Insight Robotics, a technology company that safeguards natural resources and infrastructure through automation and early-warning threat detection, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada. The company, incubated by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, presented its wildfire detection system, the first solution in the world to spot fires as small as a single tree (2m x 1m) within a 5km radius.
This award follows the company’s win at the IBM SmartCamp Asia Pacific Regionals in Bangalore, India in November 2014 and IBM SmartCamp China in Beijing in August 2014. Nine finalists out of hundreds of startups that participated in SmartCamp events around the world, pitched their businesses and technology at the Global Finals. The SmartCamp events are part mentoring bootcamp, part networking and part pitch competition featuring the best and brightest tech startups who are building solutions to change the world. The Global Finals are the culmination of these events over the past year.
The event is part of the IBM Global Entrepreneur program, an exclusive international program bringing together entrepreneurs, investors and experienced mentors who want to build a Smarter Planet. With resources to get startups off to a fast start, IBM Global Entrepreneur offers up to $120K USD in Cloud credits to eligible startups, and provides access to world-class advisors and IBM technical and Go-To-Market support, free software and technology, and an extensive network of global experts, venture capitalists, and investors.
“Being named Entrepreneur of the Year from an amazing group of technology startups is a huge honour. The IBM SmartCamp events are a great opportunity for entrepreneurs to learn from top technology and business talent and build connections to grow and succeed,” said Kevin Chan, Co-Founder and CEO of Insight Robotics.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to share our wildfire detection system and how it can protect forests around the world devastated by fires every year. Receiving the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the IBM SmartCamp Global Finals is proof that the future is bright for innovative applications of technology that have a positive impact on society,” said Rex Sham, Co-Founder and Chief Analyst at Insight Robotics.
“I was thrilled to announce Insight Robotics as the IBM 2014 Global Entrepreneur of the Year!” said Sandy Carter, IBM General Manager, Cloud Ecosystem and Developers. Leveraging the Internet of Things (IoT) and IBM SoftLayer for their innovative thermal wildfire detection solution, Insight Robotics has created a smarter planet solution by providing a scalable cloud solution for communities around the world. I want to congratulate this great entrepreneur company on their achievement and wish them continued success!”
- 26 Feb, 2015
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