2013 SXSW Interactive Award Winners

Yes I sat through the awards ceremony for you all to bring you this year’s SXSW Interactive Award winners. Subsequently, I realized I could have just got the information off the press release and used those two hours of my life in a more fulfilling way. Question to the organizers – why have a drinking game as part of the night’s entertainment when we all only got one drink ticket? The game was to drink every time the word “nerd” was used – which was surprisingly infrequent. But all was not a bust – the host for the awards was comedian Aisha Tyler – who introduced each award category with a specially written Haiku – very funny.

Anyway, browse through this list of some of the coolest stuff happening online today. From Kony to beautiful graphics and animation to new ways of learning, education and having fun – there may well be something here to inspire you to do something amazing.  So ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, the winners are:

Special Honors

Digital Campaign of the Year
Invisible Children: KONY 2012 You may well know about this one for the right or wrong reasons but the KONY 2012 campaign yielded the fastest growing viral video of all time. 3.7 million people pledged their support for efforts to arrest Joseph Kony. With over 96 million views here’s the video once more. 

Best of Show and Amusement
Contre Jour  is  a “hauntingly beautiful” web game  where you swing, shoot, drop or fling a character called Petit through 30 free challenging levels right inside the browser. The game is optimized for touch and for working with Internet Explorer 10 on Windows 8 devices. It will also work with other modern browsers. 

Breakout Digital Trend
Leap Motion. I played with this and its cool. Its 3D motion technology. Soon we will all be waving our arms and fingers around in front of computer screens.

People’s Choice Award
Charity Miles is an exercise app that works by tracking mileage and raising money for different causes. Bikers earn 10 cents per mile while walkers and runners can earn 25 cents a mile for charities. The company is self funding the initial $1 million covering the app’s first users. There are currently nine charities to choose from, including Achilles International, Autism Speaks, Feeding America and Habitat for Humanity.  

Category winners 

Wikipedia Zero is an initiative of the Wikimedia Foundation to enable mobile access, free of data charges, to Wikipedia in developing countries. The objective of the program is to reduce barriers to accessing free knowledge — two of the largest barriers being cost of data usage and network speed.

Lost Art, curated by the Tate Gallery in the UK, is an online exhibition that tells the stories of significant artworks that have disappeared – be they destroyed, stolen, discarded, rejected or erased. This virtual online exhibition will last for one year before itself being lost. 

VIP Fridge Magnet, from the United Arab Emirates,  allows you to order your favourite pizza from Red Tomato Pizza just by pressing the actual fridge magnet. Seems a gateway to massive pizza over-ordering if you ask me. 

BioDigital Human  is a virtual 3D body that brings to life thousands of medically accurate anatomy objects and health conditions in an interactive Web-based platform. 

SoundCloud,  launched in 2008, is a social sound platform that gives users access to the world’s largest community of music and audio creators.

Educational Resource
ChronoZoom is an open-source community project dedicated to visualizing the history of everything. “Big History” is the attempt to understand, in a unified, interdisciplinary way, the history of the cosmos, earth, life, and humanity. ChronoZoom seeks to bridge the gap between the humanities and the sciences. 

Chrome Web Lab  is made of up 5 Chrome  browser experiment installations in the London Science Museum that brings the extraordinary workings of the internet to life and aims to inspire the world about the possibilities of the web. 

The Beauty Inside The Beauty Inside is an ongoing film where the audience can play the main part. Its about Alex, a man who wakes up as a different person every day. 

Motion Graphics
Air Jordan 2012. Great motion graphics promoting the latest Air Jordans

JAM With Chrome An interactive web application that allows friends in different locations to play music together in the Chrome browser on their computers. From music pros to beginners you can choose from 19 different instruments, from acoustic and bass guitars to drum kits and keyboards. 

Marco Rosella is a designer and developer with a stunning professional site. You would definitely hire this guy after seeing this. It ain’t no LinkedIn, that’s for sure!

Social Media
NASA Mars Curiosity Rover social media campaign. They have 1.3 million twitter followers.

Living Galapagos is a student-authored multimedia website exploring the impact of mankind on the Galápagos Islands. 

Technical Achievement
Nike+ FuelBand. All you health nuts know about this. 

Go here to see the full list of finalists for the 2013 SXSW Interactive Awards


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