The 10th Startup Weekend in Ottawa is well under way! This is the largest startup weekend Ottawa has ever had with 110 participants and 17 teams. This event has worked several years to bridge enthusiastic and outspoken youth with resources such as developers, marketing specialists, and mentors to assist in actualizing their entrepreneurial goals. As you may know, four categories entitle these bright minds to what their idea may entail; assisting vulnerable communities, general, product making, and the internet of things. These categories asked a lot from the competitors, and the contestants sure did bring it!
Of the 110 participants, 17 groups were devised with the intention to create and develop an idea that would catapult their team into lateral success. From a program which would implement virtual reality audiences to assist people who have difficulty with public speaking, to databasing health records of those receiving medical treatment to facilitate the process of diagnosis and providing prescriptions, the ideas brought forth this weekend are quite impressive. Each having their own impassioned idea, a group of people determined to make a difference in the lives of others, and the support and advice of experienced startup attendees, our hope is that every initiative planted this weekend will bear fruit.
Below are details of the seventeen fantastic Startup initiatives:
Problem: “Many people fear the act of speaking in front of an audience. Some may consider this to be a huge impediment to their success, but have no outlet to harbour this skill without risk of humiliation.”
Goal: “Using VR technology, we would like to provide a real audience experience for people to practice speaking in public without pressure. The program would also include speech analysis.”
Currently working on: Creating the MVP and business model.
Problem: “There is currently no way to conveniently link local florists and potential clients in order to interact for pleasant and convenient customer experience.”
Goal: “Allow florists to access a larger consumer base in an efficient manner while providing better access for customers who want flowers through our central platform.”
Currently working on: Researching this particular market, building web-application, validating idea, and formulating the pitch.
Problem: “Individuals who are visually impaired are not able to independently distinguish objects by their colour. This may cause means for frustration in daily affairs, such as shopping.”
Goal: “Help the visually impaired distinguish between colours of objects, like clothes, or produce.”
Currently working on: Creating an app which can detect object colour and relay that information to an individual through audio.
Problem: “The amount of preventable deaths in emergency rooms due to staff neglect.”
Goal: “To develop an IOT-based smart service that passively monitors all patients waiting in the ER.”
Currently working on: Marketing strategy, developing the means for long-term sustainability.
Patient Outcome Measurement and Management (POMM)
Problem: “The inefficient, multidisciplinary care of complex patients.”
Goal: “To allow for rapid identification and prioritization of patient issues.”
Currently working on: Creating a collaborative e-health app.
Problem: “No means of acquiring immediate access to a tutor anywhere, at any time.”
Goal: “Create a mobile app that will deliver a nearby tutor to a student in need by request.”
Currently working on: Developing official prototype.
Problem: “Citizens and cities have poor dialogue when it comes to issues which affect everybody in the constituency.”
Goal: “Utilize citizen-created data to facilitate problem identification, location, and resolution while enhancing both civic engagement and bilateral communication.”
Currently working on: Designing an app to connect citizens and community stakeholders in order to implement changes in the city.
Problem: “Institutionalized education (reading textbooks, attending lectures) is boring.”
Goal: “Empower students by making learning fun, engaging, and conducive to an increased passion for knowledge.”
Currently working on: Market penetration.
Problem: “People who have experienced setbacks are not able to find meaningful employment”.
Goal: “Help low-income or marginalized people get back on their feet by teaching them valuable skills.”
Currently working on: Revamping business model after a recent pivot.
Problem: “Firms with wait lines that require a ticket/queue system force you to waste time in a waiting room, possibly while in adverse conditions to receive attention.”
Goal: “Implement a solution where you can track your queue online or the the convenience of a mobile app.”
Currently working on: Business model, prototype.
Problem: “Distracted, impaired, drunk or drowsy drivers.”
Goal: “Make roads safer for everyone through monitoring driver’s level of focus, with the feature of warning a driver when they are not remaining within lines, or becoming distracted.”
Currently working on: Customer validation & design.
Problem: “Skill development through formal means is costly, difficult to find, impersonable.”
Goal: “Building relationships through an exchange of skills.”
Currently working on: An application that matches skilled people willing to teach or hoping to learn.
Problem: “Mental health deficiencies cause people to stop seeking the help they need, not allowing them to receive proper emotional support.”
Goal: Connect patients with each other to harbour
Currently working on: building a strong business plan.
Problem: ”Homeless and unemployed people lack access to proper employment.”
Goal: “Providing a platform for low-committment employment at easy
Currently working on: Building mvp and working on validation.
Problem: “Current software to 3D print MRI scans is too difficult to use for doctors.”
Goal: “Build a better software product that simplifies the process.”
Currently working on: Customer Validation, software prototype.
Problem: “People with the most knowledge on a crisis situation are also those with the least opportunity to implement positive change for it.”
Goal: “Provide hope for people within conflict zones who may have a skillset that is unharboured or feel hopeless due to the condition of their environment through funding and sponsorship.”
