This year’s Disrupt NY Startup Battlefield was amazing. At the very beginning, there were 24 great companies presenting in front of multiple groups of industry leaders serving as judges. The startups were competing for $50,000 and the highly coveted Disrupt Cup.
After hours of deliberations, TechCrunch editors pored over the judges’ notes and narrowed the list down to seven finalists: living cell 3D printer BioBots, automagic hardware acceleration technology BitFusion.io, highly secure authentication solution Cloudwear, artificial intelligence for customer service DigitalGenius, water-purification filter Liquidity, battery tech Nucleus Scientific and website creation service PageCloud.
These startups made their way to the finale to demo in front of our final panel of judges, which were John Borthwick (Betaworks), Dennis Crowley (Foursquare), Eric Hippeau (Lerer Hippeau Ventures), Alfred Lin (Sequoia Capital), Rich Miner (Google Ventures), Brian Pokorny (SV Angel) and Alexia Tsotsis (TechCrunch).
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And now, meet the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Battlefield winner.
Liquidity is a water filtering system. This bottle uses a very precise dense mesh of fibers. The bacteria get stuck, but the water flows. You just need to change the filter every 2 or 3 months. The company is thinking about licensing its filters for other products. It’s cheap, practical and efficient. It’s also the result of 15 years of patented university research. A well-deserved win.
Read more about Liquidity in our separate post.
DigitalGenius is an artificial intelligence for customer service. For example, you can buy something using text messages, and it feels like you are having a real conversation with a human. There are other use cases, such as support automation, automated on boarding, machine-to-machine communication and customized in-store experience. Behind the scene, the question classification module is quite impressive, and it will certainly get better over time.
Read more about DigitalGenius in our separate post.