Work that has been launched or completely redesigned in the 2012 calendar year is eligible for entry in the 2013 competition. The "Classic" category is the exception to this rule. Check out the Categories page for more information.
Yes, you can enter one piece of work in multiple categories. However, a separate application fee is required for each category your work is entered in.
Yes, you can submit multiple projects in the competition. But with each piece you submit, a separate application and application fee are required.
Yes, password protected sites are accepted. If your site is password protected, send detailed information to access the site to email@example.com. Keep in mind that the site will remain private during the judging period, but we'll need a site fit for public consumption in January (when the finalists are revealed).
For the online submission process we require the site title, URL, launch date, competition categories and your complete contact information. There are also fields designed to provide additional details on your entry.
Yes, late entries will be accepted until the final entry deadline on Friday, November 9, 2012 however late entries will be charged an increased entry fee. Entries submitted after Friday, November 9, 2012 will be considered in the following year's competition. If you have a late entry you wish to submit, please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org beforehand.
All entries are judged in four criteria:
Visual Design: The appearance of the site.
Creativity: Is the website unique? Does it offer something new or never before seen?
Content: The meat and potatoes of the site. Is the subject matter worthwhile?
User Experience: The user’s interaction with the digital experience: how it is perceived, learned, and used.
In addition to the glory and bragging rights among your industry peers, the "Best of Show" and "People's Choice Award" winners receive premium prize packages with numerous tech-related goodies. Finalists in each category receive two complimentary registrations to the SXSW Interactive Festival. Winners in each category receive a unique trophy at the SXSW Interactive Awards Ceremony.
Keep in mind that just by entering the website competition, you are given the option to register for SXSW Interactive at the lowest rate until February. We will send you complete details on your discount registration options after your application is processed.
Finalists for each category will be notified in January.
Awards will be given to the winners of each category at the SXSW Interactive Awards Ceremony during SXSW Interactive. The date and location for the 2013 ceremony have yet to be finalized.
The date and location for the 2013 ceremony have yet to be finalized.
We felt that tablet and mobile apps and websites and kiosk/installations have become so ubiquitous in the online landscape that they no longer required their own category. Instead, we felt that these projects fit into the broad scope of the current SXSW Interactive Awards categories.
You can enter your project at any time during the entry process, the only requirement is that your project must be up and running (fully functional) by the time 2012 turns into 2013. So if you have a project that launches in December, you can enter it at anytime from August through November 9, just make sure to drop a note on your application letting us know that your work isn’t totally ready yet. Enter your project in the 2013 competition by Friday, September 28, 2012 (for the early deadline discount) or by Friday, November 9, 2012 (final deadline).
The price is $15 through Friday, September 28. The regular entry fee for the SXSW Interactive Awards is $30.
17. I read somewhere that I get the early registration price for a SXSW Interactive badge. Is that right?
Yes, by entering the SXSW Interactive Awards, you're entitled to the early registration price for a SXSW Interactive badge. If you would like to register before finalists for the SXSW Interactive Awards finalists are announced in January, know what we do not process refunds in the event you are named a finalist. You can save the complimentary registrations you receive for being a finalist for next year, or you can transfer your current registrations to a co-worker. To receive your early-bird registration coupon for a SXSW Interactive badge, email email@example.com.
If you didn’t find an answer to your question, feel free to e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with your question and we’ll respond as soon as possible.