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New for 2018, Place By Design is a pitch competition for public space design during the two-day Cities Summit. Returning for its second year, the SXSW Podcast Stage will host up to 36 podcasts before a live audience.

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Open Applications

  • Interactive Innovation Awards – Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017
  • SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event – Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017
  • SXSW Gaming Awards – Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017
  • SXSW Gamer’s Voice Awards – Deadline: Friday, December 8, 2017

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  • Release It
  • SXSW Hackathon

Stay tuned to SXSW News for more 2018 application updates, finalist announcements, and more throughout the season.

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