StageZero raises $1.8M to combine mobile game rewards and AI training data

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StageZero has raised 1.8 million to reward gamers for participating in applications that generate valuable AI training data.

The funding will enable Stageziro to expand its team, improve its production efficiency, and continue to build tools to help companies develop the AI ​​system quickly and easily.

So far, the data needed to train machine learning models so that they can understand specific contexts (for example, what a safety helmet looks like), and problems are difficult to resolve, companies have been facing long delays in delivery. Despite these problems, according to a memory leak, the AI ​​training data market will grow to $ 5 billion by 2023, with the industry growing 31% per year.

StageZero introduces in-app “microtask” into mobile games. These are bite-sized activities that users can do
Complete in exchange for rewards and benefits, including coins and extra lives. The functions are similar but more compelling than the usual in-app ads found in free-to-play games.


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Denver-based Conway Ventures led the round, which included Turkish venture studio Ludus, blockchain firm HyperPump and current investors Intu Ventures, Nordic Game Ventures, Alexis Bonte (stillfront group chief operating officer), and Andreuh Shendr (n, (Senior Vice President at GSN.

StageZero has raised a total of $ 2.8 million since its inception in 2016. Conway Ventures managing partner Jackson Vaughan has joined its board.

Example of in-app microtask.

Above: An example of a microtask in an application.

Image Credit: StageZero

Typically, tasks include “labeling” items by drawing boxes around certain items or providing easy-to-hear translations using their sounds. The gamers’ inputs generate both computer vision data (AI technology allows the computer to accurately understand and label images.

The label image is useful for many uses such as driverless cars, retail inventory management, medical diagnostics, agriculture and worker safety), and Natural Language Processing (NLP) data to train virtual assistants to speak a variety of languages. In addition to mobile games, StageZero also works with e-learning platforms to give access to highly motivated prize seekers.

Above: Thomas Force, CEO of StageZero.

Image Credit: StageZero

StageZero’s data, which is otherwise difficult to collect and label, is not only more diverse (and later more viable), but also 100% compliant with data privacy laws, including the European Union’s General Data Protection (GDPR). StageZero’s own benchmarks show that its accuracy is high
On Amazon’s Mechanical Turk, and a third of the price, than industry-standard service.

“We are accelerating the AI ​​revolution, our technology provides value throughout the chain. With our technology, companies can quickly get AI training while gamers enhance their user experience, “said Thomas Force, CEO of StageZero, in a statement.” Using the power of mobile gamers, a segment that is growing rapidly We will continue to make rapid, yet ethical, technological advances, and with these funds we are now ready to significantly expand our team and refine our product. “

The data labeling marketplace created for StageZero game studios and data science teams provides a better experience for players, creating a new and potentially more lucrative revenue stream.
Mobile games, and scalable labeling solutions for teams building machine learning models, “Vaughan said in a statement. “We are thrilled to support the Force Brothers and the rest of the Stageziro team as they bring micro-tasks to players around the world.”

Brothers Thomas and Nicklaus Force started Helsinki in 2016 as a game development company, with the goal of using AI in games. He realized that the AI ​​data needed for algorithms to function was difficult and expensive to come by and that it was possible to solve the lack of AI data using gamers and application users and began to develop microtask technology. They have a team of 11 people.


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