The 20th annual Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate and honor the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Discover 2016’s best new work at the Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase, then toast the winners at the Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony as we recognize all the incredible speakers, trends, innovations and ideas that are brought to Austin each year.
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The Interactive Innovation Awards are 13 categories and 7 special honors ranging from achievements in digital design to health technology to privacy & security, from the Internet of Everything, to the sharing economy, to developments in 3D printing, from visual and audio media, to augmented and virtual reality, and beyond. Beginning on June 28, innovators from across the digital industry enter their exciting new work in the competition, which is open to all projects, products, and developments launched or made in calendar year of 2016. Our panel of judges then carefully evaluate every entry and select five finalists in each of the 13 categories, and the 65 total finalists are announced in January, 2017. In addition to earning 2 complimentary SXSW Interactive registrations, finalists also secure their demo space at the Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase in which to exhibit their work on Sunday, March 12, 2017.
As part of the 20th annual Interactive Innovation Awards, the 2nd annual Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase brings 2016’s best, most forward-thinking projects to your fingertips! The 65 finalists across our 13 Award categories exhibit their work for SXSW registrants, who vote to determine the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Meanwhile, our panel of Interactive Innovation Awards judges vote to determine the winners of each of the 13 categories.
Come discover the 65 Finalists in the Interactive Innovation Awards, with hands-on demos of these trendsetting new contributions to the connected world. Then, vote for your favorite pick and join us as we reveal the winners in each category at the Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
2017 Interactive Innovation Awards Categories
The Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate the latest and greatest projects, products, and developments in the connected world. Below are the 13 award categories and seven special honors that we will recognize at the 2017 Interactive Innovation Awards.
Health, Med & Biotech
Awarded for the new technology that best improves the quality, efficacy, and cost-effectiveness of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and care in health and medicine.
Innovation In Connecting People
Awarded for the best new way to connect and communicate with others.
Awarded for making 3D printing technology more accessible or affordable, or to the Maker using such technology in new and exciting ways.
Music & Audio Innovation
Awarded for 2016’s best device or service that changes and improves the way we listen to and enjoy music.
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 2016’s most progressive accomplishment in the way we go about securing our data and ensuring our privacy.
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 2016 was only possible in science fiction.
Awarded for innovations in eco-friendly or sustainable energy, transportation, and IoT technology, making life in the connected world a smarter, cleaner, greener, and more efficient Internet of Everything.
Awarded to the student with an exceptional interactive technology project or startup; both of which are the future.
Visual Media Experience
Awarded for content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience.
VR & AR
Awarded for breakthroughs in augmented and virtual reality technology including the application of new hardware or software which truly make the virtual a reality.
Awarded for the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally “on you.”
Best of Show
The finalist from the competition who overall best exemplifies the values of innovation, inspiration, and creativity.
People’s Choice Award
The public’s favorite finalist from the 2017 Interactive Innovation Awards.
Breakout Trend of the Event
Awarded to the trend that gained the most traction during SXSW Interactive 2017.
Speaker of the Event
The speaker from SXSW Interactive 2017 whose presentation makes the biggest impact on the digital community.
Interactive Hall of Fame
Honoring those exceptional trailblazers whose work has helped shape the connected world and who continue to guide the direction of the digital industry.
David Carr Prize for Emerging Writer
Awarded for the best new writer’s essay, in honor of the late David Carr; our friend and great contributor to SXSW and the journalistic community, whose interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture inspires the essay topic for each year’s competition.
Meme of the Year
Awarded to the most ubiquitous meme that went viral in 2016 and we just can’t get it out of our heads or off of our screens.
Questions? Check out the Interactive Innovation Awards FAQ.
If you are selected as an Innovation Awards finalist, you have access to a limited number of rooms being protected for finalists through SXSW Housing & Travel. Rooms are limited to one per registrant and will sell out fast, so be sure to make your hotel reservation as soon as you are registered. Requests can be completed in your Shopping Cart or SXsocial account. In the meantime, check out SXSW Housing & Travel for more information about our hotels, pricing, reservation policies, and travel information.