Interactive Innovation Awards Finalists and Emcee Announced

Written by Aurora Blase | Tuesday, Feb 2, 2016

The Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate and honor the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. After culling through all of the applications we received, five companies in 13 categories have been chosen as this year's Finalists for the 19th annual ceremony.

2016 Interactive Innovation Awards Emcee Brooke Van Poppelen. Photo by Seth Olenick. This year's awards will be hosted by Brooke Van Poppelen with special guest Julian Velard. Van Poppelen is a NYC based comic, actress, writer, and co-host of Hack My Life on truTV, and Velard is singer/songwriter – together they are a unique stand-up, musical duo that you won't want to miss.

Join us Tuesday, March 15 at the Hilton Austin on the 6th floor to honor the winners. The ceremony with also feature the SXSW Hall of Fame induction ceremony with 2016 Inductee Baratunde Thurston, the Speaker of the Event Award, the Breakout Trend of the Event Award, Meme of the Year and the People's Choice Award. Learn more about all the categories and special honors.

Congratulations to all the Finalists listed below!

2016 Interactive Innovation Awards Finalists

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.

Innovative 3-DIY

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 2015’s best device or service that changes and improves 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 2015’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 2015 was only possible in science fiction.

Smart Cities

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.

Student Innovation

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


Awarded for breakthroughs in augmented reality & virtual reality technology including the application of new hardware or software which truly make the Virtual a reality

  • Milbox Touch by WHITE Inc. | Tokyo, Japan
  • Mill Stitch by The Mill | Various Locations
  • The Surrogate by Peter Flaherty, Logan Brown, & VR Playhouse | Los Angeles, CA
  • OZO by Nokia Technologies | Sunnyvale, CA
  • Project Syria by Emblematic Group | Santa Monica, CA

Wearable Tech

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

2016 Interactive Innovation Awards Emcee Brooke Van Poppelen. Photo by Seth Olenick.

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