SXSW: Smart parking, cardboard castles, VR apps among Accelerator Winners


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  • Wednesday, 16 Mar 2016

Parking aid: Parknav uses predictive technology to help drivers find street-side parking spaces.

Parknav, which colour codes roads according to parking spaces, PopUp Play, which lets kids design their own castle forts, and 360° smartphone video recorder Splash are among SXSW's six Accelerator Winners for 2016.

The sextuplet of SXSW award winners came through two rounds of public pitches over the weekend of March 12 and 13 to claim their titles.

Parknav, which is live in over 70 cities, uses predictive technology to help drivers find street-side parking spaces, and won in SXSW's Enterprise and Smart Data category.

Top in Entertainment and Content was PopUp Play, which has users design a castle playhouse on iPad, with the option to have the fiberboard flat-pack delivered within a few days.

Splash took the Virtual Reality award with its promise of producing 360° video using a standard smartphone — or, at least, anything running iOS 8.0 and over.

Emergency medical response app MUrgency was deemed best in Health and Wearable, water purification company Rorus claimed the Innovative World award, and blockchain-leveraging fundraising platform Chroma surfaced in Payment and FinTech.

Previous participants in the SXSW Accelerator competition have included social media leaderboard Klout, Twitter tool Storify, local fodder finder Foodspotting, and voice-controlled Apple acquisition Siri. —  AFP Relaxnews
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