Another year, another Wired summit. Backed by Telefónica since its inception, the iconic annual event took place earlier in November this year. It featured some of world’s most pioneering minds each exploring tomorrow’s trends. A ‘sun storm scientist’, ‘irrationality analyst’ and ‘moonshot expert’ certainly packed a room like no other.
Telefónica’s Chema Alonso delivered a riveting mainstage talk (see Take back your data: how Telefónica is on a quest to return our information) that was extremely well-received.
Watch our two exclusive videos from the event below…
A big highlight at Wired was the Test Lab in association withTelefónica. This experimental, curated space housed extremely cutting-edge, creative new inventions. It included five fascinating startups backed byTelefónica’s Open Future programme. Let’s explore each one:
Useful selfies – saffe.co
What if you could pay with just a selfie? Saffe is a mobile payment app that leverages world-class facial recognition technology to make your life easier and more secure. At Wired, guests instantly paid for drinks with a selfie – voila! f you are a merchant, we enable you to receive payments at the point-of-sale directly with your smartphone. No need to pay for a dedicated POS or any extra equipment.
If you are a consumer, we enable you to pay for your stuff without your wallet, your smartphone… without nothing! This is mobile payments the way it should be.
A crowd investment art collective – 52Masterworks.com
52Masterworks allows customers to co-own high-quality artwork, build up a unique and public collection of contemporary art and benefit from the collection’s development. In turn, artists gain multiple owners of a piece from their collection. The participation model gives shareholders access to high-quality works and renowned artists and profit from their value development. All works are made available to the public in their own exhibition rooms or as part of public exhibitions.
Behold the Start-up oracle – Preseries.com
Preseries is a clever, predictive application that aims to foresee whether a start-up will become successful or not at a very early stage of its evolution. It is aimed at being an invaluable tool for investors. They want to be the world’s first platform to automate early-stage investments.
To the land of nod – Pzizz.com
Pzizz aims to help you fall asleep fast, stay asleep and wake up refreshed. They use effective psychoacoustic principles to create beautiful dreamscapes to help you drift off peacefully. Human composed, algorithmically remixed sounds optimize getting you to sleep and helping you stay asleep.
Voice swap – Voicemod.net
Voicemod is a real-time voice modification technology created to empower people’s creativity and emotions. At Wired, they set up a recording stage where people selected the voice they wanted to use and recorded a message that was played back at the recording stage.