As the tech portion of South by Southwest started to wind down (but not really, there’s two more days plus SXSW Gaming coming up!), the conference gave out its Innovation Awards Tuesday night at the Austin Hilton.
The ceremony was hosted by Janina Gavankar and Lyndie Greenwood, stars of FOX’s “Sleepy Hollow.”
The Innovation Awards every year single out some trends and highlights from SXSW, such as Speaker of the Event and Breakout Trend and Best in Show.
Joe Biden was named Speaker of the Event for his Sunday talk on the cancer-fight initiative he’s leading with his wife, Dr. Jill Biden.
Deep machine learning was the Breakout Trend for 2017. And a dynamic tablet/musical device/input platform called Senel Morph was the Best in Show.
In her acceptance speech for the Hall of Fame, Swisher gave a funny, frank talk that befits her reputation. She sincerely apologized for the work not done by journalists in recent years, but also stressed the importance of journalism in what she described as a terrible year. Attendees were given aviator sunglasses from Recode in honor of Swisher’s trademark specs.
“I love South by Southwest,” she said. “It’s one of my favorite places to come and so much better than CES. That’s a pretty low bar,” she joked.
Here’s the full list of winners:
Health, Med & Biotech: PRIME Needle Free Injector by Portal Instruments, Cambridge, Mass.
Innovation in Connecting People: Blendoor by Stephanie Lampkin, San Francisco
Innovative 3-DIY: 3Doodler PRO by 3Doodler, New York
Music & Audio Innovation: HOLOPLOT Wave Field Generator by Holoplot GmbH, Berlin
New Economy: Blinker App by Blinker Inc, Denver
Privacy & Security: D3CRYPT3D by PADECA LLC, Chamblee, GA
Responsive Design: My Grandmother’s Lingo by SBS Online Australia, Sydney
Scifi No Longer: DuoSkin by MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA | Microsoft Research, Redmond
Smart Cities: V3 by Pavegen, London
Student Innovation: BionicM – Powering Mobility for All by Xiaojun Sun | JSK robotics lab at The University of Tokyo, Tokyo
Visual Media Experience: JourneyMaker by The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago
VR/AR: Tilt Brush by Google, San Francisco
Wearable Tech: Halo 2 Made for iPhone Hearing Aids by Starkey Hearing Technologies | Karten Design, Eden Prairie, Minn.
Best of Show: Sensel Morph
Speaker of the Event: Joe Biden
Hall of Fame: Kara Swisher
Breakout Trend of the Year: Deep machine learning
Meme of the Year: Prankster Joe Biden
People’s Choice Award: Caring Crowd
David Carr Award: Mike Armstrong, “The Heart of Something Heartless.”
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