We know how important it is to stay on top of the latest trends, especially in the technology industry. To tap in to the pulse of what’s hot and new, we spent a week at Collision 2017, which has established itself as the “it” show for some of the most exhilarating tech startups from around the world. With more than 20,000 attendees and 4,500 companies, there’s no shortage of creativity, diversity and entrepreneurial spirit.
We headed down to New Orleans to learn about some of the coolest startups during the day and drink in the biggest tech trends on Bourbon and Frenchmen Streets at night. Each conversation inspired us to hear the passion behind each fledgling company and the dedication from each founder to make their vision a reality.
Trends at Collision
From the show floor we saw a mix of Alpha, Beta and more established startups. Here’s a sample of the trends we saw from these up-and-comers:
- Apps reign supreme. Apps continue to dominate the focus for many companies. From employee engagement to crisis alert systems to data protection, apps were a dominant category at Collision. In attendance were app development companies to partner with creative ideas, confirming that your mobile device is going nowhere.
- Virtual reality is real. Not all that long ago, VR felt like something only possible in old sci-fi movies. VR is here and it’s gaining in both functionality and resonance in different applications. Not just for video games, VR has potential in advertising and healthcare and medtech.
- Security is critical. From protecting your smart home and devices to preventing fraud to endpoint protection for, security continues to be a focus in the tech industry.
AI and IoT: Not Just Acronym Soup
Tying all these trends together were two trends we’ve been keeping an eye on for some time: artificial intelligence and IoT. The number of connected devices has grown exponentially, making the Internet of Things more relevant than ever before. AI has become a critical component to keep these smart devices smart now. We expect to see more focus on AI integrations as the IoT continues to grow.
Ideas Collide at Collision
The Collision show floor had an atmosphere of collaboration and inspiration. It was amazing to see how diverse the tech industry can be and we were continually inspired by compelling POVs from these companies. In heading down to the Big Easy our goal was to meet people who could share insights about emerging technologies – and that’s just what we found at Collision.
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