Hottest Apps To Watch From SXSW 2016

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South by Southwest, better known as SXSW, is an annual set of a film, interactive media, and music festivals and conferences that take place in mid-March in Austin, TX, United States.

Last year, Sam Altman, President of Y Combinator shared all the SXSW winners to date and everyone is curious to find out who is going to win this year.

Each year since 2007, when the iPhone has launched, entrepreneurs head to the SXSW with hopes to launch their app and go viral. It happened with Twitter, Foursquare and Meerkat which initiated the era of mobile live streaming.

Product Hunt, which is one the industry’s top resources for finding the coolest new apps, released a collection of apps that may become the next big hit. Let’s see what are the hottest apps to watch at SXSW 2016.


A social radio by the people, where any voice can join the conversation. Anchor makes it easy to broadcast short (2-minute) audio clips to a global audience in seconds. Your listeners can talk back, sparking instant group conversations that were never before possible.


Spontaneous group chat app. Chalk turns any thought you have into a tiny chat room that can grow. A simple solution to discussing anything with anyone.


An app that lets you follow your friends’ camera rolls. Throughout the day you’ll see photos they’re taking, videos they’re recording, screenshots they’re snapping, and little peeks into their daily lives. You’ll feel like you’re with them, even if you’re far away.


A beautiful conversation app from the people who built Spotify. Roger is a walkie-talkie-style app that makes it simple to keep in touch with the people you care about most, no matter where they are. It’s free and easy to use — tap to talk, tap to listen.

Down to Lunch

Press one button to get lunch with friends or see which friends are free to gym, drink, and more. Created by Stanford students and used by students at Stanford, Harvard, Duke, Yale, MIT, Princeton and hundreds of other colleges around the world.


This app works as easy as sending a text. Send a message to Assist and from there you can book reservations, order tickets, book hotels, send flowers, hire a courier, get food delivered, and more all by simply having a conversation. Assist is available on Facebook Messenger, SMS, Slack, and Telegram.

Gotta Go!

Your free excuse-to-leave generator, made by a comedian and TV personality Chelsea Handler. Gotta Go is a way to generate excuses and set them as alarms. It’s the perfect solution for bad dates, awkward conversations with your in-laws, boring meetings and whatever else you might want to hit the eject button on.

The List App

Share your experiences, opinions, and expertise and enjoy lists from friends and the leading voices in TV & film, music, food, sports, news, fashion, comedy and more in a vibrant and positive community.


A fun and simple way to keep up with friends and be yourself. Peach lets you share what you feel, think, see, hear, and do — vividly. Peach connects you with friends and gives you freedom, so you can keep up with each other in a real and personal way.


A video messaging app that claims to be quicker than texting, easier than live video and phone calls. With millions of messages already sent, Tribe helps you enjoy your daily conversations like never before. Tap and hold a friend’s picture to record up to a 15-second video message, which is immediately sent to their phone to be watched at their convenience.

What’s the future?

As you can see from the apps in the list above, we’re heading towards seamless real-time communication and easy life-sharing future to better connect with loved ones and meet new people by doing what we love.

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Originally published at on March 16, 2016.

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