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The 4YFN Awards 2017 recognise the most innovative startups in the digital sphere

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The 4YFN Awards, the mobile
startups competition to be held at 4 Years From Now (4YFN) from February 27 to
March 1, has concluded the candidate registration process for this fourth
edition after the contest received entries from startups from more than 100
different cities in 45 countries.





As in previous years, the
4YFN Awards recognise the most innovative startups in 3 categories, in
accordance with the themes of the event: Disrupted by Mobile (27 February), the
Internet of Things (February 28) and Digital Media (March 1). The 24 finalists
– 8 in each of the categories – were selected by a panel composed of experts
from the fields of Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Finance. Among them is the
cofounder of F6s and Tech.eu, Jon Bradford, who will be the event’s MC.
At this edition of the
awards the Communications and Financial sectors will predominate, accounting
for the largest number of registered startups. Also worthy of note are
entrepreneurs in the area of Cooperation, and a boom in chatbots. Payment
systems featuring truly innovative ideas and influencer management solutions
are other issues with a pronounced presence at the contest.





The UK, USA, Germany and
Spain are the main countries represented, leading the competition’s ranking of
candidates. There have also been numerous Asian entries, as well as from other
European countries. Amongst the 24 finalists, the cities of London, Madrid,
Valencia, Berlin and New York have more than 2 representatives each in this
last phase of the contest.



4YFN Awards 2017: The
Finalists

The Disrupted by Mobile
category will kick off the 2017 4YFN Awards, with participation by 8 finalists,
who will present new tools for traditional industry in response to the advent
of mobile technologies in its business environments.

o  WeFarm, London: an
application for farmers in remote areas providing them with information to
improve management of their fields.
o       Reply.ai, New York: a
platform to automate and manage conversations with customers.
o    The Superbook by Sentio,
San Francisco
: a startup that transforms smartphones into laptops through the
Universal Laptop Dock for Android devices.
o    Wiidii, Bordeaux: the first
hybrid personal assistant combining artificial intelligence and human experts.
o     Openback – Smart
Notifications, Dublin
: an app that enhances the relationship with the user by
sending him (active) push notifications
o   Bitrefill, Stockholm: an
application that makes it possible to recharge prepaid mobile phones using
bitcoins, from anywhere in the world.
o   Wherehouse, Boston: a
startup that unlocks localised information for mobile network operators.
o   Splitfy by Confetti
Ventures SL, Valencia
: an online platform for the group management of payments.
The old “cash kitty” goes online in a secure environment.




During the second day the
competition will be centred on the Internet of Things, to feature the latest
trends related to the connectivity of objects and sensors:

o   eWATERpay, Newbury: an
application that combines mobile money, contactless payment and IoT devices for
the transparent and accountable collection of user fees to ensure sustainable
water maintenance in needy areas of Africa.
o   hu:toma, London: a
marketplaceplatform that creates, monetises and fosters learning through
chatbots (human-computer interaction).
o   Piquant Co Ltd, Seoul: a
solution that, through a liquid scanner (spectroscopy), detects harmful
chemicals in order to help boost public health and safety.
o   Heptasense, Lisbon: a
startup that, through gesture recognition and motion analysis, enhances the
experience of each user.
o   Aquabit Spirals, Tokyo: an
online tool that makes possible the delivery of digital content from any
physical object to one’s smartphone.
o   SmartTap Ltd, Haifa: a
startup that aims to be a “digital shower”, incorporating reduced
water and energy consumption standards through the Cloud and machine learning.
o   Moodnode, Berlin: a smart
application that allows you to control home lighting devices from your
smartphone.
o   Breeze, Hamburg: a network
of environmental sensors that provides useful information for decision-making
related to air quality.





The last prize corresponds
to the area of Digital Media, with 8 projects proposing new ways to exploit,
generate and consume content. The finalists, to compete on March 1, are:

o   Kasitoko, New York:
technology aimed at influencers that makes it possible to manage networks and
programme sales campaigns in order to optimise ROI.
o   TheMotion, Madrid: a tool
for companies that creates video ads on products in their catalogues, quickly
and easily.
o   Fluzo, Madrid: a platform
that digitises television viewers, converting the content and audience into
actionable information, making it possible to know who users are and what they
do.
o   Lobster, London: an app that
enables brands, agencies and media to manage visual content downloads without
copyright problems.
o   Influencity, Madrid: a
startup that analyses influencers from around the world to carry out marketing
campaigns in a solid and effective way.
o   Itcher | Entertainment
Discovery, Barcelona
: personal entertainment assistant. This app uses the power
of communities to generate recommendations based on like-minded users.
o   Medianalitics Berlin,
Berlin
: an IT company that provides a flexible solution in the Cloud to gauge
the brand’s presence in real time.

o   Relendo, Valencia: an
online platform that allows users to rent personal products from nearby people,
and rental companies to rent out their products online.

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