DEMO winner Dynamics scores another win for reinventing the credit card

Score another win for Dynamics CEO Jeff Mullen, the entrepreneur whose team is rebooting that piece of plastic in your pocket. The Consumer Electronics Show has named his company’s programmable credit card, Card 2.0, the best innovation in the personal electronics category. He’ll receive the honor at the CES 2011 trade show, the industry’s highest-profile event, held in Las Vegas in January.

VentureBeat’s 5 favorite DEMO companies

The attendees of DEMO Fall 2010 have already chosen their favorite company from the 70 that launched products at the conference earlier this week. And the event team, led by VentureBeat editor-in-chief Matt Marshall, has handed out its DEMOgod awards.

Former Sun Labs chief believes in spreading cell phone service everywhere (video)

I remember interviewing Glenn Edens when he was the head of Sun Labs, the research arm of Sun Microsystems. He has since moved on to a very interesting startup, Range Networks, that appeared on stage at the DEMO Fall 2010 conference this week in Santa Clara, Calif. Edens says Range Networks wants to get cell phones in the hands of everybody in the world and hopes its technology can lead to service fees that are dramatically lower than what we see today. Today, cell phone service has been stuck at around $35 a month; Edens believes that can be lowered to $2 or $3 a month.

DEMO Fall wraps in Silicon Valley — set your course for Palm Desert for DEMO Spring!

Okay, I admit it: I let loose and danced a little last night. After a year of planning, globetrotting, meeting entrepreneurs, and looking for the best new technologies in the world, it was finally time to celebrate. DEMO, the conference for which I’m the executive producer, celebrated its 20th anniversary as the tech world’s ultimate launchpad for new products this week in a new home — Silicon Valley, the pulsing heart of the tech ecosystem.

70 companies in two days: a DEMO Fall 2010 photo gallery

More than 70 companies hit the big stage at DEMO Fall 2010, co-produced by IDG and VentureBeat. Pictured above are this year’s DEMOgods, with representatives from Veebeam, VoiceBase, Particle Code, Delphix, and Alpha company winner Ether 2. Dynamics (CEO Jeff Mullen pictured with check) won the $1 million People’s Choice DEMO prize. [Photo above by Stephen Brashear/New Media Synergy]. More photo highlights from the event follow below. And you can find the full set of official DEMO pictures here.

DEMO: Lisa Gansky talks about the Mesh — the coming web of social sharing (video)

Lisa Gansky is good at anticipating trends. She shared her latest insights with the crowd at DEMO Fall 2010 on Wednesday in a conversation with VentureBeat edit0r-in-chief Matt Marshall. She foresaw photo sharing’s growth as the chief executive of Ofoto, which raised more than $60 million in funding a decade ago and then was bought by Kodak. By the time she left Kodak in 2005, Kodak had more than 45 million photo-sharing users.

DEMO: Big advertisers beginning to take startups seriously

Even though he was brought on-stage to talk about trends in online advertising, Sean Finnegan said ads actually aren’t the main priority at Starcom MediaVest, the global agency where he’s chief digital officer.

DEMO: Dynamics wins $1M People’s Choice Award with next-gen credit card

Now that this year’s fall DEMO, the technology launchpad conference co-produced by VentureBeat and IDG, is winding down, we’ve chosen the strongest entries among the 70 companies who’ve demonstrated new products on stage. DEMO attendees (not demonstrators) selected their favorite company, and Dynamics won for its Card 2.0, a next-generation credit card technology. The win lands Dynamics with $1 million worth of free advertising from IDG magazines like Computerworld, PC World, InfoWorld, and CIO Magazine.

DEMO: LinkedIn CEO says status updates growing fast

LinkedIn isn’t just a place to store your online resume — that’s what Jeff Weiner, the professional networking site’s chief executive argued on stage today at the DEMO Fall 2010 conference co-produced by VentureBeat.

DEMO: WayConnected replaces your business card

WayConnected is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Vizerra creates a world in 3D

3DreamTeam  is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Trailmeme lets you take a walk on the Internet

Trailmeme is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Touchring lets you make phone calls from social networks

Touchring is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

Hackers and entrepreneurs feel the love at DEMO Fall 2010

Honestly, who do you have to fund to get people into a swimming pool around here? I’m at the DEMO Fall 2010 conference in Santa Clara, Calif., a venerable technology event which has moved to Silicon Valley for the first time. And boy, is it serious business.

DEMO: Andrew Mason reveals Groupon’s secrets (video)

VentureBeat executive editor Owen Thomas interviewed Groupon founder Andrew Mason on stage at the DEMO Fall 2010. Groupon is the group-buying phenomenon that recently raised $135 million from Digital Sky Technologies and is reportedly making tens of millions of dollars a month.

DEMO: The secret of Groupon’s success is … good writing?

Among startups, there’s a tendency to emphasize product technology, rather than fuzzier skills and qualities that don’t “scale”. But chief executive Andrew Mason said today that the success of his popular social buying site Groupon had less to do with brilliant tech and more with good writing, and with unfashionable technology like email.

DEMO: HomingCloud wants you to break up with your real-estate agent

HomingCloud is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Filter Foundry helps creative professionals share work online

Filter Platforms is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Dyyno makes capturing and streaming video easy, profitable

Dyyno is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Copia looking to make a social network for bookworms

Copia is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: FitLab makes online fitness more personal

Digital Lifestyle Solutions is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week. These companies do pay a fee to present, but our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: Health in Reach’s site cures a sick healthcare system

Health in Reach is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: GotoCamera brings Big Brother home

Pechora Technologies is one of 70 companies chosen by VentureBeat to launch at the DEMO Fall 2010 event taking place this week in Silicon Valley. After our selection, the companies pay a fee to present. Our coverage of them remains objective.

DEMO: VentureBeat’s Matt Marshall touts tech and farming trends (video)

Matt Marshall, editor-in-chief and founder of VentureBeat, kicked off the opening of the DEMO Fall 2010 conference today with a little too much information about his latest date and how she showed off her virtual farm to him. He was making the point that virtual farming didn’t exist a short time ago and now it’s the latest rage in social technology.

DEMO: Square’s Jack Dorsey on three lessons he learned from Twitter (video)

Twitter co-founder and chairman Jack Dorsey focused on his new mobile payments startup Square during a question-and-answer session this afternoon. But as he looked at how Square is navigating some of its initial challenges, he also looked backward, explaining three of the key lessons he learned from the early days of Twitter.