This year, the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals are coming to InterConnect on February 23rd in Las Vegas, Nevada at MGM Grand. This exciting entrepreneur showdown is the culmination of dozens of local SmartCamp events in the past year–one part mentoring bootcamp for startups, one part networking extravaganza, and one part epic pitch competition between nine rising startups from around the world who’ve beat out hundreds of others for a chance to be named IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year.
Come be a part of the action and watch our nine finalists compete, hear from distinguished keynote speakers and panelists, and network with startups, investors, tech experts, and business thought leaders!
And you get a chance to decide who wins the People’s Choice Award! Every year for SmartCamp Finals, we let people, like you, tell us who you think should be recognized for their solution! So who will it be for SmartCamp Global Finals 2014? Vote for your favorite!
As we prepare for the upcoming IBM SmartCamp Global Finals, we’ll be showcasing each of the finalists (in no particular order) leading up to the event itself. If you’ve been following our blog, you know that each finalist has had to compete on a local, and then regional, level to make the final cut. The competition has been fierce, and it only gets more intense from here!
This year’s SmartCamp Global Finals is part of the InterConnect 2015 conference in Las Vegas. The Global Finals will be held on Monday, Feb. 23rd from 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino. Be sure to register to attend!
For now, let’s take a closer look at our first finalist: Rosie.
Based out of Ithaca, New York, Rosie makes it possible for small and medium-sized brick-and-mortar stores to offer a robust online shopping experience for their customers. They collect data on a shopper’s buying habits and then translate that into an enhanced online shopping experience. Their platform brings together the whole retail supply chain to deliver exceptional customer experience. The mobile-based RosieApp lets customers keep control of when their key groceries run out and order and deliver them automatically! A powerful recommendation engine suggests relevant products. Follow them on Twitter @RosieApp.
Based in the heart of Sao Paulo, IBM Brazil will host the IBM SmartCamp Latin America Regional Finals on Nov. 13th! The top 6 startups from Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil will compete to advance to the Global Finals! To attend the event, you must register!
One startup will advance to the Global Finals: the Judge’s Choice! However, you can help decide who wins the popular People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite startup!
Let’s take a look at our 6 finalists:
dod Clients can invest and maintain several active robots simultaneously, and each robot is capable of monitoring a diverse selection of financial assets concurrently. dod has developed a pioneer solution regarding the use of Robots as a Service (RaaS) in a simple way, providing capabilities such as drag and drop, play and stop buttons, and much more. It works with a vigorous risk management system accompanied by sophisticated strategies to maximize consistent profitable returns. dod has a simple design and is very flexible and instinctive.
Inventsys Inventsys designed Citysys, an innovative solution to help government better manage public inventories and operations in the field. This solution is a powerful asset management platform based on a cloud control panel and a mobile application, in which any kind of item or operation can be inventoried/tracked easily. After the inventory building phase, users can register incidents in plan events, and the system will automatically generate and forward work orders to any service provider based on a Smart work order handling filter. Citysys is not a Citizen Complaining Tool. It is a real time, mobile and paperless platform to revolutionize small cities asset management procedures.
Netshow.me Netshow.me serves as an additional live-media channel for online marketing, allowing live content monetization and strengthening the relationship among broadcasters with their fan bases (live interaction, audience mailing and creative rewards). Live streaming broadcasts gives them total freedom and autonomy to perform whenever and wherever they want. Follow them on Twitter @Netshowme.
Clip Clip provides card acceptance services for any person or business, regardless of the size of operation and takes all major credit and debit cards. Clip accepts card transactions through a sleek and easy-to-use piece of hardware that connects with an operator’s smartphone or tablet by fitting into the headphone jack of the device. Payments are automatically transferred into the merchant’s bank account every two business days with no monthly fee or minimum transaction amount required. Clip is only one of two companies in the world to have its own proprietary design for the card reader (the other is Square) and it uses a patented fraud protection program. Clip also provides its services through an SDK for developers.
StoreLevel StoreLevel provides consumer brands with real time in-store execution monitoring nationwide on-demand using crowdsourcing and mobile technology. Users download the App and execute missions based on the brands’ needs in exchange for cash rewards; hence providing supplemental income to tens of thousands of families. Brands analyze the results directly from their cloud based dashboard. StoreLevel has the largest mobile on demand workforce in Mexico. Follow them on Twitter @getwownder.
