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Pitch Day

25 selected applicants attended the April 2 Data 2.0 Pitch Day where they presented their work to a group of peers and investors. The selected few received a 75% discount on their Data 2.0 Conference tickets.
The top 5 pitches from the Data 2.0 Pitch Day were invited to pitch on stage to 800+ attendees, alongside speakers from Google, Microsoft, Factual, SimpleGeo and Palantir at the Data 2.0 Conference.

Application Requirements

Applicants had to be either owners or founders of the project or startup.
Candidate projects had to identify or solve a problem facing business or society in a way that can be explained to non-technical judges. The core innovation had to involve the sourcing, organizing, analyzing, distributing, or visualizing of data.
Projects had to be owned by a for-profit company with under $10 million in funding AND under $10 million in 2010 revenue. Non-profits do not qualify.

Venture Capitalist Judges

Over six venture capitalist judges were there to rate the projects on the Pitch Day and the April 4th Data 2.0 Conference on-stage startup pitches. They included True Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners, Shasta Ventures, Reed Elsevier Ventures, and Sierra Ventures.

The results of the Data 2.0 Pitch Day

Only five, out of 25 applicants satisfied judges with their projects and they faced off against each other on the second day. They had three minutes to present their project and another three minutes to answer the questions from the judges.


PlantSense developed sensors that could detect the conditions of the soil and environment, both in greenhouses and in the open. The program also takes into the consideration the type of a plant and gives out recommendations that would improve those conditions. The project isn’t anything new as it exists since 2006.
Chart.io analyzes the data and converts it into real-time charts. The primary purpose of the program is to allow average users the insight in the data they collect. It makes it easier to read the data and draw conclusions from it.
Mashape created a central directory for APIs in which everyone could distribute and build them. It also simplifies the way people can generate simple APIs.
Min.us introduced the service that makes sharing quite easy. Anyone who has the need to share can do it by dragging and dropping the content. They launched this service to multiple platforms as well as extensions on Chrome and Firefox.

The winner of the event was the Micello that created a program that launched Google Maps for indoors. The program contains more than five thousand maps of various buildings including malls, stadiums, and conference centers. The DEMO of the application launched in 2009, and since then it developed a full-fledged app that anyone can download and use.

Introducing new Data 2.0 Summit

Every individual speculates on what the next step in technology development is and it’s not strange that the primary focus of this Data 2.0 Summit strikes near it. The summit and its organizers ask why the Data Revolution is the next step in our advancement.
The cloud tech experiences new breakthroughs on a weekly basis, and it’s obvious that this tech represents the technology of the future. This summit will focus on questions about the path that this advancement should take and the way it is on at this moment.
Many prominent speakers will address other issues that concern data. We will experience a lot of talk about possible monetization of the data as well as API infrastructure and its place in this new world. Accessibility to the data and its openness is another subject that will be addressed. The founder of the summit will present a panel that will discuss the openness of the Open Web. These are only some of the things you will experience on this years’ Data 2.0 Summit.


Morning Session 1
Panel: Why Open Data?

Governments have started opening data for many reasons: it is a politically affirmative action, and it alleviates the responsibility of analyzing and interpreting the data internally. Social Networks open data so they can become more valuable as the hub of many spokes since 3rd parties will develop applications that make their data more useful. Will traditional businesses open their data? Are some forms of data such as financial information necessarily closed-off and high-priced?

Data Storage Management

Examine challenges with managing explosive data growth. Tools, techniques, technologies, processes, and procedures are reviewed to help you visualize data storage, be prepared for rapid data storage growth, manage SLAs, facilitate chargeback and determine costs

Morning Session 2
The Advertising Equation

We don’t market. We target ads to online users based on their customer profile, real-time ad pricing, and sophisticated analytics. From hyper-personalization to ad marketplaces, what is the latest equation for placing the right ad in front of the right user at the right time? What does the future of advertising look like in a real-time personalized web?

Augmented Business Intelligence

When most people think “business intelligence,” they think about corporations with silos of private data using software and analytics to enhance operational decisions. With the emergence of new lines of evidence–from open data to social data and data as a service–new BI platforms can augment your corporate data with external data. Where does your BI platform source data from? How are you enabling businesses to plug in additional sources? How do you see the BI landscape changing in the next ten years?

Morning Session 3
Future of Social Data

The Future of Social Data panel tackles how the web will adapt to who we are and who we interact with. Where will my social data exist online, and who will own it? What are the efforts to standardize social data between web services? What buying habits or personal preferences can be inferred from our social data? How do we balance exposing social data on services like Twitter with locking down social data in services like Gmail?

Twilio, The Pesky Side Effect of Data

Use of infrastructure services (IaaS/PaaS) results in the generation of interesting datasets on your usage. Let’s look at what infrastructure can do to help alleviate the storage and analytics burden of this data, and how platform providers can make this echo-data accessible and useful.

Register for the best web development tools

Every web developer has an array of instruments that they use. Not all individuals use same tools as some have preferences for one, or another type of help that those tools provide. New developers are always on the lookout for new web development tools that will complement their skills, and they search them through many internet registers that contain such things.
Register for less-known and excellent tools
Some web development tools don’t get the attention they deserve. They are excellent, but people don’t use them because they don’t look very promising at the beginning.


Play Framework is a good example of this. It’s one of the best tools for the creation of apps with Scala and Java. It’s relatively easy to use it, and you only need a text editor and a browser to create applications. It has testing tools already built in, so the patching process is simplified. This software creates apps that are incredibly fast because of its runtime and compiler work on JVM.
Another excellent and under-rated tool is the Apache Couch DB which is an open source product which allows the user to store all types of data on the cloud with JSON documents. It also permits the conversion of said documents with the use of JavaScript. Another excellent feature of this program is the ability to query the indexes and follow the progress of the web development through real-time notifications.


Other less known web development tools from this register

Bug Muncher is an exemplary bug feedback application that assists with bug fixing after the site goes online. It allows people to highlights the bugs on the site and Bug Muncher makes a report of the bug and sends it to you. This turns a long and tedious exchange of emails regarding the bug in a simple one click highlight and instantaneous report.

The Converse is the only chat based tool in this register and it’s perfect for websites that sport char-rooms. It allows the programmer to set different types of chat rooms on the same site. It also allows translation of the text into fifteen different languages. It’s written in Javascript so you can run in in the browser.