Mblok, Receiver and Wriber among leading-edge digital entertainment products selected for the ideaBOOST shortlist

By CFC Staff October 02, 2014 15:50

What do a vision-guided camera motion control system, a personalized learning channel for children, and a platform for professional, live interactive content have in common? They are among the eleven digital entertainment products that have been shortlisted for cohort 4 of ideaBOOST, the CFC’s next-gen business accelerator.

Our panel of industry jurors have reviewed and ranked the record-number of submissions we received this time around, and have arrived at a list of eleven shortlisted nominations, described below.

The final round of judging will wrap up on November 3 rd, 2014 with six finalists green-lit to participate in Canada’s top digital entertainment accelerator.

1.  PerspectivSHIFT
2. changio
3. Kidobi
5. OneStory
6. receiver
7. SlimCut Media
8. Stage TEN
9. Vubble
10. Wriber
11. Yactraq

1.  PerceptivSHIFT

The SHIFT is a vision guided camera motion control system to enable dynamic cinematography.

Perceptiv Labs are bringing the capabilities of computer vision and robotics to cinematography. Their first product is a vision-guided subject tracking module that will interface with existing motorized gimbals and drones.

2. changio

A performance-based new media coalition rewards program.

changio is the first next-generation coalition virtual currency media rewards program that has been created with in-store, second screen, on-the-go, social, location-aware, mobile technologies. It has been designed to connect, inspire and reward consumers for engaging with their favourite brands (CPG and Retailers) and Content (TV and/or Movies); to drive impulse purchases, ongoing engagement and loyalty. 

3. Kidobi

A personalized learning channel for every child.

Kidobi is a website and mobile application that creates a personalized learning channel for every child. It allows parents of preschoolers a guilt-free break by delivering the right content, to the right child, at the right time. You can think of it like Pandora meets Khan Academy on Sesame Street. 


Smart Memory for Smart Devices.

MBLOK is developing a smart memory device that aims to personalize VPN and Cloud for offline access.

It not only eliminates the need for internet, but replaces multiple storage devices with one. VPN or cloud files are automatically backed up on MBLOK for quick access. View files on all of your devices wirelessly whether it is Blackberry smartphone, iPad tablet or a PC. Never worry about bad internet connection ever again.

5. OneStory

A platform to create and share video interviews.

There is nothing more powerful than a story to inspire or educate. Online video is our modern form of storytelling. OneStory allows you to ask a question and receive beautiful mini-documentary responses in return - with no editing for the user.

6. receiver

Save, Playlist and Discover Music and Video from any streaming service.

Sponsored audio and video appears natively, driving engagement and virality for advertisers.

One library for user’s favourite content regardless of the streaming service it’s from.

7. SlimCut Media

SlimCut is a platform for publishers to engage, better understand, and monetize their audiences.

SlimCut Media offers a solution by drawing readers to a site through a loyalty program that offers free content in exchange for watching advertisements. By rewarding reader engagement, the platform increases website metrics, drives advertising revenue and boosts direct payment.

8. Stage TEN

Platform for professional, live interactive content.

Stage TEN is a platform to create professional, live and interactive content. It’s a TV control room web app that can preview, switch and mix live video feeds from any web-connected camera with pre-produced segments.

9. Vubble

Video you need to see now - and what you didn't know you needed to see.

VUBBLE is next generation public media. It is a unique discovery platform that brings you the best video you need to see now and shows you video you didn't know you needed to see. It employs and disrupts algorithm technology, using it to produce personalized, compelling content experiences and disrupting it by putting algorithmic technology in reverse to surface content beyond a user's familiar feed.

10. Wriber

Software that helps companies and agencies create content more effectively.

Wriber is a software platform that makes it easy to create awesome content. As you type, Wriber shows you how to expand and tweak your content through intelligent suggestions, all dynamically generated in real-time. With Wriber, you can write original content up to 50% faster, be more engaging and targeted for your audiences, all while staying on brand.

11. Yactraq

Yactraq's speech based semantic technology helps to monetize audio-visual data.

Yactraq monetizes audio & video data though products and custom solutions built on an award winning & patent pending speech based semantic computing platform. They use machine learning mass customization techniques to enable entirely new markets & product categories through their customers who apply our core platform to accurately & affordably search or mine tens of millions of hours of Web Videos, Phone Calls or TV/Radio content at orders of magnitude below current market prices.