Ubidots Ubidots is a cloud service to store and analyze sensor data, making it very simple for hardware engineers to create applications for the Internet of Things. Through a clean and simple interface, they can create real-time dashboards, SMS/Email notifications, compute math formulas in the cloud, or even share sensor data with other users or applications – no web coding required. They also provide firmware libraries to make most popular devices Ubidots-compatible (Android, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, Spark Cores, Electric Imps, etc.), as well as software libraries so they can extend their applications in their language of choice (Ruby, Python, C, Java or PHP). Follow them on Twitter @ubidots.
Kicking off the regional SmartCamps finals for 2014 is the IBM Regional SmartCamp Silicon Valley! The event will be held on Nov. 13th at The Regency Center in San Francisco. The event starts at 5 pm Pacific.
At the event, you can network and connect with successful serial entrepreneurs, academic institutions, industry thought leaders, entrepreneurial organizations, angel investors, venture capitalists and others who share a passion for entrepreneurship! All you have to do is register to attend!
Do you have a favorite startup in the Regional Finals? If so, you can vote for your favorite startup now!
And we have 6 incredible finalists from all over the United States competing! Let’s take a closer look at our finalists!
BeehiveID BeehiveID eliminates fraudsters and bad actors before they can cause trouble! BeehiveID uses advanced identity technologies to comb through data to establish the Beehive Identity Score. Their solution performs deep analysis of social data and biometric face matching on the back-end to ensure that social profiles represent real people. Online merchants use BeehiveID to prevent fraud, spam and abuse and ensure their user accounts are backed by genuine, unique individuals.
Digital Certainty Create thousands of landing pages in minutes and Digital Certainty will find the highest converting option! Digital Certainty’s automated conversion optimization system makes traditional A/B testing obsolete. Its SaaS product allows marketing professionals without analytical backgrounds to increase conversions further and faster than is possible with manual testing. Digital Certainty’s machine-learning conversion optimization algorithms are increasing mobile and desktop sales issues that, until now, have only been tackled by data scientists using manual processes.
Drago Data is a wireless mobile data gathering application that is ideal for researchers, healthcare workers and emergency management personnel in underdeveloped areas. Drago Data is a data collection and management solution that can operate in areas where cellphones, wireless access and cloud infrastructure are not available.
eyeQ eyeQ provides brick-and-mortar retailers with innovative methods for understanding and engaging their customers! eyeQ provides the most advanced in-store marketing technology in the world to personalize, perfect, and deliver the messages that will move those choices in favor of our brand customers. The eyeQinsights system learns in-store shopper behavior and targets messaging to each shopper at his or her point of decision.
LIKECHARITY LIKECHARITY enables you to donate to your favorite charities by simply sending a text message from your mobile phone. LIKECHARITY is transforming the donor acquisition process for the charitable fundraising industry. The LIKECHARITY platform integrates TV, mobile, and social into a single technology platform. It helps donors engage with charity clients through the media donors are already using and consuming. And it enables charities to be more efficient, effective, and transparent, while our analytics enable predictable growth and scale.
Rosie Rosie lets you shop online for groceries at your favorite local stores. If you choose in-store pickup, all your items will be bagged and waiting for you at the front of the store. For retailers, Rosie provides e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services. Rosie harnesses big data to power its patented machine learning algorithms, which provide targeted shopper marketing insights for retailers and a fast, smart, convenient shopping experience for customers.
SmartCamp Madrid is coming up on 22-23 Oct, and it promises to be a great event for the city known for late night fun and tapas bars!!
To attend this great event, be sure to register for the public portion of the finalists’ pitches!
Help decide who wins the People’s Choice Award! Vote for your favorite startup for SmartCamp Madrid!
Let’s take a look at the 4 finalists!
Studies show that 9 out of 10 mobile Internet users have a smartphone in hand while watching TV. Increasingly, viewers are demanding interactivity between what they see on TV and their mobile devices.
FLUZO has a solution! FLUZO is a second screen technology that connects first and second screen (traditional media and new mobile devices) creating an interactive experience between traditional content and advertising formats.
