Insight Robotics’ fire fighting solution won the day!

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.

insight robotics logoUsing 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!

Congratulations to all our finalists!

Nine startups compete in SmartCamp Europe Regionals!

canarywharfcollageLocated 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!

andiamoWinner 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 .

jelastic_logoWinner 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_logoWinner 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_logoWinner 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.

momitWinner 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.

secluditlogoWinner 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
socialbullgardlogoWinner 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_logoWinner 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_logoWakingApp, 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.

Register now to attend this great SmartCamp event!

IBM SmartCamp Latin America: Seis startups incríveis competem!


IBM Brazil in Sao Paulo

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:

logo_dodClients 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.

logo_inventsysInventsys 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. 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.

logo_clipClip 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.

logo_Store_LevelStoreLevel 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.

logo_ubidotsUbidots 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.

Don’t forget to register to attend!

Through the eyes of an entrepreneur: Urvashi Mathur

At the SmartCamp Global Finals on Feb. 7 2013, IBM was happy to welcome many entrepreneurs in the audience, including budding entrepreneur Urvashi Mathur. She is the COO and co-founder of TestRocker, global startup which delivers a comprehensive online education platform for standardized test preparation. Urvashi is also a proud 2010 graduate of University of Notre Dame, with a BA in Management. Below she writes some thoughts on her SmartCamp experience.

urvy1As an entrepreneur, I think about my startup at all times. Even while I’m asleep. I spend most of my days caught up in the minutia and details because there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to do all that is on my list. As I walked into the IBM SmartCamp finals, my fingers were frantically typing out more to-dos on my phone. I sat down in my chair and I looked around only to realize I was surrounded by some of the world’s most innovative entrepreneurs.

Each of the 8 finalists that presented at the finals were inspirational in their own way. What stood out to me most was that big, bold ideas are being generated and executed in all parts of the world – and this was the perfect venue to recognize such efforts. The presentations were extremely well put-together and the answers to the judges Q&A sessions were spot-on. I left the event with a lot of lessons, some of which are captured below.

Sometimes, it’s good to stop and smell the roses.
Most would agree that Park Avenue is not usually where cost-cutting entrepreneurs tend to ‘hang out.’ But for one day, the day of the IBM SmartCamp finals, the energy and excitement of New York City’s very own ‘Silicon Alley’ was transported to the grand ballroom at the Waldorf Astoria. I looked down at my name badge. It read ‘Urvashi Mathur, Start-Up Owner.’ And that’s when it hit me; these innovators who are set on changing the world are actually my peers. Being amongst such bright minds and ideas gave me the opportunity to stop and take a moment to smell the roses.

Inspiration has a trickle-down effect
When Mayor Bloomberg takes the time out of his day to come and speak to you, you listen. He greeted the finalists and attendees and had us on the edge of our seats as he told us about his entrepreneurial endeavors. He gave advice, thoughts and some great laughs. And the night ended with Barbara Corcoran’s story of her rise to the top. The big lesson learned here was that all ideas start at the very bottom. And it takes a lot of perseverance, hard work and heartbreak to climb to the top. But it is possible. Seeing leaders like Mayor Bloomberg and large companies like IBM supporting entrepreneurship was inspiring, and should be viewed as tremendous encouragement to all aspiring entrepreneurs.

It’s good to think and dream big.
Guy Kawasaki said, “The best reason to start an organization is to make meaning – to create a product or service to make the world a better place.” One of this year’s finalists, HistoIndex, is a small company with a big mission – helping early and accurate detection of fibrosis through technology. Medical research and technological innovation is thriving in today’s world. Yet nothing stopped this company from entering the market as a strong contender. Even the smallest of companies have the potential of making a big impact in big industries. Should this company continue to deliver on its mission, the possibilities and benefits to society are endless.

The winner of this year’s IBM SmartCamp was MoDe. This group of talented individuals has taken micro financing and M-Pesa to another level. Nano financing that provides opportunities to people in emerging markets that thrive on borrowed pre-paid airtime. MoDe is well on its way to impacting the lives of millions in Africa and beyond.

From the day we founded TestRocker, our goal has been bigger than just SAT preparation. We want to provide a life-changing impact by transforming the way students prepare for standardized tests, as these tests can change the trajectory of their college admissions process. A mission to improve lives in some way is the most rewarding type of revenue that exists. And the speakers and presenters at the IBM SmartCamp finals reinforced my belief in exactly that.

