Top 5 Tips for Entering the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards – Early Deadline Friday

SXSW Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase. Photo by Chris Van Loan II

Written by Mason Stewart

As the early Friday, September 23 deadline for the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards approaches, take a dive into our 5 quick tips for writing a finalist’s entry form.

Finalists are determined solely upon the content of their entry form — winners will be determined on-site at SXSW during the Finalist Showcase — so take note of our helpful tips before entering your project.

Top 5 Tips for Entry Success

Include additional resources. Links to photos, demos, social accounts, marketing material, schematics, one-sheets, case studies, etc., all build a stronger case for why your project should be selected.

Include a video. There’s no better way to convey a thorough sense of your project than through a demo or case-study video.

Link to additional resources. Keep in mind that all additional resources (IE content like photos, videos, pdfs, etc.) must live online and be accessed via URL link — it may be password protected, so don’t forget to include the username and password!

Tell us what’s unique about your entry. How does it work? Why should people be excited about it? Describe the project with the following 4 grading criteria in mind: Creativity, Form, Function, and Overall Experience.

Any project launched between January 1 and December 31, 2016 is eligible! If you’d like to enter your project now, but it is being released later this year, send us a note at We want to make sure the judges see the completed version of your project when it launches.

Special Note: Are you entering the Student Innovation category? We understand the financial burden of obtaining a higher education — contact us at for details on student entry discounts.

2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Have a project, product, or development launched or made in the calendar year of 2016? Enter your project by Friday, September 23 at 11:59pm CT and save. In addition to earning 2 complimentary SXSW Interactive registrations, finalists also secure their demo space at the Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase.

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2016 SXSW Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase. Photo by Chris Van Loan II

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