MobiCom 2014 / Miami, Florida / September 30- October 4, 2013


 Startup Pitch Contest 


Is your dream to start a company with your cool idea? Do you feel you have what it takes to change the world, but doesn't know how and where to start? Here's your chance to make a pitch to Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists and entrepreneurs at MobiCom! You will follow a similar pitch process as recommended by the VCs. The finalists will make a pitch at MobiCom in front of the judges and MobiCom attendees and get constructive feedback from the VCs and entrepreneurs. The winning team will get invited to a Silicon Valley Venture Capital office to make a formal pitch. Consider this contest as a free training session! Any MobiCom 2014 attendees are eligible. You can pitch any "good" ideas, including those from your papers, demos, posters, apps, or your daydream!

  • Paradrop Smart Router: Dale Willis, Suman Banerjee, Arkodeb Dasgupta
  • iSleep: Tian Hao, Guoliang Xing
  • HealthAppy: Amir Helmy, Ahmed Helmy
  • iGaze: Lan Zhang, Xiang-Yang Li, Wenchao Huang, Kebin Liu, Xuesi Jian, Shuwei Zong, Puchun Feng, Taeho Jung, Yunhao Liu
  • Abacus Vision: Robert LiKamWa, Mayank Kumar, Ryan Ning, Navid Sakhavand

* Presenters are in bold font.

  • Elevator Pitch Submission: Due August 28th, 11:59pm PDT. Write your elevator pitch in one paragraph (max 250 words). Please indicate whether you will have a demo or video of your idea, although it's not required. Send the PDF to mobicom14pitch "at"
  • Finalists Announcement: September 2nd.
  • Finalist Pitch: September 8th 6:30-8pm. Pitch in front of the judges and your fellow attendees. Your pitch will be for 5 minutes (strict) and 5 minutes of Q&A with the judges. Your pitch will be evaluated on technology, product readiness, market opportunity, business model, competitive environment, team, and presentation quality.

The winner will be invited to the office of Artiman Ventures to make a formal pitch. Some of runner ups may also get the invitation.


Eugene Lee (Chair)

Eugene Lee is an Entrepreneur In Residence at Artiman Ventures. He is a seasoned leader and entrepreneur with a track record of founding, building, growing and selling transformational companies at the intersection of people, software and networks. He is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Artiman Ventures, an early-stage venture capital fund, where he is investigating and incubating "white space" opportunities. Previously, he joined Socialtext as "CEO 2.0" and member of the Board of Directors in November 2007, leading the company's growth to cash flow positive and SaaS profitability. Lee led the company to a successful exit in April 2012, when Socialtext was acquired by Bedford Funding, a $1.4 billion private equity firm.

After graduating from the MIT Sloan School of Business, Lee co-founded Beyond, Inc., the developer of the award-winning BeyondMail product. After Banyan Systems' acquisition of Beyond, Lee was named General Manager of Messaging Business Unit, growing it from $5 million to $32 million in revenue in 18 months, and earned four patents in messaging, workflow and privacy technologies. He also launched, the leading white and yellow pages directory.

Lee was recruited by Cisco Systems in 1997 as Vice President of Worldwide SMB Marketing, and then held the role of Vice President Marketing for Cisco's Internet Communications Software Group, andeventually Vice President of Worldwide Enterprise Marketing. From 2004 to 2007 Lee was at Adobe Systems as Vice President of Product Marketing for the Intelligent Documents Business Unit and then as Vice President of Vertical and Solutions Marketing.

Lee is passionate about entrepreneurship and leadership, and actively advises and mentors several CEOs, startups, and non-profit organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for and for the Peninsula Symphony Orchestra.

Lee holds a B.A. in Physics and B.S. in Engineering and Computer Science from Harvard College, and a MBA from M.I.T Sloan School of Management. He is an accomplished pianist and a passionate chamber musician, voracious reader, budding photographer and foodie, and enthusiastic skier and golfer.

Claire Chang

Claire Chang is a Co-Founder and Managing Director of igniteXL, a Silicon Valley based accelerator/seed fund focusing on Korean startups and entrepreneurs. For over 20 years, Claire has brought her global marketing expertise to both established and startup companies in Silicon Valley and Korea. Claire formulates and executes global marketing strategies for her clients with a personal understanding of the unique challenges entrepreneurs face as they bring new ideas, products, and services to the global market. Claire's accelerator experience dates back to 2005, at which time she was a principal member of Korea's premier international business incubator, iPark Silicon Valley. With her extensive personal and professional network in Silicon Valley and Korea, Claire is a highly regarded connector and conduit.

Professor Leonard Kleinrock

Professor Leonard Kleinrock is Distinguished Professor of Computer Science at UCLA. He developed the mathematical theory of packet networks, the technology underpinning the Internet, while a graduate student at MIT in the period from 1960-1962. The birth of the Internet occurred in his UCLA laboratory (3420 Boelter Hall) when his Host computer became the first node of the Internet in September 1969 and it was from there that he directed the transmission of the first message to pass over the Internet on October 29, 1969.

Dr. Kleinrock received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1963. He has served as a Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Los Angeles since then, serving as Chairman of the department from 1991-1995. He received his BEE degree from CCNY in 1957. and his MS degree from MIT in 1959. He is also the recipient of a number of Honorary Doctorates. He was the first President and Co-founder of Linkabit Corporation, the co-founder of Nomadix, Inc., and Founder and Chairman of TTI/Vanguard, an advanced technology forum organization. He has published over 250 papers and authored six books on a wide array of subjects, including packet switching networks, packet radio networks, local area networks, broadband networks, gigabit networks, nomadic computing, intelligent software agents, performance evaluation, and peer-to-peer networks. During his tenure at UCLA, Dr. Kleinrock has supervised the research for 47 Ph.D. students and numerous M.S. students. These former students now form a core group of the world's most advanced networking experts.

Dr. Kleinrock is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an IEEE fellow, an ACM fellow, an INFORMS fellow, an IEC fellow a Guggenheim fellow, and a founding member of the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board of the National Research Council. He is recipient of the 2007 National Medal of Science, the L.M. Ericsson Prize, the NAE Charles Stark Draper Prize, the Marconi International Fellowship Award, the Dan David Prize, the Okawa Prize, the IEEE Internet Millennium Award, the ORSA Lanchester Prize, the ACM SIGCOMM Award, the NEC Computer and Communications Award, the Sigma Xi Monie A. Ferst Award, the CCNY Townsend Harris Medal, the CCNY Electrical Engineering Award, the UCLA Outstanding Faculty Member Award, the UCLA Distinguished Teaching Award, the UCLA Faculty Research Lecturer, the INFORMS President's Award, the ICC Prize Paper Award, the IEEE Leonard G. Abraham Prize Paper Award, and the IEEE Harry M. Goode Award.

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