red Stamp by Red Stamp
Scoopshot by Scoopshot
Shadow Cities by Grey Area
SideBets Social BETworking by Blue Ox Entertainment
VoicePark by VoicePark, LLC
Voxer Walkie Talkie by Voxer
Wildchords by Ovelin

Good luck to all the finalists, and we hope to see you all at SXSW this year in Austin, Texas.

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