This article was originally published to the BaseStone blog on February 12, 2016.
BaseStone were chosen to be in the London finals of KPMG’s competition for Best British Mobile Startup and pitched for a speaking slot at the 4YFN conference at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona later this month. The competition took place in the Cass Business School last night, organised by KPMG Tech Growth alongside UKTI.
8 startups pitched in total, including fellow Techstars company TeskaLabs and fellow Cognicity alum Pointr. The diversity of the startups in the final was incredible, disrupting sectors from finance to live sports, demonstrating that mobile technology is a strong driving force of innovation that is changing the way we live and work.
Alex Siljanovski, founder & CEO of BaseStone, spoke about the necessity and use of BaseStone on site to connect engineers in the field with project members in the design office. In Box’s 2014 study comparing collaboration practices of five industries, construction emerged on top as the industry for whom mobile technology was paramount – ahead of manufacturing, financial services and the media and entertainment industry.
The other startups included Blocks, the first modular smartwatch which has recently been in the press for a successful $1.6m Kickstarter campaign, Pointr, the indoor mapping app that can be used in museums, shopping centres and soon to be available at Dubai’s airport and Cupris the app that allows patients and doctors to connect remotely, transforming healthcare in the developed and developing world.
The competition was being judged by an expert panel consisting of Bindi Karia, Gi Fernando and Robert Dighero who chose the 2 startups they thought would best represent the future of mobile technology at 4YFN. TeskaLabs, who provide security and protection to enterprises for mobile technology, and What3Words, a new way of precise mapping using a unique combination of words rather than numbers, were chosen to go ahead, with a special mention to BaseStone from the judges for disrupting an industry like construction.
It was a fantastic experience and we extend our thanks to the judges and organisers for a great opportunity. Looking forward to seeing the progress of the other startups in the coming months!