4 incredibly busy, crowded, noisy days: that´s how we can describe Web Summit that came back to Lisbon last week. From the opening event til the last minute we saw legends as Stephen Hawking, the controversial Sophia and Einstein and top opinion leaders as Al Gore. In a brief overview is hard to say how successful Web Summit is to the country, but the direct impact of 300 billion euros (compared with the 200 billion last year, due to the higher number of attendees) seems to fulfill expectations.
10 must know ideas we discovered at Web Summit
Let´s get to numbers: 59.115 people from 170 countries – from which 42% women, mostly thank to the movement Women in Tech that offers the chance of having a “ladies Web Summit” with special prices. 2.600 journalists, 2.100 startups and 1.200 speakers. Last but never least, 1.500 investors responsible for more than 500.000 billion euros investments spread in different projects – by the way if they were a country they would have a 3 time wealthier economy than Portugal.
In short, the president´s (natural state of) excitement about this event is shared by many of us as we saw many business opportunities and the possibility of doing networking with such creative and focused people. Because good ideas worth spreading (great slogan Ted team), here´s our top 10 startups. Enjoy!
1. Arabic technology to take out teeth without pain
Have you ever had to take a tooth out? It can be a painful experience with traditional methods. And Wafa Alblooshi´s invention, from the United Arab Emirates, promises to change that. In the context of state’s innovation incentives Takamul Alblooshi has developed an alternative medical device “that is quicker as it intervenes only in the area where the tooth is in contact with the bone making it easier to extract and not touching in the bone itself”, explains the engineer.
Alblooshi also enhances this technique´s higher security that avoids doctor´s hands in the patience mouth – and therefore reducing secondary complications. In opposition to what happens now this instrument can work in all teeth the same way. The prototype is already in use in the United Arab Emirates but now all comes to new investors that want to bet in this idea. From our side everything that helps dentist traumas is very welcome.
2. A Danish app to help in troubling divorces
From Denmark comes an app that help ex couples reducing inner conflicts of a divorce. But not the legal ones, “those are taken care when people sign the divorce papers. Nevertheless there are many others no one thinks in the first start and can go wrong”, explains Thomas Jensen from the Teamwork Family team. In this app people can manage issues like the time each parent has the children, like 50/50 or every 2 weeks – usually this is the first conflict between the couple. Jensen explains “what we do is planning in forehand. The couple makes the registration in the platform and answers to 180 questions and then there´s a schedule with all the appointments, with automatic adjustments to be as fair as possible.
The app can have a more proactive role if the 2 parts can´t find out a solution” he says. Negotiating items division – furniture, houses – will also help to manage conflicts the founders know will happen. The booth had a bride and groom next to a big wedding cake perfect to take pictures with the attendees.
3. A Portuguese idea to a more efficient fire detection
Not all good Web Summit ideas comes from startups. PH Informática is a Portuguese company with more than 2 decades with already implemented digital fire detection systems in the country. Now the team has a new and more interactive idea that can increase a lot the way forest fires are detected and fought. The company´s aim with this presence in the event is not for investments but to he heard by the government.
“10 years ago we developed a system that was installed in the watching points. There are 236 watching points that monitor the national forest and they use binoculars to search for fire and then they communicate with the command center that tells all the other watching points. What we did was to make this process automatic decreasing the response time down to 7 seconds, which at the time was amazing. But then the system was disconnected”, shares Hugo Dias. Now they´re back with another approach where users can communicate through smartphones and alert authorities that can collect data from different sources.
4. A Spanish app that helps you finding compatible house mates
Moving and living with strangers can be a very bad or good experience. All depends of the compatibility with our house mate. Ruben Hoyos and Estefania Delgados, 2 young entrepreneurs from Barcelona, want to end this nightmare and anticipate the compatibility rate between roomies creating Flat Fit. “We developed an algorithm based in market researches with people that rent rooms and houses. Now it´s completely automatic and includes cleaning, habits, personality and house rules”, explains Hoyos.
The platform has 3 targets: people that have a house and is looking for a house or roommate, people looking for an apartment and people looking for a room. We just have to choose the city, price range and dates. Immediately it appears a set of compatible options with the user.
For now they´re just in Spain but intend to grow to other countries as soon as possible.
5. Are you paying in cash or with card? Blue Code, please
Technology develops and gets closer to our life to make it easier. That´s what Blue Code wants: a 100% safe payment without any card or third party. We just have to get our smartphone´s “code” closer to the store´s reader and that´s it.
They are already in 85% of Austria restaurant chains and signed a contract with one of the biggest German banks and came to Lisbon looking for partners to enter in the national market.
Behind all of this there´s a greater ambition: they want to create a European payment system. What we have today – Apple, Mastercard, Visa – take a big part of the money to the US at the end. The CEO wants to develop a 100% European system where the money will circulate just within the European space. The safety of this project is guaranteed with the fact that in any moment the company has financial data from the users but only with the bank.
6. What if you could rent a house without worrying with all the rest? Now you can
Renting a house is a trendy business thanks to platforms like Airbnb. But having a beautiful house with all the rules in place is not easy. That´s why Hostmaker was born, to free the owner from apartment´s worries. “Your house in good hands” they say.
“The idea was born after the founder and his wife have noted a lack in the market. They put a house to rent on Airbnb and understood it was difficult to have someone to take care of the apartment´s management”, explains Iolanda Maia.
They´re looking for new partners since they´re opening in Portugal still this month of November – after receiving a 15 billion euro investment that allowed the expansion to other markets.
7. An online safe box to life (and death)
Imagine all your life in a safe box, online and encrypted. Everything: codes, bank accounts data, passwords. Kylega can be this, a safe box, and more. This app´s main characteristic is that it distributes all stored information through referred people by the user in case of a dramatic event.
“These people will never know what, when or even if they´ll receive”, guarantees Bruno Martins. This app is in the test phase and they´re looking for partners once this is mainly focused on high rick groups – firefighters, fish man, policeman, etc.
8. Your best friend´s best friend so that it doesn´t destroy your house
“I´ve adopted a dog in a refugee and at the beginning she was destroying everything in my home: sofa, table, even the TV. First I started to set a camera, but although I could see what she was doing I wasn’t able to stop her. This is how I had the idea of creating a robot that could distract or stimulate a dog”, said Thomas Samtmann from CamToy.
Laika was born a year and a half ago and it´s a small pink robot that can be controlled by smartphone. If the dog´s owner is busy Laika can talk to the dog, carry biscuits, play with it and even check from time to time if everything’s ok. Next step is to give Laika some intelligence “so that it can learn from the interaction and adapt its behavior to the dog´s.”
9. Need a push to start riding a bike? Biklio´s helps
Riding a bike is good to your health, the environment and the city. So why not compensating who does that? That´s was João Bernardino´s thinking, founder of Biklio as app that awards cliclists with prizes and discounts.
The app recognizes when we´re riding a bike and at the end of the trip it thanks us and gives a set of discounts in different stores. It has more than 800 users and 40 stores.
10. Good morning. I want to order a well-known chef to cook dinner, is that possible?
Supper Stars is a platform that allows having the best chefs in the country cooking in our house without any worries. They already have a portfolio of 30 chefs that come in 2 hours before the meal and cook dinner. Some of the chefs also have Michelin stars, says João Ribeiro. The founders wanted an easy way of having family and friend’s dinners at home that was also affordable so they created one.
There 4 stages after signing in: chose a chef, a menu, enjoy the meal and share the experience. And at the end, the team takes care of the kitchen.