They are the champions! Our third annual World Cup Tech Challenge kicked off on June 1st, 2016, and we’re delighted to present the six winning companies —as well as the overall winner.
Over 150 innovative tech startups from 30 countries applied, and on June 4th, 23 finalists from 13 countries competed to win the Cup in six different categories: Augmented/Virtual Reality, AI/Robotics, FinTech, Internet of Things, BioTech, and AgTech. Each group winner took home a medal and a bottle of champagne; the champion received a 3D-printed trophy, custom-created by GrowShapes.
More information and video coming soon – stay tuned!
Augmented/Virtual Reality Winner
2016 World Cup Tech Champion
Screen-staring is a part of professional life—but instead of creating a new app or program to look at, World Cup Tech champions IRYSTEC aare working to revolutionize the screen itself. Mobile and VR displays are almost always too bright, causing eye strain and eye fatigue. Irystec’s Simon Morris demonstrated how their revolutionary software solves these problems by intelligently adjusting contrast and color, leading the way in perceptual computational display technology.
BioTech Winner: Magnetic Insight (United States)
Magnetic Insight’s Anna Christensen introduced the World Cup Tech audience to the first new diagnostic imaging technique since the introduction of CT, MRI and PET over 30 years ago with magnetic particle imaging (MPI). MPI detects iron oxide tracers with high sensitivity deep in the body without radiation or toxins.
FinTech Winner: BankVault (Australia)
Graeme Speak came all the way from Down Under to represent BankVault, a unique new tool that stops hackers at the source (to wit: his final slide read “You can’t hack what doesn’t exist”) BankVault allows users to connect with their bank account virtually—a randomized, secure server that simply can’t be hacked because it’s already gone.
AI/Robotics Winner: WeaRobot (Mexico)
WeaRobot’s Ernesto Rodriguez Leal took the stage wearing a piece of the company’s robotic exoskeleton—a mobility-enhancing suit that uses the power of brain waves to provide motility where it’s needed. In addition to building a life-changing wearable, though, WeaRobot is also working to democratize the use of exoskeletons, creating a suit that’s more affordable than anything else on the market.
AgTech Winner: Engender Technologies (New Zealand)
The future of dairy farming depends on reducing waste, and that’s just what Cather Simpson of New Zealand’s Engender Technologies has set out to accomplish. Bovine gender selection is carried out via photonics (lasers), a singular technology that dramatically cuts down on livestock waste and enhancing productivity.
IoT Winner: RedBird (France)
Redbird’s Emmanuel de Maistre brought one of the company’s drones on stage with him, illustrating that a small machine is capable of a huge job: a cloud-based monitoring platform for construction & heavy industries, one that creates 2D/3D maps and adds an extra layer of analytics to improve overall effectiveness and safety. All great projects require a lot of planning, and Redbird allows customers to both monitor ongoing projects and plan new ones ahead of time.
Each year, the World Cup Tech Challenge features inspiring keynotes and conversations with inspiring figureheads in Silicon Valley. This year, we were delighted to feature two fireside chats: one with about.me creator Tony Conrad, in conversation with Accenture Open Innovation’s Jitendra Kavathekar; our second chat was with IndieGoGo founder Danae Ringelmann, in conversation with Jennifer Elias of Silicon valley Business Journal.
An extra-special thank you to our World Cup Tech global partners: Microsoft, DLA Piper, and Execustaff HR.
We’re already planning for next year – join us again in 2017!
Author: Micaela Youmans
Head of Ops. and Communication