SXSW Pitch Archive

The SXSW Pitch features 50 interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. Each March, these companies dazzle a live audience with their company pitch and Q&A with our panel of judges. Ten category winners are announced at the SXSW Pitch Awards ceremony after the two-day competition at SXSW.

Browse winners, finalists, judges, and other SXSW Pitch participants from 2018 below.

2018
Winners | Finalists | Emcees & Judges | Coaches & Qualifiers

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2018 Winners

Congratulations to this year’s ten category winners as well as Best in Show, Best Bootstrap, and Best Speed Pitch, who were announced at the SXSW Pitch Awards Ceremony after the two-day competition.

Transportation
GoKid
New York, NY
GoKid is the complete carpool solution for schools, teams, and families.

Social and Culture
ICON 3D
Austin, TX
ICON is a construction-technology company currently working toward building the first up-to-code 3D printed home in the United States (using concrete as substrate).

Enterprise and Smart Data
DroneSeed
Seattle, WA
DroneSeed provides precision forestry services to timber companies & non-profits.

Augmented and Virtual Reality
ARWall
Los Angeles, CA
We’ve created an AR display that requires no headset, no goggles, no smart device.

Hyper-Connected Communities
GrubTubs
Austin, TX
GrubTubs solves for the overabundance of food waste coming from restaurants by creating a nutrient-rich animal feed that is affordable for local family farms.

Security and Privacy
PolyPort
Atlanta, GA
PolyPort is 3D asset protection, management, and delivery company, which employs proprietary encryption technology to facilitate an end-to-end solution for 3D designers.

Payment and FinTech
FutureFuel.io
Boston, MA
FutureFuel.io makes student debt repayment easy – for employers, platforms, and users.

Sports and Performance Data
Nix
Boston, MA
Nix is taking the guessing out of hydration with a single-use sweat analytics patch that tells athletes, soldiers, and laborers their hydration status and electrolyte losses in real-time.

Entertainment and Content
Vochlea Music
London, England
At Vochlea Music we’re developing real-time vocal recognition technology for music creation.

Health and Wearables
Nanowear
New York, NY
Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics.

Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least)
Leaf
Nashville, TN
Leaf provides financial services to the stateless and excluded by creating a virtual bank through blockchain technology.

Best in Show
Nanowear
New York, NY
Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics.

Best Speed Pitch
Roots Studio
Boston, MA
Roots Studio digitizes the creative content of traditional artists from remote areas with the global $32 billion art, interior décor, and design licensing markets.

2018 Finalists and Alternates

More than six hundred companies submitted their web-based products to the tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event presented by DASH. The competition was tough, and we’re incredibly grateful for all of the great submissions we received this year. Congratulations to the Interactive finalists who will be showcasing their products on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11 at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Austin.

Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies

Technologies using augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR), and other novel visualization technologies, including applications for Cardboard, Oculus Rift, and other emerging offerings from industry giants. These applications may address such uses as gaming, entertainment, data visualization, education, medical care, warfare, transportation, and many more subject.

Finalists

AfterNow
Culver City, CA

Blocker by AfterNow is changing how creative people communicate. Blocker is an augmented reality director’s viewfinder that allows filmmakers to preview their shots using virtual cameras and set elements. On a film set, testing ideas are expensive; we aim to make planning shots agile and expressive.

ARWall
Los Angeles, CA

We’ve created an AR display that requires no headset, no goggles, no smart device. Our first product, ARwall FX, is poised to disrupt film/TV production. Our second product, AR3D, creates a “virtual window” illusion for businesses and consumers.

CieAR
Montreal, Canada

CieAR is a developer of an augmented reality platform, tools and customized interactive and immersive augmented reality content that takes storytelling to a new level, completely changing the cinematic experience. The CieAR AR platform enables unique interactive film experiences with unprecedented interactivity and integration of life-size 3D virtual characters.

eyecandylab
Munich, Germany

augmen.tv revolutionizes television by combining first and second screen into one seamless, interactive and highly entertaining experience. augmen.tv is renewing the way of watching TV by bridging the world of the TV with AR to provide additional information and interaction features for direct response to advertisement and broadcasting content.

wrnch AI
Montreal, Canada

Wrnch is teaching computers to read human body language. The wrnch AI engine is a real-time AI platform to digitize human motion and behavior from the standard video. wrnch AI is a computer vision deep learning company based in Montreal, Canada.

Alternates

Aris MD
Wilmington, DE

Aris MD is mixing augmented and virtual reality with surgery and training. We are as different on the inside as we are on the outside. We provide a map of each patients’ anatomy giving surgeons an individualized guide on where to cut, and more importantly where not to cut.

Future Sight AR
Houston, TX

Future Sight provides augmented reality and immersive solutions to equip engineering and construction projects with expert skills, know-how, and support.

Roofr
San Francisco, CA

Marketplace for roofing using artificial intelligence to provide instant satellite-based roofing estimates.

Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies

Technologies that facilitate the comprehension and application of informational data through workflows and analytics. These startups seek to improve productivity for businesses and/or individuals by using big data through a number of ways that include (but are not limited to) data collection, management, analysis, presentation, interpretation, and augmentation.

Finalists

Agrarian Labs
Phoenix, AZ

Agrarian Lab is a multidisciplinary team building automated business intelligence for farms.Along the way we’ve faced combines catching fire, equipment going missing, and weather devastating freshly planted fields.Our first product, Leaf, combines low-cost sensors & mobile devices with advanced algorithms to automatically generate a history of the farm.

Bluefield
Palo Alto, CA

Bluefield’s microsatellite sensors will provide global monitoring of emissions of methane, the world’s most dangerous and valuable greenhouse gas. Our AI-enhanced imaging and analysis will provide oil and gas customers with the data they need to repair costly pipeline leaks and provide the climate risk disclosures that investors are demanding.

DroneSeed
Seattle, WA

DroneSeed provides precision forestry services to timber companies & non-profits. We’re paid per acre to plant tree seeds & spray to protect them — by drone swarm.

FastVisa US
Dallas, TX

FastVisa is the new standard for Immigration workflow. We are re-inventing the current immigration process as an automated process. We are committed to transforming America’s broken immigration system into one that is more accessible, safer, and easier to navigate. We help people and professionals manage every part of their immigration journey.

M.io by Message.io
Austin, TX

M.io is a universal messaging platform for the workplace. Users of popular chat tools like Slack, Cisco Spark, Microsoft Teams, and Atlassian Stride can natively send each other direct messages or join a universal channel.

Alternates

Next Play
San Francisco, CA

We are an enterprise talent development and retention software. Career development is an ill-defined path, and it’s left up to the employees to navigate their careers. We developed a mobile chatbot named Ellen that personally connects with every employee, understands their goals, perceives their blindspots and matches them to the relevant mentors and growth opportunities at their company.

Tali
Portland, OR

Tali is your conversational productivity assistant, powered by artificial intelligence. With Tali, you can track your time and manage your productivity using nothing more than your voice. Tali even integrates with your existing invoicing and billing system, eliminating the chore of manual time entry.

Unmanned Life
San Francisco, CA

U-Life’s AI driven IoT software platform creates a fully integrated autonomous system, operated remotely over WiFi, 4G, 5G LTE that is aimed at boosting the productivity and value added of high Operating Expenditure (OPEX) industries such as the telecommunication, mobility, logistics, and transport.

Entertainment and Content Technologies

Technologies and applications that are reinventing the ways in which we learn, relax and enjoy our time. Examples of included sectors include (but are not limited to) gaming, music, film, television, video, news and publishing, streaming and digital storytelling, as well as new and hybrid forms of entertainment.

Finalists

Antescofo
Paris, France

Antescofo is a Mobile Music/AI company in Paris, after an award-winning algorithm by Founders when they were researchers. Our products leverage content you listen, to content that you can perform with thanks to unique AI allowing real-time adaptation to a user, whether for singing Cover Songs or playing with an orchestra.

FanFood App
Chicago, IL

FanFood is a mobile ordering platform that provides consumers with technology to receive concessions at any live event via delivery or express-line pick up. FanFood enhances the consumer experience while assisting venue owners in generating higher sales.

Instreamatic.ai
San Francisco, CA

Instreamatic.ai is an AI-powered platform for voice-activated advertising. Instreamatic.ai provides audio publishers with tools to monetize their ad inventory with highly engaging voice-activated ads.

Sceenic
London, England

The future of OTT & TV viewing re-imagined for today’s society. Sceenic’s ‘Watch Together’ SaaS solution enables media companies to create interactive co-viewing experiences for dispersed viewers. “Hidden gem at IBC 2017” by BroadcastProME.

Vochlea Music
London, England

At Vochlea Music we’re developing real-time vocal recognition technology for music creation. Imagine beatboxing triggering live drum samples, vocal ‘twanging’ controlling an awesome guitar solo, or applying an effect such as ‘wah-wah’ all using the voice. Liberate your musical ideas quickly, easily and intuitively with Vochlea Music.

Alternates

Crescendo
Atlanta, GA

Crescendo helps musicians boost their confidence through interactive performance assessment software powered by Artificial Intelligence.

Hyku
Waterloo, Canada

Hyku builds the world’s most interactive video technology. Helping television shows, online videos and mobile videos sync relevant content, interactions, social media, and shopping. This patented technology makes videos more engaging for viewers and provides better monetization for content creators and TV stations.

