SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Announce Nominees

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The South by Southwest Interactive Festival today announced the finalists for the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, taking place the evening of March 17, 2015, on the sixth floor of the Hilton Austin Downtown. Previously called the SXSW Interactive Awards, the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards embraces the evolving and broadening scope of the digital industry by reflecting its increasingly diverse ecosystem of platforms, software, apps and devices.

Beyond the new name, the 2015 competition features 14 entirely new categories, including Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3-DIY, Internet of Things, Music Discovery, New Economy, Privacy & Security, Responsive Design, SciFi No Longer, Student Innovation, Sustainable Tech, Transportation Advancements, Visual Media Experience, and Wearable Tech. All finalists within these categories reflect developments or redesigns made within calendar year 2014.

This year’s 70 finalist spots were selected by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts. “We are truly honored and humbled by the caliber of this year’s Innovation Award finalists,” said
Some of this year’s SXSW Interactive Innovation Award finalists include:

HEALTH MED & BIOTECH
Awarded for an innovation that improves the quality, efficacy, and/or cost-effectiveness of diagnosis, treatment, and care in the field of medicine.

Alvio
By: Qol Devices
alv.io
New York, NY

CareCycle Navigator
By: CareCycle Management
carecycle.com
Dallas, TX

Fly-inspired Hearing Device
By: Cockrell School of Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin
utexas.edu/news/2014/07/22/fly-super-hearing-engineering
Austin, TX

LIM Innovations Infinite Socket
By: LIM Innovations
liminnovations.com
San Francisco, CA

VocaliD
By: VocaliD
www.vocalid.co
Boston, MA

INNOVATION IN CONNECTING PEOPLE
Awarded for the best new way to connect with others.

FireChat: the first off-the-grid messaging app
By: Open Garden Inc.
opengarden.com/firechat
San Francisco, CA

Stream – broadcasting from your mobile device
By: Infinite Takes
stre.am
Charleston, SC

Talkitt: This Is My Voice
By: Voiceitt
talkitt.com
Jerusalem, Israel

UNI
By: Motion Savvy
motionsavvy.com
San Francisco, CA

VocaliD
By: VocaliD
vocalid.co
Boston, MA

 

INTERNET OF THINGS
Awarded for the best smart product that most seamlessly integrates into our lives to improve convenience and efficiency through its intelligence and interconnectedness.

Cone
By: Aether
aether.com
San Francisco, CA

Clever Buoy
By: M&C Saatchi
cleverbuoy.awardentries.org
Sydney, Australia

Guide Dots
By: VML
creativeworkbench.com/guide-dots
Kansas City, MO

Hammerhead
By: Hammerhead Navigation
hammerhead.io
New York, NY

Sprinkl
By: Sprinkl.IO LLC
sprinkl.io
Frisco, TX

 

NEW ECONOMY
Awarded to those redefining the exchange of goods and services, from the sharing economy, to virtual currency, to microfinance, to mobile-device-payment systems and beyond.

Acorns
By: Acorns
acorns.com
Newport Beach, CA

Clover Mobile
By: Clover Network
clover.com/pos-hardware/mobile
Mountain View, CA

Cultivate
By: PivotDesk
cultivate.pivotdesk.com
Boulder, CO

Gridmates
By: Gridmates
gridmates.com
Austin, TX

Strati, The World’s First 3D Printed Car
By: Local Motors Inc.
localmotors.com/localmotors/the-3d-printed-car-aka-direct-digital-manufacturing
Las Vegas, NV

 

VISUAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE
Awarded for content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience.

Cronulla Riots – The Day That Shocked the Nation
By: SBS Australia
sbs.com.au/cronullariots
Sydney, Australia

Love Radio
By: Prospektor
loveradio-rwanda.org
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Native American Voices
By: Bluecadet Interactive
bluecadet.com/work/native-american-voices-the-people-here-and-now
Philadelphia, PA

netwars / out of CTRL
By: filmtank GmbH
netwars-project.com/webdoc
Berlin, Germany

The War & Money Project
By: Newsy
warandmoney.newsy.com
Columbia, MO

 

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