Kochi: A cloud-technology based social decision-making platform, a device to convert normal TV set into smart TV and a 'gesture-based' touchless interface for Windows have emerged winners of the regional round of the prestigious Microsoft BizSpark Challenge 2013.
What is common to all three is that they are innovations by young entrepreneurs being nurtured by India’s first telecom technology incubator, Startup Village.
The winner of the competition DecideQuick has produced a novel tool to help people make smart, well-informed decisions.
According to its developers it is the first-ever platform to use social data analytics and co-own private social data to help people choose products and services, said a press release by Startup Village.
The programme gives recommendations to the user, based on real-time analysis of the opinions of friends, influencers and the public on social networks, saving them the hassle of trawling through tonnes of data online.
QEdge, the first runner up, is the only campus startup to make its way into the regional rounds of the BizSpark Challenge. Its three co-founders Nithin George, Jibin Jose and Jacob Mani are still in college and are currently incubating their firm at Startup Village.
Their flagship product is the QPlay hardware device which is capable of turning a normal television set into a smart TV. By allowing home users to stream media files in any format from any mobile and PC wirelessly, QPlay can potentially redefine media viewing experience.
RHLvision Interactive LLP, the second runner up is again a nascent establishment at Startup Village that has developed a touchless interface for Windows smartphones that enable users to change songs or play games using gesture control.
First Published: Monday, June 3, 2013, 17:44