Robin
Toronto, Canada

Robin is an AI-assisted personal concierge that is revolutionizing the way you discover, and access live experiences. Engaging via chat and SMS, Robin provides personalized and curated recommendations to the experiences and events you’ll love – and secures tickets, bookings and reservations entirely on your behalf.

Health and Wearables Technologies

Technologies focused on human-centric health applications that connect the “health optimizer” and those with illnesses, their care teams, primary and specialist clinicians, inpatient and outpatient facilities, benefit providers, and corporate wellness programs to share timely, relevant health data and drive better outcomes at affordable and sustainable cost levels.

Finalists

Airpop
Shanghai, China

AirPop is pioneering the innovation of air wearables for personal and public health. Its line of sensing, high-efficiency air pollution accessories for the 4B+ people living in pervasive ambient air pollution enables insight-based breathing through a connected breathomics platform.

Cambridge Cancer Genomics
Cambridge, England

Cambridge Cancer Genomics is developing tools to enable clinicians and scientists to understand therapeutic response in real time. Through the use of artificial intelligence, we can predict a tumor’s evolutionary trajectory and what this may mean for cancer treatment.

HealthTensor
Santa Monica, CA

HealthTensor uses artificial intelligence to automatically review all patient data, diagnose the most common conditions, and create documentation for physicians. These evidence-backed notes save physicians time, ensure diagnoses are not missed and improve finances for physicians and hospitals.

Nanowear
New York, NY

Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics. This is the first and only cloth-based platform that has been approved by the FDA for remote cardiac monitoring. Nanowear’s first product, SimpleSense, focuses on Congestive Heart Failure management.

Sempulse
San Diego, CA

Halo applies in seconds to the ear & wirelessly monitors 100+ vitals (pulse oximetry, heart rate, respiratory rate, and core body temperature) non-invasively in non-sterile conditions. Being deployed first with SOCOM/DoD providing triage, cuffless blood pressure, communications and more. Coming to civilians soon for telemedicine & wellness – Sempulse Saving Lives.

Alternates

Fited
New York, NY
  We create elegant, accurate, custom-fit medical braces, orthopedics, and prosthetics in a fast, safe, accessible process. With machine learning, 3D printing, and our patent-pending AI driven CAD platform; we are bringing digital innovation to the end-to-end process.

Lilu
New York, NY

Lilu builds tech-enabled products for the modern mom. They have created the first automated pumping bra, that mimics expert-recommended breast massage and compression techniques, to enable mothers to get up to 50% more milk each pumping session, hands-free and in less time.

Hyper-Connected Communities Technologies

This category showcases new products, services and apps that help hyper-connected communities (such as what occurs on-site at SXSW) better navigate and maximize their engagements. In addition to the kind of technologies that thrive in March in Austin, this category is for any creative and innovative app, product or service that does not fit elsewhere in the Accelerator lineup. Examples of technologies that might fit into this category include (but are not limited to) Internet of Things, energy, space, natural resources, agriculture and robotics.

Finalists

Apptronik
Austin, TX

Apptronik is a robotics company focused on creating the next generation of robotic systems for humans to make our lives safer, more productive, and easier. We specialize in the building blocks of advanced robotics, high-performance electric actuators and real-time embedded control circuits optimized for human-robot interaction.

Diwala
Oslo, Norway

Diwala is a digital economy platform, powered by blockchain, that enables displaced individuals to build their identity through skills and resources. By digitally documenting and verifying refugee’s skills and providing aid organizations with an overview of their activities, Diwala will improve the whole supply chain with data driven reporting.

Ovipost
San Francisco, CA

Crickets are efficient at converting food and water into nutritionally dense protein, but outsized labor costs make them expensive to grow. Ovipost builds automation systems that help cricket farmers do more with less.

GoTech
Goma, The Democratic Republic of the Congo

GoTech is a tech company based in Congo and Rwanda, resolved to develop, design and implement solutions for its community in response to its fire problems. Pushed by the desire to make a difference, the founders stay driven by the thirst for being the change they want to see.

GrubTubs
Austin, TX

GrubTubs solves for the overabundance of food waste coming from restaurants by creating a nutrient-rich animal feed that is affordable for local family farms. By diverting waste from landfills and improving the business economics for small farmers, we are working to reimagine America’s food, energy, and waste cycles.

Alternates

EventQueue
Chicago, IL

Smart Apps, LLC is developing EventQueue (EQ), a smart city mobile technology platform that streamlines traffic, navigation, parking, crowd control, and evacuation procedures in real time around events and mass gatherings. EQ will change how cities handle crowds and traffic and will make cities safer and more sustainable.

Homebase
Kansas City, MO

Homebase is a connected building and community management platform for multi-family and student housing. We make apartments smarter and more livable.

MailHaven
Louisville, KY

MailHaven is a hyper-local logistics startup solving the problem of missed deliveries and stolen packages. Our first products are, a package tracking app and Haven; a smart mailbox that receives packages on behalf of home owners.

Payment and Fintech Technologies

Technologies relating to the consumer and business financial space that include delivering new payment methods, new forms of currency, extending credit and other lending processes, equities trading, transaction processing, asset management, insurance, and/or any other functions traditionally provided by banks and investment banks.

Finalists

Cushion
San Francisco, CA

Cushion helps consumers safeguard their hard-earned money. Their first product is a Facebook Messenger bot, called Fee Fighter, that disputes bank fees & interest charges on your behalf – saving you time and getting back wasted dollars. In the future, Cushion aims to anticipate and resolve financial issues before they come up.

FutureFuel.io
Boston, MA

FutureFuel.io makes student debt repayment easy – for employers, platforms, and users. FutureFuel.io offers student debt pay down as a service, and refinancing and other value-add products, shaving years off the lifespan of the loan.

Goalsetter
New York, NY

Goalsetter is a goal-based savings and gifting platform for kids and their families, combining the best of goal-based savings platforms like Acorns with gift-registries like Zola. In so doing, Goalsetter enables families to save for kids’ goals easily and simultaneously teaches kids healthy financial habits early.

Leaf
Nashville, TN

Leaf provides financial services to the stateless and excluded by creating a virtual bank through blockchain technology. Leaf offers a safe way for refugees to protect and transport savings while escaping conflict. By facilitating the movement and storage of assets, Leaf reduces the risk of theft and creates economic identities.

Pawame
Nairobi, Kenya

Pawame is lighting up rural communities with our clean, affordable and reliable solar solution. Our use of mobile money platforms for payment gives our customers a means of finance that is not limited by distance, enabling us to access frontier markets. Using the data collected from digital payments, Pawame can create credit profiles for our customers, enabling us to distribute our further financial services.

Alternates

ID-Pal
Dublin, Ireland

ID-Pal is a SaaS solution for KYC that enables businesses to onboard their customers simply, securely and conveniently. Using advanced mobile technologies, ID-Pal reduces the cost and risk associated with verifying a customer’s identity, while removing any friction from the user experience, resulting in top-line revenue growth for the business.

StackSource
New York, NY

StackSource is a tech-enabled commercial real estate loan platform. We connect investors who are developing or acquiring commercial properties with financing options like banks, insurance companies, and private lenders through an easy, transparent process. We’re taking the best of commercial mortgage brokerage and updating it for the 21st century.

Tomorrow
Seattle, WA

Tomorrow helps families make future financial decisions today to protect the ones you love. Create a legal will – which includes guardianship for your kids – and living trust for free and then make sure you have enough life insurance to cover financial needs.

Security and Privacy Technologies

Technologies revolutionizing sectors related to data security and privacy on the consumer and enterprise level. With interests rising in this field, examples of innovations include (but are not limited to) cybersecurity, encryption, data storage, infrastructure protection, incident analytics, ad targeting, identity management, and many other forms.

Finalists

Bandura
Lake St Louis, MO

Bandura’s Easy, Open, Secure technologies enable organizations to control their cyber risk exposure at a time when threats are increasing exponentially, and existing security infrastructure is overcome. Bandura takes action at scale to stop attacks on-premises and in the cloud-as first mover in the emerging threat intelligence gateway category.

PolyPort
Atlanta, GA

PolyPort is 3D asset protection, management, and delivery company, which employs proprietary encryption technology to facilitate an end-to-end solution for 3D designers. Moreover, PolyPort allows designers to use their tools, shortcuts, and capabilities in their environment across all platforms.

14bis Supply Tracking
Houston, TX

14bis Supply Tracking provides trustworthy asset tracking, streamlining supply chain processes and combatting unapproved parts. We improve supply chains with exceptional tracking capabilities leveraging blockchain technology and our patent-pending system.

Secure Code Warrior
London, England

In a world that depends on software, Secure Code Warrior makes software development better and more secure. Our proven suite of secure coding tools sits within one powerful platform that moves the focus from reaction to prevention, training and equipping developers to think and act with a security mindset.

Storro B.V.
Hengelo, Netherlands

Storro is a high-tech software company that contributes to a safer world through enabling secure communication via peer-to-peer and blockchain technology, which allows you to collaborate directly with each other, without the need to trust a third party.

Alternates

Cleo
San Francisco, CA

Cleo provides a real-time data gathering platform that enables true information privacy and security for sources and panelists to sell data directly to organizations. Cleo uses advanced encryption and data validation techniques to ensure pseudo-anonymity of sources and quality of information.

Gyomo
Atlanta, GA

Gyomo’s PeerPreview(tm) protects against email and web-based phishing attacks utilizing just-in-time training(tm) that combines machine learning, gamification, and crowd-sourcing to deliver training right when people need it most – the exact moment they click on a suspicious link.

