Big technology trends in 2014
(+ examples of small European companies blazing trails)

@robinwauters / founding editor of ...
A little bit about me

@robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu
Trends do not necessarily equal innovation
Sometimes, big companies set the trends
(as in: not startups)
Sometimes, startups set the trends
(as in: decidedly not the big tech companies)
Accurately predicting future trends in
tech is almost impossible ... fortunately
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Cisco's definition:
“IoE brings together people, process, data, and
things to make ne...
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
- 30+ billion connected devices by 2020 (ABI)
- dozens of trillions connections betwe...
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Lock8 (UK)
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
CubeSensors (Slovenia)
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Tado° (Germany)
Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
Intellectronics / iSocket (Finland)
Trend #2- Lean Hardware & Robotics
Trend #2 - Lean Hardware & Robotics
- More and more entrepreneurs take the 'lean',
agile approach to hardware manufacturin...
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Raspberry Pi (UK)
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Jolla (Finland)
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Geeksphone (Spain)
Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics
Kano (UK)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology

- Wearable computers, meet ubiquitous
computing. Be nice to each other.
- Making tech...
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
MuteWatch (Sweden)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
Now Computing / Stormfly (Spain)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
ShoeSense (France)
Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
Memoto (Sweden)
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets

- Car as Internet-connected platforms
- Allowing drivers to connect with their cars vi...
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
High Mobility (Estonia)
Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
Cloud Your Car (Poland)
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring

- Rising 'Quantified Self' wave
- It's not just about 'lifelogging', it's about usi...
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Runtastic (Austria)
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Scanadu (Belgium)
Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
Withings (France)
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
- Interpreting and acting on human gestures via
mathematical algorithms
- Will ma...
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
Omek Interactive (Israel)
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
SoftKinetic (Belgium)
Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
PrimeSense (Israel)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
- From digital model to three-dimensional solid
object in no time (additive manufacturing)
- Both f...
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
Materialise (Belgium)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
GrabCAD (Estonia)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
BEEVERYCREATIVE (Portugal)
Trend #7 – 3D Printing
Leapfrog (The Netherlands)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
- 'Sharing economy': shift from ownership to
access, both businesses and consumers
- ...
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
HouseTrip (UK)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
FON (Spain)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
BlaBlaCar (France)
Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
Carpooling (Germany)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
- Not just payments, but banking, accountancy,
currency exchange, expense management et...
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
SumUp (Germany)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
iZettle (Sweden)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
Paymill (Germany)
Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
TransferWise (Estonia/UK)
There are many stories left to be told ...

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An overview of major technology trends in 2014, and examples of European companies that are building innovative businesses on top of them.

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  • Great oversight, thank you! A few more examples, all from Amsterdam:
    #2 Lean Hardware: Fairphone
    #7 3D Printing: 3D Hubs
    #8 Collaborative Consumption: Peerby
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Tech trends 2014 robin wauters - how to web

