Winners of Accelerator Pitch Competition Reflect Overall Trends at SXSW Interactive 2014

Written by Bobby Blanchard | March 11, 2014

Winners at SXSW Accelerator reflect overall trends at the 2014 event

This year’s SXSW Accelerator Awards ceremony was a huge success. Moreover, the nine amazing startups who took home top honors at this ceremony illustrate some of the hottest trends emerging in tech, innovation, entrepreneurship — trends that we are see gaining traction throughout this year’s SXSW Interactive Festival.

The Accelerator room in SXSW Startup Village was packed all day on Saturday and Sunday, and there was standing room only during the Awards Ceremony. Startups remain red-hot — and they’re not something people will lose interest in anytime soon. SXSW programming certainly reflects this red-hot status as the schedule lists 380 results when you search for this term.

One of the strongest categories at SXSW Accelerator 2014 was wearable computing. The strength of this category demonstrates how many people are starting tech-out their everyday accessories. Skully Helmets was the grand prize winner in this category, edging out seven other standout finalists. Google Glass is far from the only player in this game now.

Health was another standout category at this year’s Accelerator. The winner in this category was ThriveOn, a mobile platform that assesses user need, and delivers a tailored evidenced based program, paired with a remote mental health professional. Meanwhile, the SXSW Interactive schedule lists 154 results when you search for the term “health."

Meanwhile, SXSW Interactive is becoming more popular on the international level and is pulling a more diverse group of people into Austin every year. As evidence of this fact, four of the nine companies that pulled home hardware at the Accelerator awards were from outside the United States. The growing international influence at Accelerator mirrors the growing international presence in Austin in March. SXSW Interactive counts registrants from 74 different countries attending the 2014 event (up from 57 in 2013) That’s getting close to half of the countries in the entire world. SXSW is not just an Austin-thing, a Texas-thing or even a United States-thing. SXSW is a global-thing — the festival is pulling in people from all over the world.

Check out all the amazing winners from the 2014 SXSW Accelerator competition by clicking on this link.