SAAVHA
Suffern, NY

SAAVHA leverages blockchain technology to enable EU General Data Protection Regulatory compliance through a semi-automated SaaS IT solution that provides EU data subjects with ultimate control over their data and offers businesses with better data security, improved efficiency, and reduced compliance costs.

Social and Culture Technologies

Technologies that push the boundaries on how we navigate and interact in life with ourselves, our community, and our world. Examples of such sectors include (but are not limited to) social media, networking, dating, travel & hospitality, food or dining, fashion, the environment and social good.

Finalists

70MillionJobs
San Francisco, CA

70 million Americans have criminal records. They all experience pain in finding a job. We’re the first for-profit marketplace for folks deserving a second chance and companies eager to access a vast, untapped pool of labor. Y Combinator S17

ICON 3D
Austin, TX

ICON is a construction-technology company currently working towards building the first up-to-code 3D printed home in the United States (using concrete as substrate). The company is working in Austin, Texas on a contract from New Story (YC S15) in bringing to market the promise of robotic home-building.

Moms Can: Code
Pittsburgh, PA

Moms Can: Code is a membership-based online community for moms learning how to code. We provide opportunities to connect online and offline, learning resources via our website and community platform, and real-life inspiration by featuring female leaders from around the world.

Samaritan
Seattle, WA

Samaritan equips cities and citygoers to elevate their homeless from the street. Small Bluetooth beacons are given to the homeless, enabling citygoers to learn the stories of the people they pass by daily and invest directly into their lives.

Synervoz Communications
Toronto, Canada

The Switchboard App enables new styles of voice chat and shared experiences with music and video. The Switchboard Platform makes these experiences available to third-party developers looking to engage users and differentiate their offerings. Switchboard uses patented technologies leveraging deep audio and voice processing capabilities.

Alternates

BBy – Milk Sharing
New York, NY

BBy is a physician created a peer to peer marketplace for android and ios that connects nursing mothers with new parents to buy and sell breast milk in a safe and reliable manner. Leading the way with revolutionary milk sharing technology to nurture the next generation of humans.

Envested
New York, NY

Envested’s workplace engagement product is a next-generation solution that takes a social approach to building community and culture at work. Their enterprise SaaS solution allows employees to seamlessly self-organize around leisure activities, workplace events and local volunteer opportunities. Envested was named an Inc 30 under 30 company in 2017.

Roots Studio
San Fransico, CA

Roots Studio digitizes the creative content of traditional artists from remote areas with the global $32 billion dollar art, interior decor, and design licensing markets. We have digitized hundreds of unseen art from 1200+ artists (India, Indonesia, and Syria), and licensed them onto stationery, and clothing, amidst other products.

Sports and Performance Data Technologies

Technologies impacting the before, during, and after in the sports and athletics sector. Whether geared towards novices or elite professionals, innovations in this field include (but are not limited to) the way we experience, prepare for, and participate in sports and outdoor recreation by using hardware or software applications focused on data-centric intelligence, measurement, and other analytical forms.

Finalists

DashTag
Rotterdam, Netherlands

DashTag introduces the Dash Soccer League. Leveraging technology and the online nature of new generation soccer players, we offer a sports experience that doesn’t feel outdated. The Dash, a wearable sensor, turns field performance into FIFA like stats to participate in competitions, challenges and pave the way to global recognition.

KidzToPros
Fremont, CA

KidzToPros is leading platform for Child enrichment sports and activities. Our technology makes us a leading provider for parents to enroll their kids in an after-school program at school facilities.

Nix
Boston, MA

Nix is taking the guessing out of hydration with a single-use sweat analytics patch that tells athletes, soldiers, and laborers their hydration status and electrolyte losses in real-time.

Tellyo
Helsinki, Finland

Tellyo is a web-based video platform for near-live video production, editing, streaming and distribution. It allows rights holders (sports federation, leagues, event organizers or broadcasters) to easily create unique stories from live content and share them to engage fans on social media in real-time.

UPGRADED
Walnut Creek, CA

UPGRADED converts event tickets into secure interactive digital assets protected by the Blockchain. These tickets work with existing entry systems (no hardware upgrades necessary) while delivering encryption, sales restrictions, stored value, loyalty data, and other dynamic elements that turn a ticket into a “smart ticket”.

Alternates

Hustle
Pittsburgh, PA

Hustle is the most comprehensive collection of sports drills and practice resources for youth coaches and players, packaged in a convenient and user-friendly smartphone application. We’ve created a marketplace for professional coaches to distribute and sell premium content, letting anyone learn from the pros.

myKicks
Perth, Western Australia

myKicks is a mobile application built on world first sports vision technology to enable any soccer player with a smartphone to film their kicks, analyze their kicking performance (speed, placement, and trajectory) and simulate real-world scoring situations against virtual goalies, enabling users to become better soccer players.

Torq Labs
Madison, WI

Torq Labs created smart leggings for injury prevention, called K-Tech Smart Leggings. Using lightweight, low-power sensors, Torq Labs helps professional athletes & triathletes prevent knee and hip injuries. Torq Labs’ proprietary movement mapping software identifies asymmetries & gait imbalances that are known precursors to developing lower body injuries.

Transportation Technologies

Technologies transforming and optimizing the transportation industry on a consumer and enterprise level. These innovations create efficiency in the way we move from point A to point B through (but are not limited to) the connected car, data routing applications, on-demand or ridesharing services, autonomous vehicles, and other new disruptive means.

Finalists

Commutifi
Boulder, CO

Commutifi is a wellness platform that optimizes mobility for commuters, enterprises, business districts, campuses, and cities. It captures holistic commuting data, measures time, cost and carbon efficiencies, generates recommendations, and administers benefits and subsidies that inspire optimum commuting.

Goin
Seattle, WA

Goin’s integration platform introduces ridesharing companies to the markets of flexible transit, ADA paratransit, and medical transportation so smart cities can fund greater access and equity. Goin is an FTA Mobility on Demand grant partner. Customers include first transit agency to partner with Uber, government organizations and medical facilities.

GoKid
New York, NY

GoKid is the complete carpool solution for schools, teams, and families. Easy-to-use apps enable families to set up and manage carpools with people they know and trust. GoKid is an alumnus of Techstars Mobility backed by Fontinalis Partners and InMotion Ventures. GoKid is headquartered in New York.

Gridwise
Pittsburgh, PA

Gridwise is a mobile platform that increases rideshare drivers’ earnings 39% by helping them know when and where to drive. Through the unique data models it has developed, Gridwise can help improve the efficiency of existing and new multimodal transit solutions for fleet operators and cities.

Ushr
Livonia, MI

Ushr is a software and technology company offering HD mapping data and software to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicle manufacturers. Ushr has the most accurate, comprehensive and advanced high-definition mapping technology in production today. Ushr’s technology is critical for safe vehicle operation and is transforming the transportation industry.

Alternates

Ion Motor Company
Austin, TX

ION is a team of experienced electric motorcycle enthusiasts who came together in the Fall of 2017 in Austin, Texas to make the fastest production electric motorcycle in the world … under $10,000. ION transforms your daily commute into a thrill you look forward to every day. No loud noise, no vibrations, no shifting, just twist the throttle and feel the G-forces pull a smile across your face.

Mogol
Portland, OR

Mogol has invented Connected Traffic Management(TM), a virtual traffic management platform that uses the vehicle as sensor and communicates to the driver via dashboard, navigation or smartphone instead of expensive roadside sensors and digital message signs for traffic management.

Tripgrid
Portland, OR

Tripgrid was built to help teams of all shapes and sizes better organize their travel. Powerful technology coupled with an intelligent interface provides our customers with a workspace that is a part spreadsheet and completely customizable. Teams can organize all of their travel information any way they want.

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2018 Judges and Emcees

SXSW Accelerator relies on hand-picked judges, qualified to determine the viability of a startup based on their demonstrated business and investment experience. The judging process will determine which of the finalists has the most innovative product or service. The following individuals have agreed to contribute their expertise toward the success of the SXSW Accelerator event.

Hussein Al Baya
Sageview Capital
Greenwich, CT

Matt Bigge
Crosslink Capital
San Francisco, CA

Christina Chase
MIT
Boston, MA

Tipatat Chennavasin
The Venture Reality Fund
San Francisco, CA

Lynne Chou OKeefe
Kleiner Perkins
Menlo Park, CA

Sara Deshpande
Maven Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Brian Dixon
Kapor Capital
San Francisco, CA

Don Dodge
Google
Boston, MA

David Dufresne
Panache Ventures
Montreal, Canada

Stacy Feld
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
San Francisco, CA

Quin Garcia
Auto Tech Ventures
San Francisco, SA

Renata George
Zenmen
San Francisco, CA

J Kelly Gray
Service Group
Austin, TX

Trisha Harry
Stanley Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Chip Hazard
Flybridge Capital Partners
Boston, MA

Jody Holtzman
Longevity Venture Advisors
New Rochelle, NY

Leah Hunter
Created Here
San Fracisco, CA

Mohammad Islam
DFJ
Menlo Park, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Dhani Jones
Qey Capital
Cincinnati, OH

Laura J. Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Canada

Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprises
New York, NY

Scott Lenet
Touchdown Ventures
Los Angeles, CA

Akif Malik
Podium VC
San Francisco, CA

Michael Meyer
MiddleGame Ventures
Washington, DC

Sarah Morgenstern
Omidyar Network
Washington, DC

Ben Narasin
NEA
San Francisco, CA

Peng T. Ong
Monk’s Hill Ventures
Singapore, Asia

Deepen Parikh
Courtside Ventures
New York, NY

Heidi Patel
Rethink Impact
San Francisco, CA

Adam Plotkin
ff Ventures
New York, NY

Wendy Schadeck
Northzone
New York, NY

Christopher Thomas
Fontinalis Partners
Detroit, MI

Phil Toronto
Vayner/RSE
New York, NY

Andy Tryba
Think3
Austin, TX

Constantijn van Oranje
StartupDelta
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ryan Walsh
Floodgate Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Rei Wang
First Round Capital
San Francisco, CA

Martina Welkhoff
Women in XR
Seattle, WA

Jeremy Yap
Angel Investor
London, United Kingdom

Co-Emcees for our Awards Ceremony

Meet the world’s top startups that have emerged as the best of the best at the 2018 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. After two days of pitches our judges will select a winner from each category and we will honor them at the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Awards Ceremony.

