For the 3rd year, Cisco has hosted the Internet of Things World Forum, one of the world’s première events focused on IoT innovation and thought leadership. The exclusive event attracts a who’s who of industry leaders from all over the world. This year’s event included the Innovation Grand Challenge, a global competition for companies building innovative and disruptive technologies on the IoT. Starting in June, the event attracted over 3000 companies from over 100 countries, with a series of elimination rounds leading to 6 finalists in November. Eigen Innovations entered the competition in June, and survived all of the elimination rounds, securing a spot in the ‘Super Six’ of the Challenge on November 23, the only Canadian company remaining.
Being named a finalist earned Eigen an exclusive invitation to the IoT World Forum, held in Dubai from December 6-8. The invitation came with the opportunity to pitch at the final round of the Challenge in front of an esteemed group of industry leaders for one of the top 3 prize winning spots. The judges for the event were:
- Mohammad Albataineh, Worldwide Sales, Internet of Things, IBM Dubai
- Sujeet Chand, SVP and CTO, Rockwell Automation
- Georg Kopetz, Executive Board Member, TTTech Comptertechnik AG
- Maciej Kranz, VP, Corporate Strategic Innovation Group, Cisco
- Abhi Kunte’, Director, Product Management, Predix/GE Digital
- Whitney Rockley, Co-founder and Managing Partner, McRock Capital
- Bola Rotibi, Creative Intellect Consulting
- Faiyaz Shahpurwala, SVP Cloud Services/Industry Solutions, Cisco
- Torsten Wolf, EMEA Service Head, IoT/UX/Mobile, SAP
Eigen’s pitch highlighted the unique technological innovation being created in their solution, but centered largely on how the technology connects to the user and operators in the manufacturing world. Eigen boasts a factory floor first philosophy in their approach to building solutions. This approach brings tangibility to the innovation happening on the IoT, demonstrating how the ‘thought leadership’ being discussed at the IoT World Forum is having real-world impact within industrial applications.
The pitch resonated with the judges and audience at the event, and Eigen returns from the World Forum winning 3rd place win in the Innovation Grand Challenge. The Eigen team is thrilled to have earned this spot in the competition, and is honoured to have competed with the caliber of companies represented.
We thank Cisco for hosting this competition, congratulate our fellow competitors and winners, and thank our friends and families for the support. We continue to stay focused on bringing efficiency to industrial manufacturing automation, and thank our customers for helping us innovate great solutions for them.
The Eigen Team