At the end of June, Pixable was present at the World Innovation Summit (WIS). We attended the WIS event because Pixable was selected as one of the top 20 global startups with best growth potential. We went in representation of MIT.
For three day, gurus, inventors and entrepreneurs met and networked to learn the latest trends in innovation and its role as the way out of the global economic crisis, to share strategies to face the challenges ahead and drive the business projects with great potential. Among the plenary speakers I saw Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Ray Kurzweil (most famous inventor and futurist in the world), Gary Hamel (world most influential business thinker), Vijay Govindarajan (from Tuck) and Michael Eisner (former CEO of Walt Disney). As an inventor, Ray Kurzweil has been called the new Thomas Edison. I recommend listening to any of his talks or reading about his predictions of the future, including his famous book “The Singularity Is Near“. It was fascinating to hear his predictions about how medicine is transforming into an information technology, which by its nature advances at an exponential rate implying “radical life extension“.
Pixable was the startup with highest number of votes for the audience favorite award with over 350 votes. Thanks to everyone for voting! The best part of the congress was the networking events and the PR coverage (together with Ray’s talk). We were interviewed by reporters from the BBC, CNN, or El Pais. Now we have been nominated to the World Economic Forum, Davos Technology Pioneers 2010. The PR through the event has helped us to start early conversations with very interesting partners.