Attending a festival or conference is a great opportunity, and, with most attendees equipped with their smartphones, tablets or the latest breed of hand-held devices, the phablets, there are apps available that can make maneuvering the social scene relatively simple.Â (If youâ€™ve ever received a business card but couldnâ€™t match the name on the card to a face or encounter, weâ€™re talking to you.)
With South by Southwest Interactive beginning today in Austin, Texas, festival goers should look no further than their mobile devices to make their experience a lot smoother. From apps that let you build and view your entire SXSW schedule, to an app that records the information off of a business card, Mashable outlines essential apps for SXSW attendees.
Location-based social app Highlight was the â€śitâ€ť app last year at SXSW, but will likely be a favorite this go-around as well. Now, compatible with Android devices, the app allows users to add photos and events in real-time. Itâ€™s enhanced the photo feature including the ability to post photos from your photo roll, add filters, and save and share other peopleâ€™s photos.