It was an incredible two days in NYC as we witnessed 56 new products, services, and features debut on the big stage. Of 56 live demos, there were a few slow connections, an occasional timeout, a missed download or two, and a few lost seconds waiting for mobile screens to refresh, but only one had to be completely restarted. Overall, it went very smoothly.
And the packed house had a great time, found a number of things to take back to their own companies, and made some great connections (at least that’s what they told me anyway).
At the end of each day, attendees voted on three “Best of Show” demos from the 28 they had just seen. Then, at the end of the conference, we ranked all 56 companies based on this audience vote (see notes). The top seven were named Best of Show.
Every company that presented was named Best of Show by some portion of the audience. But the ones that ended on top this round are as follows (in alphabetic order):
Congratulations! And thanks to everyone who presented, sponsored, attended and followed the #finovate tweets. If I ever recover, I look forward to writing more about where this is all headed.
Notes on methodology:
1. Only audience members not associated with demoing companies were eligible to vote. Finovate employees did not vote.
2. Because a different number of ballots was cast each day, we ranked the demos based on the percentage of ballots voting for each presenter.
3. The exact written instructions given to attendees:
“Please rate (the companies) on the basis of demo quality and potential impact of the innovation they demoed. PLEASE CIRCLE ONLY THREE”