By this point I’m sure a lot of you have seen hints of this trickling out on Twitter, but we’re happy to finally officially announce Team Android at SXSW. We’re hosting a whole night of the latest Android devices, apps, games, and accessories at one of our favorite hangouts in Austin, Lustre Pearl. Full details after the jump.
Come join us March 13 at 7PM
Lustre Pearl is located on Rainy St, just blocks from downtown Austin. It’s an easy walk or if you’re looking for adventure you could always take a pedicab. We’ll open the doors at 7 PM, with festivities starting at 7:30. What type of festivities? I’m glad you asked…
The Event: New devices, open bar, free food, more
We’ve got a lot planned for our event, some of which you can see on our SXSW page (a great place to watch for party updates and info!). We’ve got some great partners for the event including Samsung Mobile and NVIDIA, both of which will be bringing their latest goodies to demo and ogle. We’ve also got NetShelter providing some awesome support and gear to make sure the party is over the top.
More sponsors are to be announced, so stay tuned for updates.
One of the highlights of the evening will surely be our Team Android Choice Awards. Rapid-fire presentations will feature developers pitching their best apps and games, ending in a live crowd vote to name the best Android app of SXSW 2011.
Several developers have already expressed interest in participating, but we are still taking submissions for the next several weeks. If you are a developer attending SXSW and you have an Android app to show off, please fill out the Team Android Choice Awards application.
Throughout the night we’re going to have an open bar and all the tacos you can eat. Yeah, tacos. Because out behind Lustre Pearl sits one of Austin’s most awesome food trucks - Bomb Tacos. We’re in the process of picking a second food truck, so if you’d like some choice in what you’ll be eating you can head over to AndroidVote to participate in the poll.
On top of the phones and food, we’ll have Art Vader on site for a live art show, painting a large mural over the course of the night. We’ve known him for a while now, and can say with confidence that you won’t want to miss his piece coming together.
Joining the party: Tickets are free but space is limited
While the entire event is completely free, you’ll need to RSVP to get in. You can do so on the Eventbrite page, at http://androidsxsw.eventbrite.com. We hope we’ll have enough room to fit everyone that wants to come, but your best bet at getting in is to RSVP, and RSVP early. While we booked a large venue, we’ve seen the popularity of Android absolutely explode this year and are expecting a packed house.
To help comfort the blow for those of you that can’t attend, we’ve made sure to partner up with some awesome media guests. Streamly.TV will be on hand to broadcast the event live, and NetbookNews and IntoMobile are both on board to help promote and cover the party.
You can also follow along or participate on Twitter with the official hashtag: #AndroidSXSW. We’ll be using it leading up to the event and all during SXSW, so make sure to follow the tag and include it in your tweets!
We’re having a huge Android party and want you to come. We’ve got Lustre Pearl for the whole night, and doors open at 7PM. You should RSVP if you want to come. We’ll see you there!