The SXSW Interactive Awards competition offers entrants an opportunity to showcase their creative works and provide exposure for works that may not have had the opportunity to make a splashy launch. In 2009, The Bygone Bureau took home the Interactive Award for the Blog category (which has since folded into the Personal category).
“It was my first glimpse into the tech world,” Bygone Bureau editor Kevin Nguyen says. “ It was daunting at first, especially as college seniors who had only interacted with that world through the internet. But me and my co-editor Nick [Martens] made a lot of friends. I've been back to Interactive almost every year since, most recently as a panelist.”
For Nguyen and Martens, winning a Web Award -- as the competition was known back then -- proved something, for both their project and for themselves.
“The Web Award was definitely legitimizing, not just to people who had never heard of The Bygone Bureau, but also to ourselves,” Nguyen says. “We were college kids, just doing something we loved in our free time… We never thought anyone would appreciate a site that ran long-form essays about arts and technology.
“The award affirmed that what Nick and I were doing didn't mean something to just us, but to other people as well.”
The deadline to enter the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards is 11:59 pm CST on Friday, November 8. Read the Interactive Awards FAQ and enter before this fast-approaching deadline to participate and shine a spotlight on your digital work. For questions about the 2014 SXSW Interactive Awards, please contact Andrew.