Метка «innovations»

NASA в поиске инновационных идей
5 Июня NASA опубликовала результаты первого этапа программы NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) за фискальный год 2014.

Цель NIAC – сбор революционных идей, которые позволят совершить большие скачки в развитии аэрокосмической отрасли.

В результате конкурса были выбраны 12 концептов в том числе 3 работы от Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA).

О победителях первого этапа читайте ниже, а сейчас немного о NIAC.
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Сегодня, на выставке CES 2014 Intel представил двухядерный компьютер размером с SD-карту со встроенным WiFi и Bluetooth на представленной ранее Quark SoC. Кроме того, компьютер работает на ОС Linux и может конектиться к специальному app store.
Предполагается, что компьютер будет использоваться для разработких новых носимых устройств, и Intel не был бы Intel если бы не создал поощрительное соревнование по разработке таких устройств — «Make it Wearable» с призовым фондом в $1,3млн и $500,000 за первое место был обьявлен сразу же на выставке.
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The Organizing Committee of the International Conference “Investor Day Central and Eastern Europe 2012: Internet Technologies and Innovations” has launched multimedia learning center for potential participants of the Startup competition. Startups can find it in “Startups” section of the official website of the conference (http://idcee.org/startups/materials.htm). Now every IT entrepreneur has an opportunity to find a lot of useful information, e.g. how to pitch, how to prepare slides of project presentation, step-by-step guide of submission process of the startup and much more. It will help startups to present their projects to the investors at IDCEE 2012. The information in Learning Center is regularly updated. “Taking into consideration the results of the past IDCEE conferences, we’ve noticed that a lot of startup teams were not able to properly present their projects, were not able to “sell” the project to investor. That happens because of lack of experience and knowledge in this field. That is why we decided to create a Learning Center, says IDCEE Organizer, Director of TA Venture Fund Viktoriya Tigipko. This is one of the most important elements in success of startup. For instance, our last year conference winners demonstrated great presentation skills, which helped them to be among the leaders.”
By the way, thanks to IDCEE the bronze winner of the Startup alley at IDCEE 2011 virtual voice assistant startup Speaktoit recently raised a round of investment from Intel (Intel Capital), one the VC, who participated in the Conference, while the semifinalist Piano Media got €2 million investment from 3TS, one of the leading private equity VC in Central and Eastern Europe.
The fact that IDCEE is a unique platform for developing of VC industry in the region and chance for many startups to succeed with a great idea was proved again by Investment director of Intel Capital fund, who invested in one of the winners of the startup competition at IDCEE 2011.
“This is my second year attending this event and I found that the quality of startups, speakers, content and attendees improved exponentially. This reflects not only great job that organizers did but it’s also a reflection of the significant improvements that are happening in this region in all areas of venture capital.”
Igor Taber, Investment Director at Intel Capital CIS

Recall that IDCEE 2011 brought together more than 2000 participants from 35 countries of the world, 30 sessions, more than 50 speakers, 150 start-ups from 16 countries, 200 investors from all-over the world, 20 global leading venture funds with total $20 billion under management. These are the numbers of IDCEE 2011, the conference, which was among the TOP-5 internet conferences in Europe.
Young entrepreneurs and developers were able to present their projects to such well-known VCs as ABRT, b-to-v, Catagonia Capital, EDventure, eVenture Capital Partners, Fast Lane Ventures, Intel Capital, Mangrove Capital Partners, Russia Partners, Russian Venture Company, Seedcamp, TA Venture etc.
Feel the atmosphere of IDCEE by following the link www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqZkMErHJA8
IDCEE 2011 program comprised presentations by such prominent speakers and visionaries as Esther Dyson (angel investor, philanthropist, famous for investment in Flickr, del.icio.us, XCOR Aerospace), Oskar Hartmann (CEO of KupiVip), Florian Schweitzer (Partner of b-to-v Partners AG), David Waroquier (Partner of Mangrove Capital Partners), Alexander Galitsky (co-founder and managing partner of Almaz Capital Partners), Serguei Beloussov, (Senior Founding Partner of Runa Capital), AlexBaker (BlackBerry Partners Fund™), Edward Shenderovich (founding partner of Kite Ventures), Stefan Glaenzer (famous for his investment in Last.fm, co-founder of White BearYard), together with successful entrepreneurs Constantin Bisanz (founder of brands4friends sold to eBay for $150 million), Andrej Nabergoj (ex Outfit7) and many others.
Winners of IDCEE 2011:
• First place and € 6,000: Mixgar — helps café’s and bar’s visitors influence music using a mobile app. The bars pay Mixgar for the service, or let sponsors support them.
• Second place and € 3,000: Quote Roller – offers a cloud-based proposal development and presentation tool for SMEs. Luring clients with a sleek online proposal templates, the company offers other services such as invoicing and document management.
• Third place and € 1,000: Speaktoit – Siri (personal assistant) for Android developed by a Russian team. The company has 230 000 users, with number of downloads exploded with the announcement of Siri. As the company knows what application its clients are using, it gets paid for contextual ads.

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