Fifteen mobile innovators are on their way to 4YFN 2016 in Barcelona

Fifteen mobile innovators are on their way to 4YFN 2016 in Barcelona after competing in a series of demo days around the globe as part of the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament. IBM joined forces with 4YFN (4 Years From Now), AT&T, KPN, Rogers Communications and Vodafone to introduce the tournament in September and now fifteen startups will compete from February 22-24 at the grand finale.

Fifteen Finalist Teams have made it through to the final stage of the Tournament and are now eager to present their innovative solutions at the Finale. The Finalist Teams will also have their own peds on the Expo floor, next to the IBM Booth, giving them huge exposure to investors over the three day event.

Congratulations to the Global Mobile Innovators Tournament Finalists, a very high standard of innovation was seen throughout this tournament. Without further ado, here is more information about these innovative solutions.

Connected Travel and Transportation

Brainstat Studio – Los Angeles Demo Day: Monitors transportation driver’s condition.

Gruppo Innovare – London Demo Day: Secure a safe environment for passengers and drivers of any vehicle.

Nextome – Amsterdam Demo Day – Makes indoor positioning and navigation a reality.

Think IT Loud – Bangalore Demo Day – How to increase public transport usage, decrease traffic, pollution and save money with one solution.

Trident – Toronto Demo Day – Social network for cars and drivers.

Smart Homes and Buildings

Beacon of Hope – Los Angeles Demo Day – Battle human trafficking.

Kaawo – London Demo Day – A platform where multiple users can write a single story.

BIOlinq – Amsterdam Demo Day – Optimal growing conditions through a smart gardening cloud platform.

Hoome Studio – Bangalore Demo Day – Hoome is the first smart-home in the world trying to adapt user’s conditions.

InnerSpace – Toronto Demo Day – Everything you need for indoor location. All in one product.

Smarter Healthcare

GrindBit – Los Angeles Demo Day – A headband that aids users in tracking their teeth grinding patterns at night.

112 Motion – Amsterdam Demo Day – For patients with a chronic disease and for elderly people to monitor their health.

CeliWat – London Demo Day – CeliWat is a social app for Celiac people to get to know about the disease.

Cloud Therapy – Toronto Demo Day – A smart Q&A response system that answers general medicine questions in both Spanish and English.

Teleker – Bangalore Demo Day – Teleker is a home controller for healthcare connected to the TV for remote patient monitoring and ambient assisted living.

Attendees at 4YFN 2016 can meet all the Finalist Teams in the Expo and find out more about their solutions as well as attend the Tournament Finale sessions which take place from 3pm on Monday 22nd, Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th February where the three Tournament Winners will be announced live. Keep up to date on the latest action at 4YFN 2016 #glovator

Join Sandy Carter at Dev@ at InterConnect 2016

Starting on February 21st in Las Vegas, over 24,000 tech enthusiasts and professionals will be joining the IBM team along with other industry leaders and experts at InterConnect 2016 – The Premier Cloud and Mobile Conference!

If you have attended InterConnect before, you know how jam-packed the curriculum is going to be to help you transform your business in the era of cognitive.

This year at InterConnect, you can expect to gain over a year of professional education in just a few days with 2,000+ sessions, 200+ labs and keynotes, plus several certification opportunities.

When it comes to developers and startups, the IBM ecosystem development team is happy to announce that our General Manager, Sandy Carter will be kicking off Dev@ Interconnect on Tuesday February 23 at 9 am and introducing Amy Wilkonson.

Sandy Dev Kick Off

Dev@ is where all of the innovation happens, featuring lightening talks and labs, demo stations and a plethora of “techtivities” to keep your skills vibrant and your networking efforts on par!

Sandy is also leading a couple of other exciting sessions at Dev@ InterConnect including, “Geek Girls are Chic,” where she will help you empower yourself as a female developer and a “Women’s Luncheon,” where she will talk about the role of women in technology and how we can welcome them to this exciting, ever-changing field.


Click here to explore the world of Dev@ and continue to see more session information.

If you can’t make it to InterConnect, not to worry, we will be sharing the story on our Twitter account, and you can always watch a live stream of the general session content on the main InterConnect webpage.

The app everyone is downloading for game day

Just when you thought navigating the Superbowl, or your favorite live sports experience was going to be difficult, a new app is born on IBM Cloud and your whole game-day experience is revolutionized.

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Meet Paranoid Fan, an app designed to help you find everything you need during game day. Paranoid Fan helps you locate the best place to park, get tickets, food and truly make the most of your experience at the park, stadium or any of your other favorite sports venues.

