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The frog-Microsoft SXSW Party: Recap

This Saturday, for the 14th year in a row, we hosted the official opening party for SXSW Interactive in Austin. For the first time, we partnered with Microsoft’s Coding4Fun team to throw the ultimate “Maker Arcade” bash. Party-goers sweated it out, playing a variety of new interactive games such as Electro Tennis (think Pong, except bigger), Connect Four (a revitalized retro classic where each person represents one game piece), Light Trikes (a physical recreation of the Tron light cycle death race), and the highly popular Boxing Robots (Kinect enabled 6-foot Rock 'em Sock 'em metal bots go at it).  The infamous augmented reality porta-potties from last year’s party could also be found as well as arts and craft/tech tables to make your very own LED throwies.

If you were not one of the 4,000 people who showed up at the Palmer Events Center, you can check out frog's flickr account to get a visual recap of the epic night. O'Reilly's Make Magazine produced a live-stream and will also soon release a behind-the-scenes video on the “making of” the party.