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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!

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 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!

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!

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.

SmartCamp Sydney produces 2 winners!

Photo of Brendan Roberts
Brendan Roberts of 9 Spokes

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.

Congratulations again to our winners Down Under!

Two new SmartCamp winners: Brushing teeth and fighting fires

Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen two new SmartCamp winners emerge. One has a cloud and mobile-based solution for fighting forest fires. And the other? The other winning solution offers inspired tooth brushing, a dream come true for any parent.

Grushlogo_AlphaGrush, winner of SmartCamp Silicon Valley, transforms the chore of tooth brushing into a fun and interactive game. They’ve developed an advanced Bluetooth motion-sensing toothbrush, called the Grush Brush, coupled with interactive and instructive mobile games, to guide kids’ brushing and let parents track the results. The motion data is sent to Grush Apps in real-time. Grush Apps are interactive games that receive motion data from the Grush Brush and integrate it with a simulated image of the child’s teeth.

In addition, the Grush Cloud stores detailed brushing data of each user for tracking/monitoring. Detailed brushing statistical data can be provided to dentists to customize a treatment plan which could ultimately save in dental costs.

insight roboticsInsight Robotics, winner of SmartCamp China, uses thermal imaging sensors and advanced artificial intelligence vision technology to quickly locate a forest fire, giving first responders a jump at extinguishing the flames. So precise is their solution that is can spot fires as small as an area of 2m x 1m within 5km radius! Their solution can be used in a variety of ways for undeveloped terrain, including the monitoring of illegal logging and large city parks.

Preventing forest fires and more inspired tooth brushing. Now those are smarter planet solutions! Congratulations to Insight Robotics and Grush!

It’s all roses for Rosie at SmartCamp Cambridge

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Attendees at SmartCamp Cambridge

The house was packed for last week’s SmartCamp Cambridge event! With 6 startups competing for the win, it was Rosie that rose to the top to win the SmartCamp Cambridge!

rosie_logoSo why Rosie? Well for starters, Rosie is a leading SaaS provider of predictive online and mobile shopping applications to local merchants. Their solution is aimed at improving the grocery store shopping experience by predicting the grocery items shoppers need before they run out, at the lowest price from local grocers and online retailers.

What does their solution do for grocery retailers? Rosie provides e-commerce, delivery opportunities, and deep data services to local merchants. And for consumers, Rosie enables customers to shop online for their favorite local stores for delivery or in-store pickup.

The other 5 finalists were (in alphabetical order): Astra Identity, Capital Market Exchange, Disease Diagnostic Group, Measurance, and Myndlift. Be sure to check out their websites and follow them on their social channels. And, a huge thanks to them for participating in SmartCamp Cambridge!

We have a new winner! Coriell Life Sciences

It’s been said before, and it certainly applies here: the competition was tough! It’s hard to imagine how difficult a decision this was for our judges. But, decide they did. The results are in!

Sandy Carter applauds Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences
Sandy Carter applauds Scott Megill of Coriell Life Sciences

The IBM SmartCamp Global Finals 2013 winner is Coriell Life Sciences! Congratulations to them!

It was probably the story Scott Megill, Coriell’s CEO, told while he was on stage. He spoke about Doris, an 85 year old woman who was taking 14 different medications. She’s faced with having to take a new medication now, Scott goes to say, but her doctor may not fully understand what kind of adverse side effects Doris could experience taking all these medications together.

That’s where Coriell Life Sciences enters the scene. With a simple swipe of the inside of her cheek, Coriell Life Sciences can determine whether or not the drugs shes taken are best for her. How do they do this? By looking at her DNA. With their DNA testing, Coriell Life Sciences is able to determine that Doris’ new medication might cause her serious health issues, like blood clotting. With this information, her doctor now has the complete information needed to make a better decision for her health.

And here’s a staggering figure: $135 Billion is wasted due to adverse drug reaction in the US. Not mention the most important thing, quality of life!

Coriell Life Sciences, like many of the other finalists, are in the business of saving lives. They are poised to be very successful, and people’s lives will be improved as a result.

Coriell Life Sciences wasn’t the only one to walk away with a trophy in hand. Shopa proved to be the most popular startup and they received the People’s Choice Award. Looking at the vote total, it was clear that Shopa has a very loyal fan base! Good on them!

All of the 2013 IBM SmartCamp Global finalists
All of the 2013 IBM SmartCamp Global finalists

Now, we celebrate with all the finalists. Tomorrow, we began focusing on the next round of startup competitions, as we prepare to crown the winner for 2014. Will that be you? It could be, if you’re a startup and compete in the IBM SmartCamp competition!

Venture capital guru, Julie Meyer, to be at IBM SmartCamp Global Finals!

Entrepreneur Week is here, and we’ve got a full week of activities for everyone to enjoy. And let’s be clear, it’s not just for or about IBM. We’ve got an impressive line-up of speakers and mentors engaged through out the week. We’ve already blogged about Eric Ries, our keynote speaker for the SmartCamp Global Finals. But we have others, too… namely, Julie Meyer!

Photo of Julie Meyer
Julie Meyer

Julie is the founder and CEO of Ariadne Capital, co-founder and Managing Partner of the Ariadne Fund, founder of Entrepreneur Country, and co-founder of First Tuesday.

She founded Ariadne Capital back in 2000; Ariadne backs entrepreneurs in the digital health, mobile money, broadcast media and entertainment, and smart cities ecosystems. Ariadne pioneered the model of “Entrepreneurs Backing Entrepreneurs” as the new model of the financing of entrepreneurship, and Ariadne’s investment framework is “Ecosystem Economics.”

She sits on the Boards of INSEAD, Medikidz, Vestergaard Frandsen and Jellybook. In 2011, she was asked to be on the Secretary of State’s Entrepreneurs Panel and the Secretary of Health’s Innovation Panel. In 2012, Julie was honored to receive an honorary MBE for her services to entrepreneurship. Julie’s first book, Welcome to Entrepreneur Country, was published in June 2012.

Thankfully, Julie will be a mentor and a member of the Venture Capital Panel for our IBM SmartCamp Global Finals on Feb. 6th. Spots are filling up fast for our afternoon portion of the finals. Register now so you can hear Julie and see who wins the SmartCamp finals!

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