Canadian Wearable Companies Represent at SXSW


Six Canadian companies have been selected as finalists in the sixth annual SXSW Accelerator competition. More than 500 companies applied and 48 were selected to move forward as finalists to compete for the grand prize in their respective categories.

Canada came on strong in the Wearable Technologies category with three of the eleven finalists including:

• Bionym (Toronto) – the makers of the heartbeat authentication bracelet Nymi

• Mighty Cast (Montreal) – the team behind the social gaming charm bracelet Nex Band

• Kiwi Wearables (Toronto) – the creators of a sensor-based platform using the Move

Vancouver’s Plantiga (Health Technologies Category) along with Synbiota (Innovative World Technologies) and PPL Connect (Social Technologies Category) both from Montreal also make up the forty-eight in the competition.

Finalists will pitch on stage in Texas March 8th and 9th where three from each category will be selected for their final chance to impress the judges.

Canada is fast becoming an epicenter for wearables and so it’s great to see a strong representation at SXSW this year.

“The level of innovative ideas that were submitted made it very challenging to pick the top companies for each category,” said SXSW. “It is an honour to invite these finalist to be part of SXSW 2014 and we congratulate them for their forward thinking ideas.”

Tom Emrich

Tom Emrich

As a writer, consultant and community builder, Tom Emrich uses his passion for new technologies to act as a catalyst to bring on the future. He founded We Are Wearables, an organization that rallies the tech community together to discover, discuss and demo wearable tech in order to foster adoption and facilitate innovation in the wearable space. We Are Wearables is the largest wearable tech community of its kind in the world with chapters in Toronto, Ottawa and Chicago. Tom writes regularly about wearables and other emerging technologies for MobileSyrup, BetaKit, Design News and Designers of Things. He also works with startups, and large organizations as an advisor and consultant offering assistance on product development, marketing and organizational strategy.