Back From San Francisco

by michal frackowiak on 01 Feb 2013 14:33

Me and Łukasz just came back from San Francisco, California. Wikidot entered AWS Global Start-up Challenge 2012 last November and we were happy to be selected a finalist with an opportunity to compete for the Grand Prize on 23-24 January 2013.

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Logos of all finalists displayed on barrels of wine during the finale. Nice.

The challenge itself was awesome. The final round consisted of a presentation in front of the judges — top AWS executives. During the finale in Dogpatch Wineworks we had a chance to present Wikidot to over 500 attendants. The other contestants were so great we felt no huge regret not winning the Grand Prize. Wikidot was among the twelve very top competitors chosen from 2,500 entries from 85 countries and this is what mattered for us.

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Andy Jessy, senior Vice President of AWS announcing the winners.

Congratulations to Mortar Data, TraceLink Life Sciences Cloud, LogMyCalls and Grand Cru who won the Grand Prizes. I also wish to congratulate QMedic, DemystData, PlanGrid, Poikos, Hive, Bossa Studios, Playblazer that were awarded with the First Prizes, as we were. It was great meeting you and we came back to Poland with our heads full of great ideas and plans.

During the finale winners smashed real rack servers with heavy bronze hammers. It was the moment I wished I was there. We were sitting in the front row with protection glasses :-)

We also had a series of great meetings, mostly regarding business. Hopefully some might turn into something exciting. We still need to digest all the great opinions and ideas we got for further development of Wikidot. Time will show if they are worth the effort. One thing I have no doubts now is that Wikidot is becoming a serious player in the web business. We will do our best to make it better and larger.

Thanks again to AWS for organising this great event and for giving us the opportunity to take part in the finals. We enjoyed these few days a lot.

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