Hi every one.
Thanks for your interest in iEx.ec. To answer the question about the comparison against Golem (it's a copy/paste from an answer I did on reddit).
In term of vision, iEx.ec aims at building a blockchain-based distributed Cloud, while Golem aims at building a worldwide supercomputer.
In term of technology, we benefit from our background in distributed computing. We developed several software on top of which iEx.ec is being built and those software have already being used to build distributed computing infrastructures. See details here: https://medium.com/iex-ec/understanding-the-technology-behind-the-iex-ec-distributed-cloud-d91965fff00a#.74a1ldjst
In term of products, I think that we'll have a shorter time to market. But time will tell, of course.
We're not addressing the same markets at the same time. iEx.ec is targeting at the first place blockchain-based applications that require extra data, extra applications and extra compute capacities. As I understand Golem, they first target HPC (or let's say HTC, High Throughput Computing) using GND as a mean of payment. At the end, both will probably converge.
My personal opinion is that Golem and iEx.ec are somehow competing against centralized Cloud providers. So I hope that in the future, there will be enough synergy between the two projects to pool our strengths.
I don't know Elastic yet. I just saw that they did an ICO a couple of months ago. I'll update.
Concerning SC'16, we'll post some update for sure.
For all the Chinese reader, we had quite a lot of media coverage these days. Check out here :http://iex.ec/?page_id=21