Sunday, March 11, 2018
7:00pm-9:00pm
Hilton Hotel (4th Floor: Salon AB)

Andrew Hyde
Origin Protocol Head of Community

Andrew is a technologist that has roots in design. He started Startup Weekend which reached half a million participants and 162 countries around the world. He works in cryptocurrency

Bob Metcalfe
University of Texas
Professor of Innovation

Bob Metcalfe is Professor of Innovation and Murchison Fellow of Free Enterprise at The University of Texas at Austin. An Internet pioneer starting 1970, he invented Ethernet 1973, founded 3Com Corporation 1979. He was a journalist in 1990s, venture capitalist in 2000s, awarded 2003 National Medal of Technology.

Robyn Metcalfe
Food+City
Director

Robyn Metcalfe is a Visiting Scholar and Lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the Director of Food+City, an innovative project that explores the future of feeding cities. She is an author of two books, a recovering farmer of heritage livestock, and the producer of the Food+City startup competition.

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2018 SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches, and On-site Coaches

Facilitators

Lindsey Schell
Civitas Learning
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse
Union Metrics
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Greg Wright
HATCH pitch
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
On-Site Coach (Facilitator)

Qualifiers, Coaches and On-Site Coaches

Tony Averbeck
SubjectWell
Qualifier

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Pre-Event Coach

Bart Bohn
Translational Research Institute
Pre-Event Coach

Kim Bond-Evans
Seremedi
On-Site Coach

Sara Brand
True Wealth
On-Site Coach

Robert Brackenridge
Game Factor-e
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

Shelly Brenckman
The McFerrin Center for Entrepreneur
Pre-Event Coach

Bob Bridge
Southwest Angel Network
On-Site Coach

William Clark
MicroVentures
On-Site Coach

Michael Crider
Byrne Boadle
Qualifier

Randall Crowder
TEXO Ventures
On-Site Coach

Cassandra Cuellar
Andrews Kurth, LLP
Qualifier

Tim Dietz
Formely IBM
On-Site Coach

Dorit Donoviel
Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Space Medicine
On-Site Coach

Gary Fomi
CTAN
On-Site Coach

Adrian Fortino
Mercury Fund
On-Site Coach

David Fossas
WP Engine
Qualifier

Benjamin Glenn
Shay Glenn LLP
On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Dell
Pre-Event Coach

Stephen Hays
Deep Space Ventures
On-Site Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Spoke Marketing
Qualifier

Emanuel Ibarra
The University of Texas at Austin, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship
Qualifier

Monica Landers
StoryFit
Qualifier

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting
Qualifier

Paulo Machado
Health Innovation Partners LLC
Pre-Event Coach

Deborah Mansfield
HoustonExponential
Pre-Event Coach

Amanda McGuckin-Hager
YouEarnedlt
Qualifier

Jake McKee
Coummunity5
Pre-Event Coach

Robert McKee
Cyprs.com
On-Site Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

Marc Nathan
Miller, Egan, Molter, & Nelson
Pre-Event Coach

Will Neder
Strategist
On-Site Coach

Paul O’Brien
Startup Executive and VC Development
On-Site Coach

Joe Payton
Genius Den
On-Site Coach

Mark Phillip
Are You Watching This?!
Qualifier

John Reale
Station Houston
On-Site Coach

Amos Schwartzfarb
Techstars Austin
Pre-Event Coach

Chris Shonk
ATX Seed Ventures
On Site Coach

Mike Steely
Cobbler Media
Pre-Event Coach

Mark Streigh
npv10
Pre-Event Coach

Rick Timmins
CTAN
On-Site Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media
Qualifier

Cindy Walker-Peach
Austin Technology Incubator
Qualifier

Marcus Whitney
Health:Further
On-Site Coach

Adam Wulf
Milestone Made
Pre-Event Coach

Ron Yerkes
RocketSpace
Pre-Event Coach

Joon Yun
Palo Alto Investors
On-Site Coach

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2017 Winners

Enterprise and Smart Data

Deep 6 Analytics
Pasadena, CA

Deep 6 AI applies artificial intelligence to medical records to find more patients for clinical trials faster, getting cures to the people who need them more quickly.

Transportation

SPLT
Austin, TX

SPLT is a transportation platform changing the way people commute worldwide through enterprise carpooling in a closed network and in partnership with Lyft, providing non-emergency medical transportation.

Social and Culture

Lily
San Diego, CA

Lily helps women discover and buy clothes that make them look and feel their best.

Entertainment and Content

Laugh.ly
San Francisco, CA

Laugh.ly is the first and only streaming app dedicated to stand-up comedy.

Health and Wearable

Sound Scouts
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sound Scouts utilizes game-based technology to deliver an accessible, reliable, low cost hearing screening solution to eliminate undetected hearing loss and elevate life outcomes.

Sports

Brizi
Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums.

Payment and FinTech

CNote
Oakland, CA

CNote earns you a 40x better return on your savings with 100% social impact.

Security and Privacy

UnifyID
San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

Lampix
San Francisco, CA

Lampix is a software, hardware and cloud platform that makes augmented reality without glasses by transforming surfaces into smart surfaces.

Innovative World

Thimble.io
Buffalo, NY

Thimble teaches beginners a basic understanding of building electronics through a monthly kit with carefully curated and easy to follow instructions.

Best Bootstrap Company – “The company who has done the most with least”

Kymira
Reading, United Kingdom

KYMIRA have developed a disruptive business model do deliver medical innovation through their Sportswear brand.

Most Innovative Company

Helixworks Technologies
Cork, Ireland

Helixworks makes synthetic DNA for research in Biotech and has developed a technology to store digital data in DNA.

Best One Minute Speed

Lexody
New York, NY


2017 Accelerator Finalists and Alternates

Augmented and Virtual Reality Technologies Finalists

Fibrum
Moscow, Russia

Fibrum Platform is a VR-platform designed for the purpose of involving a user into virtual reality, making it understandable and interesting, analogue of Steam for mobile VR.

Holojam
New York, NY

Holojam is developing technology that works with VR / AR headsets to enable groups of people who are in the same location to share a mixed reality – where the virtual world is blended over the physical world.

Lampix
San Francisco, CA

Lampix is a software, hardware and cloud platform that makes augmented reality without glasses by transforming surfaces into smart surfaces. This makes AR much simpler.

Teleporter VR
Istanbul, Turkey

Teleporter VR is the new generation live event experience company focused live sports, music and e-sports events. The company is building a magical platform using VR, AI and AR technologies.

3dRudder
New York, NY

3dRudder is a foot-powered movement controller, providing the most natural way to move in VR for gamers, designers, architects, and other professionals who work in 3D digital environments.

Alternates

izmocars
Long Beach, CA

Leading provider of automotive imagery, including CG created assets, virtual reality, and other automotive solutions.

VIAR
Seattle, WA

Viar360 is an enterprise focused VR publishing platform that reduces the time, effort and knowledge required to create highly engaging interactive cinematic virtual reality experiences for business use.

Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies Finalists

Deep 6 AI
Pasadena, CA

Deep 6 AI applies artificial intelligence to medical records to find more patients for clinical trials faster, getting cures to the people who need them more quickly.

Helixworks Technologies
Cork, Ireland

Helixworks makes synthetic DNA for research in Biotech and has developed a technology to store digital data in DNA.

LivingLens
Liverpool, United Kingdom

LivingLens captures and analyzes video content via speech, actions & sentiment, translating human behavior & attitudes into data & insights

Metadata
San Francisco, CA

For marketing managers in B2B/tech, Metadata amplifies your content marketing campaigns by pairing predictive scoring + programmatic advertising to generate qualified, opt-in conversions.

Speechmatics
Cambridge, United Kingdom

Speechmatics provides the world’s smartest speech recognition technology, harnessing the latest advances in AI and deep learning. With broad language coverage our technology enables enterprises to surface valuable customer insight.

Alternates

ArbiClaims
Los Angeles, CA

ArbiClaims is an online dispute resolution platform. We use court enforceable, binding arbitration to resolve and settle $15k and under disputes remotely via video chat and other online tools.

Pluto AI
Palo Alto, CA

Pluto is an AI-powered analytics platform that water companies use to prevent water wastage, predict asset failures, and minimize operating costs.

Skycision
Pittsburgh, PA

Skycision provides actionable decision support services to farmers that aids in diagnosing crop stress, disease, fertilization needs, and other issues farmers face on a weekly and seasonal basis.

