We are thrilled to announce that AppearMe is one of the awardees of the Glendale Tech Week event launched on September 14-21. The scalable startup that has revolutionized the way appearances, depositions and legal paper-work are covered received the “Fan Favorite” award at this exciting event.
When asked to choose their own favorite, the participants voted for AppearMe, a startup that aims to connect attorneys with other legal professionals in order to cover hearings or provide paperwork services.
“[Let me] explain a big secret about lawyers,” Hovanes Margarian, a co-founder of AppearMe, said. “Lawyers are also people. They get sick, have families and get double-booked,” he said. “Currently, lawyers manually seek people to fill in for them when “life happens”, which can take two to three hours and may not be successful. AppearMe can reduce this time to 60 seconds,” Margarian said.
A total of eight finalists were selected from a pool of over 60 applicants this year. Each finalist had the opportunity to pitch in front of an audience of over 100 people including investors and a panel of judges. They competed for a $43,000 prize package. The finalists included:
Hovanes Margarian, AppearMe
Khalil Jammal, CareWell
Benjamin Benichou, Creative Bot, Inc.
Alexis Schomer, Expy Health
Ara Keshishian, PinpointEyes
Albert Stepanyan, Scylla
Luis Oda, TAGALONG
Benjamin Trammell, Tooth Fairy Stem Cell
The Pitchfest 2019 $43,000 Grand Prize Winner was Albert Stepanyan for Scylla. Albert Stepanyan is an artificial intelligence engineer and entrepreneur with a passion for coding. Scylla’s product suite connects with existing security-camera systems to detect faces, guns, and vehicles, and sends alerts if a threat is identified, Albert Stepanyan said during his pitch on Thursday afternoon. Stepanyan is coming from a military background and having experience building tech businesses. The technology aims to revolutionize the security and surveillance industry.
Launched four years ago, Glendale Tech Week offers a spate of tech events. The event calls up startups, entrepreneurs, technology specialists, students and top leaders in the tech industry immersing them in discussions, panels, workshops, site tours, happy hours and networking events. On top of that, the participants, this year were hosted by top local businesses at different venues throughout downtown Glendale, California.