Larga vida Madrid! SmartCamp Madrid returns with 4 strong finalists!

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!

fluzo logoStudies 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 logoKompyte 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 logoGreen 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 logoWeplan 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.

Congratulations to the 4 finalists! Buena suerte!

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SmartCamp London: Healthcare and Retail reign supreme!

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!

Want to be part of next year’s SmartCamp? Join the IBM Global Entrepreneur program today!

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Dominik Blattner talks about Cupenya and being part of the IBM family!

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!

Cupenya is PureSystems certified and runs on WebSphere and DB2. They are also part of the SoftLayer Catalyst Startup Program and have started using Bluemix!

Listen to what Dominik Blattner, CEO of Cupenya, says about the power and advantages of partnering with IBM through the Global Entrepreneur Program!

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IBM and Tech4Africa team up for SmartCamp Johannesburg

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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 logoAfroCast 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 logoContactable 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 logoIngenuity 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 logoiPulse 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.

RoadBuddy logoRoad 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!

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SmartCamp London: Another strong lineup from the United Kingdom

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 logo3DPrinteo 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 logoAndiamo 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 logoAntuar 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 logoSalesGossip 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 logoSoAmpli 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.

Good luck to all our SmartCamp London finalists!

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SmartCamp Istanbul elevates 5 startups

The SmartCamp Istanbul team is gearing up for another great event with 5 new finalists! Their solutions range from smart air conditioning to test engineering and wireless sensor network. Co-sponsoring this year’s event is Etohum, a market place for Internet-based entrepreneurs in Istanbul. The SmartCamp event will be part of Startup Istanbul, a joint event with Etohum, on 29-30 September.

Nearly 50 innovative companies applied for IBM SmartCamp Istanbul this year.  Almost half of these companies were invited for a face-to-face interview in Ankara and Istanbul with a distinguished network of mentors. Most of the startups were born on Cloud! And, almost 80% are using analytics & big data and mobile to create Smarter Planet solutions! Sounds like a strong field of startups!

You can watch the Startup Istanbul event on live stream. Register now to watch Startup Istanbul! And be sure to vote for your favorite SmartCamp Istanbul startup! You can help select the People’s Choice Award!

Let’s take a closer look at the finalists:

Test engineering is an essential part of the project life cycle in industries such as defense and aerospace, automative, industrial automationIntest logo and telecommunications. Intest provides outsourcing services, test system design, and consulting services in the test engineering field. Moreover, our firm develops software products in test automation area that are competitive in global scale.

PEAK smart air-conditioning system is integrated with present heating and cooling systems and operates them by using smart and learning scenarPEAK logoios. It makes systems more comfortable and cost efficient. PEAK is getting integrated easily with present systems as wirelessly.  Due to learning software and regular reporting system, it creates more economical, comfortable and efficient heating and cooling scenarios.
Bilims logo

Bilims is a scenario based collaborative e-learning platform that provides real time communication and collaboration with proven techniques in problem based learning.

Borda provides products and solutions focusing on RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) and RTLS (Real-Time Locating System) applications. Dborda logoevelops software and hardware as well as delivers turnkey solutions to its customers. Consistently developed and successfully deployed its, proven, enterprise wide “Hybrid RTLS” solution by combining NFC, UHF Passive and Active RFID technologies into one ultimate software platform called Lighthouse.

ITECH Electronics is a R&D company that focuses on Wireless Sensor Network, Real Time Locating Systems and Internet of Things applications for businesses. The company was founded in 2011 by the support of Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology. ITECH’s primary itech logoproject is Wireless Tracking and Control Systems for large working areas to control employees by electronics tags and environmental variables by wireless sensors. Gathering data from sensors and locating system can be used for supply chain management, process control, inventory planning and safety. ITECH is now working on affordable and reachable IoT connectivity platform for small and medium enterprises, whic is called “itech-aim.

Joining the event will be last year’s SmartCamp Istanbul winner and SmartCamp Global finalist, Reengen! They will present a “best practices” talk on IBM SmartCamp for the benefit of this year’s finalists.

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MySmart Farm continues to cultivate its relationship with IBM

Here’s an update from our 2013 SmartCamp Johannesburg winner, MySmart Farm!

mysmartfarm-joburg-smartcamp-winner-logoWhen 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!

Follow MySmart Farm @MySmartFarm.

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