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IDEA Showcase @ITEXPO Illuminates with Innovation

February 02, 2016

ITEXPO played host to the cutting edge in business transformation technology, and while many in tech see the big getting bigger it is startups that serve as incubators for innovation. In that light, the IDEA Showcase @ITEXPO was welcomed into the show program to celebrate innovation, disruption, evolution and acceleration. This year’s flock of seven startups wowed attendees and judges alike, leaving no room for disappointment.

The format allowed each presenter a five minute overview of their company/solution followed by five minutes of questions from the panel of judges (Evan Kirstel, Rob Randall and Franc Nemanic). The first contestant in the showcase was VoiceBase.

Co-Founder and Chief Revenue Officer at VoiceBase, Jay Blazensky provided a thorough presentation. With each client, VoiceBase asks “What’s in your calls?” The firm offers APIs for speech recognition and speech analytics to “power insights every business needs.”  Predictive insights start with data, and the team at VoiceBase tags data and leverages it as an approach for machine learning. Its Big Voice Intelligence is able to process lectures, calls and conferences, and turn them into actionable insights. The SaaS solution is 100 percent cloud based, hosted on AWS and is poised to impress.

Many believe 2016 will be the year for WebRTC, and Founder and CEO Moshe Maeir sees an opportunity to disrupt the world of PBX by, “Bringing the Internet experience to telecom.” The system is set up in a matter of minutes, easily managed and mobile. Maeir’s solution is managed through an extremely user-friendly Web portal, and provides a mashup-like experience. When a call is received, the system provides social media and other available public data on the caller in order to provide greater background and context. The service is built on a true “on-demand” model allowing firms to quickly add and make adjustments to its current deployment.

Television viewing today has come a long way in recent years. Whether it’s 4K, OLED or curved, there is a movement toward constant innovation in the viewing experience. Enter DreamScreen, the smart LED backlighting for any TV with an HDMI port. The system is easily attached to the back of your television, and is controlled via Bluetooth. It can bounce to the music your listening to, provide creative home lighting and turn your HDMI TV into your personal home theater. The husband and wife duo of Rakesh and Kate Reddy are providing this solution at an extremely competitive price, and the intellectual property is secure as it is patent pending.

Rovy provides speech recognition via an artificial intelligence mobile platform. It can be a challenge to book travel reservations on one’s mobile, and Rovy offers a fast, high-quality search and sort experience for users—see how it works HERE. As Rovy moves forward, its plans are to further integrate its API with enterprise apps in the areas of travel and retail.

In the enterprise, video conferencing has been met with roaring success, and in recent years medicine has grown in its adoption of collaboration technology. Carenection has set out to become the “Uber of telemedicine,” offering a hospital grade solution, united telehealth platform, nationwide telehealth network, hospital network optimization and more. The HIPPA compliant network allows for any-to-any collaboration and the Carenection platform is in place in 500 hospitals, 200 healthcare systems and 3,000 endpoints.

In 2014, Ceeable CEO Chris Adams set out to develop a mobile digital platform to detect retinal diseases and aid in the prevention of blindness. Today, Ceeable’s solution is a result of Cal Tech patented technology, cloud-based, tablet-based and costs a fraction of what hospital machines cost while providing the same results. The system prompts a patient to trace areas of the tablet screen, and provides 3D topographical results. As adoption grows more patients means more data, and diagnosis will become even more accurate than today—oh, and by the way, did I mention the Ceeable system is only 200$, versus the $35,000 machines in place? Also, the system is launching shortly in Mexico as well as Central and South America.

mSmart Consulting LLC displayed its mobile GSM tower. After a 20 minute deployment process, the tower provides a range of 150ft up to two and a half miles of network with 100 percent saturation of devices. Perfect for events, oil rigs, cruises, security, maritime and more; the private network leverages unlicensed spectrum for connectivity.  

The smartphone, something every business person never leaves home without. It is an indispensible tool in today’s enterprise, and ScreenMeet is adding a new dimension. ScreenMeet provides frictionless content sharing, as it is the first mobile first screen sharing solution. The solution launched on January 18 of this year, and is currently available for download. In its brief time live, ScreenMeet is responsible for powering over 10,000 meetings and has been downloaded more than 5,000 times. How does it work? The presenter downloads the app, sends the link to attendees, and off you go—The IDEA showcase audience members took part in a successful live demonstration. ScreenMeet offers the freedom of never having to bring a laptop to a meeting again; perfect for SMBs for sales, training and support as well as the consumer space for “reality” TV, “family tech support” and private photo sharing.

In the end, VoiceBase earned the honor of inaugural IDEA showcase winner with Ceeable coming in second place. Overall, it was an exciting introduction to this display of industry innovation.

Stay tuned to see what’s on display at upcoming events. Next up is “All About the API” (call for papers can be found HERE) and ITEXPO will be back in Florida February 7-9, 2017. Check back early and often to stay in the know.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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