We’re absolutely delighted to take home the first prize in the Entertainment, Gaming & Content category at the 13th annual SXSW Pitch®, the marquee event of South by Southwest®, also known as SXSW®. On top of that we have also been recognized with the Best in Show out of all categories. We feel humbled, especially with the strong competition that we have faced at this year’s pitch.
said Nils Wollny, CEO & co-founder of holoride. “Past winners have gone on to move the needle in their space, leveraging next-gen technology to make a positive impact in people’s lives. This win validates the need for a relevant solution at the intersection of creativity and technology that provides value for creators and passengers alike—which is at the core of what we strive to do at holoride.”
SXSW Pitch honored eight of the world’s most exciting innovations in categories including Artificial Intelligence, Robotics & Voice, Enterprise & Smart Data, Entertainment, Gaming & Content, Future of Work, Health, Wearables & Wellbeing, Innovative World Technologies, Smart Cities, Transportation & Logistics, Social & Culture. Now in its 13th year, 553 companies have participated in SXSW Pitch finals with over 80% having received funding and acquisitions in excess of nearly $7.6 billion total.
This year’s SXSW Pitch was holoride’s second consecutive finalist nomination after the 2020 event had to be canceled due to the global health crisis. In its 3-minute pitch followed by a 5-minute Q&A with the expert jury, holoride outlined the most pressing questions of why it exists, what they do, and how they strive to change the face of in-vehicle entertainment.
said SXSW Pitch event Producer, Chris Valentine. “Adapting to a digital experience can come with unexpected challenges, but this year’s event was a big success, and we’re thrilled to recognize each of the winners within this mature class of startups.”
For more information about SXSW Pitch and to view the complete list of winners, visit: https://www.sxsw.com/pitch
German startup holoride creates an entirely new media category for passengers by connecting Extended Reality (XR) content with data points from the vehicle in real time. These data points include physical feedback, like acceleration and steering, traffic data, as well as travel route and time. holoride technology provides a new type of immersion into any kind of VR content, creating a breathtaking, immersive experience, and significantly reducing motion sickness. The tech startup was founded at the end of 2018 in Munich, Germany by Nils Wollny, Marcus Kuehne, Daniel Profendiner, and Audi, who holds a minority stake in the startup. It was hailed “Best of CES” four times (Las Vegas, January 2019), recognized as one of the 100 Best Inventions of 2019 by TIME Magazine and is part of the global innovation platform “STARTUP AUTOBAHN powered by Plug and Play.” In 2021, holoride went on to win the prestigious SXSW Pitch and was also named Best in Show.