By Steve “Wysky” Wyskocil
LAS VEGAS, NV, 1/10/14/–– 2014 International CES® UPDATE brought leaders from Twitter, Facebook, MediaLink, Salesforce Exact Marketing Cloud, MillerCoors and Ford to the CES stage. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2014 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, runs through Friday, January 10.
“Innovation is the lifeblood of the consumer technology industry and the show floor and conference sessions at the 2014 International CES are invigorating and energizing as fresh ideas, breakthrough technologies and new ways of doing things come to life,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA. “From the biggest technology companies in the world to startup entrepreneurs, CES shows off the industry’s latest developments and discoveries on the show floor and through our dynamic conference programming.”
The second annual CEA MoDev Hackathon featured nearly 100 award winning developers competing individually and as teams for up to $100,000 in cash and prizes. Apps were awarded for innovative integration with Microsoft, Amazon, Samsung, Sony and Modev. App Projects from Travel Channel Cities Metro, Travel Offers, Travel Swipe, Travel Channel Navigator and Travel Live were awarded top honors. The Journey Live app was selected as the grand prize winner.
The Leaders in Technology dinner featured keynote speaker Bre Pettis, CEO and co-founder of MakerBot, a leader in desktop 3D printing. Underscoring this hot trend, for the first time there is a 3D Printing TechZone at CES with more than 30 companies showing the latest 3D printing technology.
Day three of the 2014 CES was highlighted by the Last Gadget Standing and Mobile Apps Showdown competitions. The Last Gadget Standing competition challenged contenders to present fast-paced product demos to a live CES audience.
Co- hosts Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from SiriusXM Radio’s Howard Stern channels hosted the competition, and winners were selected through an applause-o-meter. The winner of the product “most likely to change the face of technology,” was a Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt that is managed through a smart phone. A separate online vote awarded the top prize to the Skulpt Aim, a body fat/muscle-quality measurement device. A full list of finalists is available here.
Password Box, a password management app with a social twist, took home the top prize at the 2014 Mobile Apps Showdown sponsored by Living in Digital Times. The fully-encrypted app lets you instantly login to your go-to websites and apps without having to type in your password. You can also track credit cards, passports and other sensitive data and securely share information with friends through the app.
Emceed by Gary Dell’Abate and Jon Hein from Sirius XM, the showdown featured four-minute elevator-pitch-style presentations from 10 semifinalist app developers, selected ahead of time by a team of expert panelists and Living in Digital Times readers. The winner was chosen by crowd applause.
Ballerz, an app that helps players find pickup basketball games in their area based on skill level, was the online showdown winner. Ballerz was developed by a group of active duty naval officers who found that playing sports reduced stress and boosted morale on the base. A complete list of semi-finalists and ”app-reneurs” can be found online.