We’ve been attending the Web Summit 2014 in Dublin as part of the Alpha program last week, so it is time to draw up a summary. While there are plenty of “Good and Bad”, “Best of” and “Top 10” Summit wrap-ups out there, we’ll focus on intriguing stuff – from a business application development point of view. Read on for some gems we found.
About 2000 startups were presenting. More than 22.000 people were visiting the Summit. While the vast majority of startups could be found mainly at the e-commerce, travel, gaming and entertainment sections, the most impressive innovations were scattered across all industries. And – history proves it real innovation isn’t always in the midst of “the next big thing”.
Needles in a Haystack
In the hunt for those wow!-experiences we were casting our eyes on ideas, products and services that are related to some aspects of our work. Finding ourselves placed in the builders summit, we had a very close look there of course.
Austria had quite a presence as one of the european startup hotspots to watch. Amongst the other “builders” the austrian NoSql solution Crate.io impressed us with its abilities to handle big data. It is by far the most advanced “elastic data store” you could probably use today, no wonder they won the TechCrunch Disrupt Award just a few days before the Summit.
Coding in the Cloud
When it comes to realtime collaborative social coding, cloud9 has the solution. They combine a powerful online code editor with a full Ubuntu workspace in the cloud. Due to their presence on the Web Summit – or not – they just raised their series b funding these days, so congratz c9!
Wherever you do the programming, soon enough you’ll reach the point for a code review. This is where codacy might come in. It allows for continuous static analysis of your code repositories with collaboration and goals. And the GUI looks just awesome. Towards the database backend, Database Mapper can help you find bottlenecks by analysing and interactively visualizing structure and usage of a relational DB. In fact, you can throw any DB log file at the tool and get amazing insights.
AI enhanced Development
What about innovations when it comes to handle complex IT projects? We ran into jinni, which aims to reduce complexity for the developer and increase the flexibility of a system to be developed. Jinni does so by artificial intelligence planning based on a domain model. I really like the proposition of a paradigm shift from procedural workflow programming towards a declarative goal specification. Doing it with AI sounds amazing.
As for business applications needed out there in the field, basestone, a tablet and web-based collaboration tool for professionals in the construction industry, is worth a mention. The company won the Pitch Alpha Award sponsored by Coca Cola. While basestone is about collaboration, their competitor, the viennese startup Tablet Solutions offers a whole range of specialized native applications. Since future business applications will be cloud- and browser-based and HTML5 storage isn’t ready for business applications yet, I think there is an urgent need for offline mobility.
Amongst the tiniest tech innovations we found Spritz. According to themselves, Spritz is the best way to engage with content in the digital age. Spritz according to the makers delivers a focused reading experience and helps readers get their content faster, with less effort and across any device or screen size. Just enter spritzinc.com to get the experience!