Proton Mail selected as 2015 SXSW Accelerator Competition Finalist

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We are happy to announce that Proton Mail has been selected as a finalists in the Innovative World Technologies category for the 2015 SXSW Accelerator competition(new window), the marquee event of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival’s Startup Village(new window), where leading start-ups from around the world showcase some of the most impressive new technology innovations to a panel of judges and a live audience. More than five hundred companies submitted to present at SXSW Accelerator, and we’re happy to be among the 48 finalists selected in six different categories.

The two-day event will be held the first weekend of SXSW Interactive, Saturday, March 14 through Sunday, March 15, in Austin, Texas. We’re excited by this opportunity to present Proton Mail’s innovative technology to an American audience. Today, users from the US make up a rapidly growing part of the Proton Mail userbase and it is always amazing to see so many people who share our vision of protecting civil liberties and enhancing internet security and privacy.

The SXSW Interactive Festival has now been in existence for 22 years and has long been an incubator of cutting-edge technologies and digital creativity. Notably, it was the event which launched Foursquare in 2009 and also gave Twitter early traction in 2007. At last year’s event, Edward Snowden also gave a keynote speech(new window) via video conference. We’re enthusiastic to have the opportunity to follow up and show that privacy not only alive, but it is thriving.

More information about SXSW Accelerator and the complete list of finalists can be seen here: http://sxsw.com/interactive/2015-sxsw-accelerator-finalists(new window). And to all our supporters and friends who will be at SXSW 2015, we look forward to meeting you soon!

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Andy Yen

Andy is the founder and CEO of Proton. He is a long-time advocate for privacy rights and has spoken at TED, Web Summit, and the United Nations about online privacy issues. Previously, Andy was a research scientist at CERN and has a PhD in particle physics from Harvard University.

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