2018 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards: Early Entry Deadline September 22

This year, the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards will include 13 award categories and 6 Special Honors, which recognize the most forward-looking tech developments in the connected world, launched or released in the 2017 calendar-year. Don't miss your opportunity to submit your application by the early entry deadline of September 22 to save on the application fee.

The 13 categories represent the broad spectrum of tech developments and creativity within the big tent of the SXSW Interactive community. The Innovation Awards categories range from achievements in artificial intelligence and digital design, to health technology and new economy, and beyond. Learn more about the categories offered for the 2018 Awards.

Calling All Innovators:

Creators of projects related to one (or more) of the 13 Award categories, and which launched between January 1 - December 31, 2017, can enter their exciting new work in the competition. The Interactive Innovation Awards are open to anyone with a project, product, creative endeavor, scientific discovery, or student project launching or being released this year and who would like the opportunity to attend SXSW as one of 5 finalists in each of the 13 award categories (65 finalists total).

Discounts for students, researchers, and academics for the Student and SciFi No Longer categories are available upon request.

How to Apply:

Tell us the coolest stuff about your entry and don’t be modest! The best entry forms give the Awards Jurists a thorough sense of your project, product or service (including some level of interaction with the project being entered, or video examples of it being used). Be sure to include information like:

  • What the entry is and what it does (What problem does it solve or need does it fill?)
  • Who it's intended for (i.e. audience, target market, user it's designed for)
  • What tools were used to build it; or what was involved in bringing the project together?
  • Who was involved in bringing the project to fruition?

Feel free to include additional resources like spec sheets, marketing materials, associated social media accounts, testimonials, and a link to access the project with login info if needed.

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Deadlines to Enter

Early Entry: Monday, June 26 – Friday, Sept. 22 — $75 fee
Regular Entry: Saturday, Sept. 23 – Friday, Nov. 10 — $150 fee
Final Entry Deadline: Friday, November 10, 2017

Join us for SXSW 2018 – register to attend by Friday, October 20 and save. Make your hotel reservations through SXSW Housing & Travel for the best available rates.

By Ari Roth