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mobileObjects, Spotscale and Vimba Nominated as Auto App Challenge Finalists

Industry: Automotive

France (PRUnderground) January 2nd, 2014

The Auto App Challenge is announcing Vimba, Spotscale and mobileObjects, as the three finalists of its competition. The start-up companies have been selected by a jury of professionals gathered by GPS Business News.

mobileObjects, based in Paderborn, Germany, is a developer of mobile applications for the telematics market with a dedication to B2B apps. The company presented an app for service delivery process improvement.

Spotscale is a Swedish start-up that uses drones, software and 3D printers to generate photo-realistic models of buildings and landscapes. The company presented an app that offers 3D destination preview and best parking booking based on the local context and the user preference.

Vimba, based in Berlin, Germany is a start-up which aims at making all European cars connected via smartphones and a module plugged to the vehicle’s diagnostic port.

“The goal of the Auto App Challenge is to promote innovation in connected services for the car and the driver; as such mobileObjects, Vimba and Spotscale are great examples of companies that connect cars and drivers to the cloud to make life simpler and businesses more efficient,“ explained Ludovic Privat, Editor & co-founder at GPS Business news, the organizer of the Challenge.

The three finalists will compete to win the Challenge at the ConnecteDriver conference – – where they will present their solution on January 29th in front of 150 business professionals coming from 18 countries and representing the whole ecosystem of the connected car industry.

International Jury
The finalists of the challenge have been selected among six criterias (Functionality, Usability, Design, Uniqueness, Commercial potential and Business model) by a jury made of six experienced professionals in the business of the auto/mobile convergence:
– Kim Fennell, CEO, deCarta, United States
– Christophe Goudy, SVP Client Development, Hotwire PR, United States
– Gredy Raffin, Section Editor at Le Journal de l’Automobile, France.
– Oliver Stauch, Managing Editor at Connect, Germany.
– Zvi Wrobel, Senior Editor HTIsrael, Israel.
– Ludovic Privat, Co-founder & Editor, GPS Business News, France

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Biographies of the judges
Gredy Raffin is section editor Journal de l’Automobile, a French automotive business magazine he joined in 2005. He wrote about the evolution of car dealerships before taking charge of the sections dealing with DMS tools, customer relationship management, marketing and embedded systems. Le Journal de l’Automobile is 34 years old publication, a reference in French automotive business press.

Oliver Stauch is the Managing Editor at Connect, a leading German publication and  Europe’s biggest Magazine for Telecommunication. Oliver has 15 years of experience in automotive industry, navigation systems and apps. He studied Automotive Engineering at Hochschule Karlsruhe, University of Applied Sciences, where he graduated in 1998.

Zvi Wrobel is a senior editor, with more than 10 years of experience, at HTIsrael group, the home for the largest technical consumer electronics centered community in Israel. HTIsrael group consists of a number of websites, including  Hometheater, HTmobile, Userit,  HTcafé, HThome, HTphoto, and HTTV. Besides, Zvi is part of the G&A procurement team at Mellanox, a leading supplier of end-to-end InfiniBand and Ethernet interconnect solutions and services for servers and storage. Zvi graduated with a degree in Computers and Control from Tel-Aviv University.

Kim Fennell is the CEO at deCarta, a worldwide leader in LBS technology, a company he joined in 2004, bringing more than 25 years of experience in high technology. Prior to deCarta, he was CEO of Pinnacle Systems where he led the company through record growth to $330 million in revenue. He previously served as CEO of StorageWay, a VC-financed data storage service provider. Earlier, he was a corporate vice president at Lucent Technologies. He also worked for Octel Communications, as well as ROLM and Burroughs (now Unisys).

Christophe Goudy, based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is senior vice president client development at Hotwire PR, a worldwide PR agency. He was previously the CEO of Hotwire for Continental Europe where he led public relations campaigns for a number of automotive related High Tech companies including Garmin, ALK Technologies and INRIX, among others.

Ludovic Privat is the co-founder and editor of GPS Business, a leading online business media dedicated to the location-based services market.  Created in 2007, GPS Business News has over 20,000 monthly readers in 100 countries. Ludovic is also a business consultant in the field of location-based and connected car services.

About Auto App Challenge

The Auto App challenge is a start-up competition organized by GPS Business News to promote innovation and excellence in mobile services dedicated to the driver. The three finalists of the Auto App Challenge will be invited to ConnecteDriver, a conference taking place in Brussels on January 28-29, 2015 and gathering professional stakeholders in the connected car industry. They will present their services and the conference attendees will select the winner that will be offered prizes from partners: Bosch, TomTom, Priori Data, deCarta and GPS Business News.

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