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Paranoid Fan runs on Softlayer. The company was launched around the same time as South by Southwest last March and was recently named one of eleven startups that can make life easier.

If you live anywhere near San Francisco, you can meet the founders of Paranoid Fan along with New York Times best selling sportswriter, Jonah Keri and well-known sportswriter, Robert Mays at the upcoming sports tech Meetup in San Francisco sponsored by IBM.

The event is scheduled for Thursday, February 4th 2015 at The Bond Bar in San Francisco from 6-9 pm. Free pizza and beer will be provided and you can register for the event here:

Key attributes every start-up should have to be successful: Q&A with SmartCamp finalist BitSensor

IBM SmartCamp finalist BitSensor is using big data correlation and efficient attack detection to create applications that defend themselves. If there’s one attribute a successful startup needs to be successful, the company says, is soul. “You will succeed with a good idea and soul,” says the team of young men from the Netherlands. What else does BitSensor credit as an important attribute? Learning how to pitch like a professional.

BitSensor was invited to SmartCamp by their European IBM contact after a previous interaction. They journeyed to San Francisco for LAUNCH Scale this past Fall and are eager to return.

Here’s a look at BitSensor’s pitch during the first stage of SmartCamp.

Here’s a look at what else this talented team has accomplished and learned while working to make sure companies can reduce the time it takes to realize they have been hacked.

What advice have you learned through your participation in SmartCamp and how has that affected your company?

What we learned from SmartCamp was that there are many more young entrepreneurs like us and that if you put your soul into it, you will succeed with a good idea. Pitching your idea is one of the ways to transfer your enthusiasm and plans. In SmartCamp you will learn how to pitch like a professional and to get the most out of your talks.

What problem are you solving? How are you changing the world?

Right now it takes companies nine months, on average, before they even know that they have been hacked, let alone before they can protect themselves.

Web application security is important as companies need to protect their reputation, intellectual property & financial info. And, all similar data of their customers. In fact 60% of all small firms go out of business within 6 months after a data breach.

BitSensor is making sure companies, clients and data are better protected using real-time correlation, analysis, blocking and visual insight.

What’s next for you in 2016?’

BitSensor will launch at LAUNCH Festival.



Meet the ten startups who are changing the world

Happy New Year! You may have heard about LAUNCH Festival. If you haven’t, that’s ok, allow us to explain. LAUNCH Festival is one of the world’s largest startup conferences. With 15,000 attendees, four stages, and 250 speakers. The festival is focused on helping founders build, scale, and fund the next generation of outstanding companies. And that’s what the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program is about too, supporting the next generation of apps built on the IBM cognitive cloud.

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Last year we launched our IBM SmartCamp Program in collaboration with the LAUNCH team, including the founder, well-known investor and startup expert, Jason Calacanis. We worked together to scour the planet in a series of virtual, and in-person, challenges and demos with up and coming startups. The goal was to choose ten who would attend the culminating LAUNCH Festival March 2-4 in San Francisco, while being mentored and supported along the way. We’re happy to say that we have chosen those ten semi-finalists and are here to wish them well on their Journey to San Francisco in March. One winner will receive a $25,000 investment and a place in Jason Calacanis’ LAUNCH incubator program. They will leave the program as a successful company ready to disrupt their industry.

Without further ado, good luck to these ten startups who have worked long and hard to get where they have today. Thanks for changing the world!

  1. gridComm: Monitor and control street lights and smart meters over power the power grid.
  2. Yosko: A mobile care coordination platform for hospitals.
  3. Lawbooth: Find and connect with attorneys online.
  4. The Car Force: The connected car company: we connect the 162 million highly sophisticated vehicle computers on the road to the internet and enable franchise dealerships to see service opportunities in real time.
  5. Eight Wire Limited: Eight Wire automates the thousands of hours of work to move data between databases, files and the cloud.
  6. Capptu: Capptu is a crowdsourcing microstock where you can sell Smartphone and professional pictures with social features as Instagram and collaborative economy model as Uber, democratizing local photo contribution with worldwide reach.
  7. Lime Company: Engaging your mobile audience.
  8. BQUATE: All in one platform for artists, labels and content creators.
  9. BITSensor: BitSensor uses big data correlation and efficient attack detection to give visual insight into attacks and creates applications that learn to defend themselves.
  10. Coonecti: Delivering the tools and a platform to enable and supports developers to build beacons-based mobile apps quick and easy.
    We also bring them triggers to interact between beacon discovery and the real world, making user´s experience better.





