The big DEMO Spring 2012 conference, known for launching enterprise, mobile, cloud computing, and disruptive technologies, featured 73 demonstrators and 11 Alpha Pitch companies. Produced by IDG Enterprise and VentureBeat, the DEMO conferences in the United States, China, Brazil and Singapore focus on emerging technologies and new product innovations.
- Arqball is a combination iOS app and small rotating stage that combine to make interactive 3D images of individual objects.
- iGenApps was able to create its own custom app for the DEMO conference that provided one-touch access to the agenda and relevant social media information – in their 6 minute demo time.
- Fribi allows Craigslist users to “follow” each other to see when new items are up for grabs.
- Dabble lets users collect and share ‘experiences’ and attach them to places by pinning virtual ‘postcards’ on a map.
- RawPorter aims to turn anyone with a smartphone into a reporter. From the website, anyone (including media companies) can request a photo or a video, thus giving “an assignment.”
- PositiveTalkx analyzes your Facebook and Twitter feeds and rates how “positive” you and your friends are
- Ecobe from South Korea is a social search engine that focuses on its plan to share 40 percent of the gross profit with content providers. The idea is to create an alternative to Google.
- Ticlr is a site for sending gifts to people. You can send someone a gift directly or a “conditional gift,” such as an invitation to a meal if he or she will meet you.
- Smurks that lets you animate a face to express your feelings
- It’s My Play is a social network for the sports world, aimed at athletes, coaches, and scouts. It shows profiles and videos of athletes and lets coaches or scouts track particular players
- Liveall allows friends to collect group memories in a more private environment.
- Tradesparq helps companies find qualified trade partners and suppliers.
- NetworkClean scans your Facebook pages, looking for inappropriate images and comments.
- Hashtip is designed to collect tips on movies, books, restaurants and similar things from your friends. You can post on Facebook using a special tag (#tip) or on the Hashtip site.
- Jumala from Blade Games World is a game-creation destination.
- SchedIt is a social events calendar designed to be integrated into existing websites.
- Tablen from Vietnam organizes your conversations into “tables,” where you can invite friends or “table mates” into these discussions.
- JockTalk is a social publishing platform where athletes can better reach their fans.
- Crowdfanatic lets users create and join “arenas” where fans of different things can face off against each other within the Facebook environment.
- Zigmail separates, summarizes, and organizes your personal e-mails.
- Verifeyed has a way of certifying the originality—the absence of modification—of digital photographs.
Cloud applications, especially those aimed at businesses, highlighted yesterday’s afternoon sessions, says PC Magazine.
- Fusion-io showed a software development kit (SDK) designed to move applications to NAND flash memory.
- Citrusleaf showed a real-time noSQL database using the Fusion-io SDK aimed at advertising companies that work with billion-object databases.
- Hazelcast has an in-memory database that can manage hundreds of servers as a single “big data” solution
- Koemei offers automatic transcription of audio and video on a large scale.
- NotesCloud is a way of sharing the topics that interest you most.
- rollApp showed OpenOffice for iPad and Dropbox.
- Tabillo is a Web-based application designed to track applications for approval and roll out within an organization.
- PieOS is an HTML5-based Web portal that looks like a smartphone interface with multiple pages from Korean firm Bluega. It supports multiple backgrounds and widgets, and then runs on multiple devices including PCs, iPhones, Android phones, and iPads.
- Archability has a platform to connect projects with architects and contractors.
- Looqiloo combines e-commerce and video sharing.
- Docsync allows documents to be synced to mobile devices, letting you bring documents from your computer, e-mail attachments, Google Docs, Dropbox, and others.
- Finovera collects all of your household bills in one interface, including such things as bill statuses, how much you owe, and when they are due.
- Cinsay offers a “smart container” to make it easier to combine video and e-commerce.
- ShowOff Home Stager from Visapp is a visualization tool that lets consumers see what various products would look like in their homes or potential homes.
- Hoiio, which won the People’s Choice award at Demo Asia for its APIs aimed at creating phone applications, showed a new product called Hoiio Live. This mobile app lets you see other users nearby and exchange business cards with them.
- Knoema is a “knowledge platform” that wants to be YouTube for data.
- Project Footage lets you add videos to a project, meaning you can have videos and photos on either a private or public “project page.”
- Collatebox offers a way to collect, share, and act on data—specifically the kinds of data you would put in a spreadsheet.
- Ring Central introduced a cloud-based phone system with touch capability that lets you use your business’ phone system with your mobile device.
DEMOgod Award Winners are companies that exhibit exceptional potential to thrive in the market while inspiring and stimulating the DEMO audience. The following companies that were honored with DEMOgod Awards during DEMO Spring 2012:
- TourWrist from TourWrist
- Jumala from Blade Games World
- ShowOff Home Stager from VisApp
- Tosigram from Tosigram (Alpha Pitch)
- Voxeet from Voxeet
- ZBoard from Intuitive Motion
Speaker highlights from Day Two included top executives from SugarCRM, Greylock Partners, Color Labs, SoftTech VC, Intel Capital and American Express, who discussed innovations in the social and media market; and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Cisco Systems, Menlo Ventures and Nextdoor.com who offered insights into the constantly changing consumer technology market.
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