e27 holds Japan Qualifiers for Echelon 2015 Top 100 startup competition in Tokyo



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Asia’s regional startup news media e27 will hold its annual conference Echelon 2015 this June in Singapore. Towards a startup competition at the conference, the media company held Echelon Top 100 Japan Qualifiers at NTT Docomo Ventures in Tokyo on Tuesday to choose delegates from Japan. Wovn.io won the Judge’s Choice award while the People’s Choice award was given to SynchroLife.

Wovn.io co-founder Jeff Sandford (left) receives the Judge’s Choice award from Global Brain partner Nobutake Suzuki

Wovn.io allows website owners to translate their websites into multiple languages simply by adding a one-line JavaScript code to their HTML files. Since launch in June 2014, they have translated more than 120,000 pages. Website owners can choose from two types of translation – machine translation using Google Translate and human-powered crowdsourced translation using Gengo.

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SynchroLife is a mobile app for foodies, allowing users to follow other like-minded foodies or patronized restaurants by continuously making check-ins and ranks for restaurants visited. It is now available in Japanese for use in Japan, but the team is working on a multilingual version for expansion in the Asian region where locals are likely to post food photos and be eager to find good restaurants in the neighborhood.


In addition to Japan, e27 is hosting local Echelon qualifiers events in Australia, Bangladesh, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Thailand. Echelon Asia Summit 2015, the main event with the competition finals, is scheduled to take place in Singapore on 23rd and 24th June, where delegates from every participant country will come together and compete with each others to win the top honor.

Edited by “Tex” Pomeroy