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Johannesberg and Madrid SmartCamp Winners Drive Job Creation, Gaming Innovation and Mobile Business Solutions!

September 25, 2015

I have loved the IBM SmartCamps, which are pitch competitions with incredible talent!
These camps brought a huge talent pool of startups to showcase to judges worldwide, thank you to all the startups who participated! Today we’re taking a look at a few exciting innovations coming from Johannesberg and Madrid before announcing our ten finalists, at the end of the week, who will move on to the next stage of IBM SmartCamps.

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Congratulations to M4Jam from Johannesberg and both Jugo and Visualtis from Madrid. All three of these startups very much deserved their winner status for the solutions that they bring to the market.

About the startups:

1. M4Jam (Johannesberg) is a micro jobbing platform. They launched their solution as a platform as a service model taking the concept of EARN to existing communities and enabling people to earn extra cash while going about their daily routine by using apps that they are already using most.

2. Jugo (Madrid) believes that play will become the dominant way of human interaction within the next five years. By bringing game elements into everyday activities of organizations and individuals around the world, Jugo introduces a whole new level of purpose and passion to the workplace.

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3. Visualtis helps “mobilize ” existing information systems to manage them from a smartphone and further help clients manage any aspect of their business from their smartphone or tablet.

To learn more about these exciting companies, follow them on Twitter: @visualtis, @m4jam and @playjugo.

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Please continue to follow my blog to read more about the ten startups who will move on to the next stage of IBM SmartCamp 2015!



Beijing SmartCamp Winners Revolutionize Dental Care and Recruitment in China!

September 22, 2015

editor 3Some exciting news comes our way today after this past weekend’s Beijing SmartCamp event. Two innovative startups have created exciting solutions that will help revolutionize dental care and recruitment in China.

Congratulations to 51Hunter and Haoyayi for their exciting new products!

To give you a brief overview, 51Hunter uses an advanced algorithm to match talent seekers with talent in the industries of finance and banking. Because so much of China’s gross domestic product is based on human capital, this algorithm serves to reduce the transaction cost of this match, and further deeply reduce recruitment costs.

Haoyayi has built a search engine to fill a much needed gap in pairing dental patients with quality dentists. China currently only has around three hundred state-owned dental hospitals and three hundred million patients. Most dentists in China are private and there are two-hundred thousand of them. This search engine will match the patient with the dentist through an internet search engine.


“Haoyayi has bright market foreground and the user needs will be very large in the future,” said one audience member of Haoyayi’s solution.

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We’re excited to continue to follow the stories of these startups in China and wish them well in their next round of IBM SmartCamps. Congratulations Haoyayi and 51Hunter!

For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.


Colorado SmartCamp Winner Works to Bring Attorney-Client Relationship Online!

September 19, 2015

Colorado held their SmartCamp event September 10th at accelerator partner Galvanize in Boulder and finished the evening by awarding an innovative legal advice technology startup the winner!

Congratulations to Congo for creating the first online free market solution for the legal industry. Clients can schedule an appointment with an attorney in less than 60 seconds (think Zocdoc for attorneys ).


How does Congo work? With three simple steps Congo takes away the pain of searching for a lawyer by streamlining the search process, delivering the information and credibility needed to make an informed decision. Attorneys are licensed, vetted and have no history of malpractice. When I say simple, I mean simple.

Step 1. go to  – find an attorney for DUI, Criminal Law, or Business Law

Step 2. Book an appointment

Step 3. Connect by phone or video

Congo was originally a school project that started in a CU-Boulder Entrepreneurial class in the Spring semester of 2013. . Their long-term vision is to bring the entire attorney-client relationship online.

Congo leverages IBM Softlayer in their solution and is learning more about how Bluemix can benefit their mission.

Congratulations again to Congo. Follow their story on Twitter at congo_io.

For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.



San Francisco SmartCamp Winner Revolutionizes Farming!

September 18, 2015

I loved seeing the San Francisco Smart Camp live!   First I got to see Jason and then I got to see amazing solutions on style, live streaming, farmers, and more!

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For farmers, understanding farm conditions can be quite cumbersome, that’s why we’re excited about San Francsico’s SmartCamp winner FarmHub who has just made it that much easier!

In the city of tech, winning this stage of SmartCamps is no small feat, congratulations to FarmHub for their innovative solution that makes monitoring agricultural fields easy and efficient.

How does it work? With FarmHub’s weather stations and web solutions, you can connect dozens of field sensors to the cloud without the hassles of cumbersome technology. Gaining remote access to real-time conditions across the farm is as simple as turning it on.

FarmHub measures conditions like: air temperature, relative humidity, atmospheric pressure, wind speed and direction, rainfall, solar radition and UV Index, visible light intensity and soil moisture. The hardware even provides camera snapshots of crop fields.

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Let’s hear from the founder.

“The IBM mentorship was really top notch. Very seasoned investors who listened and looked at what we had done. The review team cut to the chase with very targeted, constructive criticism that we are immediately taking action on at FarmHub. We are excited to go to the next stage and continue to gain benefit from the IBM Smart Camp program.” Louis Thiery

Congratulations again to FarmHub. Follow their story on Twitter at @farm_hub.


For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.


Reimagining Optometry in Chicago! Smart Camp Winner!

September 9, 2015

Just when you thought getting an appointment with your optometrist was going to take months, a new healthcare startup comes along and completely reinvents eye-care from the comfort of your own home!

Congratulations to Opternative, the winner of this year’s SmartCamp kick-off event held in Chicago on August 26th!

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The Opternative team has created the first-to-market eye exam and prescription company that costs less than a traditional refractive eye exam. In just twenty-five minutes or less, you can get a quick eye exam with nothing but a smart phone and a computer. A digital eye glasses prescription is provided in less than twenty-four hours, and you can then shop for glasses or contacts anywhere.

Opternative is registered with the FDA and has undergone studies that have proved it just as accurate as an in-office eye exam.

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What does Opternative have to say?

Eye exams for glasses and contact prescriptions are just the beginning. We envision a world where technology allows patients to connect with doctors to make all aspects of vision care more convenient, accessible, and even fun!” (

Thanks for participating in Chicago’s SmartCamp event Opternative!

Follow Opternative‘s story on Twitter at @opternative. For a complete look at application deadlines and public SmartCamp events, click here: Stay tuned for more SmartCamp stories in your city.


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