IBM has announced the results for the IBM SmartCamp for Smart City 2016 challenge. The finale was held on November 18, 2016 in Delhi.
The initiative was organised with an aim to provide a platform to B2B and B2C tech startupsworking in the areas of energy, utility, transportation, sanitation, agritech, water conservation, citizen management, safety, and surveillance.
The winners were chosen after multiple levels of screenings and panel rounds by the jury members, based on parameters like innovative solution, features and demos, ability to scale, team behind the product, and the market size they are addressing with their solution.
Seema Kumar, Country Manager, Ecosystem Development, IBM India and SA said,“At IBM, we believe in empowering the next generation of startups who are solving complex problems in the country. Our vision is to work with the startup ecosystem to co-create and co-innovate technologies which can be scaled globally by taking advantage of cognitive and cloud-based technologies.”
The selected startups will get a chance to pitch their idea to enterprise VCs, IBM executives and others, and will also receive feedback for the same. They will also get to pitch their idea to enterprise CEOs in the healthcare space and an audience of 200+ people. Also, the winners of IBM Smartcamp will be given access to IBM Cloud credits and a chance to leverage IBM technologies around cognitive, cloud, analytics, mobility, IoT and infrastructure as a service.
Top Three Winners Of The Event
Zippr Pvt. Ltd: Zippr was announced as the winner of the IBM Smartcamp for Smart City 2016 challenge. It creates 8-digit alphanumeric codes as an alternative to traditional addresses and a precise location overlaid over a digital map. The company raised $1 Mn in its first round of funding led by the Indian Angel Network in October 2014. After the completion of a pilot project, the Telangana Government’s GHMC, also earmarked $750K in their budget of 2015-16 to integrate various public utilities via Zippr for the city of Hyderabad.