Critical Mention finalist in U.K. GREAT Tech awards competition

By September 23, 2014Events

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Newcastle and Bass have been added to the Critical Mention beer fridge now that we’re finalists in the UK government’s second annual GREAT Tech Awards.

We received word Monday from British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond, along with 20 other technology firms eying UK expansion.  Congratulations to everyone who made the list, and thank you to the judges.

“The GREAT Tech Awards reflect the British government’s commitment to helping the best and brightest American tech companies to expand across the Atlantic,” said Hammond.  “I look forward to seeing these companies, this competition and the U.S. and U.K.’s technology sector links grow and prosper in the months and years to come.”

Critical Mention has been monitoring 100+ national, regional and local UK TV and radio channels for several years.  We have partnerships in place with broadcasters and our API has allowed the region’s largest provider of media monitoring services to provide its subscribers with real-time alerts when coverage airs.

Prior to integrating the Critical Mention API, UK companies, governmental agencies, NGOs and PR consultancies suffered hours of delays before broadcast transcripts were available.  For those seeking video or audio, DVD or digital files were often delivered days later.  Critical Mention makes video available within seconds of airing, and coverage may be edited in the cloud, shared internally and downloaded instantly.

Among the judges choosing which companies are the most innovative and have the most opportunity for expansion in the UK are David Karp of Tumblr, Pete Cashmore of Mashable and Lily Cole of Impossible.com.

The category finalists are: for education, Admittedly, Noodle and Schell Games; for finance, EquiMetrics, InvestCloud, and SeedInvest; for health, Cytosorbents, Kinsa, and Menssana Research; for Internet of Things, Critical Mention, Electric Objects, and Research Frontiers; for lifestyle, Cater2.me, SmartLine, and TodayTix; and for media, Contently, SeamlessDocs, and TouchCast. A seventh category, Best of British, also has three finalists: Conversocial, Equivital, and ustwo.

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