Explore SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Categories for 2019

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The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards 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 2018 calendar-year.

SXSW Interactive’s annual competition is now accepting applications for SXSW 2019 through the final entry deadline on Thursday, November 15 at 11:59pm PT. The Awards are open to anyone with a project, product, creative endeavor, scientific discovery, or student project that will launch or has launched between January 1 - December 31, 2018.

New for 2019, we've added the Robotics and Hardware, Social & Culture Impact, and Speculative Design categories to the Interactive Innovation Awards. We've also expanded 2018's Smart Cities, Transportation & Delivery, Style & Wearable Tech, and VR, AR & MR categories.

Learn more about the 13 award categories and 6 special honors that will be recognized at the 2019 Innovation Awards.

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How to Apply

Tell us all 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 (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.

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

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Deadlines to Enter

Early Entry Period: Monday, June 25 – Thursday, August 16 — $75 fee
Official Entry Period: Friday, August 17 – Thursday, October 11 — $150 fee
Late Entry Period: Friday, October 12 – Thursday, November 15 — $200 fee

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By Ari Roth