Learn how one startup is bringing energy to the world without destroying the planet

As part of our SmartCamp series in the final stages of the countdown to LAUNCH Festival this March, we took the time for a question and answer session with gridComm, providers of power line communications semiconductors, devices and systems to transform the electricity grid into a smart grid.

What advice have you learned through your participation in SmartCamp and how has that affected your company?

Participating in SmartCamp has impacted gridComm greatly. gridComm provides an enterprise solution.  SmartCamp has taught us how to accelerate our growth with approaches that large volume consumer-focused companies use.  We are seeing the impact with cities across the globe now adopting gridComm’s street light management system.

What problem are you solving? How are you changing the world?
gridComm is focused on one of the world’s most pressing problems – how to bring energy to the world without destroying the environment. This means being smarter with how we manage electricity. Smarter means communications between powers users and power producers.  gridComm enables this.  gridComm connects city street lights saving cities millions in electricity, reduces maintenance costs and reduces carbon emissions. We do this by creating a network over power lines with the world’s most reliable power control approach. Street light connectivity is especially critical to smart city implementations because cities spend 50% of their electricity budget to light the streets – up to $5M per year per city. gridComm reduces this by up to 50%. There are a half a billion street lights in the world costing the world in energy, CO2 emissions, and dollars.  Beyond lighting control, the power enables a network of IOT sensors  – the infrastructure for a smart city.  These sensors include weather, pollution, traffic sensors.


What’s next for you in 2016?
2016 is an exciting time for gridComm.  gridComm is deploying its street light management systems in cities across the globe including Indonesia, Singapore, Macau, Russia, Israel and Spain.  In 2016 we will see the impact of these deployments in energy savings, reduced CO2 emissions, and significant revenue growth for gridComm.

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LAUNCH Festival Countdown: Meet Lawbooth

For those of you who have been following the IBM SmartCamp story, you may have heard of the ten talented startups from around the world who are making their way to LAUNCH Festival March 2-4, 2016. The experience is sure to be one of excitement and anticipation as the teams vie for a space in well known investor ,and founder of LAUNCH, Jason Calacanis’ incubator program with a $25,000 investment.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be hearing from these young companies and learning more about how SmartCamp has helped them get to where they are today.

The first in the series is Lawbooth from Boulder, Colorado a company who aims to create a true free market in the legal industry to improve information, transparency and competition. Here is a series of questions and answers from Lawbooth.

Goodluck at LAUNCH Festival to the Lawbooth team!


 1. What advice have you learned through your participation in SmartCamp and how has that affected your company?

IBM SmartCamp 2015 could not have come at a better time for our startup Lawbooth. We had recently closed a round, and were faced with some really important and really challenging decisions, such as, “Should we rebrand?” We were mainly struggling with questions that involved challenges that nobody on the team had experienced, so we didn’t have much to work with. IBM SmartCamp and the IBM Global Entrepreneur team connected us to a network of mentors, many who previously founded high-growth startups that were acquired by IBM, and who had the experience we were looking for. We were able to meet with a variety of mentors in a short period of time. Thanks to their expert feedback we were able to make some difficult decisions and overcome the challenges that were holding us back.

2. What problem are you solving? How are you changing the world?

Lawbooth is solving the core, underlying problem in the legal industry; the lack of a true free market. In other words, we are creating the first free market for legal advice. In order to achieve this goal, Lawbooth focuses on improving information, competition, and transparency within the legal industry, the three key ingredients to a free market. Furthermore, we will continue bringing the entire attorney-client relationship online piece by piece.

By creating the first free market for legal advice and by bringing the entire client relationship online, Lawbooth will disrupt the legal industry and minimize the inefficiencies that currently prevent 80% of Americans from having adequate access to legal advice. Beyond streamlining the legal process for all those currently involved, we’re making legal services more accessible to the underserved

3. What’s next for you in 2016?

Scaling! And preparing for our next round. Over the next 6 months, we’re focusing on expansion throughout the Colorado area. We’ll be translating the lessons learned from this expansion into an efficient and repeatable growth model which we will use following our next round of financing to expand nationally. We’re also waiting to hear back about potentially exposing our brand to millions via a startup reality tv show on the Syfy channel; fingers crossed!

How IBM Cloud is building a rich ecosystem for developers and startups

Happy New Year! As IBM Cloud charges into 2016, we are ready to build on the strong momentum we achieved within the cloud ecosystem and developer areas in 2015. But before we jump ahead, I want you to take a look what we managed to achieve last year.


