Inspiration, networking, awesomeness. These were the headlines of the Shift Conference being held in Croatia, Split on May 22-24, 2013. It was such a great honor to join the initiative as a speaker and a judge of the startup competition. The event was held in  in the very heart of the beautiful  town, at the Art Gallery as well as in the antique substructures of The Diocletian Palace.

The motivation behind organizing the event was to bring regional and international tech startups, investors and journalists to the historic Split, Croatia, and  create an amazing atmosphere among them to facilitate the networking and create value for all the participants. The organizer putted great emphasis on mentoring and coaching as all the 32 competing startups were gathered on Wednesday with outstanding local and regional mentors to have a one day long session in order to get them ready for the “semi final” that was held on the first day of the conference.

The organizers offered a 10.000-dollar price for the Shift challenge beside valuable services and other gifts, and the honest feedback on the ideas the companies presented.

So altogether we had a great time through the three days of lecturing, pitching , partying and recovering 🙂

The organizers were Procedo and Profico supported by VIP, Splitska Banka, Microsoft in cooperation with Technology Transfer Office, BICRO, European Enterprise Network (EEN), the Split-Dalmatia County Tourist Board, Croatian Chamber of Economy, CISEx and the City of Split.

Shift Split was the biggest IT focused conference in South Dalmatia. Let’s have a look at on the numbers behind the conference.

  • 500 participants
  • 130 startups
  • 32 challengers (startups presented)
  • 16 semi-finalists including the winner that was Baby Watch (CRO)

Furthermore, 30 lecturers who came from all over the world including myself. The lecturers were among the others Mike Butcher from Techcrunch, Fadi Bishara from Blackbox.vc, Pietro Bezza from Connect Ventures, Jürgen Furian from Pioneers Festival or Eleftherios Diakomichalis from SoundCloud.

Mike Butcher -Techrunch

Mike Butcher -Techrunch

As locastic.com perfectly summarized the take home messages on their blog:

”Don’t give up. Be persistent. Explore new things. Meet new people. Learn from the mistakes of others.

I would like to thanks for the kind support of the organizers, especially Antonia Bralic and Ivan Burazin for being great hosts. I would be glad to go back next year!

Shift Conference organizers

Shift Conference organizers

 

1st Place: Babywatch (Croatia)

Every story has its beginning. Our starts by connecting future parents and their unborn babies in a so far unimaginable way. Using BabyWatch device and our amazing innovative app future moms are able not only to hear but also to visualise their baby’s heartbeat 24/7 and share this unforgettable experience with the ones that matter the most; in real time and from the comfort of their home.

The winners of the challenge -Babywatch (CRO)

Learn more about Babywatch

2nd Place: Vidzor (Hungary)

Vidzor is a cloud-based interactive video platform that allows anyone to create and publish interactive videos on the web. The Vidzor team has designed a unique video editing solution for both artists and their audience that accelerates and maximizes the power of online videos at an unprecedented level, with drag-and-drop feature templates that allow editors to effortlessly assemble audience engaging video creations.

vidzor

You can find Vidzor on Inveast.net

3rd Place: Sportly (Austria)

Sportly helps you to arrange sports activities and find suitable sports partners nearby! Be sporty – use sportly! Soon available on iOS, Android and facebook! http://www.sportly.at

Promo video of Sportly

 

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