FLUZO identifies any kind of audiovisual media, matches it against a giant database and synchronizes what is happening on your mobile, computer or tablet with that content.
Kompyte can track and analyze your competitors online moves in real time! Kompyte is the solution for online competitive intelligence. It monitors the main online channels of your competition, changes to web, social channels, online presence content, and is able to detect trends and analyze changes in prices.. all in real time!
Green Momit is an innovative company that develops products and solutions using cloud, big data and analytics, which enable significant energy savings in homes.
Green Momit products can learn from user behavior, comparing and improving the use of energy control systems, and adapting the devices to the customer habits. Their intelligent technology incorporates advanced mathematical algorithms and can be easily integrated within Smart Grid and Smarter Cities ecosystems.
Weplan is a free Android-based app that allows its users to find the phone plan that best fits their usage habits, taking into account every plan in the market. It also allows users from all Telcos to control their current phone plan expenditure, minutes, data and SMS.
Weplan’s mission is to become the perfect channel between costumers and Telcos. Weplan has over 150,000 downloads in Spain and is about to launch an improved unified app in most European countries.
Recently, Cupenya was a finalist at the SmartCamp Dallas event. Their solution is a super-fast analytics engine that, after taking in all your company’s data, can predict what your next move should be to ensure smooth operations!
IBM SmartCamp Johannesburg 2014 kicks off next week in conjunction with Tech4Africa at Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. IBM South Africa is excited to partner with Tech4Africa again; and are bringing together an excellent network of mentors and total of 8 innovative startups!
The mentor day and SmartCamp Johannesburg takes place on Wednesday, 8th October. The Johannesburg winner will then join our three Sub-Saharan winners on Thursday, 9th October in our IBM SmartCamp Sub-Saharan final.
The finalists for IBM SmartCamp Johannesburg are AfroCast IT Solutions, Contactable, Ingenuity Technologies, iPulse Transact, and Road Buddy. One of these great startups will join Digital Vision East Africa (Chamasoft), VacantBoards and Wumdrop in the Sub Saharan final.
AfroCast IT Solutions was co-founded by a group of young dynamic professionals with combined experience of over 16 years in the ICT industry. They have created a mobile application, called MobileBulletin, that bridges the gap between main office and the field employee, the one who never set foot at the head-office.
Contactable is the new wave of contact information management that creates a single point of truth about your contact details. It does this in a manner that is safe, secure and totally privacy based. They have achieved this by placing the power to control all your contact information into the hands of you the individual. Follow them @StayContactable.
Ingenuity Technologies is a software & enterprise applications development company. They are currently developing a cloud-based web & mobile eCommerce application as a single source solution to allow the busy consumer today to do their grocery and essentials shopping from the retailers and with brands they already trust in the comfort of their space. All of this is done in Real Time. It also allows high end retailers to integrate their brick & mortar retail function to achieve a seamless omni-channel retail without having to capitally invest in the business.
iPulse Transact specializes in the management and verification of a person’s identity through the use of cutting-edge biometric technology and flexible solutions. At the core of the iPulse Transact offering lies BIOVault – a hardware-agnostic, consumer-centric biometric vault which stores an individual’s information in a highly secure manner and allows individuals to manage this data through a single site. This enables them to have complete control over their own identity, and even more importantly, to have control over who has access to this information. Follow them @iPulseSystems.
Road Buddy is a cloud-based mobile solution that was developed in response to the need to improve awareness and safety on national and international roads. As one of the world’s first proactive intelligent road safety awareness systems, Road Buddy was designed to improve awareness between road users. Warning motorists of emergency vehicles, vulnerable road users (cyclists, joggers, motorcycles) and stationary vehicles in their close proximity/ direction of travel. Road Buddy’s data capturing also allows traffic data to be analysed and used to improve safety and traffic flow anywhere in the world. Follow them @roadbuddy_app.
Good luck to all our finalists at SmartCamp Johannesburg!
IBM has a growing history of helping the startup community in London to flourish. Last year’s winner of SmartCamp London, Shopa, went on to win the popular vote award at the SmartCamp Global Finals. Shopa’s performance last year illustrated the level of skill and talent coming from the London entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This year’s SmartCamp London promises to be just as successful. In fact, the IBM team in London has recreated last year’s event with a strong lineup of sponsors and mentors! To attend the SmartCamp London pitching finals, register now!
