10 Technology Takeaways from SXSW

So, on a scale of 0 to Hero, South by South West (SxSW) was amazeballs! You might have read an article that my colleague Liam wrote SXSW 2017: A Roller Coaster You Don't Want To Get Off which gave you a holistic taste of what it was like to attend this 10 day digital and technology conference. I however, wanted to give you some of the little gems in terms of the up and coming web sites and technologies that I picked up along the way, which you probably wouldn’t know about unless you attended this event.

Upcoming technology developments in the digital space

My goal at SxSW was to learn as much about Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, Chatbots, Robotics and all the other technical information that I could. If these areas are of interest to you, read on!

1. Sequel

Whether it’s romance, a thriller or mystery, Sequel is a chatbot that allows you to get your friends involved in an interactive story. To put it simply, this bot is responsive to what you write and creates an ongoing story based around a certain theme. Pretty cool, huh?

2. Statsbot

Account checks can only go so far when it comes to recognising positive or negative changes in your data. Statsbot allows you to get real-time notifications of changes in your Google Analytics, Salesforce or Mixpanel accounts. This chat bot makes you more aware of changes and helps track your metrics so that you can make changes to increase profitability and avoid loss. You can also chat to the Statsbot and request certain reports and data snippets.

3. Kik Bot Shop

Who doesn’t love some friendly competition? This love of competition and play was evident within weeks of Kik launching their bot shop games, generating millions of users within a couple of weeks of the launch. A basic robot like this is something that is so simple and cheap to make, which can increase user interaction with not only the bot, but also each other. So an important question to ask is “what can my brand own or create that is similar to this?”

4. Icon

If it were ever appropriate to have “OMG YAS” in a blog, now is the time. If you're a social media lover, or just looking to play around with quick and easy designs, this may be for you. Icon 8 is artificial intelligent software that turns your selfies into artwork. If you aren’t already sold on the idea, you can add Icon to platforms such as messenger, as well as download it from the App Store or Google Play.


Can I get a second “OMG YAS”?! Avid shoppers and style gurus rejoice; we have a mobile app that you will love! Do you ever see an item you like on a social media channel such as Snapchat, Instagram and Pinterest and want to know where you can buy it? Like to Know It allows you to take a screen shot, upload it and then shop the items pictured – easy!

6. Wasabi

Wasabi is an enterprise level A/B testing platform developed and open sourced by Intuit. This platform allows you to own your own data, it’s easy to run and manage and shows real time performance of your two subjects.

7. Trifacta

There’s no point beating around the bush. Trifacta is a robot that does the job that no one wants to do, it cleans up unorganised and shitty data, making it useful. This program also allows for faster and efficient preparation of data to help deliver more accurate data.

8. D3

D3 is a next level open source charting, graphing and diagram building tool that brings data to life. Whether you’re just looking for ideas on data presentation or to actually arrange it using HTML, SVG and CSS, D3 can help!

9. Data Voyager

Another data based application that allows you to explore and examine data fields is Data Voyager. What’s special about this site is the ability to input data and have it arranged in the most logical and easy to read manner.

10. Pouchdb

For a while we have conducted web development with a mobile first approach, keeping responsive design at heart. Now we are seeing a shift towards offline first design and web development. What this means is that data will be stored offline, until we reconnect whereby it will re-sync the data to your hosting environment. For example, if I'm on a plane and submit a form on a website, that data will be stored until I'm online again. This means faster websites without the need to download and serve webpages individually. The websites will also be more usable as we will be able to complete interactions and experiences without the need for server interpretation and syncing.

Woah, that was a lot to get through. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed after reading those points, or have some questions regarding any of these technologies, feel free to contact us at or pop in and visit us for a chat! 

About the author:
Chris Byrnes is Managing Director of Klyp (Brisbane), focusing on product development and business growth. He also lectures casually at Southbank Institute of Technology to help shape the next round of up and coming digital marketers. Technology and the digital world is his passion, fast cars are his release. Follow Chris' updates on Twitter and Google+