Day 1 of the first ever Founders Forum to be held in Asia kicked off today in Singapore, but to a relatively soft bang at Raffles Hotel’s Jubilee Hall. Over 200 founders, investors and VIPs from technology giants across Asia, Europe and the US are gathered in Singapore for the four day event that started on the evening of 20 th April.
Amongst the list of successful founders and other start-ups, four really stood out. Ever heard of international start-ups like Easy Ring, Smappee, Third Space Learning or how about Booktrack? Well if you haven’t it is not too late. Here are just some reasons to why you should get to know them.
Ever had the problem of trying to finding your key card before tapping into class or into office? Well, with Easy Ring that might just be a thing of the past. What first started out just as a project to solve the daily pain of finding one’s key card, has led its founders Edward Tiong and Olivia Seow from Singapore University of Technology and Design to be on the fast track of a successful start-up.
Easy Ring works exactly like a key card, except that it is on your finger. This makes it more convenient to access classrooms, laboratories and even offices as compared to a key card. With this same technology, Edward and Olivia are looking at introducing the Easy Ring to the masses as an alternative means of public transport fare payment.
Smappee is a Belgium based start-up that seeks to monitor your home energy usage via an app in real time. This it is not like your run-off-the-mill energy monitor, it is one that is also able to let you control your devices at the touch of your fingertips. In short, Samppee integrates into your home as a Smarthome device and since it is able to monitor your energy usage in real time, it doubles up as a security device. Imagine when you are out on an overseas trip you are now able to check if lights or electrical appliances that shouldn’t be turned on are. Pretty awesome huh?
Third Space Learning
We all know tuition is a pain, but what is even more painful is when you are unable to find a dedicated qualified tutor to help your child with her homework. So here’s where London-based Third Space Learning steps in. Third Space Learning trains graduate teachers, provides and one-to-one teaching over the Internet and tracks performances. This saves travel time, space and more importantly makes it easier for the tutee to be able to gain access to proper tuition.
Many of us listen to music when reading our favourite novel, but ever heard of a novel that has its own dedicated playlist? That is what the New Zealand based start-up Booktrack is all about. With already 10,000 books in its library, it wants to create an entirely immersive experience of having a selected list of music play while you read your favourite novel. Imagine reading the Hobbit and have accompaniment music playing in the background during fight scenes, now that’s what we would call awesome!
Booktrack can also detect how fast or slow you are reading and will adjust the music playing accordingly. Currently, a partnership between Amazon and Booktrack is in the works to have more eBooks sold with Booktracks. The most brilliant part of it all is that it would only cost an additional couple of dollars!
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / April 22, 2015 7:30PM GMT+8
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