Applications are now closed for the 2020 season. Stay tuned for the announcement of 2020 finalists. Winners will be announced live at the Innovation Awards ceremony on March 16.
A project or product entered into the Awards must have launched or have been completely redesigned in calendar year 2019 (between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.)
For the purposes of the SXSW Innovation Awards eligibility, “launched” may mean any of the following things:
- When a discovery is made / when a scientific paper is published / when a patent is approved
- When a physical device is made tangible, (IE a prototype)
- When the applicable regulatory body (FDA, FCC, etc.) approves a product / procedure for use
- When the product is made commercially available
- When a project or product is publicly released
Regular Entry: Monday, September 9, 2019 – Friday, November 17, 2019 — $175
Applicants may enter multiple projects or products. There will be an additional application fee for each additional project or product entered.
A project or product may be entered in multiple categories. There will be an additional application fee for each additional category in which the project or product is entered.
Please be sure your application is complete before submitting it. Entries may not be changed or updated once the entry has begun the evaluation process by our panel of judges. If you believe you have made an error on your application or have submitted the entry prematurely, please contact email@example.com immediately.
A non-refundable entry fee is required from all applicants who would like to be considered for the above awards categories. SXSW Innovation Awards Finalists receive 2 complimentary Platinum registrations. All SXSW Innovation Awards entrants will be given the chance to register to attend SXSW Interactive at the lowest early bird rate.
Judging and Evaluation
Each category is narrowed down to five finalists, based on the content of the entry’s application form, by a panel judges comprised of industry peers and experts. Entries will be graded by the following four criteria:
- Creativity / Innovation
- Overall Experience
Five finalists in each of the 13 categories will be announced in December 2019. Each Finalist entry receives 2 complimentary SXSW Platinum registrations (badges) to attend the 2020 SXSW Interactive Conference & Festival and exhibition space in the 5th annual SXSW Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase.
All 13 category winners, as well as the Best of Show and People’s Choice winners, will be determined during the Finalist Showcase on Saturday, March 14, 2020. Participation in the Finalist Showcase is required for all award consideration.
Award winners will be announced at the 23rd annual SXSW Innovation Awards Ceremony.
Please Note: SXSW reserves the right to place applicants’ entries in the most relevant category at SXSW’s sole discretion. This includes changing an applicant entry’s category based on response to the event and/or the applicant choosing a non-relevant category.
No refund will be given to any application that has been submitted. If you have any concerns regarding our fees and/or the application process please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to entering an application. If you wish to register before being notified by SXSW on your status as an entrant to the SXSW Innovation Awards you will not be eligible for a refund.
All preliminary application information that is submitted is confidential and will only be viewed by SXSW staff and the selected judges.
Questions? Check out the Innovation Awards FAQ.
Have more questions? Email email@example.com with any questions regarding the SXSW Innovation Awards.