12 startups have been selected as finalists for the annual Amazon Web Services Start-Up Global Challenge. The challenge sees Amazon Web Service recognising some of the most innovative startups building applications and services on its cloud platform.
This year, three startups from the Asia-Pacific region have made it into the finalist list. They are DemystData, Hive and Playblazer. Asia Pacific also saw two other startups making it into the semi finals this year. They are India’s Positive Bioscience, a bioinformatics company, and Magnasoft Northstar, an integrated child and school bus tracking solution.
Here are the three startups that continued into the finals.
DemystData, Hong Kong
DemystData is a startup that is helping financial institutions use Big Data to make better customer decisions. The Hong Kong-based startup provides real-time analysis of the profiles of potential customers. DemystData’s clientele includes global banks, online lenders, card issuers and lead generation portal. The startup has pitched at Finnovate 2012 and was a finalist at the Innotribe Startup Challenge 2012. DemystData is competing against QMedic and Mortar Data from the US in the Big Data and High Performance Computing category of the AWS Start-Up Global Challenge.
Australia’s Hive is a finalist in the Consumer Applications category, amongst US-based LogMyCalls and Poland’s Wikidot. The startup Down Under provides its customers with a simple and affordable home security solution. By linking wi-fi enabled cameras to a mobile app connected with the customers’ social network, Hive allows a community-based security network that is mobile and simple to install.
Representing India, Playblazer allows game developers to cut down game server development time by providing essential server side capabilities. Their configurable API’s provides developers with access to a comprehensive set of pre-built data models, components and workflow. This allows rapid development of a game server for social, multiplayer and cross-platform games. Playblazer is competing in the Gaming category against Bossa Studios from the United Kingdom and Grand Cru from Finland.
The winners for each category of the AWS Start-Up Global Challenge will be announced at the finale celebration on 24th January.