EPFL startup Coteries develops applications to create social networks based on interests like music, sports and quotes.
Mobino is launching their new mobile payments system. Here showing off their Android app, it also works on any mobile phone, feature phone. They take a 0% fee from users and a 1% fee from merchants. See in this video how their mobile payments system looks like paying for a drink at a bar on Android. Just type in a 6-number payment ID generated by the bar and type your 4-number password, and the payment is done from your smartphone over the data network.
Iceland’s banking collapse is the largest suffered by any country in economic history (relative to the size of its economy). As one of the reactions to the crisis, the Icelandic people are drafting a new collaborative constitution, by the contribution of the Icelandic people, elected representatives, they are waiting for the parliament (new election coming up in April 2013) to take this new people-generated consitution and implement it. Gudrun Pétursdóttir was chairman of the Icelandic Constitutional Council, which organized the collaborative and open process for revising Iceland's constitution after the 2008 crisis.
James Devine made this automatic pen printer device as his hobby. It took him about 3 days of work, programming the Arduino, the motors, putting stuff together, now it can print any black and white picture automatically. It reminds me of the totally amazing 1810 Henri Maillardet Automaton. James Devine works as a electrical engineer at CERN, standby to work on electrical systems for all the experiments at the Large Hadron Collider. James Devine released the source code and info about his robot drawing arm at his blog.
Kitchen Budapest wants to create tangible interfaces through which people can get in touch with data.
Johnatan Landais and Patrick Vincent of Erasme, talk about using technology for elderly people.
MySollars.com is an Environmental Loyalty Solution for companies to engage consumers and for consumers it's a social game to compensate their carbon emmissions.