Skyven Technologies Named a Finalist for 2015 SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards

Skyven Technologies, pioneer of highly efficient solar cogeneration systems, was selected as a finalist for the 18th annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards under the Sustainable Tech category for innovation in power generation and storage. Previously called the SXSW Interactive Awards, the rebranded SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards celebrates the best and latest advancements of 2014 across an increasingly diverse ecosystem of platforms, software, apps and devices. Of hundreds of applications submitted, Skyven Technologies was one of 70 finalist spots given across 14 categories by a panel of judges comprised of industry peers and experts.

The list of 14 categories in this competition, which are entirely new this year, include Health Med & Biotech, Innovation in Connecting People, Innovative 3-DIY, Internet of Things, Music Discovery, New Economy, Privacy & Security, Responsive Design, SciFi No Longer, Student Innovation, Sustainable Tech, Transportation Advancements, Visual Media Experience, and Wearable Tech.

The SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Ceremony takes place the evening of Tuesday, March 17, 2015, on the sixth floor of the Hilton Austin Downtown, where the winners from each category will be revealed and honored. The ceremony is presented by PricewaterhouseCoopers and supporting sponsors Cloud.typography and IBM.

"We are honored to be chosen among so many applicants," said Arun Gupta, founder and CEO of Skyven.  "We have been working tirelessly to make solar energy affordable and ubiquitous, and it is wonderful to be recognized for our efforts."

Skyven's flagship product, the Skyven Cogen System (SCS), uses revolutionary optical technology to combine electricity generation and water heating into a single solar panel.  Designed for commercial and industrial rooftops, the SCS reduces the cost of both solar electricity and solar heating.  In most places around the globe, heat generated with the SCS costs less than half as much as heat from traditional solar water heaters.

“We are blown away by the bold creativity and innovation embodied by this year’s Innovation Award finalists,” said Mason Stewart, SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards Coordinator. “Considering the quality of this finalist pool, determining the winners will be no small feat.”

For more information about the SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards and to view the complete list of 2015 finalists, visit the following site:

About Skyven Technologies

Skyven’s rooftop panels are designed to lower the cost of green energy for commercial and industrial facilities. Its patented solar technology combines electricity generation and water heating into a single panel. The result is twice the energy output and financial return when compared to other leading rooftop solar technologies. The Skyven Cogen System is the first and only zero-emission solution that can compete directly on the cost of heating water with natural gas, while also surpassing the electricity generation of traditional solar panels. For more information, please visit

About SXSW Interactive

The 22nd annual SXSW Interactive Festival returns to Austin from Friday, March 13 through Tuesday, March 17. An incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity, the 2015 event features five days of compelling presentations and panels from the brightest minds in Page 5 emerging technology, scores of exciting networking events hosted by industry leaders and an unbeatable lineup of special programs showcasing the best new websites, video games and startup ideas the community has to offer. From hands-on training to bigpicture analysis of the future, SXSW Interactive has become the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today. Join us in March 2015 for the sessions, the networking, the evening events, the 18th Annual SXSW Interactive Innovation Awards, SXSW Accelerator, the SXSW Gaming Expo, the SXSW Trade Show, SXSW Create, the Digital Creative Job Market, cross-industry conversations with attendees from SXSW Film and SXSW Music, and, most of all, the unforgettable inspirational experiences that only SXSW can deliver. SXSW Interactive 2015 is sponsored by Miller Lite, Esurance, AT&T, IFC, Mazda, Monster Energy, McDonald’s, Philips, Capital One, Pepsi and The Austin Chronicle


Skyven selected as Finalist for SXSW Eco's Startup Showcase

Skyven Technologies, pioneer of the world’s most efficient dual-use rooftop solar panel, was selected as a finalist in the Greentech category for SXSW Eco’s entrepreneurial pitch competition, the Startup Showcase, taking place on October 6-7, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX.


The Startup Showcase, now in its third year, is a rapid-fire pitch competition spotlighting innovative early stage companies in the areas of greentech, cleanweb and social impact. Finalists in these categories were selected out of a pool of hundreds of applicants from around the world and will compete at SXSW Eco in front of a live audience and panel of Judges from companies the likes of Target, Shell Technology Ventures, the Whole Planet Foundation, New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Sprint. In the past two years, participating companies have gone on to raise over $27M in funding and acquire global brands as clients.

The emcee for the Greentech category will be Mitch Jacobson, Co-director at ATI Clean Energy Incubator and CleanTX Foundation. Judges will include Farshid Arman (Siemens Technology to Business Center); Daniel Carter (Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures); Dawn Lippert (Energy Excelerator); Rebecca Taylor (Shell Technology Ventures) and Dan Watkins, PhD (Mercury Fund).

“We are incredibly excited to be pitching as finalists in this year’s SXSW Eco Startup Showcase,” said Arun Gupta, founder of Skyven Technologies. “It’s a prestigious event that will really help us spread the word about the transformative solar cogen technology that we have been developing so diligently”.

The Skyven Cogen System, or SCS, is the most efficient dual use solar panel in the world.  One SCS panel produces as much energy as two similarly-sized solar PV panels plus one solar water heating panel, meaning far fewer panels to transport and install.  The resulting cost savings are so dramatic that rooftop solar suddenly becomes an obvious choice for many building owners.

“Each year, we are honored to spotlight the companies that are offering the most innovative new solutions to our social and environmental challenges,” said Carolyn Harrold, SXSW Eco Startup Programming Producer. “This year’s finalists were selected out of our most competitive applicant pool yet, and we look forward to the excitement they will bring to the stage and the change they will drive in the coming year.”


For a complete list of SXSW Eco Startup presenters, visit the following site:


About Skyven Technologies

Skyven Technologies is drastically lowering the cost of green energy for commercial and industrial facilities. Its patented rooftop solar technology combines electricity generation and water heating into a single panel. The result? Triple the energy output and double the financial returns versus today's leading rooftop solar technologies. It's the first and only zero-emissions solutions that can compete head-to-head with natural gas on the cost of heating water, while simultaneously beating the best that traditional PV has to offer on electricity generation.


About SXSW Eco

Now in its fourth year, SXSW Eco attracts a global community to explore, engage and co-create solutions for a sustainable world. A uniquely inclusive platform for professionals, SXSW Eco examines the critical challenges of our times through a kaleidoscopic lens of design innovation, policy tipping points, technological breakthroughs, conservation practice, entrepreneurial spirit and a culture of creativity to transform inspiration into action. The conference takes place October 6-8, 2014 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. SXSW Eco is sponsored by Austin Energy, Austin Technology Incubator, Lagunitas, the Austin Chronicle and KDRP.