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“Young Innovators to Watch” Award Winners to be Acknowledged On Stage During XTC Semi-Finals at CES 2017
December 22, 2016 — Extreme Tech Challenge 2017 — Catapulting startups to the new frontier in innovation, the Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) is pleased to announce that revered technology veteran and long-time tech journalist Robin Raskin, founder of Living in Digital Times (LIDT), will be joining the team for the Semi-Finals at CES 2017, judging the applications in the Media category.
The Top 10 XTC semi-finalists will pitch their ventures live on-stage at CES in hopes of being one of three companies selected to move onto the final round taking place on Sir Richard Branson's Necker Island.
At CES, judge Robin Raskin will be joined on stage by the winners of the annual ‘Young Innovators to Watch’ awards competition, honoring students under the age of 20 at the forefront of STEAM innovation for special recognition. Raskin will then announce the three Media vertical winners of XTC 2017.
"As a long-time tech journalist, I know that there's nothing like validation for your startup efforts, and that's what the Extreme Tech Challenge provides for its winners - to the max," said Robin Raskin founder and president of Living in Digital Times, which produces conferences, exhibits and events annually at CES. "At CES each year, we showcase cutting-edge technology impacting every aspect of our daily lives, from our health and beauty, to fitness and wearables, to kids’ tech and digital money. Judging this competition is a great way for us to lend our expertise to the startup community.”
The winners will also be receiving a rare opportunity to speak at CES 2018, a prize graciously donated by Living in Digital Times.
The XTC Semi-Finals takes place on Saturday, January 7, 2017 from 2 to 4 p.m. PST at Tech West, Venetian, Level 2, Bellini 2003. Living in Digital Times is the official sponsor of the 2017 Media category.
Before founding Living in Digital Times, Robin Raskin honed her tech chops at a variety of technology publications. She was a columnist for USA Today online, editor of PC Magazine, started FamilyPC magazine and was one of the founding contributors of Yahoo! Tech. Author of six books, magazine publisher, blogger, TV and radio personality, Robin has been a thought-leader at the forefront of an ever-changing topic: what it means to be digital.
About Living in Digital Times
Founded by veteran technology journalist Robin Raskin, Living in Digital Times brings together the most knowledgeable leaders and the latest innovations impacting both technology and lifestyle. It helps companies identify and act on emerging trends, create compelling company narratives, and do better business through strong network connections. Living in Digital Times produces technology conferences, exhibits and events at CES and other locations throughout the year by lifestyle verticals. Core brands include Digital Health Summit, Digital Money Forum, FitnessTech, BabyTech, Kids@Play, Family Tech Summit, TransformingEDU, Family Tech TV, Beauty Tech, Wearable Tech and FashionWare runway show, Mobile Apps Showdown, Last Gadget Standing, Robots on the Runway and the KAPi Awards. The company also works with various foundations and manages the Appreneur Scholar awards program for budding mobile entrepreneurs, as well as the 10 Under 20: Young Innovators to Watch awards recognizing student STEAM innovations in New York City.
About Extreme Tech Challenge / MaiTai Global
The Extreme Tech Challenge is the world’s largest startup competition. It is a contest designed to identify emerging leaders that have the potential to dominate their markets and reward them with greatly enhanced visibility, infrastructure and resources to scale quickly at low cost. Ten world class startups will be selected as semi-finalists to present live on stage at CES with 3 finalists presenting to a panel of all-star judges including Sir Richard Branson, Tom Siebel, Theresia Gouw, Jim Breyer and Steph Hannon on Necker Island. Winners will receive resources to amplify their success and scale their companies.
XTC is presented by MaiTai Global, a vanguard collective of the world’s leading entrepreneurs, creators, and athletes. Participants combine their energy, network and resources to help each other achieve professional success, pushing the limits of work and play while also fueling philanthropic activities around the world.
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