The popular South by Southwest cultural event, a virtual gathering this year, has announced the winner of the Pitch Event, as part of the SXSW Online digital event, with innovative recipients ranging from AI to wearable startups.
“Now in our 13th year of programming, Pitch continues to showcase the best technology from around the world, proving our dedication to highlighting today’s most forward-thinking movers and shakers,” said SXSW Pitch event Producer, Chris Valentine.
“Adapting to a digital experience can come with unexpected challenges, but this year’s event was a big success, and we’re thrilled to recognize each of the winners within this mature class of startups,” he noted.
This year’s SXSW Pitch featured 40 interactive technology companies from 8 different categories. These companies virtually pitched and participated in a 5-minute Q&A with three judges.
2021 Winners were announced on Saturday, March 20 at the 2021 SXSW Pitch Awards ceremony hosted by Co-Emcees Andrew Hyde, Paige Hendrix Buckner, and Mandela SH Dixon.
In addition to a winner chosen from each of the 8 categories, the most promising project of the finalists also took home the overall “Best in Show” award.
The category winners of the 2021 SXSW Pitch event in each category are: Artificial Intelligence, Parrot, Inc., Enterprise & Smart Data, Persefoni, Entertainment, Gaming & Content, holoride, Future of Work, Honest Jobs, Health, Wearable & Wellbeing: Leda Health Company, Innovative World, MolyWorks, Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics, MicroTraffic Intersection Safety Plan 9, and Social & Culture demo, Applied Bioplastics.
SXSW Pitch 2021 crowned as “Best in Show” winner startup holoride as well as awarding “Best Bootstrap” to Refiberd, “Best DEI” to Sisu Global Health and “Best Alternate” to Colorcast.
Each of the winners received $1,000, two badges for next year’s SXSW conference, and most importantly, exceptional exposure to SXSW attendees and potential investors who are looking for the latest in cutting-edge technology and innovation.
Among the strong trends showcased at this year’s event were accelerated innovation within the Health, Wearable & Wellbeing and Future of Work categories, which can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Additionally, there was a significant focus on applied artificial intelligence within this year’s presented ideas.
For a complete list of the 2021 finalists, including alternates, and the Pitch event judges, visit SXSW website.
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. This year the event moved to an all-digital format.
SXSW Online offered conference sessions, music showcases, film screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking and professional development opportunities. And as always, was a key information destination for global professionals.
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