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Welcome to the Eureka Park Challenge Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® , in a partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Startup America Partnership and NY Tech Meetup, the Eureka Park Challenge recognizes the entrepreneurs and start-ups with the most innovative and unique products, services or apps. Entries for the Eureka Park Challenge were evaluated by 12 judges. The ﬁnalists were selected based on the level of innovation and uniqueness, potential to make a profound impact on the market, feasible design, user-friendliness and functionality and viable business model. Over the course of two days during the CEA Line Shows, judges will interview the ﬁnalists and view product demos. On closing day at 12:45 p.m., each ﬁnalist will have the opportunity to make a ﬁnal pitch on stage before a live audience. Our panel of esteemed judges and CEA Line Shows attendees will vote for a grand prize, second place and fan favorite winner. So what’s up for grabs? U First place , as chosen by our judges and audience, will receive a 10x10 booth in the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2013 International CES, up to $2,000 in booth space expenses, travel expenses covered up to $3,000, and $5,000 cash. U Second place , as chosen by our judges and audience, will receive a 10x10 booth in the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2013 International CES and $1,000. U Fan favorite , as chosen by our audience, receives bragging rights. Watch the Eureka Park Challenge judging LIVE 2nd ﬂoor, Metropolitan Pavilion Thursday, June 28 | 12:45-2 p.m. HELP SELECT THE EUREKA PARK CHALLENGE WINNERS! Text EPC2-10 to 37048 to vote from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m.-noon on Thursday. Message and data rates may apply.
Welcome To The Eureka Park Challenge
Produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, in a partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), Startup America Partnership and NY Tech Meetup, the Eureka Park Challenge recognizes the entrepreneurs and start-ups with the most innovative and unique products, services or apps.
Entries for the Eureka Park Challenge were evaluated by 12 judges. The finalists were selected based on the level of innovation and uniqueness, potential to make a profound impact on the market, feasible design, user-friendliness and functionality and viable business model.
Over the course of two days during the CEA Line Shows, judges will interview the finalists and view product demos. On closing day at 12:45 p.m., each finalist will have the opportunity to make a final pitch on stage before a live audience. Our panel of esteemed judges and CEA Line Shows attendees will vote for a grand prize, second place and fan favorite winner.
So what’s up for grabs?
. First place, as chosen by our judges and audience, will receive a 10x10 booth in the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2013 International CES, up to $2,000 in booth space expenses, travel expenses covered up to $3,000, and $5,000 cash.
. Second place, as chosen by our judges and audience, will receive a 10x10 booth in the Eureka Park TechZone at the 2013 International CES and $1,000.
. Fan favorite, as chosen by our audience, receives bragging rights.
EUREKA PARK CHALLENGE FINALISTS:
Product name: AtShelf
Company Contact: Michael Garel, CEO
Description: eyeQ provides retailers the ability to monitor consumer purchasing behavior, generate retail business intelligence and influence consumer purchasing at the shelf; increasing sales for the brick-and-mortar retailer.
Force Innovations, LLC
Product name: NuiWave
Company Contact: Anthony Davis, President
Description: For anyone who wants to enhance their level of comfort and convenience at home, Force Innovations’ NuiWave interfaces with existing home automation systems and empowers people to remotely interact with devices in their environment without the need for any handheld device. With NuiWave, devices can be controlled using speech, gestures or a combination of both. This also provides new options for people with disabilities such as loss of vision, motor control or mobility.
Product name: Popchilla
Company Contact: Seema Patel, CEO Interbots
Description: Popchilla is a robotic therapy platform that combines mobile apps, interactive robots, and a data tracking service to help children with autism practice social interactions and everyday skills. Engaging mobile apps allow children to practice important life skills through interactive play. The accompanying emotionally expressive robot interacts with the apps, transitioning skills from the virtual space into the physical world, and the online data service provides caregivers with assessment, progress tracking, and recommendations.
Product name: Novusport
Company Contact: Daniel Iturbe, CEO and Co-Founder
Description: A social media video game platform and online gateway for sports fans and athletes, Novusport has developed a proprietary patent-pending algorithm which measures customer data in a variety of sports and quantifies it with ten key elements to create fantasy sports-style statistics which allows the user to share their unique “Sports Graph” with family and friends, and to compete globally, with no boundaries. Adults, as well as children will have an opportunity to have all their sports statistics measured from an early age while enjoying the latest trend in social media.
Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc.
Product name: TEGwear™ Technology
Company Contact: Jerry Wiant, VP Marketing
Description: TEGwear technology, being developed by Perpetua Power Source Technologies, Inc., converts body heat into useful electrical energy to provide power for small body-worn electronic devices. Applications that can benefit from integrating this innovative thermoelectric technology into their product solutions include wireless medical monitoring, sports & fitness monitoring, location awareness, and other ultra low-power mobile electronic devices.
Product Name: Sonar
Company Contact: Katie Smith-Adair, VP of Voice
Description: Sonar is a mobile app that tells you when your friends and friends’ friends are nearby, revealing the hidden connections and small world moments you might have otherwise missed. By leveraging social and location data from networks like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and LinkedIn, Sonar gives you context about the people surrounding you, and helps introduce you to relevant people who share your interests, friends and professional contacts.
