The Augmented World Expo is the largest event of its kind in the world for gesture devices, wearable computing and the Internet of Things. Now in its fifth year the expo is going to be held on May 27th at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Today the organizers of AWE 2014 announced five finalists that will go head to head for the Auggie Award for Best Startup.
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The idea behind this award is to recognize the most exciting and innovative startup working in the field of wearable technology, augmented reality or Internet of Things. The five finalists include:
- Jean-Michel Fournier, CEO of Bitgym, which transforms cardio-exercise into an exciting and addictive experience.
- Dima Kislovskiy, CEO of Augary, which delivers in-car software solutions that plug directly into smartphone apps and in-vehicle systems.
- Anush Elangovan from Nod Labs
- Ryan Rogowski, CEO of Waygo, delivering instant translation of Chinese and Japanese by simply pointing the phone camera at the text without requiring an internet connection.
- George Bolanos, CEO of InsideMaps, the world’s first mobile app that lets anyone create a 3D model and floor plan of their home.
The five finalists will get five minutes each to pitch their company and product to a judging panel that consists of VCs and entrepreneurs. The judges panel will consist of David Wood and Chris McGugan for now. The panel, moderated by Ubergizmo co-founder Eliane Fiolet, asks questions, comments and then selects a winner based on the likelihood for success. Winner receives their Auggie Award during the wrap up ceremony on May 29th.
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