In 2015, we established a new global ecosystem and developer hub on the West Coast, launched 12 new digital ecosystems in cities across nine countries, and signed thousands of new startups, developers and ISVs onto IBM Cloud. To date, IBM has engaged with more than 8,000 startups through entrepreneur initiatives, is registering an average of 19,000 new developers on Bluemix each week, and has partnered with 2,400 independent software vendors (ISVs) to help drive IBM Cloud revenue.

Hello San Francisco!

This year, we moved the IBM cloud ecosystem and developer headquarters from New York City to San Francisco, the world’s top startup ecosystem. San Francisco Bay Area is a hotbed for innovation, networking and fundraising activity for companies around the world. Moving our unit to San Francisco helps us reach even more of our key cloud ecosystem players, including businesses, startups, academic institutions and developers, to help them leverage the benefits of IBM Cloud.

The move also brings us closer to the IBM Bluemix Garage developer consultancy and newly established Watson West cognitive computing hub, both key drivers of innovation in cloud. We’re in good company!

IBM Global Entrepreneur Program

As I mention above, we’ve engaged with a milestone 8,000 startups worldwide through IBM’s startup initiative. Our cornerstone initiative, IBM Global Entrepreneur Program (IBM GEP), gives companies full go-to-market support, including access to an extensive roster of corporate clients, a network of 600 business and technical mentors, and up to $120,000 a year in IBM Cloud resources. To date, IBM has granted our GEP startups $250 million in cloud resources to help them develop, test and deploy solutions on IBM’s Bluemix development platform and SoftLayer infrastructure.

Just a few of the rockstar startups leveraging IBM Cloud include:

  • San Francisco-based is helping customers like Adobe, the Financial Times, and John Deere with internal and customer-facing analytics
  • Atlanta-based Simple C uses cloud and cognitive systems to provide media-delivered therapies that target the behavioral symptoms of dementia and related cognitive disorders
  • Bangalore-based Stelae Technologies isturning unstructured data like technical documents into searchable, reusable and interoperable content
  • German-based Diabetizer is taking diabetic monitoring and tracking to the cloud
  • Israel IoT startup Tekoia created a smart universal remote for use with digital home automation and IoT devices, and
  • Brazil startup RankMyApp is using the cloud to help marketers select better keywords to help boost an app’s ranking and findability.

Worldwide Developer Initiatives

Developers, the king—and queen—makers of the business world, are the heartbeat of innovation within our ecosystem. At IBM, we partner with organizations, corporate clients and private partners to help developers hone their skills, network with peers and create innovative business solutions with IBM Cloud.

In 2015, we launched:

  • 300 hackathons around the world, and will partner with San Francisco-based developer community Koding to host the world’s largest virtual hackathon this month.
  • professional certifications for developers of cloud applications, allowing developers to showcase their understanding of the industry’s best practices in cloud application design on IBM Bluemix.
  • developerWorks Premium, a subscription model of our developerWorks community, in order to equip developers with member-only curated tools and resources for IBM Cloud.

All of these developer initiatives are helping drive more than 19,000 new Bluemix registrations per week.

Digital Cities

IBM partners with private and public organizations around the world to launch Digital Cities, which leverage localized online hubs that give communities a virtual space to connect with the region’s top developers, business partners, startups, resources and investors. Built on IBM Cloud, these hubs help spur innovation and excellence within local ecosystems, while offering both local and global perspectives on news stories, trends and technology.

IBM launched its first Digital City, New York City, in 2014. In its first year, the city’s online hub, Digital.NYC, had more than 6,890 registrations, 330,000 online sessions and 3,350 job postings. It also drew more than 200 new startups to the IBM GEP, where they found local cloud mentors and free global IBM Cloud resources.

Last year, IBM added 12 Digital Cities: Berlin, London, The Netherlands, Prague, Porto Alegre, India (central), Bangalore, Delhi, Boston, Ecuador and Singapore and Sao Paulo.

Business Partners

With the help of our business partners, we have achieved all of the above milestones. Today, there are more than 2,400 ISVs on IBM Cloud. Our business partners like Hootsuite, Majesco, Manhattan Associates, Esri and Spark Cognition help drive IBM Cloud revenue, support IBM GEP efforts, sponsor events like hackathons and drive collaboration in Digital Cities around the world. We are grateful for their partnership and look forward to continuing our great work together in 2016!

I am extremely thrilled at the possibilities IBM Cloud can bring to you this year with a rich ecosystem of unlimited resources that we have built for you. We wish you a very successful 2016!

Sandy Carter is IBM’s General Manager Cloud Ecosystem and Developers.

This blog is reposted with permission from Thoughts on Cloud.