Innovation matters. Nowhere is this more paramount than in Austin every March. Startup companies, VCs, bloggers, tech journalists, developers, and coders descend on the state capitol to get a taste of the future at South by Southwest Interactive. During my five days in town I had a chance to experience some of the most forward-thinking technologies around. What follows are my favorite picks from this year's conference. As you'll see, the future looks mighty, mighty promising.

And for all our SXSW Interactive coverage, relive our daily dispatches here.

DAY 1: Austin or Bust!
DAY 2: Elon Musk's Vision of the Future
DAY 3: Where Are All the Black and Latino Entrepreneurs?
DAY 4: Julie Uhrman, Ouya, and the New Gaming Ecosystem