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And the Award for Acceleration Goes to...

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, March 16 2011

A sign, perhaps, of how government geekery is going mainstream geek? Legislative innovators PopVox won the prize for best social media and networking site in SXSW's "Microsoft BizSpark Accelerator" competition this week, reports Morning Tech. There's more than Austin glory at stake; the award's shininess has a history of attracting capital. I reviewed PopVox's ambitions back at launch in November.

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