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Layar awarded Most Disruptive Innovator at Deloitte Fast50

Claire Boonstra October 8, 2010

Mobile companies are the fastest growing technology companies of the Benelux, looking at the winners of the main prizes at Deloitte’s Fast50 awards.

During a gala dinner (yes - all guys in tuxedo and girls in cocktail dresses!) in the Evoluon in Eindhoven, the winners of the Fast50 were announced, as well as the “Rising Star” and the “Most Disruptive Innovator”.

The Fast50 (tech companies ranked based on their turnover growth over the past 5 years) was won by Service2Media, a company specialized in mobile applications and mobile marketing. Number 3 in that list AND winner of the “Sustainable Growth” award was CM Groep - they have been ranked in the Fast50 for 5 consecutive years. CM delivers SMS and mobile payment solutions.

We know both companies very well from our background in Mobile (Monday) and it was cool to see Mobile topping the growth charts.

We won the “Most Disruptive Innovator” award - including a 3 months incubation period in Silicon Valley. An amazingly cool prize, awarded by GIMV, which perfectly fits in our plans to open up an office in the Valley soon!

The award show was the closing of a thorough selection process ending with high quality pitches of 12 “Rising Stars”.

More pictures can be found here.


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Uninvited DIY exhibition at MoMA NYC

Redactie October 8, 2010

On Saturday October 9th, the physical space inside the MoMA building in New York will host a virtual exhibition, based on Augmented Reality technology. The show will not be visible to regular visitors of the MoMA, but those using the “Layar Augmented Reality browser” on their iPhone or Android smartphones, will see numerous additional works on each of the floors.

The experimental unofficial exhibition is part of the Conflux Festival, the annual New York festival dedicated to the psychogeography practice. With the exhibition, the organisers of the event aim to address a contemporary issue, caused by the rapid rise of Augmented Reality usage. What is the impact of AR on our public and private spaces? Is the distinction between the two fading, or are we approaching a situation with an increasing fragmentation of space and realities to be perceived individually?

The exhibition is organised by Sander Veenhof, augmented reality experimentalist from the Netherlands, and the New York based new media artist Mark Skwarek. Both artists share a common fascination for hybrid collaborations between virtual and physical entities.

Augmented reality artists worldwide were invited to showcase their work in the MoMA. Sander & Mark curated the exhibition. By the way, the MoMA is not involved in this yet. But that’s not a requirement anymore anno 2010, being independent and working in augmented reality.

Event: DIY Augmented Reality exhibition - MoMA, New York
Opening: 4PM October 9th 2010
Location: MoMA, NY - floors 1 to 6 + virtual floors 7 & 8 + garden
Required: iPhone or Android device
Developers:  Sander VeenhofMark Skwarek
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