Tactus Technology, Inc.
Product name: Tactus Tactile Touchscreen
Company Contact: Nate Saal, VP Business Development
Description: Tactus Technology is the developer of a dynamic surface technology that enables real, physical buttons to rise up out of the surface of a touchscreen device. With this patented tactile surface, users can locate and push real buttons just as they would with builtin physical buttons. When no longer desired, the buttons recede back into the surface, becoming invisible and leaving a smooth, seamless and totally flat touchscreen.
U Grok It
Product Name: U Grok It
Company Contact: Carrie Requist, Co-Founder, CEO
Description: U Grok It is Smartphone RFID to manage your stuff. Bring the power of UHF RFID to your business using the iOS and Android devices you already have. Attach lightweight, cheap, battery-less tags (the same tags used in the supply chain) to your stuff. With the inexpensive and attractive U Grok It system, you can scan that stuff from 6 to 10 feet away. Reduce loss in the store and in the field. Quickly locate specific items. Pick pack and ship efficiently and accurately, Track and update history for individual objects. And developers can use the open U Grok It platform to add RFID to their mobile apps or to expand their existing RFID solutions to smartphones.
Product Name: Vook eBook Publishing Platform
Company Contact: Matthew Cavnar, VP Business Development
Description: Vook is an intuitive and easyto- use cloud-based eBook publishing platform. Vook sells your titles through the major eTailers and directly to consumers via its own HTML reader.
MEET THE EUREKA PARK CHALLENGE JUDGES
Founder and Managing Partner
New Atlantic Ventures
John Backus is a seasoned technology investor and entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience investing in and managing rapidly growing, high-technology companies. Prior to founding New Atlantic Ventures in 1998, he was a founding investor and the president and CEO of InteliData Technologies, a Fast 50 growth company in both 1997 and 1998. Backus led InteliData’s predecessor, US Order, through a successful $65 million IPO in 1995. He currently manages a $225 million venture portfolio at New Atlantic Ventures.
In addition, he serves on the board of directors of AppTap, Invincea, Koofers, Healthwearhouse.com, My Wines Direct, and Qliance. He is the past chairman of the Wolf Trap Foundation Board of Directors, the past chairman of the Northern Virginia Technology Council (NVTC) Board of Directors, the founding chairman and current board member of the NVTC TechPAC, and was appointed by former Virginia Gov. Mark Warner to co-chair the Virginia Research and Technology Advisory Commission, which he served on for four years.
Backus began his career at Bain & Co. And Bain Capital, where he was the first Bain & Co. Management consultant to take a full time operating role (as CFO) in a portfolio company. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Stanford University and an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.
Senior Vice President,
Exclusive Brands, Global Sourcing
Best Buy Co. Inc.
Rick Rommel is senior vice president and general manager of the Exclusive Brands Business for Best Buy Co. Inc., a multinational retailer of technology and entertainment products and services. Rommel serves a key role in driving this growth business, which serves Best Buy and external customers in 14 countries.
Rommel is known for his ability to incubate and grow business initiatives. Most recently, he led the New Business Customer Solutions Group, leveraging his internal and external partnerships to challenge current business model conventions and develop new long term growth opportunities. Before that he was vice president/general manager for Best Buy’s digital imaging business. In this position, he was responsible for the rapid growth of Best Buy’s digital camera business and introduced advanced photo services to the consumer.
Prior to Best Buy, Rommel was director of retail digital systems for Eastman Kodak. In this position, he oversaw Kodak’s global strategy for the company’s retail kiosk and photofinishing solution businesses. Previous to Kodak, he worked for North Communications as vice president of operations and senior vice president of sales and marketing, where he managed the design, development and operation of kiosk and internet solutions. No stranger to innovation and problem-solving, Rommel also worked as a rocket scientist for the Hughes Space and Communication Co. For 10 years, where he developed ground segment software in addition to developing satellite controls and satellite modeling.
A native of southern California, Rommel holds a bachelor’s degree in physics and a master’s degree in computer science from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. He lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their two children.
Founder and CEO
At 26, Jake Sigal quit his XM product management gig at Delphi and combined his two passions, engineering and music, to start Livio Radio from the guest bedroom of his metro-Detroit home. Today, the 30-year-old is an established entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Livio Radio, with more than 25 products on the market.
Sigal earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering from Ohio University and sits on the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA)® Board of Industry Leaders (BIL) and the Small Business Council (SBC). In his spare time, Sigal loves listening to house, electro and dubstep, and riding his fixed-gear bike.
Senior Reviews Editor
Dana Wollman is the senior reviews editor at Engadget, where she manages the reviews program and covers a mix of laptops and tablets. Before joining the site last year, she wrote about finance for the Associated Press and spent years reviewing gadgets for Laptop Magazine. A graduate of Wesleyan University and the Columbia Publishing Course, she started her journalism career in women’s magazines before making her way to nerdier publications. When she’s not testing laptops, she enjoys long-distance running, traveling and taking photos as she goes.