Absurd CES startup contest ends with Richard Branson flying the losers to his private island

I did not think it was possible for Extreme Tech Challenge — a startup contest where the winner is determined after a week of kiteboarding on Richard Branson’s private island — to get more more ridiculous. I was wrong. The semi-finals hosted yesterday at the CES began with a disembodied voice asking everyone to rise while Lexi sang the American national anthem. I don’t know who Lexi is, but Richard Branson is British. His private island is in the Caribbean. Oh, and tech events never start with the national anthem. Why would they?

XTC, as they like to call the contest, began with 2,000 companies. Yesterday, the ten semi-finalists were judged by a panel including “startup liaison” and ex-Google Glass evangelist Robert Scoble, as well as…

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