The Beat is back today with updates on #DCTechMadness as well as some neighborhood startup activity …

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The Big One

ChrisLast evening we held our initial official bracket introduction for #DCTechMadness at Penn Social. A bunch of you turned up, and also it was amazing. From early seed-round startups to mature market-recognizable business, the event united a variety of D.C.’s leading tech numbers. Growing technology economic situations all have competition, and we would like to fuel some friendly competition in the D.C.-area technology community this March. Earlier today, DC Inno released the open voting part of the competition.

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We obtained hundreds of elections from the area but needed to crack the area to a competition of 64– each the traditional March Madness layout. If you didn’t make the cut, no difficult sensations. Simply one company can be crowned winner of #DCTechMadness … Lets get those ballots in!

* The 32 business that advance will be announced onThursday, March 18, and also the next round of voting will start *

Making Moves

ChrisVirginia’s Center for Ingenious Technology is teaming up with the Division of Homeland Security to develop a new company accelerator program. The EMERGE! program is developed that can help company accelerators locate business owners with suggestions for wearable innovation valuable to very first -responders, whether federal government legal services enforcement or neighborhood authorities, Emergency medical technicians and firemens. The DHS has been working to get start-ups and entrepreneurs involved in providing advanced modern technology to DHS agents for a while, and also the brand-new accelerator is place of that. CIT picked start-ups Tech Wildcatters and TechNexus to kick off the new program.

ChrisCoinbase has come to be the first bitcoin firm to join the ranks of Google, Facebook as well as various other major on-line brand names in the Internet Association, the Internet economic climate lobbying and also advocacy company. Lobbying on Capitol Hillside takes a great deal of cash and lots of political savvy. Including its name to the Web Association’s list, and contributing a few of the $75 million it just recently increased to advertising bitcoin’s reason versus questionable legislators can really aid Coinbase increase. The service is one of the most commonly made use of systems for exchanging bitcoin– flaunting some 38,000 merchants and also over 2.5 million users.


ChrisIn early March at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, HTC released a possibly innovative cyberspace headset referred to as the HTC Vive. Designers are acquiring wise regarding VR design. With the HMD for visuals, cutting-edge controllers for connecting, as well as a 15 × 15 foot area in which you could easily move with precise as well as determined monitoring, the HTC Vive– also named the SteamVR — is a phase for the imagination.

Be certain to capture our meeting with Matthias McCoy-Thompson, co-founder of D.C.-based virtual fact software program developer AgoraVR, to a lot better recognize what this current step in online reality technology suggests for the industry.

Apple Hate

ChrisApple’s highly anticipated Apple Watch — an item established behind a shadow of PR command and secrecy– may not be all set for prime-time show, according to initial product evaluations. Analyst evaluations seem to be skewing towards a more unfavorable tone compared to positive one. As Bloomberg Place of business’s Stephen Pulvirent puts it: “On very first use, the device really felt a little complicated and clumsy. Sometimes it appeared to do one point, at various other times, simply the opposite. The screen doesn’t use the familiar pinch-to-zoom gesture used on the apple iphone and also it feels like the interplay between touching, wiping, and also turning royalty will certainly take some obtaining used to.”

What we’re reading

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  • An Overview Of The Last 64 #DCTechMadness Companies
  • This UVa Alum is Behind the Viral 365 Day Proposal Video
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