Meet the Regional Finalists: Hygeia

Hygeia offers a solution to manage healthcare risks in a smarter way, allowing hospitals and healthcare providers to improve profits, strengthen reputation and, best of all, save more lives.

Their solution gathers real-time data on patient condition, prescriptions, nutrition supplied, test results, hospital infrastructure, medical staff condition and other information to calculate each patient’s risk of developing pneumonia, urinary tract infection, sepsis and other complications. This allows healthcare providers to detect undesirable events in advance so that medical staff can take preventative measures.

Hygeia is a Brazilian startup company that will compete next week against the 5 other Latin American Regional SmartCamp finalists. If they win they will advance to the Global SmartCamp Final in February 2013.


SmartCamp EMEA Regional Final Recap: With Winners CaptainDash and Poikos

After this week’s SmartCamp EMEA Regional Final in Berlin, we are now two champions closer to the Global Finals in February 2013! 10 smart startups from all over Europe competed for a ticket to the final in New York, and after hours of intense mentoring and presentations CaptainDash and Poikos were named the European winners.

Gilles Babinet of CaptainDash discusses with the mentors.

On Tuesday Nov. 13th the startups gave their initial pitches and spent the day in several sessions with our distinguished mentors. Even though the 10 competing startups were veterans of their country SmartCamp events where they had already experienced some mentoring, it was agreed that the pitches given on the following day showed a vast improvement thanks to mentor suggestions.

Jim Corgel, IBM General Manager of ISV & Developer Relations.

On Nov. 14, day two of the SmartCamp, the audience had the opportunity to hear from several keynote speakers including Jim Corgel, IBM General Manger of ISV & Developer Relations, and Bill Liao, tech investor and Co-Founder of CoderDojo. “Berlin is buzzing with startups,” said Corgel during his motivating remarks. And Liao, during his presentation, made the memorable analogy that “The best coders in the world are poets.”

Panelists Jason Whitmire, Matthias Ummenhofer, and Sasha Galitsky answer questions about investment and entrepreneurship.

The 10 startups then presented their final, revised, and noticeably improved pitches. While the judges deliberated after the presentations, a panel of three investors answered questions about what they look for in a startup company. The panel consisted of Jason D. Whitmire of Earlybird Venture Capital, Matthias Ummenhofer of European Investment Fund, and Sasha Galitsky of Almaz Capital Partners. They advised startups to be themselves and be honest about their weaknesses.

Poikos CEO Eleanor Watson presents the judges’ favorite pitch of the day.

Finally, the judges returned with their decision and  CaptainDash and Poikos were announced as winners. The judges said that CaptainDash impressed them with strong leadership and early traction, a great explanation of the problem, and their link to CIO and CMO problems as well as big data analytics and smarter commerce. Poikos impressed the judges with a clear view of the customer problem, a demonstration that the industry failed to find alternatives for this problem, a strong vision for current and future business model options and industries, and great passion, drive and emotional connection to the audience. The judges also agreed that Poikos presented the best pitch of the day.

CaptainDash and Poikos both said afterwards that they were thrilled to win this leg of the competition and have high hopes for the SmartCamp Global Finals in New York City this coming February. They feel it is key to bringing their business into the global spotlight and proving that European startups are a force to be reckoned with. Congratulations to both winners, see you in New York!

SmartCamp Cape Town Kickstart Recap: With Winner MoDe

On October 25th, IBM SmartCamp came to South Africa for the first time, hosting a Kickstart event in Cape Town where four startup finalists competed with their solutions.

Kenyan startup Mobile Decisioning wins SmartCamp South Africa.

The winner of the day was Kenyan mobile micro credit firm Mobile Decisioning (MoDe). MoDe is a provider of micro and nano credit products to prepaid customers of mobile telcos and other utilities. They currently have operations in Africa and plans to expand to other emerging markets. MoDe is focused on providing its services to consumers primarily at the bottom of the economic pyramid, where consumers often don’t have convenient access to much needed credit to top up their utility bills. The company now has almost 60 employees, with a presence in five countries. Its product has already been used by millions across the continent.

The Cape Town SmartCamp event was picked up by CNBC Africa which highlighted the work that IBM is doing with entrepreneurs worldwide in a news segment. Click the image below to watch the news clip.

SmartCamp Dublin Kickstart Recap: With Winner Clear Returns

On Oct. 25th Clear Returns, an Edinburgh-based company, won the IBM SmartCamp Kickstart Dublin event hosted by Dublin City Council as part of the Innovation Dublin Festival 2012. The venue was the location of the world’s very first IBM SmartCamp event in late 2009. With the 20 foot original Viking City wall as a backdrop, Clear Returns delivered a compelling solution to one of our modern-day online problems, namely the high rate of returns in the fashion business. Vicky Brock of Clear Returns opened our eyes to the real world of fashion returns, and highlighted the unusual lengths people will go to and the cost to the retailer.

