Tips for the 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards: Entry Deadline Extended to October 11

August 8, 2018 Ari Roth

2018 Interactive Innovation Awards presented by KPMG - Photo by Merrick Ales

Great news! There’s still time to enter your forward-thinking tech project for the 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards. The official entry deadline has been extended until Thursday, October 11 for a $150 fee. Apply today before applications fees increase and the final deadline of November 15 approaches.

Entering its 22nd year – the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrates tech developments and digital projects launched or completely redesigned in the 2018 calendar year. Open to any project, product, creative endeavor, scientific discovery, or student project related to the 13 award categories, the Interactive Innovation Awards recognizes the most innovative tech developments in the connected world.

Five selected finalists in each of the 13 categories will receive two registrations to attend SXSW 2019 and a space to demonstrate their project for SXSW attendees and Innovation Awards judges.

New for 2019, we’ve added the Robotics and Hardware, Social & Culture Impact, and Speculative Design categories to the Interactive Innovation Awards. Explore the full list of categories for 2019 ranging from Style & Wearable Tech to AI & Machine Learning.

Enter today for the chance to win top honors at the 2019 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards in March. Tell us all about your entry and don’t be modest! The best entries give the Awards Jurists a thorough sense of your project, product or service (including some level of interaction with the project being entered or video examples of it being used). Take a look at our tips below to make sure your entry stands out.

Tips for Success

Include additional resources. Links to photos, demos, social accounts, marketing material, schematics, one-sheets, case studies, etc., all build a stronger case for why your project should be selected.

Include a video. There’s no better way to convey a thorough sense of your project than through a demo or case-study video.

Always link to additional resources. Keep in mind that all additional resources – like photos, videos, or pdfs – must live online and be accessed via URL links. If the additional content is password protected, don’t forget to include the username and password!

Tell us what’s different about your entry. How does it work? Why should people be excited about it? Describe the project with the following 4 grading criteria in mind: Creativity, Form, Function, and Overall Experience.

Deadlines are final. Your project doesn’t have to be fully launched as of right now. It’s okay to submit an application for a project that is in the works. Regardless of what stage of completion your project is in, you must submit your application for the Innovation Awards before the final deadline.

Deadlines to Enter

Early Entry Period: Monday, June 25 – Thursday, August 16 — $75 fee
Official Entry Period: Friday, August 17 – Thursday, October 11 — $150 fee
Late Entry Period: Friday, October 12 – Thursday, November 15 — $200 fee

Apply Now

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2018 Interactive Innovation Awards presented by KPMG – Photo by Merrick Ales

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