Cloud, mobile apps walk away with top honors at Web Summit

Industry conference highlights startups with original ideas

Startups vying for top awards at the Web Summit in Dublin this week are developing products for widely different markets, but highlight the growing use and reliance on cloud services and mobile devices on the part of developers and users alike.

British company BaseStone and its collaboration tool for the construction industry, for example, emerged victorious in the "Alpha" category of the Pitch competition at the conference. BaseStone's tablet and Web-based tool aim to make it easier to review drawings and keep up with the inevitable changes that are made to big building projects.

"The construction industry is still very much paper based with old processes. Our platform is about speeding up review process, making sure people have the right documents and reducing paper waste," said Simon McCabe, CTO at BaseStone.

The interface lets users label drawings and group them together in categories such as "under review." It's also possible to see who has viewed or added information to a drawing, and rate the severity of different issues.

There are three standard price plans to choose between: Free, Professional and Unlimited. They let users handle up to 50, 500 or an unlimited number of drawings, respectively. The Professional version costs £20 (US$32) per user and month and the price for the Unlimited version is £100 per user and month.

The platform is powered by Amazon Web Services storage and computing services.

In the final on Thursday, BaseStone edged out TracknStop and Mimi Hearing Technologies.

TracknStop has built a system that lets users track their cars' movements on a smartphone or tablet and personally disable the engine in the case of theft. Mimi has created an app that's used to check how well the user can hear.

Meanwhile, helping developers write better code proved a victorious concept for U.K.-based Codacy, which won the "Beta" category of the Pitch competition.

Codacy's automated code review tool is designed to help developers find errors in the code they write. The tool breaks down the code into categories such as complexity, code style and performance. Goals related to each category can be set, letting developers and their managers see how they are performing.

The program can analyze code written in CSS, Javascript, PHP, Python and Scala. Java will be the next language added to the tool, and the company is also looking to support Apple's new programming language, Swift, which can be used to write apps for both iOS and OS X.

At the conference, the company announced plans to let users build their own tests, in a bid to improve flexibility. For now, the feature is available in a beta version.

The Company version of Codacy's service costs $150 per month for up to 25 users. For that, users also get a dedicated server and an unlimited number of repositories.

Codacy beat 3D print maker re:3D and Apploi in the "Beta" final.

Apploi is a U.S.-based company that offers a Web-based hiring platform designed to help users find jobs in the retail and hospitality sectors. The company has apps for iOS and Android that lets job seekers use their own tablets and smartphones to see what positions are open.

The company also has iPad kiosks that can be customized for employers and be placed in their stores, and public versions that can installed in job centers. The kiosks are important because they let people who don't have Internet access compete for jobs, according to Adam Lewis, CEO at Apploi.

The app doesn't rely on just traditional resumes, but uses video and audio to help employers find the right candidates. Job seekers can see what positions are available near them on a map. Apploi has also added an advice tab with tips to help with job searches.

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