IEEE Entrepreneurship Seeks Its N3XT Star at the World's Largest Startup Festival

LAUNCH Festival - April 6 & 7 San Francisco, California
Launch Startup Festival staff and volunteers posing
14
Apr

IEEE Entrepreneurship Seeks Its N3XT® Star at Startup Festival

Photo: IEEE Entrepreneurship volunteers, staff and friends Allan Tear (Chair, IEEE Entrepreneurship), Dorin Panescu (Fellow, IEEE EMBS), Rakesh Kumar (Fellow, IEEE SSCS), Thomas Monaco (IEEE Staff) , Molly McCluskey (National Press Club), Gary Fogel (Fellow, IEEE CIS & Computer), and Randi Sumner (IEEE Staff) represented IEEE at the LAUNCH Festival 2017 Startup Event.

Last week, members of the IEEE Entrepreneurship Community attended LAUNCH Festival, billed as “the world’s largest startup event” in San Francisco, California.  In an effort to raise awareness regarding IEEE’s recent splash into the engineering driven startup space, a team of five IEEE volunteer judges assembled to select and award prizes to young companies whose focus aligns with IEEE’s mission: to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity.

The judging included four IEEE Fellows and spanned a wide breadth of technology expertise. The volunteers were there thanks to their work in support of the following IEEE Societies: Computational Intelligence, Engineering Medicine and Biology,  Electron Devices, Social Implications of Technology, and Solid State Circuits as well as IEEE Young Professionals and Cybersecurity.

Judges, all of whom are founders or investors themselves, listened to pitches and spoke with representatives from companies participating in six of the startup summits on the demo floor.  The areas of technology covered by the tech hopefuls included AI & Machine Learning, Health & Biotech, Smart Home, VR & AR, Hardware, and Robotics.

Winners from each summit were selected based on utility, innovation, and alignment with IEEE’s core principles.  Each company will receive a front page feature on entrepreneurship.ieee.org, media coverage IEEE.tv, and an invitation to IEEE’s flagship startup conference IEEE N3XT® at which attendees with a passion to translate their vision into reality participate in boot camps, educational tracks, networking events, and mentoring opportunities.

IEEE N3XT® Stars

Bounce Imaging – Throwable cameras/sensors for first responders and industrial applications.
Summit – VR & AR
Website – http://bounceimaging.com/

Droneseed – Drone forestry services for planting, protecting and monitoring trees.
Summit – Drones & Robotics
Website – https://droneseed.co/

Elemental Machines – A company dedicated to the accelerating the pace of scientific discovery by collecting data from the real world (ie the “physical OS”) to tackle the reproducibility problem.
Summit – Health & Biotech
Website – http://elementalmachines.io/

IAM RoboticsThe world’s first mobile, autonomous piece picking robot.
Summit – Drones & Robotics
Website – https://www.iamrobotics.com/

Krtkl – An edge-computing embedded platform for building and commercializing intelligent connected systems.
Summit – Hardware
Website – http://krtkl.com/

MCThings A powerful measurement and control platform for the Internet of Things.
Summit – Hardware
Website – https://www.mcthings.com/

ZorroaA software platform for AI-driven image analysis, search, and business intelligence in companies with massive repositories.
Summit – AI & Machine Learning
Website – http://www.zorroa.com/