IDCEE 2014 held in Kyiv in October and it was the 5th anniversary event. 2,000 local and foreign startup entrepreneurs, venture investors, representative of small and large high-tech and financial companies, industry experts and other IT people gathered in the gigantic venue. DDI Development team get a lot of positive emotions, new friends and business partners. Also, we met talented teams and their projects at the startup alley. It was the largest alley in Eastern Europe which collected 150 projects.
As many as 19 startups took home prizes that range from mentorships to up to $19,000 in cash winnings.
Kwambio, an online platform, took top honors and a $19,000 prize as the event’s best startup. It provides 3D printer owners easy ways to buy and customize designer printable models.
Second place and $12,700 in the main competition went to Ecois.me. The startup analyzes household energy consumption and then singles each device out by providing usage statistics and advice. The project's creators claim their service can help save up to 30 percent on electricity bills.
Chosen third in the startup competition to receive $6,350 was Looksery, which developed a technology to modify people's faces in real-time when they make video calls. In addition to a mobile video chatting app, the company is looking to strike business-to-business licensing deals to provide solutions for customer service representatives.
Another startup that received about the same amount of money as Looksery is DonorUA. It’s developing an online platform that allows people to find blood donors faster. It’s also compiling a database of blood donations centers all over Ukraine.
The three runners-up at the hackathon were Volunteer Social Network, City Underground Communications Map, and Splace. The names of the former two explain their ideas in full, and the latter is a mobile app that helps to crowdfund minor infrastructure improvements like benches, trash bins, and bicycle parking spots.
The Best Ukrainian Startup award complete with six months of mentoring and media support from Apex Ventures went to Zen Assets, a web application for investment portfolio management. Price and assortment comparison tool Competera was named the Best Business-to-business Startup and received 1 million ad impressions on the online marketplace All.biz.
Microsoft Ukraine awarded IDCEE the Best Cloud Startup prize, which came with a BizSpark Plus program subscription, effectively receiving $60,000 to use on Microsoft Azure cloud platform over the following year. The winner in this nomination was FlyElephant, a cloud marketplace for data aggregation and high-performance computing.
In addition to FlyElephant, Microsoft Ukraine chose two startups that will work in its offices for a month and receive practical recommendations, mentoring and technical consultations from company experts. The chosen teams were cloud e-payment platform Kaznachey and hotel booking service GoodHotels.
The winner of the two-minute pitch contest, Startup Toaster, was VOX, one of the most popular audio players for the OS X, which recently launched a private music cloud service. VOX received a full discount on finding one developer from Ukrainian recruitment service djinni.co. (Source: http://www.kyivpost.com)
Now we are glad to announce that our team have plans to visit Outsource People 2014, that will take place in Kyiv, November 28-29th. This is the international conference on business outsourcing software development.
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