2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

SXSW Interactive prizes creative innovation in the connected world. Previously called the Interactive Awards, the re-named SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards presented by PwC showcases the evolving and broadening scope of the digital industry by more fully embracing its ever-widening variety of platforms, software, apps, and devices. SXSW wants to honor the best and latest advancements in 2014 and the people who made them happen, and celebrate them with you!

We have improved our 2015 awards categories to reflect the increasingly multifaceted and diverse ecosystem of technological achievement. All categories are open exclusively to developments or redesigns accomplished in the 2014 calendar year.

For the 2015 Interactive Innovation Awards, we are tickled to have comedian and actor James Adomian host the ceremony where we will announce this year's winners. The ceremony also honors the 2015 SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame inductee, as well as the Breakout Trend of the Event and the Speaker of the Event, Best of Show, and Meme of the Year.

Thank you to our premiere sponsor PwC and our supporting sponsors, IBM, Cloud.typography, and Acision!

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Event details:

Host: James Adomian
When: Tuesday March 17, 2015
Where: Hilton Downtown Austin, 6th floor
Time: 6:00PM Pre-Party begins | 7:00PM Awards Ceremony

2015 Interactive Innovation Awards Finalists

Health Med & BioTech

Awarded for an innovation that improves the quality, efficacy, and/or cost-effectiveness of diagnosis, treatment, and care in the field of medicine.

Innovation in Connecting People

Awarded for the best new way to connect with others.

  • FireChat: the first off-the-grid messaging app. | Open Garden Inc.
  • Stream: broadcasting from your mobile device. | Infinite Takes
  • Talkitt: This Is My Voice. | Voiceitt
  • UNI | Motion Savvy
  • VocaliD | VocaliD

Innovative 3-DIY

Awarded for making 3D printing technology more accessible, producing more affordable personal 3D printers, or to the Maker using such technology in new and exciting ways.

Internet of Things

Awarded for the best smart product that most seamlessly integrates into our lives to improve convenience and efficiency through its intelligence and interconnectedness.

Music Discovery

Awarded for changing and improving the way we listen to and enjoy music.

New Economy

Awarded to those redefining the exchange of goods and services, from the sharing economy, to virtual currency, to micro finance, to mobile-device-payment systems and beyond.

Privacy & Security

Awarded for 2014’s most progressive accomplishment in the way we go about securing our data and ensuring our privacy.

Responsive Design

Awarded for excellent digital design, creating the best-integrated interaction in terms of content, aesthetics and functionality.

SciFi No Longer

Awarded for the coolest scientific achievement or discovery that before 2014 was only possible in science fiction.

Student Innovation

Awarded to the student with an exceptional interactive technology project or startup; both of which are the future.

Sustainable Tech

Awarded for innovation in power generation, power storage, eco-friendly, or sustainable technology.

Transportation Advancements

Awarded for the development of technology that changes the way we move people and things, making transportation more efficient or eco-friendly.

Visual Media Experience

Awarded for content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience.

Wearable Tech

Awarded for the new hardware (and/or software) that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and/or fashion of having a device literally “on you.”

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Presented by PwC

Official Sponsor of the Interactive Innovation Awards
PwC’s Digital Services provides clients with a new kind of digital consulting, helping companies engage with customers, suppliers, stakeholders and employees. Learn more about PwC’s Digital Services at www.pwc.com/digital

SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Supporting Sponsors

Official Supporting Sponsor of the Interactive Innovation Awards
The webfont solution for design professionals, Hoefler & Co’s Cloud.typography is home to Gotham, Knockout, Whitney, Verlag, and the entire collection of web-optimized ScreenSmart fonts. Learn more at typography.com.

Official Supporting Sponsor of the Interactive Innovation Awards IBM's Ecosystem Development division supports IBM's ecosystem of Business Partners, developers, ISVs, entrepreneurs, influencers, academics and venture capitalists in bringing Smarter planet technology to market.

Official Supporting Sponsor of the Interactive Innovation Awards
Acision connects the world by powering relevant and seamless mobile engagement services which interoperate across IP platforms and enrich the end user experience. Acision's proven products, continued innovation and experienced people enable Operators, Developers, and Enterprises to translate business challenges into new opportunities in today’s disruptive mobile ecosystem. To find out more please visit http://www.acision.com, or to sign up to Acision’s developer portal at http://forge.acision.com.