Austin, TX (PRWEB) November 17, 2012
Austin Technology Incubator (ATI), a unit of the IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and The University of Texas at Austin’s Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG), today congratulated Toopher, http://toopher.com, for winning the Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase. On October 26, as part of the 10th annual Texas Wireless Summit (TWS), hosted by both ATI and WNCG, 13 Austin area wireless start up companies presented their businesses to a panel of six judges, as well as all TWS attendees as part of the interactive showcase of innovative mobile applications.
The 13 Startup Showcase companies were judged on Originality, Impact, Maturity and Business Model. Judges included: Brian Grigsby, Corsa Ventures; Maria Ocampo, Collider Media; Rick Orr, Tabbedout; and C. Enrique Ortiz, Shango.
Toopher, http://toopher.com, was announced as the winner on the TWS stage as part of the day’s agenda. Toopher has developed a breakthrough technology for automated authentication which uses the location based technology of your smart phone to prevent online fraud and identity theft without having to even take your phone out of your pocket. Its mobile app takes advantage of the device nearly always with you –your smart phone – to use its location-awareness for authentication.
“We’re honored to have been selected from such a great pool of innovative companies; we’re always impressed by the quality of the start-ups in Austin. This year has been incredible, and while we still have a few surprises up our sleeves, we’re even more excited about what’s ahead of us in 2013 and beyond.”
Runners up included DrawMD and Wheel InnovationZ tied for second place:
Emmoco rounded out the winners, at fourth place:
“For 10 years, ATI and WNCG have been so proud to bring together the wireless technology community in Texas,” said Kyle Cox, director of ATI's Wireless and University incubators. “Research is discussed and new innovations are brainstormed. We have found the conversations that happen at TWS truly do contribute to the forward-progress of the wireless industry, in Texas and beyond.”
“In our third year running the Mobile Monday Austin Startup Showcase at TWS, it is great to see such a strong mobile tech presence in Austin. Toopher was our winner this year, but I have to say that 2012 saw many winners in their respective ways – the future of Mobile in Austin is bright,”, said C. Enrique Ortiz, organizer of Mobile Monday Austin.
The 10th annual Texas Wireless Summit also featured executive speakers from companies such as Broadcom, Cisco, Deutsche Bank, Ericsson, Fastback, Inovi, Qualcomm, Rohde & Schwarz. There were also panels on Video over Wireless and on Location Based Services.
TWS continues the tradition of providing a forum for industry leaders to discuss emerging technologies and business models that will shape the industry over the upcoming two to three years. The Summit has direct access to cutting edge research and innovations from industry leaders, investors and startups. The Texas Wireless Summit is a keynote and panel driven discussion that enables the speakers and audience to engage to drive the conversation forward.
About the Wireless Networking and Communications Group
The Wireless Networking & Communications Group (WNCG) is a world-leading center for research and education at the University of Texas at Austin. WNCG strives to be the most relevant academic wireless center, which is achieved in part through its vibrant industrial affiliates program. Many WNCG graduates now lead and contribute to R&D efforts at those companies as employees. WNCG is a National Science Foundation Industry/University Collaborative Research Center (I/UCRC) for Wireless Internet Communications and Advanced Technologies (WICAT). http://www.wncg.org
About the Austin Technology Incubator (ati.utexas.edu) The Austin Technology Incubator works with early stage technology companies to increase their odds of success and decrease their time to capital and markets and launched ATI-Wireless as a dedicated incubator in 2006. Since our founding in 1989, ATI has worked with over 250 teams of entrepreneurs, who collectively have raised over $1 billion dollars in investor capital. ATI is a unit of the IC2 Institute of The University of Texas at Austin. Our mission is to create jobs and wealth in Central Texas through technology entrepreneurship, and to provide unparalleled opportunities for the University of Texas community.
About Mobile Monday Austin
Since 2005, the Austin chapter of Mobile Monday has been connecting via monthly meet-ups, technology and business professionals, researchers and enthusiasts who share a common interest: mobile software and technologies. Today Mobile Monday Austin has over 490 members. For more information see http://MobileMondayAustin.com. Mobile Monday Austin is possible thanks to its sponsors and the Austin tech community.