XTC Finals – Necker Island, British Virgin Islands – Fresh off an excitement-packed weekend at the world’s largest Consumer Electronic Show (CES 2016), the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) Top 3 Finalists are slated for the final round of the challenge at Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island on February 10, 2016. Having conquered a rigorous, months-long competition, the finalists were carefully selected by a panel of industry titans during the XTC semifinals held at CES 2016 last Friday, January 8.
Just ahead of Necker Island Finals, XTC has released the Semi-Finals Las Vegas 2016 Recap Video or view above, which highlights top moments from CES 2016, includes interviews with the panel of judges who selected the finalists, and showcases a very special message from principal judge Sir Richard Branson himself.
Narrowed down from a pool of 10 Semi-Finalists, the Top 3 Finalists are among the leading enterprises in their industries, and are shaping the future of consumer technology with both cutting-edge ingenuity and creative flair. The finalist are Bloom Technologies (San Francisco, CA), Giroptic (Lille, France), and Sphero (Boulder, CO).
Over the course of the challenge, the fruits of XTC Finalists’ labors have garnered widespread acclaim, with many of the judges remarking on the lasting impact XTC has made:
“Doom and gloom not! The future is alive and well –and on display at the Extreme Tech Challenge.” –
Rich Karlgaard, Forbes Publisher
“…The Extreme Tech Challenge was a major winner. Branson: Welcome to the venture business!” – Tim Draper, Founding Partner, Draper Associates and DFJ
“At the XTC we are not just selecting top innovators but actually building an ecosystem of collaboration, mentorship, exchange and give back.” – Veronica Allende Serra, Founder Pacific Investments and Innova Capital Fund
“The three semi-finalists are in such diverse market spaces, but collectively represent amazing innovations that are at the forefront of each of their spaces…but also passionate leaders whose aim are to change the world” – Curtis Sasaki, VP of Ecosystems and iOT General Manager at Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center
“What an amazing group of companies at the Extreme Tech Challenge. It was a real challenge to narrow them down to just three finalists. We’ll let Sir Richard take it from here – it will be an incredibly tough call to select the most deserving!” – David Cohen, Managing Partner, TechStars
Finalist Bloom Technologies aims to simplify the journey into parenthood by bringing the latest in prenatal technology straight to the mother’s fingertips. By crowdsourcing the largest and most comprehensive dataset on prenatal health, Bloom Technologies has created a way to better predict and manage preterm birth.
Paving the way to a new 360° era, where photos and videos won’t be limited to a single frame, Giroptic. After six years of R&D and four generations of products, Giroptic has developed and patented a unique real-time image fusion process from multiple sensors: the 360 Virtual Sensor Technology, instantly producing fully immersive photos and videos.
Most recently known as the company behind Star Wars’ beloved droid BB8, Sphero is considered a trailblazer in the science of robotics by making robotic technology more functional and accessible for consumers. Taking the qualities both adults and children enjoy best from their smart devices and fusing it into their robots, Sphero has created a technology that vastly changes the way people learn, play, and explore.
At stake for the finalists is a top prize of guidance from world leaders in technology, capital for their endeavors and widespread exposure as the tech-world watches to see who will be crowned winner of XTC 2016.
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