Every spring, South by Southwest Interactive packs thought-provoking panels and some of the smartest people around into a few square miles in downtown Austin. The festival isn’t all high-level discussions about the future of technology, though—it tends to be a predictor of tech trends to come. So it’s no wonder that the biggest brands in the world set up shop around the Austin Convention Center to lure in attendees with events that might go viral on Twitter or Instagram.
Sometimes that work pays off, like Gatorade’s first showing at the festival with its conceptual locker room, the Fuel Lab. The brand showed futuristic concepts like a smart sweat patch that will eventually lead to completely customized blends of Gatorade, plus actual products hitting the market this year.
The most over-the-top spectacle was a party hosted by Austin social media ad startup Gnack and sponsored by Del Monte. This attempt to break the world record for most people (and dogs, below) dressed as fruit succeeded (though not officially – the process to actually make it in