SXSW Interactive Announces 2017 Innovation Awards Winners



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

INNOVATIVE 3-DIY

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

NEW ECONOMY

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

RESPONSIVE DESIGN

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

SMART CITIES

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

STUDENT INNOVATION

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

WEARABLE TECH

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

 

SPECIAL HONORS

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

 

PEOPLE’S CHOICE

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.

Joe Biden

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/.

About SXSW

SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. The event, an essential destination for global professionals, features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2017 takes place March 10-19, 2017.

 

SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald’s, The Austin Chronicle, Sonicbids and Pandora.

 

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