Everything about this year's Vator Splash Oakland was bigger and better than before. It was long, had a bigger venue, had more speakers and more attendees.
Keeping in the same light, we also expanded our usual top 10 startups to 15 this time around. And, once again, we had a great group coming up on stage to present their ideas.
Here are the 15 companies that competed to be the winner of the first ever Vator Splash Oakland competition:
OppSites empowers municipalities and professional planners to identify sites where increased economic opportunity exists, and broadcast that information to the investment community.
The company allows Investors and Developers to find investment opportunities that may not be publicly listed, and learn about development priorities and incentives.
OppSites was the winner of the grand prize at the competition.
ShopPad allows retailers to deliver beautiful shopping experiences to their customers on any device.
Its SaaS solution solves the multi-channel problem by integrating with a retailer’s E-Commerce store. Once installed, ShopPad provides native support for smartphones, tablets and in-store kiosks.
The company was the winner of the People's Choice Award.
Enplug is a next generation digital out of home network that operates a network of over 200 interactive displays located in high traffic venues such as bars, restaurants, cafes, and other retail locations. Its social media billboards are instantly interactive, allowing venue patrons to engage with the displays using nothing but their mobile device and existing social media account.
The company was the runner up for the top prize behind OppSites.
Brimes Energy is the creator of product called the Jellyfish, which is a machine that harvests the energy of ocean waves and converts it into usable energy.
Its “Ride the wave” technology uses a moving centroid design that increases the harvesting efficiency.
Brimes Energy was given a prize for being the startup with the boldest idea.
KidAdmit allows online submission of school application and enrollment forms.
Schools can review applications, manage applicant waitlists, and quickly communicate with parents. The parents are able to search for schools by specific criteria and apply directly using KidAdmit.
KidAdmit offers a neutral environment for parents to narrow preschool choices based on the criteria that are most important to them. It provides a non-biased platform that lists all of the early education options.
Spot Labs provides a software platform that extends the Android ecosystem to public touch screen devices. It allows brands to Leverage their digital assets while integrating with existing sales, marketing and loyalty systems to extend the benefits of their online experience to their physical locations.
The company provides the hardware and application, will monitor its performance, and will fix the issue if anything goes wrong.
iPriceCars is a Search Engine for cars, kind of like how Kayak.com is for airlines or hotels.
The company makes it easy for a car owner to price and sell their car by giving them multiple listing optionsand enable buyers and sellers to make better decisions using data analysis.
It includes inventory aggregation for search, pricing analytics for consumers, real time pricing and pricing updates.
Alum.ni is a private network for alumni that enables them to crowdsource their dreams and questions and to receive help from their fellow alumni.
It transforms alumni communities into networks of experts and connectors, bringing real value to networks of trust. In addition, Alum.ni creates value for administrations by helping them manage their community, through premium features, and for HR, through HR accounts and paid job postings.
Sellegit is an online Dutch Auction marketplace, which makes local buying and selling engaging, efficient and safe.
The company protects its customers and increases the adhesiveness of its users with its credit system. Sellegit’s auction platform enforces a price-dropping mechanism, making the transaction process more efficient.
LocoMotive Labs develops game-based learning applications for struggling learners, including those with special learning needs. It covers the entire Common Core Standards for Pre-K to second grade.
Through the service, parents receive activity reports via mobile messenger and email, as well as printable activities and long-term assessment reports.
The team is also developing Todo Math, a tablet-native, personalized math learning service for children to practice early elementary math at home and at school.
NextUser empowers marketers to deliver automated multichannel user experiences that are relevant and timely leveraging the company's proprietary user profiling and decision engine.
It brins together individual solutions to leverage sophisticated user profiling and dynamic workflows, empowering marketers to deliver automated multichannel user experiences that are timely and relevant, without technical resources.
EasyNDA is an non-disclosure aggreement management service. Ot provides a single source to the company and their team for current and approved NDAs with an integrated mobile e-signing processes that eliminates business development delay due to NDA execution mechanics.
The service is configurable with accounts, managers, and users. Attorneys can be members of multiple entities to facilitate the multi-client relationships of outside counsel.
Flickflyer is a mobile app for digital sellers and buyers who are constrained to traditional, time-consuming marketplaces.
The Flickflyer app provides a B2B/B2C social marketplace where sellers can record and upload video listings from their smartphone, unlike the competition. Its product delivers a simpler, more intuitive and engaging platform that saves sellers time, and gives buyers the confidence to make purchasing decisions.
Clef replaces usernames and passwords online. Instead, it recognize a users by their smartphone, instead of anything they have to remember or type to make logging in faster, safer, and much easier.
Users create a profile that never leaves their phone. Clef hen uses that profile to generate a new digital signature every time they log in to a website. The phone can be synced with Clef Wave to send their signature and identify themselves.
Automa Systems uses big data and machine learning to enable a fully automated trucker-shipper marketplace.
The company has built a machine learning algorithm to fully automate dispatch and maximize vehicle ROI, i.e. reduce fuel, maintenance, labor and maximize utilization. The algorithm is built on Apache Storm and scales horizontally to optimize very large vehicle fleets.