SXSW 2018 Accelerator Pitch Event Winners and Interactive Innovation Awards Winners

The SXSW 2018 Interactive Festival took place on March 9th through the 13th in Austin Texas. The During SXSW Interactive there were two major events that took place; the SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event and SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. Below are all the winners for both events.

SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event:

The tenth annual SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event took place on Saturday, March 10, Sunday, March 11, and Monday, March 12. They had a live audience and panel of expert judges during the event. The SXSW Accelerator Pitch Event presented by Dash will featured 50 Interactive technology companies from 10 different categories. Below are this year’s winners from the 10 categories:


  • GoKid, New York, NY
    GoKid is the complete carpool solution for schools, teams, and families.

Social and Culture

  • ICON 3D, Austin, TX
    ICON is a construction-technology company currently working toward building the first up-to-code 3D printed home in the United States (using concrete as substrate).

Enterprise and Smart Data

  • DroneSeed, Seattle, WA
    DroneSeed provides precision forestry services to timber companies & non-profits.

Augmented and Virtual Reality

  • ARWall, Los Angeles, CA
    We’ve created an AR display that requires no headset, no goggles, no smart device.

Hyper-Connected Communities

  • GrubTubs, Austin, TX
    GrubTubs solves for the overabundance of food waste coming from restaurants by creating a nutrient-rich animal feed that is affordable for local family farms.

Security and Privacy

  • PolyPort, Atlanta, GA
    PolyPort is 3D asset protection, management, and delivery company, which employs proprietary encryption technology to facilitate an end-to-end solution for 3D designers.

Payment and FinTech

  • io, Boston, MA makes student debt repayment easy – for employers, platforms, and users.

Sports and Performance Data

  • Nix, Boston, MA
    Nix is taking the guessing out of hydration with a single-use sweat analytics patch that tells athletes, soldiers, and laborers their hydration status and electrolyte losses in real-time.

Entertainment and Content

  • Vochlea Music, London, England
    At Vochlea Music we’re developing real-time vocal recognition technology for music creation.

Health and Wearables

  • Nanowear, New York, NY
    Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics.

Best Bootstrap Company (the company who has done the most with least)

  • Leaf, Nashville, TN
    Leaf provides financial services to the stateless and excluded by creating a virtual bank through blockchain technology.

Best in Show

  • Nanowear, New York, NY
    Nanowear is a New York-based connected-self technology platform for diagnostics and disease management based on proprietary cloth-based nanosensors and analytics.

Best Speed Pitch

  • Roots Studio, Boston, MA
    Roots Studio digitizes the creative content of traditional artists from remote areas with the global $32 billion art, interior décor, and design licensing markets.

SXSW Interactive Award Winners:

The SXSW Interactive Awards honors the best and latest advancements in the digital industry. The Finalist Showcase was on Sunday, March 11 followed by the Interactive Innovation Awards ceremony on Tuesday, March 13. Below are the winner of the SXSW 2018 Interactive 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.

  • Swarm AIby Unanimous AI, San Francisco, CA

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.

  • MasSpec Pen by the Eberlin Lab at The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Innovation in Connecting People: Honoring the best new way to connect and communicate with others.

  • Read To Me by The Electric Factory, Montevideo, Uruguay

Music & Audio Innovation: Honoring 2017’s best device or service that changes and improves the way we listen to and enjoy music.

New Economy: 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.

Responsive Design: 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.

Smart Cities: 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.

  • Jacques-Cartier Bridge Interactive Illumination Concept by Moment Factory, with: Réalisations Montréal Inc., Ambiances Design Productions, ATOMIC3, Éclairage Public / Ombrages, Lucion Média and UDO Design.Project directed by Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Inc., Montreal, QC

Student Innovation: 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.

Wearable Tech: Honoring the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally “on you.”

David Carr Prize

  • Amanda Gail

Meme of the Year

  • Savage Prince George

People’s Choice Award

  • The World’s First AI Financial Advisor by Pefin, New York, NY

Best of Show

  • Swarm AI by Unanimous AI, San Francisco, CA

Interactive Hall of Fame

Honoring those exceptional trailblazers whose work has helped shape the connected world and who continue to guide the direction of the digital industry. Learn about our 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee, President of Upworthy and GOOD Worldwide, Eli Pariser.

Here you can find SXSW Interactive content captured by Evernote’s team of note-takers from 50+ sessions across the Workplace, Intelligent Future, and Brands & Marketing tracks:

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Source: SXSW