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There’s A New Way to Startup – IBM meets Reality TV

What happens when IBM meets Social Entrepreneurship meets Reality TV? We’re about to find out! On April 26th, 2015, the first episode of an IBM original web series called “A New Way to Startup” will be released here.

What’s this all about?

Ten social entrepreneurs were picked to pitch their startups at SXSW last month and now five of them are moving forward and moving in together for a week in Austin, TX to participate in a series of daily challenges using IBM technology like Watson Analytics and IBM Verse.

Who are the social entrepreneurs?

The entrepreneurs include:

Aaron Horowitz from Sproutel, who is building the “Sesame Street of healthcare.” Horowitz was inspired by his experience dealing with a terminal illness as a child to create a new way of teaching kids about chronic illnesses like Type 1 diabetes;

John Guydon from LassyProject, whose mission is to find lost children faster by giving parents the ability to notify a community about a missing child within seconds;

Jordan from Owlet, who created a baby monitor in the form of a sock that infants wear to protect their heartrate and oxygen levels;

Lauren Foster, from Stretch Recipes, whose mission is to help people eat better and save more money through “an app that lets you choose your budget, pick your meals and automatically get coupons;”

Stephen Garten, from Charity Charge, who created a credit card rewards website that’s partnering with banks to help cardholders contribute their points to their charity of choice.

Hear all ten pitches and meet the five finalists here. And be sure to watch the series because viewers will be in charge of voting for the winning social enterprise!

Good luck to all the entrepreneurs!

Insight Robotics wins the SmartCamp Finals

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!

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Viva Las Vegas! SmartCamp Finals is here!

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Mentoring session at SmartCamp Finals inside the MGM Grand

Today’s the big day! SmartCamp Finals is here!

The earlier part of the private mentoring sessions is halfway done. After a break later this afternoon, the startups will fine-tune their presentations for the final pitch!

In the meantime, we need your help in determining who will win the popular vote: the People’s Choice Award!

Need help figuring out who to vote for? Check out the finalists in our Spotlight Series:

IBM SmartCamp Global Finals spotlight: Rosie

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.

Also, be sure to vote for Rosie to win the People’s Choice Award!

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IBM launches special program for startups building on the cloud!

Last month, IBM announced the launch of the Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups. Building your business on IBM Cloud is all about keeping your costs down and improving your time to market. There are two BIG reasons why you want to build your business on IBM Cloud: SoftLayer and Bluemix.

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SoftLayer is IBM’s cloud platform. It’s different from its cloud competitors in that it automates and provisions at the data center level rather than the hypervisor level. That means that many cloud platforms could actually be built on SoftLayer, but SoftLayer could not be built on other platforms. For a great explanation of why IBM Cloud stands out in the crowd, check out this blog post.

Bluemix is IBM’s developer ecosystem and PaaS. It allows developers to build and deploy applications rapidly and then easily manage and update them. With Bluemix, developers have access to over 60 open source APIs from IBM and it’s Business Partners – think Twitter and Watson). Bluemix also provides the necessary tools for development like middleware and application infrastructure. And it all runs on SoftLayer!

Members of the Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups will receive more than just cloud credits to access IBM Cloud. They will also receive technical and business support, as well as exposure to potential new clients.

The highlights of the program include:

-Up to $120k USD in cloud credit (for qualifying startups)

-Connecting to a vast global network of IBM Innovation Centers for technical expertise and go-to-market mentoring

-Exposure to enterprise clients at events like Interconnect and Insight

There are minimum requirements you must meet to be eligible to apply. For more information and to apply, check out the Global Entrepreneur Program for Cloud Startups’ webpage!

IBM SmartCamp Latin America: Seis startups incríveis competem!

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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:

dod
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.

Inventsys
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.

Netshow.me
logo_netshowNetshow.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
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.

StoreLevel
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.

Ubidots
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!

Regional finals for North America – SmartCamp style!

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The Regency Center in San Francisco

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 Logo_Tagline_CMYKBeehiveID 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
DigitalCertainty.logoCreate 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
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
eye_logoeyeQ 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-Connect-CMYK-05LIKECHARITY 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_logoRosie 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.

Don’t forget to register to attend! See you in San Francisco!