Insight Robotics wins SmartCamp 2014! Congrats to Insight Robotics for winning what was one of the most competitive SmartCamps ever! Very impressive!
The difference for Insight Robotics is that they had proven technology that was very innovative with a great social impact: fighting fires.
Using thermal imaging sensors and advanced artificial intelligence vision technology, Insight Robotics’ solution allows fire fighters to locate a forest fire quickly, giving them a jump at extinguishing the flames. So precise is their solution that it can spot fires as small as an area of 2m x 1m within 5km radius!
Also, congratulations to blue, Inc. for winning the People’s Choice Award! Clearly, blue, Inc. has a loyal fanbase. Be sure to check them out!
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.
Located in London’s Canary Wharf, Level 39 will host the IBM SmartCamp Europe Regional Finals on Nov. 27th. Along with Level 39, Silicon Valley Bank and piâblo public relations are also sponsors of this year’s event. Supporting SmartCamp Europe Regionals are local London institutions Tech City UK, London & Partners, and Global Entrepreneurship Week. A huge thanks to our sponsors and supporters!
The top 9 startups from England, Russia, Poland, Denmark, Spain, France, Italy, Germany, and Israel will compete to advance to the Global Finals! This list of countries represents one of the most diverse SmartCamp events ever held! You do not want to miss it! To attend the event, you must register!
Plus, you can help decide who wins the popular People’s Choice Award by voting for your favorite startup! It’s fast and easy!
Let’s take a closer look at our 9 finalists!
Andiamo Winner of SmartCamp London, Andiamo creates 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 on Twitter @AndiamoHQ.
Jelastic Winner of SmartCamp Moscow, Jelastic has a Platform-as-Infrastructure solution that combines the flexibility of IaaS with the ease of use of PaaS within a single platform for a fraction of the cost of existing virtualized environments. Jelastic provides a turnkey private, public or hybrid cloud that works for innovative and legacy applications. Currently, Jelastic platform supports Java, PHP, Ruby, Python, Node.js (.NET is coming) and a wide range of stacks. Follow them on Twitter @Jelastic.
Kinetise Winner of SmartCamp Warsaw, Kinetise’s SaaS solution allows you to create even the most complex and advanced applications, with an engine that supports a wide variety of functionality, design freedom, 2-way communication with external servers, user authentication and integration with various popular APIs. Kinetise fills a gap in IBM’s MobileFirst portfolio. Follow them on Twitter @Kinetise.
Magick Winner of SmartCamp Nordic, Magick is a Danish software development company specializing in cloud-based financial trading technology. Their solution specializes in foreign exchange trade automation and is easily configured by the user with an intuitive client interface that runs on any Web browser. Their solution has the added security of the cloud making it easier for traders to access their data from any computer, tablet or mobile device. Follow them on Twitter @MAGICKnu.
Momit Winner of SmartCamp Madrid, Momit develops products and solutions using Cloud, Big Data and Data Mining technologies, which enable significant energy savings in our homes. Momit’s solutions learn from user behavior, comparing and improving the use of energy control systems, and adapting the devices to the customer habits. Follow them on Twitter @greenmomit.
SecludIT Winner of SmartCamp Lille, SecludIT’s solution brings Elastic Security to cloud infrastructure providers who need to provide on-demand computing resources to their customers without compromising with security. SecludIT’s innovative and patented Elastic Security technology solve theses issues and allows users to automatically define and maintain an appropriate security parameter whatever the changes in the infrastructure. Follow them on Twitter @SecludIT.
Social Bullguard Winner of SmartCamp Milan, Social Bullguard’s platform gathers all relevant interactions coming from email or social media. All these posts, comments, emails ecc are then filtered based on the analysis of both the content of the interaction and the profile of the person that interacted. A tag based routing then makes sure that each post is redirected to the best person to answer. Follow them on Twitter @SocialBullguard.
Tiramizoo Winner of SmartCamp Berlin, Tiramizoo provides a same-day delivery solution for local e-tailers and retailers. Their solution combines online and offline shopping and support using a multi-channel concept. Follow them on Twitter @tiramizoo.
WakingApp WakingApp, winner of SmartCamp Tel Aviv, is a startup that has developed solutions and a platform for creating advanced, interactive augmented reality with multi-user interaction, live data feeds, personalization, social activities, and live 3D games. With their “drag & drop” platform, it is easy for anyone to start creating a 3D experience! Follow them on Twitter @WakingApp.
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.
Mitch Butler, Co-Founder of ImageVision, talks about extracting meaningful data from visual content and insuring positive social media experiences. He also talks about partnering with IBM and about the value of IBM Global Entrepreneur.
ImageVision was the winner of the IBM SmartCamp Dallas competition!
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.
Earlier this month, SmartCamp London kicked off at Level 39. Similar to last year, the excitement and buzz in the room was evident to all who attended. The quality and expertise of each finalists was extremely solid and represented a wide swath of entrepreneurial endeavors in the UK.
For example, the winner of this year’s SmartCamp London, Andiamo, has a solution that literally can improve the lives of thousands of people. Their 3D orthotics printing offers speed and efficicency not found in the orthotics industry today. Add to that their solution offers children’s orthotics at a much cheaper price than traditional orthotic options, now it is evident how their solution creates Smarter Healthcare and improves the quality of life for so many.
The People’s Choice Award at SmartCamp London goes to SalesGossip. Here is a startup dedicated to improving the retail experience with a solution that aggregates fashion and beauty promotions for online and brick-and-mortar sales, helping to drive traffic and sales to fashion and beauty retailers. Clearly a crowd favorite at the event!
To hear more from the other finalists and to get a taste of the event itself, watch this short video about SmartCamp London!
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!