Entertainment and Content Technologies Finalists

Haste
Atlanta, GA

Haste is software that optimizes the internet for people engaged in live, interactive experiences. Haste is currently beta-testing its esports accelerator service which reduces network lag for gamers.

Laugh.ly
San Francisco, CA

Laugh.ly is the first and only streaming app dedicated to stand-up comedy. We have the largest catalog of comedy from over 600 comedians – everyone from Aziz Ansari to Kevin Hart.

MuuseLabs
Brussels, Belgium

MuuseLabs is a family tech consumer electronics company. It develops Jooki – The Jukebox for Kids – a wireless speaker with a figurine-based interface targeted at kids without a smartphone.

Novel Effect
Seattle, WA

Novel Effect makes story time magical by using voice recognition to sync special effects as you tell a story, creating an immersive, interactive and engaging experience.

Triseum
Bryan, TX

Triseum creates high-quality learning games, empowering players to learn through fun, engaging and immersive experiences. Our games are meticulously handcrafted, fully tested and evaluated to provide the ultimate educational experience.

Alternates

Bigvu
New York, NY

BIGVU is the fastest and easiest way to create authentic and captivating videos for social media, education, corporate communications or content marketing.

CogniToys
New York, NY

CogniToys are learning companions in dinosaur form that play games, tell stories, lead guided meditations and more to provide the kind of personalized play experience every child deserves.

Magic Instruments
San Francisco, CA

Magic Instruments is transforming how people play, learn and experience music. Our first product is revolutionary digital guitar that anyone, including people with no musical background, can play in minutes.

Health and Wearables Technologies Finalists

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Bloomlife
San Francisco, CA

Bloomlife is a women’s health company designing the future of prenatal care. We combine wearables with data analytics to reassure moms and provide doctors with better information to improve birth outcomes.

iSono Health
San Francisco, CA

iSono Health is democratizing breast cancer screening by developing a platform that combines automated ultrasound with AI to empower women with regular and accessible breast health monitoring to help with early detection.

Litmus Health
Austin, TX

Litmus Health is a clinical data science platform focused on health-related quality of life. We help researchers make better go and no-go decisions from patients’ environment, lifestyle, diet, and activity.

Saathi
Ahmedabad, Gujarat

Saathi takes a cradle-to-cradle approach to women’s menstrual health. We’ve developed a fully biodegradable sanitary pad from waste banana tree fiber, which don’t need to be burned when disposed, thus helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Sound Scouts
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Sound Scouts utilizes game-based technology to deliver an accessible, reliable, low cost hearing screening solution to eliminate undetected hearing loss and elevate life outcomes.

Alternates

Antelope.Club
Frankfurt, Hessen

ANTELOPE.TECHWEAR is the world’s first performance enhancing sportswear that stimulate each of your major muscle groups. With ANTELOPE you can work out wherever and whenever you want in the most effective way.

NeuroFlow
Philadelphia, PA

NeuroFlow is a digital health software company co-founded by Army Veteran, Christopher Molaro, and Penn bio-engineering PhD, Adam Pardes. Using real-time biometric data, NeuroFlow quantifies and improves mental health assessment.

QuiO
New York, NY

QuiO provides smart injection devices and connected software for monitoring, engaging and supporting patients taking injectable therapies at home.

Innovative World Technologies Finalists

AnyQuip
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

AnyQuip is Canada’s trusted B2B equipment sharing platform and marketplace. We connect companies that own under-utilized heavy equipment directly to qualified contractors looking to rent it. Largest selection, lowest prices.

envi
Los Angeles, CA

envi has perfected detailing a car without water, without scratching. envi is empowering the deaf community with a real income/business opportunity that promoted saving time, water and the planet!

FishViews Wimberly, TX

FishViews creates 360o HD waterway maps delivered to desktop, mobile, or VR devices. We get you on the water without putting you in the boat.

Makerarm
Austin, TX

Makerarm is the world’s first factory on a desktop. A robotic arm with 20 snap-on heads including laser, milling and 3D printing, Makerarm allows you to make anything, anywhere.

Thimble.io
Buffalo, NY

Thimble teaches beginners a basic understanding of building electronics through a monthly kit with carefully curated and easy to follow instructions. Examples include a wifi-robot, weather station, quadcopter, etc.

Alternates

Centaur
Ventura, CA

Centaur is the first full-stack IoT provider of solutions for stored agricultural products. Our wireless sensors and cognitive analytics enable spoilage detection and precision pest management of crops.

Inirv
Durham, NC

Inirv has developed an innovative smart kitchen device that uses a combination of sensors and electronics to prevent house fires by turning the burners off before a hazard arises.

Maidbot
Austin, TX

Maidbot is a robotics company on a mission to revolutionize the way humans clean – starting with the world’s very first housekeeping robot for hotels.

Payment and FinTech Technologies Finalists

AssetVault
London, United Kingdom

AssetVault helps consumers to catalogue their physical and digital assets in a secure register, protect assets through insurance products and fully digital wills and unlock value of assets through advanced AI.

CNote
Oakland, CA

CNote earns you a 40x better return on your savings with 100% social impact.

Envudu
Springville, UT

Natural biases are hard to overcome. What if our biases could work for us instead of against us? Envudu is a “mind hack” that fundamentally changes how you manage money.

Hip Pocket
Lincoln, NE

Hip Pocket’s newest FinTech app, Hip Money, helps you save more money and prepay debt all with a simple swipe right on your phone.

Kickfurther
Boulder, CO

Kickfurther is the first online consignment platform in the world. We connect growing brands with individuals across the United States where both are able to grow their wealth.

Alternates

Claimbot
Austin, TX

Claimbot transforms the way insurance companies interact with customers. We deflect inefficient calls to self-service bots that increase satisfaction, reduce costs and defend revenue put at risk by claims.

FundPaas
San Francisco, CA

Paste anywhere Crowdfunding plug-in – fully functional, end-to-end, Portal-as-a-Service solution. Our “Fund Me” button converts any website into a funding portal. FundPaaS also provide APIs for crowdfunding portals and broker dealers.

Latipay
Auckland, New Zealand

Latipay, enables global business to receive live payment from Chinese consumers through WeChat, Alipay JDPay and 19 Chinese Banks.

Security and Payment Technologies Finalists

Cyber Warrior Network
San Antonio, TX

First Career and Workforce Matching Software that helps companies find, hire and retain the best transitioning military cyber talent. Think of it as a hybrid of match.com for the candidates and LinkedIn for recruiters seeking cyber candidates.

Emergent Network Defense
Washington, DC

Predict and prevent hacks before they start. Emergent uses existing enterprise systems and swarming artificial intelligence to explore millions of loss scenarios; identifying hacks that make Fortune 500 executives nervous.

SAASPASS
San Francisco, CA

The world’s only Full stack Identity & Access Management. MFA, SSO, Password Management, Endpoint Access Management all in one. Security in the background, passwordless convenience for the user

umboCV
San Francisco, CA

A neural network based artificial super intelligence that sees the world as we do.

UnifyID
San Francisco, CA

UnifyID revolutionizes authentication by discovering what makes us unique. We’re getting rid of passwords by combining machine learning and sensor data to maximize the user experience while reducing fraud.

Alternates

Daplie
Provo, UT

Started in 2015, Daplie is a technology and hardware company that manufactures ‘Cloud’ – an easy to use server for the home. Cloud stores data and controls connected devices via its own infrastructure and is accessible from an owner-chosen domain name. Rather than data passing through and being stored on service-provider servers, subject to terms of service, Cloud is the first infrastructure to put the owner in absolute control of the services they use and devices they own in the next step of the internet of everything.

Guardian Zone
Colleyville, TX

Guardian Zone is a woman-owned security software-as-a-service company. Our mobile app and software allow smartphone users to immediately connect with venue security in medium and large venues during emergency situations.

Thumbs Up!
Austin, TX

Thumbs Up! is a trust network for the new economy. We help you confidently work with, buy from, and share with peers everyday.

Social and Culture Technologies Finalists

4Gifters
Milan, Italy

4Gifters is the first social e-gifting platform allowing users to Gift, Group Gift and pick up from luxury brand stores all over the world.

Envy
San Diego, CA

Envy is a visual search engine, based on your location. Rethink the way you find the services and products you want. Swipe right if you love it, left if you don’t.

Lily
San Diego, CA

Lily helps women discover & buy clothes that make them look & feel their best. It’s first ever perception engine technology understands a woman’s emotions, perceptions & aspirations about clothing.

Module
Pittsburgh, PA

Module is reimagining home for the 21st century. Our incremental housing technology and interactive design platform provide affordable, well-designed homes that change as your needs do.

NextBillion
Vancouver, Canada

NextBillion.org is a community where people with visible and invisible disabilities connect with industry leaders for personalized mentorships, and get access to jobs and resources.

Alternates

Dip
Los Angeles, CA

Dip allows users to buy access to specific hotel amenities, instead of having to buy a room.

Lexody
New York, NY

Learning a foreign language? Go on a lex (language exchange)! Practice any language with a native speaker, in person, at one of Lexody’s suggested local meeting places.

Unboundly
San Francisco, CA

Enabling more people to experience the world for less. Unboundly’s groundbreaking technology creates customized flight routes, saving travelers time and money.

