After two days and 81 companies, it’s time to find out which startups had the most gumption, the best product, the best business model. Though we love everyone at the DEMO conference equally, it’s still a competition, so here are the DEMO Gods!
DEMO God Awards
TourWrist – PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Virtual panorama photography app TourWrist gave the DEMO audience a sneak peek of two new features due out in May. First are PanoSpots, which link multiple panoramas together Google Street View-style, and give them more depth by linking to photos, videos, brands, audio, websites, and Facebook profiles. The real fun demonstration was of the trippy planar acceleration controls, which will allow you to physically step forward or back while holding up an iOS device to move between panoramas, go through doors, and check out other linked panoramas or information. As the People’s Choice winner, TourWrist receives a $1 million marketing package from IDG.
Zboard is saving the Razor and Segway genre from insignificance. The San Francisco-inspired board has a stronger motor to handle the big hills, and a Giants orange-and-black design. The Santa Monica special edition (pictured above) has increased range and a surfer aesthetic. Coolest of all, the Stereo Special board has Bluetooth-enabled speakers so you can play tunes directly from your smartphone or music player.
Voxeet is a startup attempting to bring radical transformation to the infuriating space of conference calling. The company focuses first on crystal-clear conversations, where you always understand perfectly who is talking and what’s being said. It accomplishes this through an app — for Windows PCs and Android phones, for now, but later for iOS devices and Mac PCs. The app provides greater clarity through sophisticated audio processing and also lets you manage your call and the people in it through an attractive visual interface.
The Showoff Home Stager hopes to give contractors, interior designers, landscapers, and more an opportunity to digitally reach customers, despite being a very off-line industry. It does this by allowing customers to request quotes from contractors in the Showoff Home Stager community while playing with the visualizer. Those contractors know these requests are valuable because the homeowners, in theory, are showing an intention to buy while digitally renovating their homes.
With Jumala, you can create 3D games using an interface that requires no technical skills. The more you create, the more you can unlock the ability to create more complex and interesting games. You can collaborate with friends and earn in-game currency that you can spend on virtual items to use in your games. The Jumala Marketplace has thousands of game content items.
Alpha Pitch Winner
Terms of service agreements suck. They’re long, no one reads them, but they’re still pivotal to understanding your privacy. Tosigram instead provides outlines of terms of service agreements and creates a simpler way to view how your privacy is going to be protected.