I have never attended the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards before this year. I promise I always made a valiant effort but for those who have attended SXSW understand the events, films, and live music are overwhelming. Proudly this year folks “I MADE IT!”
It was held at the Austin downtown Hilton location which was very convenient to the Austin Convention Center. The ceremony was slow going and frankly not that entertaining then again it’s the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards so I should not be too harsh.
I did not stay for the entire ceremony since I had another SXSW event but below is the official press release along with a few videos from the ceremony I had the great chance to experience.
The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 10-19, 2017) celebrated the digital industry’s most transformative advancements of 2017 with its SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards ceremony Tuesday evening.
Emceed by “Sleepy Hollow” actresses Janina Gavankar and Lyndie Greenwood, the 20th annual ceremony showcased evolving and broadening trends of the digital industry through its ever-widening variety of platforms, software, apps and devices.
Thirteen awards and six special honors, including Best of Show, People’s Choice, Breakout Trend of the Event, Speaker of the Event, Meme of the Year and the David Carr Prize, were presented to esteemed innovators for exceptional work spanning categories from healthcare to sustainability, privacy & security, music, finance, communication integration and beyond.
New to the Awards ceremony this year was the second annual David Carr Prize, awarded for the best essay submitted from writers, bloggers and journalists. Created last year to honor the late David Carr, a friend and great contributor to SXSW and the journalistic community, the essay topic follows Carr’s interest in the convergence of new media, technology, and culture. Mike Armstrong took home this year’s David Carr Prize for his essay “The Heart of Something Heartless,” about morality and emotions in Artificial Intelligence.
The ceremony also inducted Kara Swisher into the SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame as the sixth inductee, where she stressed the importance of a free and inspired press. Swisher is the executive editor and co-founder of Recode, host of the Recode Decode podcast, and co-executive producer of the Code Conference series.
A panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts selected the winners based on four criteria: creativity, form, function and overall experience, except for the People’s Choice Award. SXSW Interactive attendees voted for the People’s Choice Award at the second annual Innovation Award Finalist Showcase on Sunday, March 12, where the 65 finalists had the opportunity to exhibit and demo their work.
“The Interactive community extends our sincere congratulations to this year’s winners for this esteemed industry accolade and well-deserved recognition,” said Mason Stewart, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Coordinator. “Over the next few years, we look forward to seeing many more outstanding achievements from the winners of the 2017 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards.”
2017 SXSW INTERACTIVE INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS:
HEALTH, MED & BIOTECH
Awarded for the new technology that best improves the quality, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in health and medicine
PRIME Needle Free Injector by Portal Instruments, Cambridge, MA
INNOVATION IN CONNECTING PEOPLE
Awarded for the best new way to connect and communicate with others
Blendoor by Stephanie Lampkin, San Francisco, CA
Awarded for making 3D printing technology more accessible or affordable, or to the Maker using such technology in new and exciting ways
3Doodler PRO by 3Doodler, New York, NY
MUSIC & AUDIO INNOVATION
Awarded for 2016’s best device or service that changes and improves the way we listen to and enjoy music
HOLOPLOT Wave Field Generator by Holoplot GmbH, Berlin, DEU
Awarded to 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
Blinker App by Blinker Inc., Denver, CO
PRIVACY & SECURITY
Awarded for 2016’s most progressive accomplishment in the way we go about securing our data and ensuring our privacy
D3CRYPT3D by PADECA LLC, Chamblee, GA
Awarded for excellent digital design, creating the best-integrated interaction in terms of content, aesthetics, and functionality
My Grandmother’s Lingo by SBS Online Australia, Sydney, NSW, AUS
SCIFI NO LONGER
Awarded for the coolest scientific achievement or discovery that before 2016 was only possible in science fiction
DuoSkin by MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA | Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA
Awarded for 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
V3 by Pavegen, London, UK
Awarded to the student with an exceptional interactive technology project or startup; both of which are the future
BionicM – Powering Mobility for All by Xiaojun Sun | JSK robotics lab at The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, JPN
VISUAL MEDIA EXPERIENCE
Awarded for content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience
JourneyMaker by The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
VR & AR
Awarded for breakthroughs in augmented reality & virtual reality technology including the application of new hardware or software which truly make the Virtual a reality
Tilt Brush by Google, San Francisco, CA
Awarded for the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally “on you”
Halo 2 Made for iPhone Hearing Aids by Starkey Hearing Technologies | Karten Design, Eden Prairie, MN
BEST OF SHOW
Finalist from the competition, who, overall, best exemplifies the values of innovation, inspiration and creativity.
The Sensel Morph by Sensel, Mountain View, CA
Voted on by the SXSW Interactive community at the second annual Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase
Johnson & Johnson CaringCrowd by CI&T and R/GA, New York, NY
BREAKOUT TREND OF THE EVENT
Trend that gained the most traction during SXSW Interactive 2017.
Deep Machine Learning
SPEAKER OF THE EVENT
Speaker from SXSW Interactive 2017 whose presentation makes the biggest impact on the digital community.
MEME OF THE YEAR
Most ubiquitous meme that went viral in calendar year 2016 and that we just can’t get out of our heads or off of our screens
Prankster Joe Biden
For a complete list of SXSW Interactive Innovation Award finalists and winners, visit the following: https://www.sxsw.com/awards/interactive-innovation-awards/. SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald’s, The Austin Chronicle, Sonicbids and Pandora.