Sports Technologies Finalists

Brizi
Toronto, Canada

Brizi automates and monetizes fan content in stadiums. Augmented Reality robotic cameras are remote-controlled by fans to instantly snap & share photos of themselves.

HorseAnalytics GmbH
Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany

HorseAnalytics empowers horse enthusiasts to monitor and improve health and training of horses by applying reliable technologies from health and sports supervision and combining constant and real-time scientific analytics.

Kymira
Reading, United Kingdom

KYMIRA have developed a disruptive business model do deliver medical innovation through their Sportswear brand. They’re developing the smart clothing of tomorrow for a cleaner, safer and healthier planet.

Season Share
Los Angeles, CA

There are 3.2M season ticket holders in the US, 70% share with other sports fans. Season Share is a proprietary mobile technology for buying & sharing season tickets.

Wyp Aviation
Huntsville, AL

Passionate, inspired, with just a touch of crazy. From design to prototype to flight test, Wyp Aviation has the knowledge and flexibility to take aviation to the next level.

Alternates

Matchday
Dublin, Ireland

Live sport gaming company. Sports viewers make predictions in real time about a live game, earn points and redeem prizes.

Player’s Health
Chicago, IL

Player’s Health is a risk management platform for sports organizations that reduces the health liability for youth athletic programs, and coaches by entrusting “return-to-play” decision-making to the athlete’s caregiver/medical professional.

SportsGuru
New York, NY

SportsGuru offers broadcasters, publishers, brands, and teams improved fan-engagement, by combining a user-friendly video capture and curation technology, creator community, and video distribution, to be the hub for sports-fan opinions.

Transportation Technologies Finalists

Driver Watchdog
Buffalo, NY

Driver Watchdog is The Smart Driver’s Companion. Assisting in proactively avoiding unsafe situations with on demand behavior correction capabilities. We are Intelligent Driving.. Reinvented.

Fingertips Lab
San Francisco, CA

Fingertips Lab’s first product is O6, an IoT device and mobile app that allows you to engage with your phone while driving, without looking at or touching a screen.

HAAS Alert
Chicago, IL

V2V (vehicle-to-vehicle) platform delivers real-time preemptive safety information to motorists, smart cities, connected and autonomous cars. Helping drivers and vehicles make smarter decisions by informing them of the road ahead.

Spatial.ia
Detroit, MI

Artificial intelligence location platform and API that enables vehicles to answer location questions only a local would know using real-time social data.

SPLT
Austin, TX

SPLT is a transportation platform changing the way people commute worldwide through enterprise carpooling in a closed network and in partnership with Lyft, providing non-emergency medical transportation.

Alternates

BlyncSync
Broken Arrow, OK

Designed to assist in minimizing the risk of accidents in the trucking industry, the BlyncSync platform hosts multiple biometric devices, and provides real time & projected fatigue levels of drivers.

Parade
Berkeley, CA

Parade is a software company that produces big data and artificial intelligence solutions for transportation companies to enable faster communications, smarter decision making, and increased freight opportunity optimizations.

Toposens
Munich, GA

Toposens is a sensor company from Munich providing robust, ultra-low power and low-cost 3D sensors for the Internet of Things and autonomous vehicles to enterprises.


2017 SXSW Accelerator Emcees

Andrew Hyde
Techstar
Boulder, CO

Andrew Hyde

Andrew Hyde has a passion for community, writing, travel and startups. He founded Startup Weekend, three other startups and was employee #1 at Techstars. Most recently he wrote a book named This Book is About Travel which reached the #1 sales slot for iBooks and Amazon’s travel sections. He is a co-owner of his favorite cafe in the world in Trident Booksellers and Cafe in Boulder, Colorado.

Yiying Lu
500 Startups
San Francisco, CA

Yiying Lu

Yiying Lu is an award-winning designer with more than 10 years of experience in the creative realm. Her projects have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, NBC News, TIME, and more. Notable projects include the official Dumpling Emoji, the Twitter Fail Whale, Conan O’Brien’s Pale Whale, and the SXSW Interactive Big Bag Art.


2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event Judges

SXSW Accelerator relies on hand-picked judges, qualified to determine the viability of a startup based on their demonstrated business and investment experience. The judging process will determine which of the finalists has the most innovative product or service. The following individuals have agreed to contribute their expertise toward the success of the SXSW Accelerator event.

Abhi Anuket
Magnivia Ventures
New York, NY

Jeremy Bloom
Integrate.com
Los Angeles, CA

Julie Bort
Business Insider
San Francisco, CA

Elizabeth Burstein
Product at Blue Apron, former Wildcat Venture Partners
New York, NY

Sylvain Carle
Real Ventures
Montreal, Canada

Karen Cheah
Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific
Singapore, Singapore

Kevin Colleran
Slow Ventures
Boston, MA

Paige Craig
Arena Ventures
Los Angeles, CA

Sara Deshpande
Maven Ventures
San Francisco, CA

Don Dodge
Google
Boston, MA

David Dufresne
500 Startups Canada
Montreal, Canada

Ben Dyer
Polygraph Media
Austin, TX

Stacy Feld
Johnson and Johnson
San Francisco, CA

Stephen Forte
Fresco Capital
Menlo Park, CA

Jacqueline Garavente
Union Square Ventures
New York, NY

Richard Garriott
Portalarium
Austin, TX

Rohit Gupta
SterlingVC
New York, NY

Bruce Haymes
Nielsen
Wilton, CT

Eric Hellweg
Harvard Business Review
Boston, MA

Christine Herron
Intel Capital
San Francisco, CA

Jody Holtzman
AARP
Washington, DC

Leah Hunter
Fast Company
San Francisco, CA

Mohammad Islam
DFJ
San Francisco, CA

Mohanjit Jolly
Iron Pillar
Palo Alto, CA

Matt Kaufman
Crunchbase
San Francisco, CA

Sandy Khaund
InStadium
San Francisco, CA

Laura Kilcrease
Alberta Innovates
Edmonton, Canada

Nina Kjellson
Canaan Partners
San Francisco, CA

Kay Koplovitz
Springboard Enterprise
New York, NY

Vanessa Larco
NEA
San Francisco, CA

Vanessa Larco
NEA
San Francisco, CA

Scott Lenet
Touchdown Ventures
Los Angeles, CA

Phil Libin
General Catalyst
San Francisco, CA

Alice Lloyd George
RRE Ventures
New York, NY

Jesse Middleton
Flybridge Capital Partner
New York, NY

Michael Murphy
Rosecliff Ventures
New York, NY

Hany Nada
GGV Capital
Menlo Park, CA

Shervin Pishevar
Sherpa Capital
San Francisco, CA

Marc Rothmans
Kindred
Louisville, KY

Mia Saini
Oars + Alps
Chicago, IL

Jeff Slobotski
Router Ventures
Omaha, NE

Kathleen Utecht
Core Innovation Capital
San Francisco, CA

Yossi Vardi
International Technologies
Tel Aviv, Israel

Werner Vogels
Amazon
Seattle, WA

Rick Yang
NEA
Melon Park, CA


2017 SXSW Accelerator Advisory Board

The individuals listed below were instrumental to the success of the 2017 SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event. Their hard work, diligence, and support in bringing together the future of the technology industry to the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event is greatly appreciated.

Adi Abili
AngelHack
San Francisco, CA

Kaan Akin
Hackquarters-Startup Accelerator
Istanbul, Turkey

Karen Allen
Karen Allen Consulting
Los Angeles, CA

Kathleen Baireuther
Austin Technology Incubator
Austin, TX

Julia Belaya
Plug and Play Tech Center
Sunnyvale, CA

Ilias Benjelloun
MLT New Tech
Montreal, Canada

Seth Berger
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia, PA

Taylor Bloom
SportTechie
London

Shawna Butler
Singularity University
Austin, TX

Jason Cahill
Traansmission
New York, NY

Cameo Carlson
Borman Entertainment
Nashville, TN

Willy Chu
WeFinance
San Francisco, CA

Ben Clayton
Pop Up Accelerator
Montreal, Quebec

David Cohn
Advance Digital
Berkeley, CA

Bart Collet
Advance Healthcare
Antwerp, Belgium

Steven Cook
FortuneCMO
Marietta, GA

Mike Cotton
Zone Startups Sports & Media
Toronto, Ontario

Cris De Luca
Johnson & Johnson Innovation
Cambridge, MA

Kristof De Mey
Victoris – Ghent University
Ghent, Belgium

Frank Denbow
Startup Threads
Englewood, NJ

Stephen Deng
Caribou Digital- DFS Lab
Seattle, WA

Chris Denson
Innovation Crush
Los Angeles, CA

Michael Dillhyon
YouBase
Zug, Switzerland

Joshua Duboff
Reuters News Agency
New York, NY

Ryan Falvey
CFSI
San Francisco, CA

Jenny Fielding
Techstars
New York, NY

Andrew Forsdick
Sage Bus Advisors/Vivicast Media
Memphis, TN

Alex Foster
Multiple
Palo Alto, CA

Chris Furmanski
Stanford Health Care
Palo Alto, CA

Sonia Gaillard
Office of the Governor – State of Texas
Austin, TX

Parm Gill
Gill Group
Ottawa, Canada

Jonathan Gottfried
Major League Hacking
New York, NY

Cedric Grignard
Invest in Lyon Agency
Lyon, France

Nate Gross
Doximity and Rock Health
San Francisco, CA

Salome Gudmundsdottir
Icelandic Startups
Reykjavik, Iceland

Kimberly Guiry
ROCeteer
Las Vegas, NV

Michael Gursha
Newhouse School, Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Lorin Hamlin
Under Armour
Baltimore, MD

