How We Sent STEMI To CES in Las Vegas (At Idea Knockout 2016)

CES is one of the largest events in the world to present a new technology company, so sending a Croatian startup there as part of the Idea Knockout competition is a big responsibility.

Before founding the technology blog Netokracija, it was Bug magazine where I started my technology journalism career; writing about the best blog platforms in Croatia as well as why social networks would take over the world (wide web). Yes, it was that long ago, when MySpace wasn’t dead and Kevin Rose’s Digg was the darling of the tech world.

But why is all this important? Two reasons.

First of all, now you can understand why I was excited to judge the 3rd Idea Knockout startup competition in a row. As Bug’s executive editor and my friend Dragan Petric puts it: ‘Ivan is the one that asks the hard questions, which is why we have him in the judging panel! :)’

The second reason has to do with the competition, which sends the winner to CES in Las Vegas, one of the largest technology events in the world. As with journalism, you have to get breaks and support from your peers to succeed as a startup – and going to CES can be one of those breaks.

In the end, it was the STEM educational startup STEMI that came out on top, gathering the most points among all the teams.


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