The regional finals of the Latin American leg of IBM SmartCamp kick off today. Six companies will compete for two spots in the global finals of the contest, which will take place in New York in February 2013.
IBM SmartCamp is a global program to build a smarter planet. It brings together entrepreneurs, mentors and investors to work together to improve the world and make a positive impact through technology. This year, the organization has held over 20 events in cities around the world, including Beijing, Cape Town, Boston, Munich, Tel Aviv and Sydney.
Today’s two-day IBM SmartCamp in São Paulo will mark the organization’s last event this year. The startups slated to compete are:
Tracksale, a post-sale tool to help companies monitor customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Nuve, a creator of technologies that help businesses reduce and control operating costs, thus maximizing revenue.
MoDe, a mobile micro credit firm focused on emerging markets. Based in Kenya, it is the only Non-Latin-American startup in the regional competition.
Junar, a provider of open data and data monetization platforms.
Hygeia, a solution for the healthcare industry that manages health-related risks by gathering real-time data on patients.
GetWay, a big data company that monitors sales data from retailers in virtually any industry.
Though IBM SmartCamp Latin America kicks off today, it will only be open to the public tomorrow, when the startups will present and the winners will be announced. To learn more about the event and to vote for the startup that will win the IBM SmartCamp People’s Choice Award, visit www.ibmsmartcamp.com.