From an elaborate tech installation that simulates the experience a bird in flight to a booth promoting innovations on how to deal with death, the Lift Conference—which is going on until tomorrow—in Geneva, Switzerland seemed to be bursting of digital and entrepreneurial projects of all stripes from all corners of the globe.
Also held during Lift was Seedstars World, a startup competition that looks beyond Silicon Valley and Europe, and focuses on emerging markets. Tech.eu was part of a group of journalists invited to attend the Seedstars World Final event that took place yesterday. Essentially, ten entrepreneur finalists—who were either locals from emerging markets or expats now living in these regions—pitched their idea on stage for a chance to win $500,000 in financing. In the end, Salarium, a cloud-based ERP platform startup from the Phillipines, took home the grand prize.
Here's a peek into the hustle and bustle that's going on in Geneva:
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="792"] A morning session where entrepreneurs from various emerging markets shared their experiences (and challenges) running businesses and raising capital as women.[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="716"] Introducing Birdly, a Swiss design research project that has built an installation offering users a full-body experience of a bird in flight. It consists of a sensory-motor coupling simulator and head-mounted display (Oculus Rift).[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="790"] 3D printed jewelry designed and hand-made by digimorphé in Zürich[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="707"] Just in case you wanted to get fit and work at the same time...[/caption]
[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="869"] Seedstars World winner Salarium[/caption]
All images by Charmaine Li for Tech.eu.