Last night in Aryaduta Bali, Kuta on the island of Bali, Indonesia, Conversational IoT company UIB took home the award for “Best IoT Startup” at the Rice Bowl Awards. From over 2,000 nominated startups from all over Southeast Asia and 104 national winners (UIB was Singapore’s national winner for IoT), 18 startups were celebrated as the best of the best, including UIB for Best IoT Startup for our UnificationEngine® intelligent IoT messaging platform.
For those of you who couldn’t join us in the room, here’s what UIB CEO Toby Ruckert wrote this morning about the experience:
I am proud of my team winning this year’s ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards yesterday night at an amazing closing ceremony here in Bali, Indonesia.
Seeing the persistence and hard work of your team being recognized in public (in UIB’s case just a few weeks ago at the Aegis Graham Bell Awards as well) is a very satisfying and — at times — quite important experience for Founders. Why?
When you build something truly innovative, you inadvertently create a lot of adversity around you, much of which you may never even know or see, but you can feel it. Genuine and authentic public recognition is a great way to better connect the dots between the “yes” sayers and at the same time silence the naysayers in your industry and innovation space.
When I founded UIB, with the transformational power of our technology platform and the audacious simplicity of our business idea to make humans and machines talk with each other in the form of Conversational IoT, we were invited during our first two years to submit for awards, but often didn’t win.
The same was the case when we were a Finalist at the inaugural Rice Bowl Startup Awards in KL, Malaysia at the end of 2015 where I was admittedly disappointed we didn’t win.
As an alumnus, however, we kept following the journeys and stories and stayed in touch with the other finalists to continue the Rice Bowl community’s goals, and decided to give it another go.
I want to acknowledge and give praise to this special group of organizers. It’s one thing to give out awards at the end of a big party, but it’s a whole different dimension to keep growing the entrepreneurial spirit of diversity and creativity across Southeast Asia in a sustainable and ever more meaningful manner. After joining the Global Startup Awards circuit, I’m quite excited to see what’s next for Rice Bowl Awards and its team!
Congratulations to all of the other winners and finalists — you have been selected from over 2,000 entries from across Southeast Asia and — winners or not — you are among the best of the best technology startups and teams executing your businesses in a region that is growing at a pace far ahead of the rest of the world.
Thank you also to our family members, friends, customers, partners, investors, advisors and shareholders who believed in us and gave us the opportunity and the benefit of the doubt when others didn’t!
And following below are some photos from last night’s awards ceremony and the prior day’s panels and interviews:
The ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards (Rice Bowl), organized by New Entrepreneurs Foundation, celebrate innovation, excellence, and best practice in startup sin the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem. It also recognizes the excitement, risk and hard-work involved in developing a startup and the influence each person has on driving the success of their company.
Rice Bowl puts the spotlight on model entrepreneurship and inspires a dynamic community of startup enthusiasts, serial entrepreneurs, policy makers and diverse mentors in tech innovation.
Now in its fourth year, Rice Bowl showcases Southeast Asian skill in business innovation, where featured startups provide the benchmark, inspiration and example to aspiring startups.
Rice Bowl is the official Southeast Asia circuit for the Global Startup Awards. The Awards is divided into several rounds – nationals, regional and global. The Regional Rice Bowl Winners will represent Southeast Asia at the Global Startup Awards finale in 2019.
Learn more about how UIB’s Conversational IoT makes human to machine communications simple at www.uib.ai.