Last night Votizen did a clean sweep at the Disruptathon held at The Washington Post Building in DC. Participants recognized the social media company in the categories of best presentation, uniqueness, design, most disruptive potential, most liked, and best in show. These overwhelming results indicate it’s time to take notice as to why this company is so different. Votizen competed against a strong field of nineteen. (See list below.)
A Twitter campaign, Startup Visa, provided the genesis for Votizen. The free service uses social networks to establish a “connected electorate” by creating direct a communication channel among voters, candidates, and incumbents.
Currently in beta, Votizen seeks to make civic engagement simpler and more meaningful. The system verifies constituents so you cannot game the system. Its four basic features enable users to:
- View personal voting records
- Learn about the issues
- Endorse candidates
- Tell others what’s on their minds
In part, Votizen caught our attention because the business is so very different from anything we’ve seen before. Perhaps more importantly, it provides a channel to help people feel less disenfranchised at a time when elected officials resoundingly appear to favor personal interests over public interests.
Thank you to Pete Erickson and Disruptathon for bringing innovation to the forefront of our business community. As networking events go, this tops the ‘must attend’ list because it attracts the visionary thinkers whose companies have the potential to change the future in a very real way. Conversations at Disruptathon are always entertaining, insightful, and provocative.
Thanks also to the event sponsors Cynergy, Deloitte, Gannett, Socialize, USA Today, O’Reilly, WaPo Labs, MicroStrategy, iFormBuilder, Teqcorner, PointAbout Mobile, and SpeakerBox Communications, and The Washington Post Company. We like fun events that give us a crystal ball.
Presenting companies included: MyRete (WhosHere), Trendspottr, Uppidy, Heywire, LifeKraze, FullCircle (formerly MyTalk), Awesomize, Pixable, Angel, Sponto, Votizen, ProConIt, LocalResponse, Hatchd, App Update, Spinnakr, Curia, Star Studded, and SocialToaster. Look for highlights on some of these companies in upcoming posts.