Clever Buoy wins SXSW Innovation Award.

The collaboration between Optus and M&C Saatchi that produced a world-first shark detection buoy has continued its remarkable award run by winning the coveted ‘Internet of Things’ gong at the South By South West Interactive Innovation Awards in Austin, Texas on 19 March.

Clever Buoy, the breakthrough shark detection technology that demonstrates the strength of the Optus network, was deemed by judges to be the globe’s “Best smart product that most seamlessly integrates into our lives to improve convenience and efficiency through its intelligence and interconnectedness”.

The project was one of only two non-US winners at the SXSW Innovation Awards.

The prestigious award continues a hot streak of global innovation metal for Clever Buoy that includes the Spikes Asia Innovation Grand Prix, the LIA Most Innovative Use of Digital, the IAB Mixx Special Gold Innovation gong and the Warc Prize for Innovation Grand Prix.