It is always a humbling experience to be recognized by a respected publication. This time around, in a WIRED Magazine article, Activity Stream is mentioned as one of the five most promising startups out of Iceland to watch. Nicole Kobie wrote an interesting piece on the startup scene in Iceland in the latest edition of the magazine best known for in-depth editorials and informative coverage of the world of high tech. In addition to the shortlist of five companies, Activity Stream, Meniga, Viska, Solfar and Platome Biotechnology, proudly representing the vibrant Icelandic startup community, the article is focusing on the strong sense of gender equality and quotes Startup Iceland founder, Bala Kamallakharan, Hekla Arnardóttir, CEO of female-led CV firm Crowberry Capital, and Salome Guðmundsdóttir, CEO of the Icelandic Startups accelerator.
We are delighted to start a fruitful relationship with the ambitious people of the Assembly Hall Theatre in Kent, England. This marks our proud move into the UK market as the Assembly Hall Theatre is the first UK based venue to go online, but certainly not the last.
For us, this also is quite an occasion to celebrate as this is the first project to take advantage of an integration between the Activity Stream system, the associated AS for Live Entertainment industry-specific solution and TopTix’s SRO4 ticketing platform, supporting 500 institutions around the globe processing 80 million tickets.
We like to extend our gratitude to both the people of the Assembly Hall Theatre and our partners at TopTix.
Our CEO, Einar Saevarsson, made quite a splash at the high-level Charge, energy branding conference at the Harpa conference center in Reykjavik Iceland where he for the first time introduced AS for Energy. The industry-specific solution is designed to help companies to visualize their electricity consumption and use AI to generate observations of how they can more intelligently reduce their energy bill.
In a panel of thought-leaders on the issue of the already changing landscape of how businesses and consumers alike experience their energy provider, he suggested a scenario where energy is complemented with services which enable businesses to understand how they consume and suggest how to optimize their spending. The point is that as people become more aware their behavior changes and the energy providers should be there, from the start, every step of the way.
Global warming seems to be an irreversible development which we all have to help slow down. One way to do so is saving energy but to save you have to understand where and how you use energy. The first generation of AS for Energy already features several ways to understand exactly that and AI-based capabilities creating observations directly beneficial to any energy saving effort.
To underline Activity Stream’s call to action – a call for energy companies to take a leading role in providing energy-saving technology to consumers, the company created a symbolic installationwhere the beautiful glass facade of the Harpa Conference center is the canvas. One side displays a small island going under water while another is showing the severity of the situation. A classic message.
We like to extend our thanks to Harpa and artist Olafur Eliasson to allow us to take over the facade as we also point out Mr. Eliasson’s personal project, Little Sun. www.littlesun.com.
Activity Stream was founded by serial entrepreneurs who strongly believe in paying it forward in the extremely vibrant startup community in Iceland. It is a humbling experience to be not only nominated by these same people but to actually win an award as Startup of the Year 2017. This is so unexpected as the nominated companies are all teams of galactic talents who as teams are changing the world.
As a committed, independent, rag tag group of pros who get shit done, we like to thank the many people who have contributed to the journey so far. Without our great customers, strong investors, agile board of directors and a very capable team, Activity Stream would still only be a great freakin’ idea.
Today, our CEO & Co-founder, Einar Saevarsson, accepted on behalf of us all a trophy which in itself represents yet another proof that we must be doing something right. This means that we now go head to head against the best at the Nordic Startup Awards at the Grand Finale in Stockholm in October. What an honor.
Iron Man has Jarvis, Apple users have Siri and Alexa assists Amazon customers. Activity Stream has Metty. Agents are a great way to communicate with technology and present information in a human-like manner. Jarvis and Siri are two well-known examples of great agents who increase productivity, provide valuable insights and help users do a better job. Although Jarvis is a fictional character, he is a great indication of where things will or at least can go.
Communications have possibly come a full circle. Everything used to be face to face, two or more people engaging in an interactive conversations. Now, a software places a layer of forms, buttons, and on-screen prompts between technology and people so they can give commands and retrieve information. Agents, on the other hand, provide users with a great way to use speech and simple natural text to do the same.
Metty is to Activity Stream users what Siri is to Apple users. She is everybody’s perfect assistant and you can ask her for information based on the data she can access through the artificial intelligence based Activity Stream platform and the associated industry specific solutions. She works with a team of experts who help by turning data into knowledge and actionable insights.
Metty is in training to become the most experienced, most fun, and most intelligent assistant you can wish for. She has big data for breakfast, business acumen for lunch, industry expertise for dinner and between meals she snacks on small talk and wit.
We put together a short video to introduce the concept of agents and how we enable Activity Stream users to use agent technology to increase the value of their data.