The SXSW Innovation Awards celebrate the most forward-thinking developments in the connected world. Below are the 13 award categories and six special honors that we will recognize at the 2018 Innovation Awards.
AI & Machine Learning
Honoring digital systems which have the ability to adapt to changing data, stimuli, and circumstances; replicating learning, problem solving, and cognition.
Health, Med, & BioTech
Honoring 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
Honoring the best new way to connect and communicate with others.
Music & Audio Innovation
Honoring 2017’s best device or service that changes and improves the way we listen to and enjoy music.
Honoring 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
Honoring 2017’s most progressive accomplishment in the way we go about securing our data and ensuring our privacy.
Honoring excellent digital design, creating the best-integrated interaction in terms of content, aesthetics, and functionality.
SCIFI No Longer
Honoring the coolest scientific achievement or discovery that before 2017 was only possible in science fiction.
Honoring 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.
Honoring the student with an exceptional interactive technology project or startup; both of which are the future.
Visual Media Experience
Honoring content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience.
VR & AR
Honoring breakthroughs in augmented and virtual reality technology including the application of new hardware or software which truly make the virtual a reality.
Honoring the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally “on you.”
Best of Show
The finalist from the competition who overall best exemplifies the values of innovation, inspiration, and creativity.
People’s Choice Award
The public’s favorite finalist from the 2018 Interactive Innovation Awards.
Breakout Trend of the Event
Awarded to the trend that gains the most traction during SXSW Interactive 2018.
Speaker of the Event
The speaker from SXSW Interactive 2018 whose presentation makes the biggest impact on the digital community.
Honoring those exceptional trailblazers whose work has helped shape the connected world and who continue to guide the direction of the digital industry.
Meme of the Year
Awarded to the most ubiquitous meme that went viral in 2017 and we just can’t get it out of our heads or off of our screens.