AUSTIN — Atom Power, a Charlotte-based startup behind the first commercially viable solid-state circuit breaker, has been nominated for an Innovation Award at this year’s South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals.

Presented by Sprinklr, the recognizes the most exciting tech developments in the connected world across 13 different categories.

Power — founded in 2014 for the purpose of revolutionizing commercial and industrial power distribution through the development of solid-state switching technology — is the only North Carolina company to be get a shout-out. It is competing in the “Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics” category.

“The forward-thinking breakthrough projects in this year’s Innovation Awards lineup will spark a new level of wonder and inspiration within the SXSW creative community and further illustrate how technology can shape our future,” said Hugh Forrest, SXSW chief programming officer, in a statement. “We’re thrilled to welcome these creators to SXSW and give them a platform to showcase their inventions with hands-on experiences for all SXSW attendees.”

SXSW is annual conglomerate of film, interactive media and music festivals is set to run from March 13-22 in Austin, Texas.  Innovation Award winners will be announced on March 16.

Nonny de la Peña, CEO and founder of Emblematic Group, will also be inducted into SXSW Innovation Awards Hall of Fame.

2020 Innovation Awards Finalists

AI & Machine Learning
Autonomous Robots Collecting Impossible Data by Exyn Technologies | Philadelphia, PA, USA
Cortex Certifai by CognitiveScale | Austin, TX, USA
Rebuilt From Memories by Jung Von Matt/Nektar | Hamburg, Germany
VUniverse: Streaming Services Simplified by VUniverse | Brooklyn, NY, USA
Yonder Narrative by Yonder | Austin, TX, USA

Climate, Culture, & Social Impact
Eos Bioreactor by Hypergiant Industries | Austin, TX, USA
Food Recycling with Black Soldier Fly by Grubin | Tokyo, Japan
Future Farm: Sustainable AgTech by Bifarm Tech | Weston, FL, USA
Pioneering a new category: Air-Based Protein by Air Protein™ | Hayward, CA, USA
Sunthetics: Manufacturing For A Cleaner Future by Sunthetics | Brooklyn, NY, USA

Health, Med, & BioTech
A Vital Need to Transform Healthcare by Vital | Atlanta, GA, USA
Beddr Precision Sleep Health by Beddr Sleep | Mountain View, CA, USA
EQ Brain Performance by Highmark Interactive | Toronto, ON, CANADA
FastTrack AI – CAR-T Serial Killing Tracking by MetaVi Labs | Austin, TX, USA
Personalized Medication Management by knowRX, Inc. | Austin, TX, USA

Innovation in Connecting People
JFK Moonshot by Digitas | Boston, MA, USA
Lynk everyone. Everywhere. All the time. By Lynk Global, Inc. | Falls Church, VA, USA
Memory Lane by Accenture Interactive | Stockholm, Sweden
PlayTable: digital boardgame console by Blok Party | South San Francisco, CA, USA
Project #ShowUs by Razorfish | Miami, FL, USA

Music & Audio Innovation
Audio Design Desk by Audio Design Desk, LLC | West Hollywood, CA, USA
Big in Japan by Zulu Alpha Kilo | Toronto, ON, CANADA
Radio Tinnitus by Rothco, part of Accenture Interactive | Dublin, Ireland
Sound Sculpture by MASARY Studios | Boston, MA, USA
The Dubler Studio Kit by Vochlea Music | London, UK

New Economy
banQi by AirFox | Boston, MA
Financial Freedom for Freelancers by Joust | Austin, TX, USA
KFC Pocket Franchise by Ho Communications, Part of Accenture Interactive | Shanghai, China
Openfinance by Openfinance | Chicago, IL, USA
Trade Logistics Information Pipeline by Fjord & Trademark East Africa | Copenhagen, Denmark & Nairobi, Kenya

Robotics & Hardware
Meeting Owl Pro by Owl Labs | Somerville, MA, USA
Misty II by Misty Robotics, Inc. | Boulder, CO, USA
Octobo: An Educational, Interactive Smart Plush by Thinker-Tinker | Pasadena, CA, USA
Olis Master Controller by Olis Robotics | Seattle, WA, USA
Roybi Robot by ROYBI Inc. | Mountain View, CA, USA

Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics
Atom Power Digital Circuit Breaker by Atom Power | Charlotte, NC, USA
First Autonomous Shuttle in Central FL by Beep | Orlando, FL, USA
SmartphoneHub and COBI.Bike app by Bosch eBike Systems | Foothill Ranch, CA, USA
The HY Project by The Electric Factory Group | Montevideo, Uruguay
Zero-Emission Aviation Technology by ZeroAvia | Hollister, CA, USA

Speculative Design
AEX – Augmented Editorial Experience by Publicis Sapient | Miami, FL, USA
Hot Wheels id by Mattel, Inc. | El Segundo, CA, USA
Protegé by Jung Von Matt/AG | Hamburg, Germany
The Sending Machine by Publicis Sapient | Miami, FL, USA
UNUM by Frog Design | Brooklyn, NY, USA

Student Innovation
Ascend by University of Southern California | Los Angeles, CA, USA
Kaleidoscope by Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Safe ID by Miami Ad School Europe | Hamburg, Germany
The MakerBrace: 3D Printed Orthotics by MakerSpace at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering | Brooklyn, NY, USA
True Type Freedom (.TTF) by Monotype by Miami Ad School Europe | Hamburg, Germany

Visual Media Experience
SuperReal by Moment Factory & Cipriani | New York, NY, USA
Undersea by Magic Leap | Plantation, FL, USA
Walk the Moon with Apollo’s Moon Shot AR by Smithsonian Channel | Washington, D.C., USA
Hall of Heroes by BBDO New York | New York, NY, USA
Women in Motion AR Art Exhibit by Studio Moshon | Los Angeles, CA, USA

Wearable Tech
Apollo by Apollo Neuroscience Inc | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
ElectroDermis by Soft Machines Lab & Morphing Matter Lab, Carnegie Mellon University | Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Gatorade Gx Sweat Patch & App by Gatorade, Smart Design, Epicore Biosystems | New York, NY, USA
PEEX – Augmented Audio Reality for Live Music by PEEX | London, UK
SpotOn: The World is Your Backyard by OnPoint Systems, LLC | Bedford, NH, USA

BeeHive: Virtual Production Management by Glassbox Technologies | Los Angeles, CA, USA
Encoded Forms by Dell Technologies | Round Rock, TX, USA
Lets Plott- Extended Reality Platform by Plott | Dover, NJ, USA
The Under Presents by Tender Claws | Los Angeles, CA, USA
WebAR Cloud Editor + Hosting by 8th Wall | Palo Alto, CA, USA

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