AUSTIN (KXAN) - It is no secret that Austin is a great place for technology companies, and it continues to be a mecca for software developers.
New products are constantly being introduced in the market, including some that promise to make a big splash. Pick a problem, and chances are someone in Austin is working on a way to meet that challenge.
Take, for instance, Matthew Walton. Walton and the 11 employees at Austin-based Red Method have created a product, EventMethod , that acts like a party invitation on steroids.
"We've expanded the features to really encompass everything for an event -- from registration all the way through the attendee experience," Walton said.
Walton's software goes beyond just ticketing and registration. It helps the event planners and attendees do much more. The buzz words for some functionality is "business mobility."
Another new application making an appearance in the Austin market is myVegas . The app functions as a game, with slot machines and blackjack. It's all the games you'd find on the Vegas strip, but with a social twist.
Winning the game uncovers hidden objects and gains the player loyalty points. Those points can be used at actual casinos in Las Vegas.
myVegas is not online gambling because it's free to play. But the players are winning prizes, such as free nights at Las Vegas hotels. So far, the top five players on Facebook have won two hotel nights.
The company is constantly hiring and Founder Monty Kerr said Austin was an easy choice for hiring.
"We are always looking for very smart people that are talented, driven and looking to be a part of something revolutionary," Kerr said. "One of the reasons why we chose Austin: because of the deep, rich education base here and understanding of gaming in general."
With the city's great environment for gaming, Kerr said this is his fifth start-up operation in Austin.
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A 10-year-old was killed while standing outside of a vehicle which lost control during the icy conditions, DPS said.
Travis County non-profit Center for Child Protection will benefit next March from an all day fundraiser at the Circuit of the Americas that will see plenty of donors racing on the track.
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Santa visited Austin early on Sunday, joining hundreds of motorcyclists for their annual Toy Run.
Late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, a light band of freezing drizzle traversed the I-35 corridor eastward. With sub-freezing temperatures, even the light precipitation created major problems.