HeyStaks, the social web-search start-up company with offices in NovaUCD and San Francisco, has been selected to represent Ireland at the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 Final. This competition has a €225,000 prize fund.
Already known as the biggest start-up competition of its kind, Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 is an international contest to identify and develop the best, most innovative, mobile internet start-up companies. This year the competition was open to start-up companies in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Ireland, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom that have a mobile site, service or application.
HeyStaks was chosen as the overall winner of the Irish leg of this competition following presentations by 5 finalists, representing the top mobile products recently developed in Ireland, to a judging panel. Criteria used to select the winner included; originality; creativity and innovation; technical and operational feasibility; economic and financial viability; value to end-users; and the quality of the management team.
HeyStaks will now represent Ireland in the finals, which includes the winners from the 6 other participating countries, at the PICNIC festival in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on 15 and 16 September.
HeyStaks, a social web search service launched earlier this year, enables users to collaborate anonymously with friends and people of like minded interest as they search, to get better, more relevant results recommended by people they trust around topics that matter to them. HeyStaks works with individuals’ favourite search engines so they can continue searching as normal. HeyStaks also allows consumers to enjoy an original mobile search experience for phones and tablets and enables search synchronisation across multiple devices (computer, phone, tablet, TV).
On being selected for the Vodafone Mobile Clicks 2011 Final, Jonathan Dillon, CEO, HeyStaks said, “We are delighted to have won Vodafone’s Irish competition, from among a strong field of Irish innovators, and we are excited to participate in the finals in Amsterdam. This is great timing for us as we are seeing very positive consumer reaction to our iPhone and Android phone apps, and will be releasing our new apps for iPads and Android tablets in September. These products represent a new and original approach to mobile search, and enables consumers to fulfil all of their search needs in one place, faster, and more accurately via the HeyStaks apps. And for those carrying multiple devices, this is a really easy way for one to sync their searches across devices.”