2015 Powerful Answers Award Winners
Powerful Answers Award announces 12 winners vying for three $1,000,000 prizes
Three 2015 Powerful Answers Award $1 million winners to be revealed on December 9 at award event in San Francisco
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This past April, over 1,400 entrepreneurs set out on a journey with hopes of taking a big step towards making their world-changing ideas a reality by entering the 2015 Powerful Answers Award contest.
Today, twelve winning entrepreneurs have been announced and have received invitations to attend the awards presentation for the 2015 Powerful Answers Award hosted by The Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick on December 9 in San Francisco, CA. Three $1 million winners will be announced at the event. A live stream of the award presentation will be available on AOL.com and The Huffington Post. Live steam details will follow shortly.
“It’s always exciting to meet these founders and entrepreneurs and share in their enthusiasm for problem solving,” said senior vice president of corporate development and Verizon Ventures, John Doherty. “These winners have not only developed potential world-changing technologies, but they are leading promising companies in a time when the space is incredibly competitive.”
This year’s Powerful Answers Award contest consists of three categories, with a top prize of $1 million up for grabs in each category. One first runner-up and two second runners-up in each category will receive $500,000 and $250,000 prizes, respectively, for a total of $6 million awarded by Verizon.
Powerful Answers female founders shine bright
Three female-led companies are represented among this year’s Powerful Answers Award winners. Of the over 1,400 entries, nearly a quarter were female-led startups. Verizon Executive Vice President and President of Product Innovation and New Businesses, Marni Walden and Huffington Post co-founder and editor-in-chief, Arianna Huffington will join these female tech leaders on stage during the awards presentation to discuss global trends in entrepreneurship and technology leadership.
A Lifeguard Drone – Plano, TX
Lifeguard Drone combines an unmanned aerial vehicle, communication modules and a collapsible floatation device to save swimmers in distress. A wearable emergency device worn by the swimmer sends out ‘SOS’ signals along with its GPS location wirelessly to the lifeguard drone to activate the rescue operation. Additionally, lifeguard drones could patrol over water to detect drowning people by sending video to a monitoring network. Once a swimmer in distress is identified, the lifeguard drone flies directly above the swimmer and releases the collapsible floatation device.
Bounce Imaging – Boston, MA
Bounce Imaging provides public servants with cutting-edge technologies that allow them to see what lies ahead in those dangerous environments so they can make decisions that are safer for them and for the civilians they seek to serve and protect. A user can toss our low-cost, throwable omnidirectional cameras into a room, tunnel, attic, or other potentially-hazardous area and get back real-time – 360-degree-in-all-directions video and sensor data about what is going on inside.
Disaster Mesh – San Francisco, CA
Disaster Mesh provides an air-deployable, Wi-Fi mesh network to disaster zones. The Disaster Mesh Ephemeral Physical Network uses small devices, or “Seeds,” that serve as the network’s nodes, spread over the disaster area. The devices will be produced in mass numbers and air dropped into the disaster location by plane, helicopter, or drone. Once the survivors connect to the network, the collected information (GPS coordinates and names of the survivors) are then organized and distributed to relief organizations.
EmergenSee – Malvern, PA
EmergenSee®’s revolutionary technology turns your smartphone into a personal security system that instantly streams live video, audio, GPS location and movements to pre-selected contacts or EmergenSee’s Professional Responders when threatening and potentially dangerous situations are encountered. With just one tap, responders can immediately see, hear, communicate and follow an incident as it unfolds, allowing responders to effectively react to the situation at hand and get you the immediate help needed.
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