Airfox named a finalist for 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards

The awards honor groundbreaking tech developments and industry leaders around the world

2 min readJan 30, 2020


The cat’s out of the bag: we’re pleased to announce that Airfox ​has been selected as a finalist for the ​23rdannual SXSW Innovation Awards​, taking place Monday, March 16 in Austin, TX during the South by Southwest (SXSW®) Conference and Festivals. Airfox was selected by an esteemed panel of SXSW judges for our work redefining the exchange of goods and services, from the sharing economy, to virtual currency, to micro-finance, to mobile-device-payment systems, and beyond.

The SXSW Innovation Awards recognize and celebrate the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Airfox is a finalist under the​ New Economy category for the groundbreaking financial inclusion efforts we’re making in Latin America through banQi, our mobile-first banking platform.

Airfox’s banQi was one of 65 finalists selected across 13 categories by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts. Each entry was graded on four criteria: creativity, form, function, and overall experience. Airfox will have the opportunity to exhibit our work alongside other finalists at the Innovation Awards Finalist Showcase​.

The Finalist Showcase offers SXSW attendees a first look at the most exciting tech developments, including achievements in AI and machine learning, health technology, robotics and hardware, wearable tech, and virtual and augmented reality, plus a chance to place their votes for the People’s Choice Award. Members of the Airfox executive team look forward to networking with other nominees and SXSW attendees.

The winners in each of the 13 categories, plus additional honors (Best of Show, People’s Choice, the David Carr Prize, and the SXSW Hall of Fame) will be awarded at the 23rd annual SXSW Innovation Awards ​on Monday, March 16, 2020.

Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW 2020 will take place March 13–22, 2020. For more information, please visit​. To register for the event, please visit ​​.

You can read more about what makes our banQi app award-worthy in our recent post: Airfox’s mobile bank banQi named Best Mobile App in Brazil. Since its launch in June 2019, digital banking app banQi has been finding new and innovative ways to extend financial inclusion to emerging economies, including Brazil.

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