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March 17th, 2010
02:22 PM ET

5 things we learned at South by Southwest

People flood 6th Street in Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest Conference.

People flood 6th Street in Austin, Texas, during the annual South by Southwest Conference.

Doug Gross
CNN

For techies, the South by Southwest Interactive festival produces a firehose of information.

With keynote speeches, hundreds of panel discussions, a trade floor full of new gadgets and nonstop networking opportunities with 15,000 or so like-minded folks, it's impossible to take it all in.

It also may be too soon to pinpoint the most important things to come out of the festival, which ended Tuesday. The most significant outcome may be an idea sparked in a panel or a party conversation that someone takes home and turns into the next Facebook or Twitter.

But after five days of reporting, we can identify some key themes. So here, in no particular order, are five observations from five days in Austin.

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