Daft Hack Takes #GrowHack $10K Prize, U Grok It Takes Startup Smackdown

It’s been a fun few days of pitches and hacking, but the winners for GROW Conference‘s #GrowHack2014 and its Startup Smackdown have been named.

“Daft Hack,” a small group of hackers who managed to gamify Recon’s wearable technology, won the ridiculously large $10,000 prize.

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Guestfolio took the second-place prize (which is almost as good as first prize). The Whistler-based Guestfolio works with hospitality companies to better engage and up-sell their guests, providing software that automates their digital communications and measures effectiveness.

Coming in third place was “Whistler Passport”.

The hackathon was produced by Wavefront

Meanwhile, several startups took to a smaller stage to give the audience their best one-minute pitches in the Startup Smackdown. A panel of four judges for each batch of four startups selected semi-finalists, who then competed in the final.

U Grok It, the “Square of RFID” won the competition. Specifically, U Grok It uses RFID to bring the power of efficient, affordable inventory and asset management to the iOS and Android devices your business already uses.

Pro Angler, a highly-rated fishing app that provides professional, government and amateur data to fishers everywhere, took its individual smackdown session. The startup, cofounded by Kyle Reid, works out of Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ).

Toronto’s Blynk, a fashion app that already won big this summer at the International Startup Festival, also won its individual Smackdown session.


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