SXSW 2016 Interactive Innovation Awards

Nima, the portable gluten sensor, was selected as a finalist for the 19th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, taking place Tuesday, March 15 at 7:00 p.m. CDT at the Hilton Austin Downtown (Grand Ballroom, 6th Floor).

Nima is a finalist under the Health Med & Biotech category for new technology that best improves the quality, efficacy and cost-effectiveness of prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care in health and medicine. Emceed by comic, actress, writer and life hacker Brooke Van Poppelen, with special guest Julian Velard, additional entertainment will be provided by Internet humorists Cracked and interactive game creators Colossi. SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrate the most inspiring, creative innovations in the connected world.

Of hundreds of applications submitted, Nima was one of 65 finalist spots given across 13 categories by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts. Categories include Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3-DIY, Music & Audio Innovation, New Economy, Privacy & Security, Responsive Design, SciFi No Longer, Smart Cities, Student Innovation, Visual Media Experience, VR & AR and Wearable Tech. Additional honors include Best of ShowPeople’s ChoiceBreakout Trend of the EventSpeaker of the EventMeme of the Year and the 2016 Interactive Hall of Fame inductee.

Beyond the awards ceremony, this year marks the first time finalists will have the opportunity to exhibit and demo their work for all Interactive, Gold and Platinum badgeholders at the Interactive Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase, Monday, March 14. The Finalist Showcase offers SXSW Interactive attendees a first look at the most exciting tech developments, including achievements in digital design, health technology, privacy and security, 3D printing and augmented and virtual reality, and a chance to place their votes for the People’s Choice award.

For more information about the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards and to view the complete list of 2016 finalists, visit

The 23nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 11 through Tuesday, March 15. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2016 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to big-picture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today.

Join us in March 2016 for the sessions, the networking, the special events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation AwardsSXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SX Create, The Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver.

SXSW Interactive 2016 is sponsored by Esurance, Mazda, Monster Energy, Capital Light, Deloitte Digital, McDonald’s, Ten-X and The Austin Chronicle.