Mobile Apps Are Main Focus of Innovators at DEMO Fall 2014 Showcase

 
 
By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2014-11-24
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Mobile Apps Are Main Focus of Innovators at DEMO Fall 2014 Showcase

    By Chris Preimesberger
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    Ghostery, New York
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    Ghostery, New York

    Ghostery, which won one of the five top awards—the DEMO God award—at DEMO Fall 2014, is a useful add-on for every major browser. It is available as an iPad and iPhone app that helps people around the world understand and control more than 1,900 trackers that are tracking them when they browse.
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    Atmmos, Brazil
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    Atmmos, Brazil

    Atmmos innovates in virtual reality and interactivity. A pioneer in R&D virtual interactive technologies in Brazil, it has launched solutions to revolutionize the way people communicate and understand concepts and projects. The company provides services and virtual reality interaction and makes use of the latest technology that allows maximum immersion and engagement of users. Unlike the electronic models, 3D photos and videos available in the market, Atmmos uses the RealTime 3D rendering IT that allows the user to explore and navigate the virtual environment in real time.
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    Celect, Boston

    Celect's Choice Engine is the world's first fully data-driven customer choice modeling suite. Celect, which won one of the five top awards—the DEMO God award—optimizes allocations and buying plans, personalizing them to choice patterns at the individual store. The technology builds on a fundamental advance in machine learning. MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory called this one of the 50 greatest innovations it has produced.
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    Chura, Kenya
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    Chura, Kenya

    This service enables users to buy airtime from any network service provider in Kenya irrespective of their mobile money transfer service from the comfort of their home anytime. For example, you can buy Orange airtime or YU airtime using Safaricom's M-pesa. Users also can send airtime to multiple phone numbers in any network in Kenya at once.
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    Curb, Washington, D.C.

    Formerly called Taxi Magic, Curb -- which won one of the five top awards, the DEMO God award -- is a transportation application that bridges ride-sharing services such as Uber with conventional cab services. It connects people to safe, reliable rides from professional taxi and other for-hire drivers in cities nationwide. By bringing IT to the taxi and sedan experience, Curb is offering riders choice, reliability and convenience whenever they ride.
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    Nerve, Kenya

    Nerve is a convergence mobile communication/computing and productivity enhancement smartphone device. It allows people to do more by providing enhanced relevance and access to the information age for the mobile first generation of Africa.
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    PathSense, San Jose, Calif.

    PathSense, which makes a software developer kit for any iOS or Android app, won one of the five top awards—the DEMO God award. It uses sensor fusion and inertial navigation to provide location accuracy comparable to, and often better than, GPS, with 90 percent less battery drain. Customers are developers who need location in their apps without battery drain. The company estimates that there are more than 500,000 of them.
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    PaySail, Ghana

    PaySail is a mobile payroll app that offers fast online setup, free online support and payroll reminders; automatic calculation of payroll taxes; and easily managed employee records. Users simply pick a date and schedule payroll to be run on this day monthly. They also can manage deductions and taxable benefits though the employee self-service portal.
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    Templafy, Copenhagen

    Templafy is the world's first platform- and device-independent template management system. It's fast to onboard, easy to use and simple to manage. Templafy simplifies the process of managing and sharing business templates in organizations by making it easy for employees to create on-brand, legally compliant and personalized business documents—regardless of location, office platform and device.
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    Guest Speaker From the Beltway

    Thomas DeBass, deputy special representative for global partnerships at the U.S. State Department, addressed attendees Nov. 20 at the event, held at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center. Event host and emcee Neil Silverman is at right.
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    What the Top Award Looks Like

    The DEMO God award is the one everybody shoots for, signifying Best in Show. Ghostery goes down in the books as the winner in fall 2014.
 

IDG's DEMO conference, which has launched a long list of innovative technology companies and products, concluded its DEMO Fall 2014 conference Nov. 20 by again showcasing innovations—this time in the areas of finance, touch, enterprise, wearables and hardware technology. A number of smart- and big-data solutions were also shown. Panels of venture capitalists and entrepreneur judges took to the stage to offer advice and share their own lessons learned. Speakers included a keynote by entrepreneur and venture capitalist Peter Thiel, who focused on how to build the future. Other key sessions included a deep dive into "What Comes After Mobile" with Benedict Evans, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, and a talk by U.S. State Department staff member Thomas DeBass. Now in its 24th year, DEMO stages conferences in the United States, China, Brazil, Russia and Vietnam that focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations. Well-known companies such as Evernote, Salesforce and VMware all launched at the conference in previous years. This eWEEK slide show includes some of the most interesting companies and technologies at the event.

 
 
 
 
 
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz
 
 
 
 
 
 

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