The Magic at NVIDIA’s GTC Is in ECS

’s was all about Deep Learning and cars that are mostly better drivers than we are. But the big secret of GTC is a conference within a conference called . This is where we get to meet the companies that are building the solutions of tomorrow using the technology available at the show. These are small firms, often less than 10 people bootstrapping themselves into the market by creating amazing things.

This is where the dreamers are, the folks that don’t want to work 9-to-5 for some amorphous company where there are more people telling you what you can’t do than there are helping you to get it done. This is where the innovation is born, sits up and spits in the face of convention on the way to kicking the butt of larger firms that can’t get out of their own way. This is where the next Sergei Brin, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates or Elon Musk (who actually was on stage at GTC this year) may take their first steps to becoming a technology demi-god.

In short, GTC ECS is where you annually see technology magic, and this year didn’t disappoint; one amazing small company after another, and the cream of the crop competes for a no strings attached $100K prize from Intel. Which, given the size of these firms, could just push them over the top. But even the losers win because the audience is filled with cash-rich investors and bankers willing to make that next big technology investment.

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