The finalists in the Tech Innovator category at the Norfolk Business Awards 2018
PUBLISHED: 12:02 17 October 2018 | UPDATED: 14:01 17 October 2018
Introducing the finalists in the Tech Innovator category of the Norfolk Business Awards 2018, sponsored by Computer Service Centre – and what our judges thought of them.
Founded by Dr Sean Radford at Gressenhall in 2014, TrainAsONE is an award-winning artificial intelligent running coach for runners of all abilities and goals. Featured on numerous “2018 companies to watch” lists, TrainAsONE beat global industry giants including Nike, Fitbit, Adidas and Asics to win in the prestigious Running Awards for Best Technology Application. The next stage of the company’s journey includes social prescribing pilot programmes for health, wellness and disease management.
Judges’ comments: TrainAsOne’s aim is to revolutionise the approach to facilitating people’s mental and physical health globally, through innovative sports technology and research methods. As a Norfolk-based technology start-up, TrainAsOne has gone from strength to strength, largely due to a forward-thinking team who actively encourage big data and artificial intelligence innovation to explore new ideas and push the boundaries. TrainAsOne is the first anticipatory health and fitness application that employs artificial intelligence machine learning and big data. Its adaptation for general health and wellness research and management has opened up a flood of opportunities. Since going live with subscription charging for the TrainAsOne system last year, the company has experienced thousands of users signing up globally, leading to more than 15% monthly average user growth.
Liftshare was started by chief executive officer Ali Clabburn when he needed to get home from university for Christmas. After putting a post-it note on a notice board, he returned to find numerous people offering him a lift. As a result, Liftshare was born. Liftshare is a mission-driven social enterprise with the purpose of solving the world’s mobility problems through sharing. Liftshare calls this “travel happy”, and it’s aiming to bring it to everyone it can.
Judges’ comments: Liftshare has created a highly innovative tool in mapping sustainable travel for organisations, called the Scoping Smart Mobility tool. No matter what the trigger – whether it is lack of personal transport, environmental factors or congested roads and car parks – the technology that this tool uses has the ability to analyse groups of commuters to provide integrated user-centric, multi-modal travel options accessible for all. The Scoping Smart Mobility tool allows Liftshare the ability to demonstrate sustainable transport options at scale, which helps clients understand the overall commuter challenge and highlight the alternative travel options which could be available to employees. Advances in automated reporting has enabled Liftshare to produce these reports more efficiently and at scale. Liftshare has big 2020 goals, one of them being to take one billion miles off our roads.
• Snap Account
Based in Blofield Heath with 32 employees, Snap Account is a cashless solution for fleet operators seeking transparent control over their expenditure. In 2010, it began by allowing drivers to pay for parking and washing through the system, which works solely with vehicle’s registrations. Due to dramatic growth it now offers a comprehensive package of additional services. Currently working with 75,000+ drivers and 3,000+ fleets from UK and European companies, 2018 has seen Snap expand into Europe to offer drivers the same convenience at European locations.
Judges’ comments: Snap Account spotted issues affecting HGV drivers, depots and service providers every day and has created a platform to manage resources, process transactions and eliminate fraud. The platform allows drivers to transact with all the services they need during a drive and record them with their employer to process expenses and keep logs automatically. Snap Account has also expanded its modular platform and implemented systems and security products to allow depot and parking providers to monitor bookings and spaces available through an application increasing space bookings and usage for their customers. It has also recently used new charges affecting the industry (such as the Dartford toll) to add to the system and can now pay for the toll within the Snap Account ecosystem.
• Developing Experts
Developing Experts is a technology business bringing the world of education and learning into a refreshing new era, which simply and intuitively benefits parents, teachers, and pupils. It centres on a digital platform featuring a library of more than 700 lessons, activities and assessments. In use globally, the curriculum solution calls on documents and online video material, produced by a pool of educational and sector specialists, including upwards of 100 scientists and professors. It has a sales funnel which allows for direct B2C market access, or to governments and educational bodies ensuring multiple channels to market.
Judges’ comments: The platform is easy-to-use and has been designed for teachers to easily build lesson plans, help explain science and allow students to engage directly. The platform is being used in multiple countries throughout the world and Developing Experts has been careful to develop the platform and technology so that is can be accessed in countries with poorer network infrastructure. All the learning content is produced by teachers and subject matter experts, with special attention paid to the way children learn. Content has been created for video experiments, songs and quizzes. The team also develop partnerships, with special guests from universities to explain complex subject matter. The company plans to continue partnering with education providers, adding more subjects and turning the platform into an indispensable learning tool for students around the world.
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