Vote now for your favorite SmartCamp London finalists!
Here’s a closer look at the finalists:
3DPrinteo is developing a SaaS that helps 3D printing providers take orders online using instant geometry analysis, intelligent pricing algorithms and sales automation technology. 3D printing providers benefit from reduced operational costs through automatization and improved sales through their intelligent eSales solution. If 3D printing is the future, why leave the ordering process in the past? Follow them @3dprinteo
Andiamo is creating a new orthotics service for disabled children using 3D scanning and printing technology. Their goal is to provide high qulaity orthotics and reduce waiting times. More than that, Andiamo is about improving the quality of life for their patience and the caregivers. Follow them at @AndiamoHQ.
Antuar empowers financial institutions to evolve the operation and customer experience of their branch network. Antuar’s inBranch suite enables the adoption of new tools and technologies such as tablets, smart-phones, cash recyclers and imaging devices, analytics and access to big data without requiring expensive and complex changes to existing systems. With inBranch, financial institutions reduce operational costs, improve customer experience and relationships, increase product sales and meet regulatory requirements. Follow them @inBranch.
SalesGossip is an online and mobile service that aggregates all the fashion and beauty promotions online e-commerce and at brick-and-mortar locations. SalesGossip’s content, combined with an intelligent marketing platform, drives traffic and sales to their partner fashion and beauty retailers. SalesGossip has over 500K registered members. Follow them @SalesGossip.
SoAmpli has a platform solution that lets employees share knowledge and leverage online social relationships to help their organization. SoAmpli enables employees to create and share content in their own social networks, creating a broad social footprint for the organization while helping employees build their own personal brand. Follow them @SoAmpli.
Here’s an update from our 2013 SmartCamp Johannesburg winner, MySmart Farm!
When Wolfgang von Loeper decided to carry on his family’s 350-year tradition of farming in South Africa, he encountered a modern dilemma: managing all of the data and technology needed to encourage healthy crops. “I was using all available technology, including satellite imaging and solar maps,” says von Loeper. “I had many different types of software and management packages installed.”
On the recommendation of a local investment firm, von Loeper investigated the IBM Global Entrepreneur program, which offers support and resources for technology startup organizations. Through the Global Entrepreneur initiative, von Loeper further developed his business idea and connected with IBM resources and SoftLayer, an IBM company, to create a minimum viable product version of the MySmart Farm service offering.
The collaboration between IBM and MySmart Farm resulted in a first-of-its-kind solution with great potential to help address food scarcity issues in South Africa and beyond. By bringing together a wide range of agricultural and geospatial data and delivering easily accessible intelligence and insights, the MySmart Farm solution will help farmers improve their harvests.
Hosting the MySmart Farm platform in a SoftLayer cloud environment proved critical in getting the solution up and running quickly and cost-effectively. Participating in the SoftLayer Catalyst Startup Program will save MySmart Farm USD24,000 over the course of its first year of operation, freeing more funds for the new business to direct toward platform and business development activities.
Watch this video to learn more
Great story and congratulations to MySmart Farm! If you are a startup and you’d like to compete in SmartCamp events, be sure to register for the IBM Global Entrepreneur Program. Great things can happen!
Congratulations to 9 Spokes for winning the SmartCamp Sydney competition! Also, congrats to Tapit for winning the people’s choice award!
9 Spokes was the judges’ choice with its integrated software dashboard. They select apps through a rigorous accreditation program and then make them available to the user through a dashboard environment. No more sifting through thousands of apps trying to find the best match for your industry. They’ve already located them for you, and made them easy to access!
Also, they use the power of the cloud! You can access 9 Spokes and all your apps from any Internet connected device. Everything is at your finger tips!
Tapit’s solution deploys, manages and analyses contactless technology, such as Near Field Communications tags, Beacons and QR codes. Using powerful Tapit visualization reporting, clients can easily make sense of how people are interacting with their Tapit-enabled infrastructure in real-time. Their solution provides an easy to use platform that instantly tells you how and where people are engaging with your content, as well as channel format and device.
With Tapit, it’s easy to see how people are interacting with your Tapit-enabled infrastructure in real-time.