March 17, 2015
As SXSW Interactive wraps up in Austin, the tradition of startup launches was carried on in 2015 with the seventh annual SXSW Accelerator startup competition, which presented the world's most innovative technology solutions. Presented by Oracle, the program held an awards ceremony yesterday that recognized this year’s winners.
The event offered prizes in categories that represent several different tech verticals, many of them sponsored by major brands, and other commendations in the startup space.
Category: Enterprise and Smart Data Technologies sponsored by Rackspace
Winner: Partpic from Atlanta, GA offers a service to seamlessly facilitate the search and purchase of parts using visual technology. Headed by Jewel Burks, Partpic was founded in early 2013 and utilizes proprietary technology to assist consumers and parts distributors alike. “Partpic does all the heavy lifting by quickly scrubbing our database foridentical parts. Using sophisticated extraction algorithms Partpic narrows the margin of error instantly,” according to their website.
Category: Digital Health and Life Sciences Technologies sponsored by Shell Technology Ventures
Winner: Tinnitracks from Hamburg, Germany offers a web-based application that provides therapy for tinnitus. The Tinnitracks team has spent the last several months touring the major startup cities and tech conferences of Europe, from a health tech event in Eindhoven to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Based on scientific findings, the treatment allows users to treat their tinnitus by listening to the mp3 music files they already own. The company claims that “Neuroscientific findings in tinnitus research show that although tinnitus is usually linked to hearing loss, the processes that are behind the development as well as sustained occurrence of tinnitus symptoms actually take place within the structures of the brain. Scientific knowledge of neuroplasticity in the brain, which is the basis for our ability to learn throughout our entire lives, has led to new therapeutic approaches in treating chronic tinnitus with music.”
Category: Innovative World Technologies sponsored by IBM
Winner: SLANTRANGE from San Diego, CA brings drones, software, and service to the field of airborne agronomy. Slantrage says that “SLANTRANGE's founders have developed and deployed dozens of such systems over the past 20 years for earth science, defense, and intelligence applications,” and founders Mike Ritter and Mike Milton have partnered with the software company Agricultural Data & Drones out of Nebraska to apply this engineering experience to the agricultural industry. This allows farmers and agricultural managers to better identify crop stress and measurement completely and accurately, in a fraction of the time that it currently takes to gather only a sampling.
Category: Wearable Technologies
Winner: Tinitell from Stockholm, Sweden offers a “wristphone for kids.” Made to be small enough to fit on a child as young as toddler age, and to accept voice commands as small as “Mom” or “come here,” the device was designed with today's parenting methods in mind. Children should be free to play outside without having the responsibility of keeping track of a cell phone, but parents want the peace-of-mind that they're keeping track of their kids.
Category: Entertainment and Content Technologies sponsored by Technology Industry Group
Winner: Zype from New York, NY is an open platform for video business management that offers a platform for video content delivery, branding, discovery, monetization, and analytics. By being open source, content creators can use Zype to leverage the content they already have – wherever it lives – to power value, control delivery, and connect with their audience.
Category: Social Technologies sponsored by Dyn
Winner: RealSavvy from Austin, TX is driving the reimagining of real estate searches by making homebuying a more collaborative process. Since a homebuyer's family and friends often have much to say about the home selection process, they can share photos and insights with the agent and the buyer through RealSavvy.
The Bootstrap Award went to SIX out of Tokyo, Japan for its product, the Lyric Speaker.
The Most Innovative company award was given to BioBots.io in Philadelphia, PA which is creating bioprinting solutions for the future.
The Best One-Minute Speed Pitch was given by ShotTracker from Overland Park, KS. ShotTracker is a wearable device that measures basketball players' performance.
SXSW Accelerator is the marquee event of SXSW Interactive Festival’s Startup Village and features 48 startups from around the globe presenting innovative products in front of a live audience and panel of expert judges that includes successful entrepreneurs, investors, and industry influencers.
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