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SXSW Interactive Announces 2019 Innovation Awards Winners

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March 8-17, 2019) recognized the most exciting tech developments in the world with its 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards ceremony Monday evening.

Chicago-bred comedian and writer Beth Stelling emceed this year's ceremony, which celebrated finalists' and winners' multifaceted and diverse ecosystem of technological achievements and creative work. 

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 AI & Machine Learning, to the ever-evolving world of Smart Cities, Transportation & Delivery, Music & Audio Innovation, Health, Med, & BioTech, Speculative Design, and more.

Awarded for the best essay submitted from high school, undergrad, or graduate students, Jordan Holtzer was this year's recipient of the David Carr Prize. Created in 2016 to honor the late David Carr, a friend and great contributor to SXSW and the journalistic community, Holtzer's essay was written based on the writing prompt 2050, Warmer Global Temperatures will Lead to...

Honoring those exceptional innovators whose work has helped shape the connected world and who continue to guide the direction of the digital industry, this year's eight SXSW Interactive Hall of Fame inductee was Kimberly Bryant, Founder and CEO of Black Girls CODE, a non-profit organization dedicated to changing the face of technology by introducing girls of color to the field of technology and computer science with a concentration on entrepreneurial concepts.

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 Saturday, March 9, where the 65 finalists had the opportunity to exhibit and demo their work.

"The Interactive community would like to congratulate this year's winners for their exciting work and break-through innovations," said Hugh Forrest, Chief Programming Officer, SXSW. "We look forward to many upcoming achievements from the 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards winners." 

2019 SXSW INTERACTIVE INNOVATION AWARD WINNERS:

AI & Machine Learning
Honoring digital systems which have the ability to adapt to changing data, stimuli, and circumstances; replicating learning, problem solving, and cognition.

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.

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

Music & Audio Innovation
Honoring 2019'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.

Robotics and Hardware
Honoring the hottest new advances in the field of robotics & hardware.

Smart Cities, Transportation & Delivery
Honoring innovations in eco-friendly or sustainable energy, transportation, delivery and IoT technology, making life in the connected world a smarter, cleaner, greener, and more efficient Internet of Everything.

Social & Culture Impact
Honoring the best new projects and technologies that focus on social & cultural impact and encourage communities and individuals to participate in and contribute to the betterment of society.

Speculative Design
Honoring the best new work that uses design to re-think products, systems and worlds and address the challenges, opportunities and possibilities of the future.

Student Innovation
Honoring the student with an exceptional interactive technology project or startup; both of which are the future.

Style & Wearable Tech
Honoring content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience.

Visual Media Experience
Honoring content creation and delivery that moves beyond passive viewership by providing a more immersive and engaging entertainment experience.

VR, AR & MR
Honoring the new hardware that revolutionizes the convenience, comfort, functionality, efficiency, and fashion of having a device literally "on you."

Special Honors
David Carr Prize

  • Jordan Holtzer

Breakout Trend of the Event

  • Confronting an Era of Digital Distrust

People's Choice Award

Best In Show

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 2018 will take place March 9-18, 2018.

SXSW 2019 is sponsored by Capital One, Mercedes-Benz, Bud Light, Uber Eats, and The Austin Chronicle.

Press Contact
Brett Cannon
Senior Publicist
512 467-7979
Brett@sxsw.com

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