Last night’s Orlando Tech Meetup showcased four of Orlando’s up-and-coming startups. Each looking to disrupt VR, AR, crowdfunding, and on-demand tech in the city. The companies were given four minutes to demo their product, then four minutes of Q&A with the audience.
The first to demo was Abe, an artificial intelligence bot for personal finances. Essentially, Abe the bot is your go-to financial advisor. Once given permission to look into your finances, Abe can answer a series of questions. Everything from “Abe, how much debt do I have”? or “Abe, how much do I currently have in my checking account?” The bot is private and secure, with messages self-destructing in exactly 200 seconds after they are sent. Abe currently lives on Slack and will soon be available on other platforms including SMS and Facebook messenger.
Presented by Robb & Keith Twitter: @abethebot
Next up was PingPro a company started in Puerto Rico. PingPro is an on-demand, professional service request platform. It connects consumers with service providers in real-time. To demonstrate how the service works PingPro showed us how easy it was to make the request via their app, where in just moments, three providers called in to answer the requests. In a couple of weeks, the PingPro service will officially launch in Orlando and make the city its new home.
Presented by Luis | Twitter: @
Recent Starter Studio graduate, BackStory, took the stage to demo the latest development in their startup. BackStory connects individuals to charitable causes they care about in simple and meaningful ways. On the new design of the platform, donors are more involved with the project, by having their own section on the site. This section allows user to track how many referrals have donated to a specific cause. Founder of BackStory, Thomas Waterman, announced they’ve locked in their very first client to the project. However, in order to get things moving forward, Waterman asked the crowd for some help. Specifically, He’s looking for a developer to help bring the new vision to life.
Presented by Thomas | Twitter: @
To end the night we had Rilix, a company from Brazil, who is making Orlando its U.S. headquarters. Rilix is bringing immersive experiences using the latest in Virtual Reality technologies. At the meetup they brought along their roller coaster to let attendees experience the ride live. Each ride is three minutes long and features 30 unique experiences. Rilix is in the middle of the development of their next project, building a VR flying experience.
Presented by Claudia | Twitter: @
To end the evening, OTA announced that it has officially joined the snapchat world and the crowd was very pleased. For sometime OTA has been looking for ways to integrate snapchat into our social media scene. With much thought and planning OTA has decided to make it a staple where you’ll get a behind-the-scenes look into the world of OTA and have a way to send in questions, comments and ideas.
Snapchat username ?: orlandotech