Sissel Hansen
Startup Everywhere
Berlin, Germany

Cortney Harding
Cortney Harding Consulting
Brooklyn, NY

Irena Harris
Canadian Technology Accelerator
New York, NY

Tim Hayden
Stadia Ventures/Saint Louis University
St. Louis, MO

Arno Hermans
Sport eXperience
Eindhoven, Netherlands

Krisztina Holly
The Art of Manufacturing podcast
Los Angeles, CA

Bruce Houghton
Skyline Music | Hypebot.com
Roanoke, VA

Clyde Hutchinson
Journey Partners
Dublin, Ireland

Ayse Inal
Smart Network
Istanbul, Turkey

Eric Kavanagh
The Bloor Group
Austin, TX

Greg Kirkorsky
STATS
Northbrook, IL

Joseph Kosper
moovel Global
Austin, TX

Thomas Knoll
Revelry.co
Minneapolis, MN

Milan Koch
AngelHack
Venice, CA

Joshua Krammes
MergerTech
San Francisco, CA

Om Kundu
InspirAVE – The Internet of Savings
New York, NY

Jan C. Kuster
Founders Fight Club
Munich, Germany

Daniel Laursen
Trendsonline.dk
Copenhagen, Denmark

Jennifer Lee
Plympton
San Francisco, CA

Ofir Leitner
Israel Mobile Summit
Tel Aviv, Israel

Brian Mac Mahon
Expert DOJO
San Monica, CA

Akif Malik
Sports Colab
Hood River, OR

Lisa Mallner
Nordic Startup Bits
Copenhagen, Denmark

Eric Mathews
Start Co.
Memphis, TN

Jonathan Milne
Invest Ottawa
Ottawa, Canada

Antonio Montoya
Rocket Hatch
Huntsville, AL

Kim Moore
Greater Austin Asian Chamber of Commerce
Austin, TX

Dough Newcomb
C3 Group
Hood River, OR

Cagdas Onen
Iyzico
Istanbul, Turkey

Dan Pacheco
Syracuse University
Syracuse, NY

Carleen Pan
thisopenspace
New York, NY

Joey Pomerenke
Scotch & Pretzels
Dallas, TX

Sean Power
Repable
Toronto, Canada

Paul Reynolds
Vertex Lab
Portland, OR

John Richards
Startup Ignition, LLC
Provo, UT

Ingrid Riley
ConnectiMass
Kingston, Jamaica

Dan Roselli
Packard Place & QueenCity Fintech
Charlotte, NC

Matthew Santorelli
Walden Cohen Ventures
New York, NY

Jan Schaffer
J-Lab: The Institute for Interactive Journalism
Washington, DC

Joy Schoffler
Leverage PR
Austin, TX

Helen Situ
NextVR
Newport Beach, CA

Jennifer Skjellum
TechBirmingham
Birmingham, AL

Mike Smith
TouchPoints
New York, NY

Jewell Sparks
BiTHOUSE
Berlin, Germany

Unity Stoakes
Startup Health
Brooklyn, NY

Danielle Szetho
FinTech Australia
Sydney , Australia

Stefano Tambornini
WyLab
Chiavari, Italy

Sebastien Tanguay
Le CAMP
Quebec, Canada

Todd Tate
Toddtate.net
San Francisco, CA

Huy Nguyen Trieu
The Disruptive Group
London, United Kingdom

Rick Turoczy
PIE
Portland, OR

Amy Webb
Future Today Institute
Washington, DC

Ken Westin
Splunk
Portland, OR

Kevin Winston
Digitalla
Los Angeles, CA

Raven Zachary
Object Theory
Portland, OR

Gloria Zaionz
Innovative Learning Network
San Francisco, CA

Hubert Zajicek
Health Wildcatters
Dallas, TX

Jay Zalowitz
Fanatics
San Francisco, CA

Peter Zana
Black Lab Sports
Boulder, CO

Brian Zisk SF MusicTech Summit
San Francisco, CA

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2017 SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee & Coaches

SXSW Accelerator Qualifying Committee, Coaches, and On-site Coaches contribute significantly to the success of SXSW Accelerator. The Qualifying Committee focuses on the intake of all plans submitted and is responsible for the validating the applications for accuracy, completeness, veracity, and proper categorization. With their vast experience, SXSW Accelerator Coaches work closely with the finalists in the months leading up to the event to assist them in their onstage presentations. On-site Coaches work with the finalists as they rehearse their presentation on Friday, March 10.

Facilitators

Lindsey Schell
Bizologie
Qualifier (Facilitator)

Dean Cruse
Union Metrics
Qualifier (Facilitator)
Greg Wright
University of Houston
Pre-Event Coach (Facilitator)

Brian Lang
Energizing Health
On-site Coach (Facilitator)

Qualifiers, Coaches, and On-Site Coaches

Sivaram Arabandi
Ontopro
On-Site Coach

Tony Averbeck
SubjectWell
Qualifier

Katie Baker
Kauffman Foundation
Pre-Event Coach & On-Site Coach

Steve Barsh
Dreamit
On-Site Coach

Bart Bohn
Austin Technology Incubator and BuildSec Foundry
Qualifier & Pre-Event Coach

Kim Bond-Evans
Seremedi
On-Site Coach

Kara Bortone
Johnson & Johnson
Pre-Event Coach

Zach Brandon
Greater Madison Chamber of Commerce
On-Site Coach

William Clark
MicroVentures
On-Site Coach

Kyle Cox
ATP Fund
Pre-Event Coach

Michael Crider
The Crider Company
Qualifier

Randall Crowder
TEXO Ventures
On-Site Coach

Cassandra Cuellar
Andrews Kurth, LLP
Qualifier

Dorit Donoviel
Baylor College of Medicine, Center for Space Medicine
On-Site Coach

David Fossas
Independent Marketing Consultant and Techstars Mentor
Qualifier

Jeff Frey
University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
On-Site Coach

Juliana Garaizar
Houston Angel Network
On-Site Coach

Benjamin Glenn
Shay Glenn LLP
On-Site Coach

Balaji Gopinath
(https://www.linkedin.com/in/balajigopinath) On-Site Coach

Jonathan Ha
Dell
Pre-Event Coach

Joanna Heinrich
Spoke Marketing
Qualifier

Yael Hochberg
Rice/MIT/Accelerator Rankings
On-Site Coach

Monica Landers
Authors.me
Qualifier

Blanca Lesmes
BB Imaging and Healthcare Consulting
Qualifier

Deborah Mansfield
Houston Technology Center
Pre-Event Coach

Lesa Mitchell
Merian Ventures
On-Site Coach

Roberto Moctezuma
Fractal River
Pre-Event Coach

Mitchell Mom
Rock Health
Pre-Event Coach

Nadia Morris
AT&T
On-Site Coach

Marc Nathan
Miller Egan
Pre-Event Coach

Hesam Panahi
Rice University
On-Site Coach

Emily Roccheggiani
Adyen
On-Site Coach

Mark Schmulen
Entrepreneur
Pre-Event Coach

Amos Schwartzfarb
Techstars Austin
Pre-Event Coach

Laura Shapland
CareSet System
On-Site Coach

Chris Shonk
ATX Seed Ventures
On Site Coach

Mike Steely
Sparkible
Pre-Event Coach

Chris Treadaway
Polygraph Media
Qualifier

Cindy Walker-Peach
Austin Technology Incubator
Qualifier

Stephen White
Qukku Pre-Event Coach

Ron Yerkes
RocketSpace
Pre-Event Coach

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2016 Winners

Enterprise and Smart Data

Presented by Rackspace

Parknav
San Francisco, CA

Parknav provides real-time on-street parking availability data to automotive, fleet, real-estate and internet companies. Its service covers over 70 cities 24/7 in the US and EU, and its customers embed this data into navigation systems, maps and real estate listings.

Entertainment and Content Technologies

PopUp Play
Austin, TX

PopUp Play creates experiences for kids that blend screen time with play time.

Health and Wearable Technologies

Presented by Allscripts

MUrgency
San Francisco, CA

MUrgency is using the power of mobile technology and networks to make emergency medical response available to anyone, anytime, anywhere with just one tap on a mobile phone or through auto alerts from sensors / wearables for high risk population.

Innovative World Technologies

Presented by Brother

Rorus
Pittsburgh, PA
Rorus makes the Filter Pack, the first comprehensive solution for carrying and instantly purifying drinking water, removing both biological and chemical contaminants. We use new nanotechnology and user-centered design to make the simplest filters in the world for humanitarian relief.

Payment and Fintech Technologies

Chroma.fund
Portland, OR

Chroma.fund is a blockchain-based exchange for trading stocks and bonds issued by early stage companies. Our software is used by financial firms who wish to build and trade software-defined ETFs. We’re a Techstars company based in Portland, OR.

Virtual Reality Technologies

Presented by Google Cloud

Splash
Berlin, Germany
Your reality. Shared. Capture a 360 degree videos on your mobile in seconds, share it to any social network & view it in VR.

The winner of the Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least): Hearken

The winner of the Most Innovative Company: Vantage.tv
And the winner of the One-Minute Pitch among alternates: Knocki

2015 Winners

Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies

Partpic
Atlanta, GA

Partpic is an enterprise visual search solution used to identify replacement parts. Simply snap a picture using your mobile device and let your technology identify the part and facilitate the purchase.

Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies

Tinnitracks
Hamburg, Germany

Tinnitracks is a multi-awarded audiology technology offering tinnitus treatment based on clinical trials. Developed by German-based Sonormed, the solution transforms everyday music into targeted neuroacoustic treatment for tinnitus patients.

Innovative World Technologies

SLANTRANGE
San Diego, CA

SLANTRANGE makes farming more productive. Our sensors and analytics tools provide new insights on crop health for improving yields while reducing costs, uncertainty, and global environment impacts.

Wearable Technologies

Tinitell
Stockholm, Sweden

Tinitell is a Swedish designed wrist phone and GPS-tracker for kids. It is durable, and water resistants. Our mission is to enable outside play with a connected device. Tinitell is a back to basic phone for kids who like to play outside.

Entertainment and Content Technologies

Zype

Zype is a cloud-based video technology service for premium video content owners to build, scale and manage direct to consumer steaming destinations. Zype makes it easy to deliver branded mobile, set top, and web apps to viewers everywhere. Social Technologies

RealSavvy
Austin, TX

2014 Winners

Enterprise and Big Data Technologies

Trustev
Cork City, Ireland

Trustev provides real-time, online identity verification to eliminate fraud and increase revenues for retailers in a simple-to-integrate, low-cost platform.

Entertainment and Content Technologies

Waygo

Waygo is a service that enhances your travel experience by easily translating printed language. With Waygo, simply point your smartphone camera and translate images instantly without a data connection.

Health Technologies

ThriveOn
San Francisco, CA

ThriveOn is a mobile platform that assesses user need, and delivers a tailored evidenced-based program, paired with a remote mental health professional.

Innovative World Technologies

Synbiota

Synbiota is a collaborative open web-platform that allows anyone to safely and sustainably create new.

Social Technologies

Samba.me
Tel Aviv, Israel

Samba is video messaging with reaction shots. Recreating the warmth of face-to-face interaction, it infused digital video communication with genuine, authentic response.

Wearable Technologies

Skully Helmets

Skully Helmets is pioneering augmented reality solutions for the head protection industry. Founded in Silicon Valley in 2013, Skully’s human-centered engineering approach has led to the Skully’s human-centered engineering approach has led Skully AR-1, the world’s first fully integrated augmented reality motorcycle helmet.

2013 Winners

News Technologies

Phone2Action
Kansas City, MO

We amplify people’s voice to effect change. We help interested groups, trade organizations, and advocacy groups engaged supporter’s in the moment they are ready to act.

Social Technologies

Plotter
San Francisco, CA

Ever thought typing on your touch-screen is frustrating? Our revolutionary keyboard technology. Fleksy, is powerful enough you can type without even looking at the screen. Wave goodbye to typing frustrations and welcome Happy Typing on mobile.

Innovative Web Technologies

Wanderu

Wanderu is the simplest way to find a book bus and train travel between Point A and Point B. Wanderu is a new travel startup by young people for young people.

Entertainment and Gaming Technologies

MakieLab
London, England

Makie Lab uniquely combines games, toys and 3D printing to provide creative entertainment properties. Our virtual goods produce physical goods on demand.

Music Accelerator

ROLI
London, England

ROLI is a music technology start-up using intuitive design to create integrated hardware and software interfaces that increase the bandwidth of interaction between humans and computers.

Health Technologies

Neurotrack
Richmond, VA

Neurotrack has developed technology that can diagnose Alzheimer’s disease years before symptoms appear, creating the potential to transform the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

2012 Winners

News Related Technologies

Funf Project
Cambridge, MA

Funf, the Fun Framework for Mobile Sensing is an extensible sensing and data processing framework for Android devices developed at the MIT Media Lab. Funf provides an open source, reusable set of functionalities, enabling the grassroots collection, dissemination, and sense-making of rich data about individuals, their devices and their environment.

Innovative Web Technologies

Viztu Technologies
Cambridge, MA

Viztu Technologies is a leading provider of custom, multi-dimensional scanning and imaging solutions. Our first product, hypr3D, uses advanced computer vision tools to transform user-generated photos or videos into unique3D models that can view online, shared, downloaded, or even printed in 3D.

Social Media and Social Networking Technologies

Thrist Labs
San Francisco, CA

What are your friends talking about right now? Why are they talking about it? What does it mean? Thirst is a mobile app that understands status updates (from Twitter, Facebook, etc.) using our custom Natural Language algorithms to help you simplify, organize, and understand your social streams.

Mobile Technologies

Condition One

Condition ONE is a technology company developing next generation immersive video applications. Our flagship product is an embeddable immersive video player for the iPad, which we license to media companies and brands. Condition ONE creates powerful emotional experiences of being there.

Entertainment Technologies

Wemo Media

Wemo Media is a next generation digital studio with a world-class team of Academy Award-winning artists, technology innovators and veteran execs from film, games and the web. This team is pioneering a new form of globally shared art and entertainment on the Web. Their first product is theBlu.com.

Health Technologies

Ginger.io
Cambridge, MA

An MIT Media Lab spinoff and TechStars alum, Ginger.io provides a behavior analytics platform that uses big data from mobile phones to model user behavior and make inferences about health and wellness.

Music-Related Technologies

Ovelin
Tampere, Finland

WildChords by Ovelin is an iPad game that makes learning to play the guitar fun, addictive and motivating. It is played with any real guitar, and requires no additional equipment. Ovelin is the #1 music app in 34 countries, iPad game of the year (Tilt TV), Best European Learning Game 2011 (LUDUS).

2011 Winners

News Related Technologies

Storify
San Francisco, CA

Storify is building the future of storytelling, enabling journalists, bloggers or anyone to tell stories from social media by assembling Tweets, photos and videos. We help readers find meaning amid the noise of social media.

Social Media and Social Networking Technologies

POPVOX
Redwood City, CA

CEO Marcy Harris refers to it as a Deal Room for Legislation and says now we can all be in on the deal. Popvox is giving everyday people the opportunity to participate in the lobbying process by automatically posting any bill introduced to Congress, allowing it to be publicly commented on, and returning it to the appropriate Congressperson. Legislators and their staff can also upload a bill position. The system, which uses “business intelligence for bills,” aggregates public input and outputs a consumable report that elected officials and their staffers can act on. Popvox believes that independent, verifiable metrics are a key, missing element in current constituent communication systems

Innovative Web Technologies

Hipmunk

Hipmunk takes the agony out of travel search. Its unique interface shows you only the sensible results, making it easy to understand the tradeoffs between your options. And because we know how much of a pain it can be to fly, Hipmunk sorts its results by “agony,” not price.

Entertainment Technologies

Tango
Palo Alto, CA

Paul Berberian says Orbotix uses an open-source platform for developing the apps that power their robotic balls. That means anyone capable of creating a mobile app is also capable of developing an app that powers a Sphero ball. Allowing people to create their own experiences and games around the device is the same (very successful) strategy employed by Android. Not coincidentally, the little round robots are smart-phone driven.

2010 Winners

Innovative Web Technology

Siri
San Jose, CA

Imagine talking to your phone and asking “What’s the phone number for Hilton Austin?” or “Get me a table for two with steak.” Siri, an app that relies on speech recognition and artificial technology, turns search and voice to action. Siri is a spin-off from the largest artificial intelligence program in the world at Stanford Research Institute. Siri relies on open platforms like OpenTable, Yelp, and Google Maps, to help users book restaurant reservations, find weather forecasts, buy movie tickets and more.

Entertainment Technologies

ShopSavvy
Dallas, TX

Already a popular mobile application, ShopSavvy, puts a tech solution in the consumers’ hands allowing them to comparison shop by scanning product bar codes on the spot and make a purchase all without leaving the simple application interface. The questions from the judges, who were already familiar with ShopSavvy and impressed with its success, focused primarily on why ShopSavvy needed their help as much as the lesser known start-ups.

Business Social Media

Mobile Roadie

Mobile Roadie puts the power of mobile apps in the hands of any small business. It’s a highly customizable way to easily and cost-effectively create an iPhone or Android app. Prices start at $500 plus monthly hosting fees. Mobile Roadie’s app for Taylor Swift had 40 million installs

Personal Social Media

Bump Technologies

Phones are becoming the access point to our lives, with music, calendar, social networking, games, contacts, and more. Bump, an app that has been downloaded over 10 million times, allows people to connect in the physical world with a simple bump of their phones. Bump is expanding to license their technology and announced a partnership with PayPal. You can now bump phones to make a payment, along with other uses such as sharing photos, music, friending on Facebook.

2009 Winners

Music Related Technologies

Popcuts
Berkeley, CA

We give fans a stake in the music. So, you get store credit (and street cred) when the songs you buy become hits. Trendsetters get the biggest rewards.

Video Related Technologies

Tubemogul
Emeryville, CA

TubeMogul is the first online video analytics and distribution company serving publishers large and small who need independent information about video performance on the internet and automated upload to the web’s top video sharing sites.

Social Networking Applications

Weardrobe
Palo Alto, CA

Weardrobe provides a platform for people to share reviews of their own clothing, post photos of their looks, catalogue their closet and search for style inspiration. 

Ribbit.com
Mountain View, CA

Ribbit brings together the internet, voice and data to form a new world of intelligent, integrated communication solutions — where rich voice and data travel seamlessly across devices, networks, and carriers.

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