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SXSW Accelerator Judges for News Related Technologies Track (l to r): Ben Huh, CEO of Cheezburger Network, Tony Conrad, co-founder about.me and partner, True Ventures and Adam Ostrow, SVP content & executive editor Mashable.
Today, three innovative, news-related technologies were selected as finalists in the SXSW Accelerator Competition.
Of the eight startups vying, three - Ad Glue, the Funf Project and Umbel - were selected to move on to the second and final round of judging, scheduled for tomorrow morning at 9:30 a.m.
Here’s a bit more about each of them, from their morning pitches and materials:
More than 650 companies entered this year's competition. The other semi-finalists focused on projects that allow users to share and collaborate on spreadsheets and other datasets publicly, develop free and open source software for information collection, enable the filtering and verification of real-time data, and more.
A complete list of this year’s News Related Technologies finalists is available online.
Today, all of the semi-finalists presented their projects to a panel of judges, a live audience and for the first-time ever, via livestream to the public.
After tomorrow’s final round of judging, a winning project will be announced at 6 p.m CST. Stay tuned to KnightBlog, @knightfdn and #SXaccel to find out who will win.
This year marks the fourth year of the SXSW Accelerator Competition, which seeks to discover the most innovative online technologies in the categories of news, health, social media, entertainment and more.
It is the second year Knight has sponsored the News Related Technologies track, as part of its ongoing effort to support emerging technologies that are essential to delivering news and information to communities. Last year, Storify, which allows users to create stories using a variety of social media, won the category.
If you have a great idea to speed media innovation and inform and engage communities, visit www.knightfoundation.org to learn about funding opportunities. One of them is the Knight News Challenge, accepting applications through March 17 at newschallenge.org.