OSSIC Nominated for 2017 SXSW Innovation Award

OSSIC was selected as a finalist for the 20th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, taking place Tuesday, March 14 at 7:00 p.m. CDT at the Hilton Austin Downtown (Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor) during the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals (March10­19, 2017).

OSSIC is an innovation finalist under the category for 'Music and Audio'. The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrates the incredible speakers, trends, innovations, and ideas that are brought to Austin each year.

In addition to the Awards ceremony, this year’s finalists will have the opportunity to exhibit and demo their work at the Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase on Sunday, March 12 from 11 a.m.­5 p.m. CDT at the Hilton Austin Downtown (Salons C, D, and E, 4th Floor).

The Finalist Showcase offers SXSW Interactive, Music, Film, and Platinum badge-holders a first look at the most exciting tech developments, including achievements in digital design, health technology, privacy and security, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality, plus a chance to place their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Registered media and official Awards jurists will have exclusive access to the Showcase and finalist demos that morning, from 10­11 a.m. CDT.

Of hundreds of applications submitted, OSSIC was one of 65 finalist spots given across 13 categories by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts. Each entry was graded on four criteria: creativity, form, function and overall experience. The Finalist Showcase provides an in ­person experience for the judges to complete their second round of voting to determine the winner of all 13 categories. Categories include Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3­DIY, Music & Audio Innovation, New Economy, Privacy & Security, Responsive Design, SciFi No Longer, Smart Cities, Student Innovation, VisualMedia Experience, VR & AR and Wearable Tech.

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards will reveal winners in each of the 13 categories plus seven additional honors, including: David Carr Prize, Best of Show, People’s Choice, Breakout Trend of the Event, Speaker of the Event and Meme of the Year.

About SXSW Interactive

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 will take place March 10­19, 2017. SXSW 2017 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Bud Light, Capital One, McDonald’s, The Austin Chronicle, and Sonicbids.