At the beginning of the morning session each of the 5 finalists made a 5 minute presentation to 15 mentors about their solution and their company. Then after over 2 hours of intense mentoring from the mentor teams, the finalists presented to a larger invited audience in the afternoon. All 5 companies detailed different solutions including WiFi, Power Management, Automated Video Creation, Fashion Returns and gesture-based interfaces.

The mentors had really done their work, as each of the 5 companies’ presentations in the afternoon session were markedly improved. This provided the audience with a real life view of the presentation standard needed to interest investors and take the next step to progress to the EMEA IBM SmartCamp final in Germany in November.

The Clear Returns presentation oozed confidence. No less was the passion Vicky displayed when answering the mentors’ question following the 5 minute drill presentation. With an audience of over 70 guests attending the afternoon session the pressure was notched up a few points by having the mentors quiz the presenters live on stage about their plans to grow their business, beat off competition, nurture potential revenue streams, and capture the hearts and minds of the customer.

The Clear Returns solution combines ecommerce, analytics and mathematical skills with fashion and retail experience. By predicting product returns at the point of sale, Clear Returns enables retailers to actively intervene, to the benefit of the retailer and the customer. As winners of the SmartCamp Kickstart Dublin event they will participate at the IBM EMEA SmartCamp KickStart event in Berlin in November to square off against other SmartCamp winners and potentially move onwards to the global finals in New York to claim the title of “IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year 2013”.

Past participants in SmartCamp Kickstarts have captured the attention of the global venture capital community and gone on to rapidly expand and drive innovation in their industry. In February of this year, Irish based startup Profitero was named IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year 2012. The startups at the IBM SmartCamp Kickstart are part of a growing group of entrepreneurs using business analytics, big data and cloud technology to drive innovation in a variety of industries including local government, retail, health, environment and communications.

“Startups face tremendous challenges in a global market, especially as they compete against much large companies going after data analytics opportunities,” said Noel Crawford, Manager, Innovation Centre and Developer Relations, IBM Ireland. “IBM can help convert these companies from ‘startups to speedups’, supporting them getting to global markets faster by providing coaching and connections to IBM clients and partners.”

SmartCamp Amsterdam Recap: With Winner Poikos

On October 23rd the first-ever Benelux SmartCamp Kickstart for startups took place at the IBM Forum in Amsterdam. Out of many strong applications IBM selected three finalists who were trained and advised during the day by high level cross-industry mentors. The winner of the day was Poikos, with their innovative FlixFit solution.

Poikos’ CEO Eleanor Watson, with IBM’s Technology & Innovation Executive Kees Donker

In the morning during a private session all three Benelux finalists, enerGQ, OmniP Labs and Poikos had 15 minutes to introduce themselves to the entire mentor group. Afterwards all the finalists spent time with the mentors and had a chance to edit their final presentations. After the network lunch the room was open to a broader external audience and the finalists now had only 7 minutes to present their solution to the audience and jury. The jury finally had 15 minutes to discuss privately about the final ranking. While the jury was out, IBM’s Martin Kelly took the stage to introduce alliance partner Startupbootcamp to the audience. Startupbootcamp’s CEO Patrick de Zeeuw explained the importance of platforms like IBM SmartCamp. The judges then returned to announce Poikos as the first winner of Benelux SmartCamp Kickstart. With this achievement, Poikos has entered the EMEA SmartCamp final in Berlin November 13-14.

What is so special about our Benelux SmartCamp winner? Startup Poikos has developed FlixFit, a revolutionary patent-pending technology for imaging and measuring the body in 3D, using consumer devices such as smartphones, tablets and PCs. They are developing a platform for delivery of their technology to partners within the health, bespoke wear, and e-commerce sectors, for a range of new capabilities across all industries. Watch them explain their innovative technology in this video below:

Wanted! European Startup Champion 2012

Apply now, IBM is seeking the smartest entrepreneurs in Europe!

Ready, steady, still time to “go”: Apply now for the IBM SmartCamp EMEA Regional Final on November 13 – 14, 2012 in Berlin (Radisson Blue Hotel). We are looking for all European startups less than three years old, with young, dynamic and smart business ideas to make our world a little bit smarter. Does this describe you? Then don’t miss this opportunity. Apply here.

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