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Four Colorado Entrepreneurs stand out at Denver Startup Week!

September 29, 2014

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IBM is doing so many things with startups, it’s hard to keep up! I’ve blogged a lot about SmartCamps, so you probably think SmartCamps are the only things we have going for entrepreneurs. But nothing could be farther from the truth!

Case in point, IBM was recently a sponsor of the Denver Startup Week. There were 5,500+ startup community members and over 650 companies engaged in over 125 community-driven events celebrating everything entrepreneurial in the Mile High City!

And I’m thrilled to say that the event marked the first time IBM Global Entrepreneur was involved at an entrepreneurial event in Colorado. Something tells me, it won’t be the last!

The four winning startups were B&C Electronic Engineering, SPF Solutions, S’ync, and Enterprise Sentinel.

B&C Electronic Engineering has a solution that shares responding emergency vehicles locations with other emergency agencies (fire, police, ambulance). This is critical for first responders. We all know about the chaotic nature at the scene of an accident, add to that the multiple emergency vehicles that are arriving at the scene. B&C Electronic Engineering’s solution can reduce the chaos for the emergency vehicles by giving them critical information about the location of other emergency vehicles.

SPF Solutions’ mobile app is going to make your “take-out” experience better! SPF Solutions has created an app for customers that enables them to place their food order and then be notified when it is ready for pickup. With this kind of automation, fewer mistakes are made and it frees up the restaurant staff to do other tasks. Sounds like greater efficiency and better service to me!

S’ync is tackling a huge issue in the realm of smarter transportation. Their solution uses GPS location data to map traffic flow, rates, and conditions to synch traffic lights. Think of it! Improving the flow of traffic is a benefit to everyone!

Enterprise Sentinel monitors enterprise data from any source, providing transactional analytics as well as executing pre-emptive actions to prevent issues from occurring.  This predictive analytics capability plays very well in health monitoring as well as other industry use-cases.

Congratulations to these four startups! I know I look forward to hearing more about them in future SmartCamp events!

For more information:

B&C Electronic Engineering -> http://www.911eta.com/
SPF Solutions -> http://www.spfsolutions.biz/
Enterprise Sentinel-> http://enterprisesentinel.com/

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SmartCamp Raleigh Showcases Entrepreneurs With “Change the World” solutions!

September 19, 2014

Two startups offer charity and educational solutions, win SmartCamp Raleigh!

Another week means another round of SmartCamp winners! Congratulations to Livitae and LikeCharity for winning SmartCamp Raleigh!

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Livitae, a woman-owned startup (go girl power!), has developed a mobile and cloud-based solution that offers academic institutions a single platform to centralize academic progress, performance, and planning by aggregating student information in a clear and secure manner. The system provides a customized academic roadmap for each student, simplifying degree and career planning by auditing and managing all aspects of the processes.

That means no more confusion for students about what classes to take or their grades! Think of it, even parents could be better informed about their kids’ academic performance!

LikeCharity enables you to donate to your favorite charities by simply sending a text message from your mobile phone. Donating via LikeCharity is a quick and easy way for you to help the charities that you really care about!

The power of this solution has the potential to increase donations by automating the entire process via their platform. I’d love to see that used for the Humane Society, one of my favorite charities!

Great ideas coming from Raleigh, North Carolina!

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Entrepreneur Country in Europe – Start-up Fever in London! Infographic

September 17, 2014

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Hootsuite Rocks the IBM Business Tech Trends!

September 3, 2014

From our Business Tech Trends study, we learned the 3 secrets that Pacesetters – those enterprises who stay ahead of the pack – are doing to create the most success. One of the secrets is integration of transformative technologies, such as cloud, analytics, mobile and social.

Kevin Zellmer of Hootsuite said during our August 21 webcast that at any one time, Hootsuite has at least a dozen integrations happening! And they’re happening internally and externally.

Hootsuite has a new feature that allows employees to share third party social media content on IBM Connections across their entire organization. HR isn’t just talking to HR and marketing isn’t just talking to marketing anymore. This kind of integration allows for organization-wide collaboration!

Want to learn more about Pacesetters? Want to better understand their 3 secrets? Check out our webcast replay and download the Business Tech Trends study.
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Here are two more great opportunities for you!

First, sign-up for the Watson Analytics Beta! This solution enables your business to put predictive capability into the hands of your business leaders, like CMOs, CHROs, and CSOs.

Second, join us for our Business Tech Trends/Bluemix App JAM! When you register for the App Jam, you’ll get access to download the data from the Business Tech Trends report, create your own Bluemix app with the data, and then share your insights with us!

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Insight Robotics douses out the competition, wins SmartCamp China!

August 27, 2014

Insight Robotics douses out the competition, wins SmartCamp China!

Every summer in the United States, it seems like there are more and more forest fires. Literally thousands of forestland acres are lost each summer season! It always makes me wonder, “Can’t we do better?”

Last week’s SmartCamp China winner has a great solution for fighting forest fires, called Insight Computer Vision Wildfire Detection System. Insight Robotics uses thermal imaging sensors and advanced artificial intelligence vision technology to quickly locate a forest fire, giving first responders a jump at extinguishing the flames. So precise is their solution that is can spot fires as small as an area of 2m x 1m within 5km radius!

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And that’s not all it can do! Insight Robotics also says that their solution can be used in a variety of ways for undeveloped terrain, including the monitoring of illegal logging and large city parks.

Now that’s what I call a smarter solution! Congratulations to Insight Robotics!

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Namaste India… Happy Independence Day!

August 15, 2014

I wish all my friends from the land of innovation HAPPY INDIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Talking of innovation, if you want to see how the latest technologies set pacesetters apart, make sure you check out the August 21 webcast where I’ll be releasing the findings of our latest Business Tech Trends Study!

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Summer Jokes! Yes, an infographic your friends and kids will love!

August 13, 2014

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