The annual thought leading Ticketing Technology Forum took place this week in Manchester. As usual, we had a wonderful time catching up with old buddies in the industry but also meet a number of great new future friends. Interesting times in the ticketing industry for sure. We noticed quite an influx of exciting companies from South America, felt the focus on data analytics getting much stronger, and the way technology is reshaping our industry becoming more apparent. Thank you all by for a demonstration and special thanks to those who sat in on our presentation.
Using data as decision support is not really new but there are a few newer aspects that are making quite a wave. One is the concept of using real-time data. Although it makes total sense, it is still a challenge for most companies. We know this for a fact as our approach to connecting multiple data is getting quite the attention. So is our ability to aggregate different types of data, not just different sources but different data types like time-series data on one hand and arbitrary business events on the other. OK, so we may have lost you there but Martin Gammeltoft, who leads our effort in the ticketing space wrote a great series of short articles on connecting data.
Another data-related headache besides getting it all in synch in one place in real-time is how to make use of all that information and enable a team to use it. When all the information starts pouring in and the data sets keep bloating up, there isn’t a dashboard or a report that really enables a pull of the right intel to the right person at the right time. Our AI based operations intelligence engine is designed to help curate, deliver and enable collaboration on tailor-made information feed for any member of a team. Simply put, the system creates observations which are pushed to the right people. To further explain, we actually put together a video.
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.