Big technology trends in 2014
(+ examples of small European companies blazing trails)

@robinwauters / founding editor of ...
A little bit about me

@robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu
Trends do not necessarily equal innovation
Sometimes, big companies set the trends
(as in: not startups)
Sometimes, startups set the trends
(as in: decidedly not the big tech companies)
Accurately predicting future trends in
tech is almost impossible ... fortunately
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Cisco's definition:
“IoE brings together people, process, data, and
things to make ne...
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
- 30+ billion connected devices by 2020 (ABI)
- dozens of trillions connections betwe...
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Lock8 (UK)
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
CubeSensors (Slovenia)
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Tado° (Germany)
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Intellectronics / iSocket (Finland)
Trend #2- Lean Hardware & Robotics
Trend #2 - Lean Hardware & Robotics
- More and more entrepreneurs take the 'lean',
agile approach to hardware manufacturin...
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Raspberry Pi (UK)
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Jolla (Finland)
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Geeksphone (Spain)
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Kano (UK)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology

- Wearable computers, meet ubiquitous
computing. Be nice to each other.
- Making tech...
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
MuteWatch (Sweden)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
Now Computing / Stormfly (Spain)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
ShoeSense (France)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
Memoto (Sweden)
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets

- Car as Internet-connected platforms
- Allowing drivers to connect with their cars vi...
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
High Mobility (Estonia)
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
Cloud Your Car (Poland)
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring

- Rising 'Quantified Self' wave
- It's not just about 'lifelogging', it's about usi...
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Runtastic (Austria)
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Scanadu (Belgium)
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Withings (France)
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
- Interpreting and acting on human gestures via
mathematical algorithms
- Will ma...
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
Omek Interactive (Israel)
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
SoftKinetic (Belgium)
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
PrimeSense (Israel)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
- From digital model to three-dimensional solid
object in no time (additive manufacturing)
- Both f...
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
Materialise (Belgium)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
GrabCAD (Estonia)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
BEEVERYCREATIVE (Portugal)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
Leapfrog (The Netherlands)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
- 'Sharing economy': shift from ownership to
access, both businesses and consumers
- ...
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
HouseTrip (UK)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
FON (Spain)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
BlaBlaCar (France)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
Carpooling (Germany)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
- Not just payments, but banking, accountancy,
currency exchange, expense management et...
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
SumUp (Germany)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
iZettle (Sweden)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
Paymill (Germany)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
TransferWise (Estonia/UK)
There are many stories left to be told ...

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Technological innovation is happening at a rapid - and consistently accelerating - pace, and it's happening all over the globe. In this session, we're going to explore what the key trends in technology will be in the near future, and which European companies are ahead of the curve in their field and best positioned to take advantage of the shifts we can identify.
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  1. 1. Big technology trends in 2014 (+ examples of small European companies blazing trails) @robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu
  2. 2. A little bit about me @robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu
  3. 3. Trends do not necessarily equal innovation
  4. 4. Sometimes, big companies set the trends (as in: not startups)
  5. 5. Sometimes, startups set the trends (as in: decidedly not the big tech companies)
  6. 6. Accurately predicting future trends in tech is almost impossible ... fortunately
  7. 7. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
  8. 8. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Cisco's definition: “IoE brings together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before — turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.”
  9. 9. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything - 30+ billion connected devices by 2020 (ABI) - dozens of trillions connections between them - huge anticipated impact on supply of water and food, education, fitness and healthcare, climate change, and countless other 'things'
  10. 10. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Lock8 (UK)
  11. 11. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything CubeSensors (Slovenia)
  12. 12. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Tado° (Germany)
  13. 13. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Intellectronics / iSocket (Finland)
  14. 14. Trend #2- Lean Hardware & Robotics
  15. 15. Trend #2 - Lean Hardware & Robotics - More and more entrepreneurs take the 'lean', agile approach to hardware manufacturing - using “modern tools of digital fabrication, online collaboration and e-commerce to create a new way to make and distribute things” - Minimize waste and risk to maximize chances of success and return on investment
  16. 16. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Raspberry Pi (UK)
  17. 17. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Jolla (Finland)
  18. 18. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Geeksphone (Spain)
  19. 19. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Kano (UK)
  20. 20. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
  21. 21. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology - Wearable computers, meet ubiquitous computing. Be nice to each other. - Making technology pervasive in all aspects of life, in ways no other computer would be able to - Realtime everything: monitoring + recording
  22. 22. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology MuteWatch (Sweden)
  23. 23. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology Now Computing / Stormfly (Spain)
  24. 24. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology ShoeSense (France)
  25. 25. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology Memoto (Sweden)
  26. 26. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
  27. 27. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets - Car as Internet-connected platforms - Allowing drivers to connect with their cars via smart devices, even from a distance - Opportunities for entertainment, data, location and network sharing, etc.
  28. 28. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets High Mobility (Estonia)
  29. 29. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets Cloud Your Car (Poland)
  30. 30. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
  31. 31. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring - Rising 'Quantified Self' wave - It's not just about 'lifelogging', it's about using data to improve and maintain our health - Fitness and activity tracking, genetics, personal analytics, sleep monitoring
  32. 32. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring Runtastic (Austria)
  33. 33. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring Scanadu (Belgium)
  34. 34. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring Withings (France)
  35. 35. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
  36. 36. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control - Interpreting and acting on human gestures via mathematical algorithms - Will make text and graphical user interfaces look primitive over time (for certain things) - Opportunities for entertainment but also education, healthcare, and more
  37. 37. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control Omek Interactive (Israel)
  38. 38. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control SoftKinetic (Belgium)
  39. 39. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control PrimeSense (Israel)
  40. 40. Trend #7 – 3D Printing
  41. 41. Trend #7 – 3D Printing - From digital model to three-dimensional solid object in no time (additive manufacturing) - Both for mass production, domestic (hobbyist) use - fashion and art - Applications in architecture, engineering, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, healthcare, etc.
  42. 42. Trend #7 – 3D Printing Materialise (Belgium)
  43. 43. Trend #7 – 3D Printing GrabCAD (Estonia)
  44. 44. Trend #7 – 3D Printing BEEVERYCREATIVE (Portugal)
  45. 45. Trend #7 – 3D Printing Leapfrog (The Netherlands)
  46. 46. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
  47. 47. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption - 'Sharing economy': shift from ownership to access, both businesses and consumers - Enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in property, goods and services - Rise of social media usage, broadband penetration and information technology
  48. 48. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption HouseTrip (UK)
  49. 49. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption FON (Spain)
  50. 50. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption BlaBlaCar (France)
  51. 51. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption Carpooling (Germany)
  52. 52. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
  53. 53. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance - Not just payments, but banking, accountancy, currency exchange, expense management etc. - Smart connected devices + faster connectivity + financial tech improvements - Impacting consumers, merchants, large retailers and corporations alike
  54. 54. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance SumUp (Germany)
  55. 55. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance iZettle (Sweden)
  56. 56. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance Paymill (Germany)
  57. 57. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance TransferWise (Estonia/UK)
  58. 58. There are many stories left to be told ... @robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu

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