SXSW: Wolfram Alpha wins 'best in show'
'Answer engine' wins two awards at South By Southwest, while much-publicised Foursquare loses out to Gowalla in the mobile category
Wolfram Alpha, the 'answer engine', took two awards, including the Best of Show award at the SXSW Web Awards in Austin, Texas last night.
The site, developed by British scientist Stephen Wolfram, is designed to return results to complex queries, such as algebraic equations. As well as the Best of Show award, Wolfram Alpha also received the award for Technical Achievement.
Much of the attention before the awards was focused on the Mobile category, with much speculation as to whether the award would go to one of the major location-based services.
In the end Gowalla beat its rival Foursquare to the victory - both sites add a gaming element to allowing sers to share their locations via their phones.
Another notable winner was Aardvark, which took the Community award. Aardvark, which allows users to get answers to questions by asking the members of their social network, was started by former Google staffers and bought by Google last month for a reported $50 million.
This year’s awards were the 13th annual awards to be held at the South by Southwest festival. As well as the interactive arm of the festival, there are also music and film portions, each of which has its own awards ceremony.
The SXSW Interactive People's Choice award went to Cornify, a web service that allows bloggers to enliven their blogs by adding pictures of unicorns.