Koinup is a collection of people that either submit photos, machinima, or storyboards from virtual worlds, or are fans of the artistic works on display at the site. Just that alone blows Flickr out of the water. But wait, there's more. Koinup is a social network! Filled with groups of collaboration, creative networking possibilities, and just all around great artistic people from the virtual communities.
In my opinion, hellotxt is the only contender, but even still, all of the other services are just simple powertools for web 2.0... whereas Koinup is a group of like-minded artisans, on an excellent backbone of a social network site. Koinup has a great chance of winning this, so I'm rooting for em.
Finalists announced (on Startup 2.0)
"After the deliberation of some of the jury members and the votes from Facebook users’, we can announce the names of the finalists. We had more than 200 projects competing, from which around 160 were approved. They come mainly from Italy and Spain, though there are projects from 15 different countries. There are many social gaming and twitter-based projects and also some very interesting business 2.0 apps. We were surprised not to find any Facebook apps.
This year we will have 11 projects at the final instead of 10, as the 5th and 6th were tied up in the online votes.
- CampusMovil, a home desktop
- Colnect, a collectors community
- Genoom, a family tree network
- Gli Affidabili , a yelp-like services 2.0 guide
- HelloTxt, a social networks and microblogging aggregator
- Koinup, a virtual world
- Mobnotes, a geo-aware social utility
- SocialWhale, a twitter utility
- Trourist, a social network for travellers
- Twidox, a file sharing utility based on twitter
- Yoolinkpro, a SaaS collaborative intelligence solution for companies
Good luck to all of them!!-----
From the Koinup Blog:
Koinup is one of the 11 finalists of the startup 2.0 competition. You can read the announcement, here
There were more than 200 projects competing, from which around 160 were approved. They come mainly from Italy and Spain, though there are projects from 15 different countries. There are many social gaming and twitter-based projects and also some very interesting business 2.0 apps.
Startup 2.0 is one of the most authoritative competitions for the young internet startups. As you can read on the official website: "Startup2.0 is a competition of European web 2.0 sites whose objectives are to promote and reward the European startups (either created or willing to do so in the future) that work in the field of 2.0 technologies."