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Interactive mirror and 3D fitting room among the innovations at the European Start-up Days

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3D fitting room, interactive mirror, applications for printing photos from a smartphone or ordering meals in a restaurant - these are some of the innovative ideas that will be presented at the European Start-up Days in Katowice in May.

The third edition of the event that brings together representatives of innovative start-ups will be held in the capital of Upper Silesia on 15-16 May, parallel to the European Economic Congress that begins a day earlier. The organizers of both events want Katowice to be a meeting place for young technology companies with investors and representatives of corporate business.

"Those who have the best business ideas and want to realize or develop them will have the opportunity to showcase, establish cooperation with investors and experts, win a shareholder, gain media interest. Those interested in an innovative, bold way of thinking will certainly find many eye-catching ideas" - explains Wojciech Kuśpik, organizer of the congress and the start-up days and President of the PTWP Group.

The European Commissioner for Digital Single Market and Vice President of the European Commission Andrus Ansip, Prime Minister of Estonia in the years 2005-2013 will be the special guest of this year`s European Start-up Days. He will be accompanied by the former head of the European Parliament, head of the program council of the Katowice congress, Prof. Jerzy Buzek.

The theme of this year`s start-up days is "Technologies that will change our world". Part of the event is the Start-up Challenge, for which nearly 200 start-ups have submitted their ideas this year. 100 best ideas selected by the jury will be presented in the Scale-up Alley in Katowice`s Spodek hall, prepared for business visionaries. The authors of the 18 best concepts will present them not only at the European Start-up Days, but also at the European Economic Congress.

The presented start-ups will include Abyss Glass, manufacturer and distributor of interactive mirrors that recognize the clothes the customers take to the dressing room and display information that might interest them. Another solution developed by Fit&Match offers the possibility of virtual "try on" of clothes selected while shopping online. The application creates a customer`s body model in 3D according to the input measurements, allowing to properly fit the clothes.

The app Image4you is addressed to travel and photo enthusiasts. It allows to print photos from your smartphone from anywhere in the world. Photos are later sent to the indicated address in the form of postcards, polaroids, calendars, memo games, etc.

Another interesting app called Comer allows to order a meal without a waiter, using a phone. Users select the table number, the dish from the interactive menu, and pay with the app. Thanks to this, users wait less for a meal and can get out of the restaurant faster after eating. An extensive menu with reviews and photos of individual dishes will help make a choice.

Among the selected ideas is also a tool that allows the audience to communicate in real time with the lecturer or speaker. The app Time To Speak turns each phone into a microphone, allowing audio and text communication, as well as conducting surveys.

In the new industry and technology category, the jury selected ATS WorldWide - an automatic, intelligent system for transporting planes on the airport apron. The innovative, unprecedented solution invented by three engineers from Warsaw caught the attention of the U.S. administration and airport associations.

The jury also appreciated the innovative solution of Medical Simulation Technologies, the company that manufactures and sells advanced medical simulators for training medical specialists. The transoesophageal echocardiography simulator is the first implemented product of the company.

The selected medical solutions include the symptom-checker. This artificial intelligence system allows parents to get the first opinion on the symptoms of their child. Based on the interview, the system tells you whether your child`s symptoms are serious enough to see a doctor, or it is a common cold that can be treated at home.

Another showcased solution is a portable, pocket laboratory developed by Genomtec. In just 20 minutes, the lab-on-a-chip analyser can identify viruses, bacteria, genetic mutations and fungi without the involvement of a specialist.

This year`s edition of European Start-up Days will be attended by over 70 speakers, several hundred start-ups and over 2.5 thousand visitors. The organizers have prepared discussion panels, mentor presentations, practical case studies and presentations of start-up ideas. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in the debates of the European Economic Congress. Last year, the event attracted over 9,000 guests from the world of business, politics and science to Katowice. (PAP)

author: Marek Błoński

editor: Bożena Dymkowska

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