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The Final 5 startups will be judged by the following IBM SmartCamp Austin judges:

judge1Bob Metcalfe. Professor of Innovation in the Cockrell School of Engineering at UTexas Austin and a Polaris Venture Partner. He was an Internet pioneer in 1970 at MIT and Harvard, receiving a PhD in Computer Science. Bob invented Ethernet in 1973 at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. In 1979, he founded 3Com Corporation. Bob was for 10 years a General Partner of Polaris and serves on boards of five startups: 1366, Ember, IPS, SiOnyx, and Sun Catalytix. For the 10 years before Polaris, he was a publisher-pundit at IDG. In 2005, Bob received the National Medal of Technology.

judge2Susan Davenport. Senior Vice President of Global Technology Strategies for the Austin Chamber of Commerce in Austin, Texas. In her current role she manages the Greater Austin Technology Partnership (GATP) whose mission is to develop and implement the strategies designed to improve Austin’s global competitive position for technology innovation. Encompassed in these duties is the development and execution of the region’s overall existing industry program, Portfolio Austin, which serves business interests in the five county Austin-Round Rock MSA. In addition Susan serves as the Program Manager for the Central Texas Regional Center for Innovation and Commercialization, a virtual organization housed and managed by the Austin Chamber of Commerce, which focuses on the commercialization of disruptive technologies within a fifteen county, Central Texas region. Over the past six years the initiative has assisted 32 regional companies with garnering over $57 million of investment and regional universities and research entities an additional $30 million of funding from the State of Texas Emerging Technology Fund.

judge3Darrell R. Windham. Fulbright and Jaworski L.L.P. partner and head of the Corporate/Business section in the firm’s Austin location. Darrell has more than thirty years of experience in all types of business and securities matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financing transactions and public and private securities offerings. Darrell also advises clients on business start-ups and organizations, strategic alliances, joint ventures and other domestic and international business transactions and securities law compliance.

judge4Helene Armitage. General Manager of IBM Systems & Technology Group’s Systems Software business unit. She focuses on integrating and differentiating IBM systems by leveraging software product offerings, and driving for consistent naming, packaging and licensing. Her team works across IBM to use systems software to accelerate client time- to-value for IBM’s systems as a critical part of infrastructure deployments. Helene is a member of the IBM Integration and Values Team, and is on the Board of Governors of the IBM Academy of Technology. She is a leader in diversity initiatives, and is the executive co-sponsor of IBM’s Global Women’s Council. Prior to joining IBM, Helene held management and engineering positions at other information technology companies including Tandem Computers, UNIX International, and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Be There Live: Register To Be There In Person

Registration is free.  Please join us and register now for IBM SmartCamp Austin on May 18.

Watch On LiveStream

If you can’t make it to Austin, you can watch the event live on LiveStream, May 17 & 18. Click here to go to the channel.

You Be The Judge – Vote for Your Favorite Startup:  Online People’s Vote Award

Help us pick the IBM SmartCamp People’s Vote Award.  Each of the Final 5 has created a 1-minute pitch that you will be able to watch here on the Smarter Planet blog. After watching their pitch videos, you will be able to vote for your favorite.  Voting starts Tuesday, May 17.   Winners will be announced on May 18 on this blog.

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