  1. 1. Big technology trends in 2014 (+ examples of small European companies blazing trails) @robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu
  2. 2. A little bit about me @robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu
  3. 3. Trends do not necessarily equal innovation
  4. 4. Sometimes, big companies set the trends (as in: not startups)
  5. 5. Sometimes, startups set the trends (as in: decidedly not the big tech companies)
  6. 6. Accurately predicting future trends in tech is almost impossible ... fortunately
  7. 7. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything
  8. 8. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Cisco's definition: “IoE brings together people, process, data, and things to make networked connections more relevant and valuable than ever before — turning information into actions that create new capabilities, richer experiences, and unprecedented economic opportunity for businesses, individuals, and countries.”
  9. 9. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything - 30+ billion connected devices by 2020 (ABI) - dozens of trillions connections between them - huge anticipated impact on supply of water and food, education, fitness and healthcare, climate change, and countless other 'things'
  10. 10. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Lock8 (UK)
  11. 11. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything CubeSensors (Slovenia)
  12. 12. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Tado° (Germany)
  13. 13. Trend #1- The Internet of Everything Intellectronics / iSocket (Finland)
  14. 14. Trend #2- Lean Hardware & Robotics
  15. 15. Trend #2 - Lean Hardware & Robotics - More and more entrepreneurs take the 'lean', agile approach to hardware manufacturing - using “modern tools of digital fabrication, online collaboration and e-commerce to create a new way to make and distribute things” - Minimize waste and risk to maximize chances of success and return on investment
  16. 16. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Raspberry Pi (UK)
  17. 17. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Jolla (Finland)
  18. 18. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Geeksphone (Spain)
  19. 19. Trend #2 – Lean Hardware & Robotics Kano (UK)
  20. 20. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology
  21. 21. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology - Wearable computers, meet ubiquitous computing. Be nice to each other. - Making technology pervasive in all aspects of life, in ways no other computer would be able to - Realtime everything: monitoring + recording
  22. 22. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology MuteWatch (Sweden)
  23. 23. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology Now Computing / Stormfly (Spain)
  24. 24. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology ShoeSense (France)
  25. 25. Trend #3- Smart Wearable Technology Memoto (Sweden)
  26. 26. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets
  27. 27. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets - Car as Internet-connected platforms - Allowing drivers to connect with their cars via smart devices, even from a distance - Opportunities for entertainment, data, location and network sharing, etc.
  28. 28. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets High Mobility (Estonia)
  29. 29. Trend #4 – Connected Cars & Fleets Cloud Your Car (Poland)
  30. 30. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring
  31. 31. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring - Rising 'Quantified Self' wave - It's not just about 'lifelogging', it's about using data to improve and maintain our health - Fitness and activity tracking, genetics, personal analytics, sleep monitoring
  32. 32. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring Runtastic (Austria)
  33. 33. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring Scanadu (Belgium)
  34. 34. Trend #5 – Personal Health Monitoring Withings (France)
  35. 35. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control
  36. 36. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control - Interpreting and acting on human gestures via mathematical algorithms - Will make text and graphical user interfaces look primitive over time (for certain things) - Opportunities for entertainment but also education, healthcare, and more
  37. 37. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control Omek Interactive (Israel)
  38. 38. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control SoftKinetic (Belgium)
  39. 39. Trend #6 – Gesture Recognition & Control PrimeSense (Israel)
  40. 40. Trend #7 – 3D Printing
  41. 41. Trend #7 – 3D Printing - From digital model to three-dimensional solid object in no time (additive manufacturing) - Both for mass production, domestic (hobbyist) use - fashion and art - Applications in architecture, engineering, construction, industrial design, automotive, aerospace, military, healthcare, etc.
  42. 42. Trend #7 – 3D Printing Materialise (Belgium)
  43. 43. Trend #7 – 3D Printing GrabCAD (Estonia)
  44. 44. Trend #7 – 3D Printing BEEVERYCREATIVE (Portugal)
  45. 45. Trend #7 – 3D Printing Leapfrog (The Netherlands)
  46. 46. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption
  47. 47. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption - 'Sharing economy': shift from ownership to access, both businesses and consumers - Enables distribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in property, goods and services - Rise of social media usage, broadband penetration and information technology
  48. 48. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption HouseTrip (UK)
  49. 49. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption FON (Spain)
  50. 50. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption BlaBlaCar (France)
  51. 51. Trend #8 – Collaborative Consumption Carpooling (Germany)
  52. 52. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance
  53. 53. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance - Not just payments, but banking, accountancy, currency exchange, expense management etc. - Smart connected devices + faster connectivity + financial tech improvements - Impacting consumers, merchants, large retailers and corporations alike
  54. 54. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance SumUp (Germany)
  55. 55. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance iZettle (Sweden)
  56. 56. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance Paymill (Germany)
  57. 57. Trend #9 – Digitization of Finance TransferWise (Estonia/UK)
  58. 58. There are many stories left to be told ... @robinwauters / founding editor of Tech.eu

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