At the DEMO Enterprise conference last Thursday in San Francisco, twenty seven startups were pre-selected to pitch their new products and services to a large audience and groups of judges. All of the technologies were introduced for the first time and centered around collaborative work at the enterprise and streamlining of workflows to enable more efficient business operations. The products launched were in several classes, such as cloud computing, mobile, big data, analytics, sensor networks, 3D printing, wearables, and more. Although some of the launches introduced new prototypes for the first time, DEMO also highlighted products and services that already gained noticeable traction in enterprise markets.
The conference concluded with selection of the DEMO God Awards from the finalists, taking into consideration the product and its features, its value proposition, and differentiation from the competition. After a day-long pitching sessions and feedback by panels of judges, the winners were selected based on votes by attendees, the judges and the DEMO team. The following startups won the DEMO God recognition:
- Eko Devices from Berkeley, California
- Learnmetrics from Chicago
- Parklet. from San Francisco
- ThinAir from Palo Alto, California
Here is more information bout each of the 2014 DEMO Enterprise Gods and their related classifications:
1) ‘3D Printing & Wearables’ have the premise to revolutionize manufacturing and healthcare management, while disrupting changing the economics and scaling models. We are already familiar with wearbables in healthcare (such as the activity tracker wrist bands, patient monitoring, and iPills. Read more about disruptive technologies and trends in healthcare: Digital medicine and the future of healthcare). Today, 3D is being incorporated into industrial and business applications. Eko is essentially a new stethoscope, which captures heart sounds from an analog stethoscope, digitizes them and streams them to a smartphone. With this technology, physicians have the ability to analyze a patient’s heartbeat or share it with another doctor for consultations (Eko: www.ekodevices.com)
2) The ‘Smart Data’ category referred to big data, analytics systems, predictive models, and insights based on the growing amount of data being captured today at businesses. Learnmetrics addresses the education sector. The product has a dashboard that aggregates and analyzes data about students from various sources, helping teachers to find more success factors and opportunities for students, as well as improve teaching in the classroom. (Learnmetrics: www.learnmetrics.com)
3) The ‘Work’ classification covered collaboration at the enterprise, streamlining workflows, and taking down silos inside organizations to leverage the company's valuable intellectual properties. Parklet offers a platform that companies, small and large, can use to form and manage teams, based on skill-sets, insights, accomplishments, etc. The product has several tools, including the ability to create and manage an employee directory, hiring, etc. (Parklet: www.parklet.co)
4) The category ‘Cloud Tools & DevOps’ included information technology (IT) architecture administration in the enterprise and optimization of application performance and operations over cloud computing. ThinAir Evolved Storage offers distributed storage solutions and management in the cloud. The product offers unlimited scale at pennies per gigabyte; includes capacity planning, backups, tuning and analysis of performance history; It is pending a patent. (ThinAir: www.thinair.com)
Produced by IDG, the DEMO conferences in the United States, China, Brazil, Russia and Vietnam focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations. The DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow's cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launchpad events for companies such as Palm, E*Trade, Salesforce, WebEx, TiVo, VMware and Fusion-io and thousands of others, helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters. TheDEMO Scholarship Partner Program, subsidized by corporate sponsorships, offers multiple scholarship opportunities to ensure that deserving entrepreneurs have the chance to introduce cutting edge technology products at DEMO that might have otherwise gone undiscovered.
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2. Up-coming launch and pitching event:
The 10th Silicon Valley Open Doors - SVOD’14 Conference
SVOD) is a premier technology investment conference that brings in startups, successful entrepreneurs, angel investors and top venture capitalists from all over the world to Silicon Valley for two days of keynote presentations and pitching events. The conference provides opportunities to network, startup presentations to an audience and investors, as well as opportunities to build partnerships and meet other entrepreneurs.
- When: June 11-12, 2014
- Where: Computer History Museum, 1401 N Shoreline Blvd, Mountain View, CA 94043
- Registration: http://svod2014.eventbrite.com