AUSTIN, March 11, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- This evening, South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals announced the winners of the 11th annual SXSW Pitch® event (formerly Accelerator), which took place March 9-10 during the Entrepreneurship & Startup Track at the Downtown Hilton Austin. In addition to a winner chosen from each of the 10 categories, one finalist also took home the overall "Best In Show" distinction.
The category winners of the 2019 SXSW Pitch event are:
Artificial Intelligence: Derq
Augmented and Virtual Reality: Healium by StoryUP
Blockchain: Nebula Genomics
Enterprise and Smart Data: Geospiza
Entertainment and Content: Tankee
Health and Wearables: Pathware
Hyper-Connected Communities: UbiQD
Social and Culture: Supportiv
Sports and Performance: Miro
Transportation & Delivery: ENSO Tyres
Each of the 10 winners received $4,000, two badges for next year's SXSW conference, a trophy, and most importantly, exceptional exposure to SXSW attendees and potential investors who are looking for the latest in cutting-edge technology and innovation.
"In its 11th year, our Pitch event continues to showcase the best technology from around the world, proving our dedication to highlighting today's most forward-thinking innovators," said SXSW Pitch event Producer, Chris Valentine. "We're thrilled to offer recognition to each of this year's winners as they continue their journey toward evoking change within our ever-evolving society."
This year's SXSW Pitch event featured innovative startups from around the globe presenting game-changing products in front of a live audience and panels of expert judges, which included entrepreneurs, investor, and industry influencers.
Strong trends showcased at this year's event included game-changing AV/VR, blockchain and AI technology designed to enact change in industries like healthcare, sports and entertainment. The competition also drew a number of global companies, with over 30 percent representing countries outside the U.S., including the UAE, U.K., Singapore, Mexico, Germany, Canada, South Korea, Pakistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Cyprus, Sweden and Slovenia.
SXSW attendees and media will have the opportunity to meet the 50 Pitch finalists on Monday, March 11 at 11:00 a.m. CT at the Hilton Hotel, 4th Floor in Salon C.
For a complete list of the 2019 finalists, including alternates, and the Pitch event judges, visit: https://www.sxsw.com/awards/sxsw-pitch/#2019-finalists
South by Southwest® (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals 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 2019 will take place March 8-17, 2019.
SXSW 2019 is sponsored by Capital One, Mercedes-Benz, Bud Light, Uber Eats, and The Austin Chronicle.
SOURCE South by Southwest