Kwilt, one of Plug and Play‘s portfolio companies, is a cross-platform photo aggregation solution designed to bring all of your memories together in one place. Kwilt’s app scans across Facebook, Instagram, Flickr, Google Plus, and Google drive to reconnect users with their social media content. Naturally, the app’s name came about as the company’s founders were looking for an easy way to stitch together their favorite memories using a beautifully designed social media solution. They will tell you that they wanted to call it “Instagooglflickdropbook,’ but that just didn’t have quite the same ring to it.
According to a study released by Ipsos, 1 in 5 US consumers feel that it would be impossible to locate all of their personal photos from the past year. Kwilt’s platform accounts for this decentralization by using a unique cloud-indexing engine to stream all of a given user’s pictures into one place and organize them chronologically to form a beautiful ‘Kwilt.’ Understanding that “users love their content,” Kwilt’s solution scans across multiple social media platforms to stream pictures to you in real time, circumventing the need for storage space without attempting to take ownership of your content.
A native of Ottawa, Kwilt’s Michel Coderre joined Plug and Play as a part of our joint initiative with the Canadian Technology Accelerator Program. Plug and Play’s Canadian Technology Accelerator Program accelerates 20 companies annually and is run by the Canadian Trade Commissioner’s Office. As Michel was in the process of applying for a grant via the Canadian government, he was introduced to the Program that brought him to Silicon Valley for four months.
According to Michel, the process has “been great, I’ve been here since September 8th and it has been pretty invaluable for me. All the options that you guys are offering, the services, and the closeness to prospective customers has been very helpful.”
Shortly after his introduction to Plug and Play, Michel traveled with Kwilt’s team to CES Unveiled New York where over 400 analysts and journalists were invited to preview technology. As stated by Michel, “People really got what we were trying to do. The virtualization, the aggregation, the indexing of all the pictures. It’s very different the way we are approaching this issue.”
Kwilt’s approach is unique as it creates a personal and complete live digital photo stream by simply indexing content and pointing users to the right photos. With different social media platforms emerging on an almost daily basis, Kwilt’s solution stands as a perfect way to keep track of your online presence.
Michel Coderre’s and the rest of the Kwilt team’s remarkable success at Plug and Play stands is testament to the quality of the CTA’s entrepreneurship program. To learn more about the Canadian Technology Accelerator, click here. To try Kwilt, click here.
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