Encryption apps and the fight against Instagram – ten trailblazers from last week's tech festivals
Enterpreneurs, innovators and artists descended on London this week for the Founders Forum, the Europas and HacktheSpace hackathon at The Tate Modern. Here's our list of the ten innovative start-ups that you may not have heard of yet – from music to pets, these are the tech gamechangers set to refine the world as we know it.
MUBI – THE NEW STREAMING SERVICE
What to do when you finish a Breaking Bad box set? Mubi is a unique subscription service for independent, award winning films from around the world. Every day their film experts introduce you to a film, and then you have one month to watch it. Mubi often works with independent film festivals to stream the best in shorts and archival cinema, too.
ROLI – THE NEW INSTRUMENT
Dalston based studio Roli has created The Seaboard, a new musical instrument that reimagines the piano keyboard as a soft, continuous surface. It can also connect to a software sampler or synthesiser.
BELIEVE IN – THE NEW NON-PROFIT PLATFORM
Believe In are on a mission to bring non-profits into the mobile age. After discovering that 86% of non-profits are inaccessible on mobile devices, the guys set up innovative and well designed software that offers mobile optimized features to customers worldwide. One of those "Why didn't anyone think of this before?" moments.
KOVERT DESIGNS – THE NEW WEARABLE TECH
The problem with wearable tech? Sometimes it can be a somewhat ironic title for items people don’t actually want to wear. Kovert Designs offer an alternative, insisting that beautiful design be mandatory in their approach to wearable technology. Set to launch their first collection at an upcoming London Fashion Week, you'll want to wear these designs for longer than a demo.
BIG BALLS FILMS – THE NEW WORLD CUP CHANNEL
EYEEM – THE NEW (REAL) PHOTOGRAPHY APP
If you're looking for something a little less self-indulgent than instagram try EyeEm, winner of Best Social Media Startup at The Europas (the European tech awards).The Berlin-based founders of EyeEm started small with a great product and have battled their way to tens of million of users, a unique marketplace where photographers get paid and beautiful photographs get collected, all against the might of Instagram.
PETCUBE – THE NEW PET-SITTER
For when your pet starts watching too much daytime TV, Kiev based start up Petcube have designed a radical new interactive device for pets, all in the midst of incredible upheaval in their home country. Those Silicon roundabout guys have it easy.
ZENMATE – THE NEW PRIVACY PAL
In the age of NSA revelations and user commodification, apps that help preserve privacy are more essential than ever. Enter ZenMate: software that encrypts users’ internet connection to protect their privacy while browsing.
MOBIUS MOTORS – THE NEW CAR MANUFACTURER
Start-ups are increasingly turning their attention to the developing world – this company has tasked itself with making affordable cars for Africa’s mass market. Mobius have reimagined the car: designing their vehicles specially around common African road terrain, transport usage and consumer income profiles across the region.
BABBEL – THE NEW LANGUAGE TEACHER
For learning languages, nothing beats Babbel. Babbel has become one of the worlds leading language learning platforms, used in 190 countries, and has had 25 million app downloads to date.
Izzy Lawrence blogs at curatedlittlebeauties.com.