IBM SmartCamp global finals: Where innovation wins
On February 7, eight startups from around the world will compete in New York City for the title of IBM Global Entrepreneur of the Year. The IBM® SmartCamp Global Finals bring together leading venture capitalists, industry experts, press, analysts, entrepreneurial organizations, and academics to network and celebrate entrepreneurship.
IBM SmartCamp launched in 2010 with a goal to identify early stage entrepreneurs who are developing business ventures that align with the IBM Smarter Planet® vision. IBM SmartCamp gives entrepreneurs the visibility, mentoring, and resources that only a large company such as IBM can provide.
The Global Finals in February feature eight startup finalists from Kenya to France to Singapore. During the three-day competition, February 5 - 7, the finalists will attend workshops, work with knowledgeable mentors, and present their business proposals in a public session. A panel of expert judges will name the winner.
The eight finalists come from all walks of life and offer a broad range of innovative solutions that all have the potential to help build a Smarter Planet. For example, HistoIndex, a startup from Singapore, has an imaging solution that allows for early detection of fibrosis. GetWay, a big data startup from Brazil, enables any industry to monitor real-time sales data from retailers that are spread throughout a territory. QuintessenceLabs, in Australia, uses a continuous variable bright laser beam and quantum cryptographic technology to fortify the protection of data in transit, at rest, and in use.
Already, some of the finalists are starting to do important work in collaboration with IBM. For example, the SkySpark analytics platform from, SkyFoundry automatically "finds what matters" in the vast amount of data that is produced by smart networked devices. After just two years on the market, it is saving building owners and operators millions of dollars in energy and other operational costs. In June 2012, SkyFoundry was selected as the operational analytics software for IBM’s agreement with a government agency that will improve efficiency and save up to $15 million in taxpayer dollars annually.
No matter which of the eight finalists wins the Global Finals, one thing is certain: They are each on the path to make our planet smarter and improve people’s lives.