Currently working on: seeking refugee entrepreneurs to put on our peer-to-peer mobile payment platform.
Problem: “Lack of available and sustainable fresh food in refugee camps.”
Goal: “Create a social enterprise that focuses on building a community around accessibility of fresh food through the means of hydroponics.”
Currently working on: Validating and looking for NGOs to partner with.
Teams have been working for the last two days on their new startup ideas! On Friday 20 students and alumni pitched their ideas to a packed house at uOttawa. At this hour, ten teams are hacking away at their new startup ideas and getting ready for the Final Pitches tomorrow at 4pm at University of Ottawa.
This year we have introduced special streams for teams to compete in:
- Syrian Refugee Crisis
- Internet of Things
Check out what the teams are working on:
1. Locall | “Instant interpretation”
Locall provides immediate, Compassionate service that are culturally appropriate in your community.
Stream: Syrian Refugee Crisis
2. 3Dextra | “Sustain the Project
3Dextra provides prosthetic to Syrian refugees and empowering them to
Stream: Maker & Syrian Refugee Crisis
3. Indoor Nav | “You’re closer than you think”
Indoor Nav helps you navigate through indoor spaces
Stream: Internet of Things
4. VitalTracer | “Your health in your hands”
VitalTracer is a sleek health band that tracks vital signs and shares them with your physician.
Stream: Internet of Things
5. U app | “U for You”
U app is a consolidated student solution that unifies student life and academic information in one convenient mobile application.
6. SplitVille | “Sharing Made Easy”
End your meal on the right note! SplitVille takes the hassle out of splitting your bill
7. Bond | “Networking made easy”
Sharing basic contact information via smart watch.
8. Welbi.co | “wellness at it’s best!”
Convenient comfortable at home Health monitoring for the elderly.
9. Jewellerent | Renting Made City
Welcome to your new closet.
A wearable device that allows the user to immediately connect with support.
Don’t forget to come tomorrow for Sunday’s Final Pitches. You can register here! We have judges from the community coming out to give feedback to teams and determine the winners!
Startup Weekend Ottawa
The room here at UOttawa is buzzing, and teams are hyper-focused on validating their ideas, talking to customers, and hacking together prototypes and mock-ups.
We’ve got a sold-out event to see the pitches tomorrow evening, and we can’t wait to see how far these amazing, hard working teams have come since their initial pitches.
Here’s a sneak peek at the demo teams and what they are building this weekend at Startup Weekend Ottawa: UOttawa Edition
Final Reminder for teams* Fill Out Team Survey If You Want To Present.(survey.startupweekend.org).
Deanlist is a place for students to interact and collaborate without distractions of social media. It’s an online hub where you can get relevant and filtered information on courses and subjects.
What do you want to eat today? Find the best version of your favourite dish near you.
Find jobs, find people fast. Save time and swipe through your options. Narrow down candidates or draw positions from a large pool of potential partnerships.
4. Rate My Landlord
5. Social Tree – Rule Your Media
Social Tree allows you to filter and categorize your social media streams. You choose how you consume different types of content.
Anonymous question and answer platform where students interact with their classmates during a lecture. Ask and answer questions, up-vote and down-vote their quality.
Online portfolio and booking system for barbershops. Connecting talented barbershops with stylish clients. Rate and review the service.
Fun and simple app that allows you to donate seamlessly to causes that you care about.
An enormous thank you to the incredible teams, volunteers, mentors, judges, sponsors, participants, and everyone who made the 6th Startup Weekend Ottawa: Change the Ratio a big success.
Congratulations to all of the teams who worked so hard over the weekend!
Here are the winning teams:
Okie! – Revolutionizing the Karaoke night experience in one fun and easy to use app. Search, select, and queue songs without leaving your seat.
Handshake – No need to bring or receive business cards anymore. Just shake hands and exchange contact information!
Guía – Platform connecting travelers with locals providing Specialized experiences
Best of luck to all of the teams that have applied to the Global Startup Battle! We look forward to watching teams who continue on progress and succeed!
See you in the Spring!
The room hummed and buzzed with energy and eager attendees waiting to pitch on opening night of Startup Weekend Ottawa last night. Near 15 ideas across a range of verticals were presented and the top 7 were chosen to move forward. Participants quickly got to work recruiting like-minded folks with complimentary skills to join them and move the project forward. Teams finally settled in and started to brain dump around 10pm. Teams will now spend the next 1.5 days working on their MVP, Validation, Execution and Business Model in preparation for the Final Presentations on Sunday night in front of a panel of judges.
Take a peek at some of the awesome projects being worked on by our teams:
PlayerBet: Betting / fantasy leagues for professional video gaming.
HandShake: Helping professionals make and manage connections as simple as a handshake.
AirSupport: Virtualized AirBnB rental management.
Schmoozle: Choose your own adventure for dating.
Muse365: An online community for habit-forming daily doses of creativity.
“Locals”: Connecting travelers with locals for a better experience away from home.
Okie: “Carry your okie” patron-powered content for karaoke DJ’s.