Innovation & Technology – Startup Weekend Bergen meets NRKbeta on Oct 15

Innovation & Ideation Bootcamp Bergen

October 15th, 2014

“But I don’t have any good ideas!” – is a sentence we hear a lot when we’re out advertising the magic of Startup Weekend, but there a few very good reasons the perceived lack of ideas shouldn’t stop you from trying anyway. Firstly, Startup Weekend is all about connecting unique people with diverse skill-sets and let their brains incubate to create something entirely fresh – just like those little guys in our beaker logo. For sure your experiences, visions and know-how can catalyse someone else’s ideas and together you create something even bigger.
Secondly, we’re here to help and inspire you! On October 15 we’re holding a free bootcamp on innovation and idea formation with the help of amazing NRKbeta.

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NRKbeta is the sandbox of the national broadcasting company NRK. Here, NRK’s developers and journalists explore the use of technology and new media while focussing on the users – valuable insights for anyone thinking about creating or launching a new service or product.

At the bootcamp, NRKbeta’s Marius Arnesen will share his thoughts on innovation exclusively with you. The best part: He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him! You’ll be able to come up with your own ideas on how to use these fancy gadgets to do useful… or, well, not so useful but most definitively innovative stuff!

He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him!

In addition we’ll hear from NCE Media and how the media cluster supports startups and entrepreneurs with competence, funding, project development and contact with the media industry.

Be inspired to embark on your own mission, meet cool people and try to get them on board or just come to play with the glasses – see you on Oct 15 at the Impact HUB! Doors open at 18:00 and entrance is free..

credit: Marius Arnesen
Fancy schmancy google glasses will be there for you to play and innovate with! Photo credit: Marius Arnesen







Startup Weekend Bergen and NRKbeta present an evening packed with ideas, innovation and technology

Innovation & Ideation Bootcamp Bergen

October 15th, 2014

“But I don’t have any good ideas!” – is a sentence we hear a lot when we’re out advertising the magic of Startup Weekend, but there a few very good reasons the perceived lack of ideas shouldn’t stop you from trying anyway. Firstly, Startup Weekend is all about connecting unique people with diverse skill-sets and let their brains incubate to create something entirely fresh – just like those little guys in our beaker logo. For sure your experiences, visions and know-how can catalyse someone else’s ideas and together you create something even bigger.
Secondly, we’re here to help and inspire you! On October 15 we’re holding a free bootcamp on innovation and idea formation with the help of amazing NRKbeta.

inno-bootcamp

NRKbeta is the sandbox of the national broadcasting company NRK. Here, NRK’s developers and journalists explore the use of technology and new media while focussing on the users – valuable insights for anyone thinking about creating or launching a new service or product.

At the bootcamp, NRKbeta’s Marius Arnesen will share his thoughts on innovation exclusively with you. The best part: He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him! You’ll be able to come up with your own ideas on how to use these fancy gadgets to do useful… or, well, not so useful but most definitively innovative stuff!

He’s not coming only by himself… He’s bringing a pair of google glasses with him!

In addition we’ll hear from MediArena and their ideas for a bright future for media-Bergen.

Be inspired to embark on your own mission, meet cool people and try to get them on board or just come to play with the glasses – see you on Oct 15 at the Impact HUB! Doors open at 18:00 and entrance is free..

credit: Marius Arnesen
Fancy schmancy google glasses will be there for you to play and innovate with! Photo credit: Marius Arnesen







And the winner is….

Startup Weekend Bergen
June 6th, 2014

And the winner is… ALL of you!! This summer edition of Startup Weekend Bergen has seen a set of absolutely amazing final pitches that left all of us organisers, mentors and judges nothing short of impressed.

The winning team of Startup Weekend Bergen, summer edition
That’s what winners look like!! Meet StockVario!

Stock Vario – an app for day traders that “visualises” movements of stocks with the help of sound effects – convinced the judges 100 %. They believed both in the viability of the idea as well as the team’s capability to execute. Thomas Knutsen and his team will participate at Startup Summer, receive one month of Hub 50 membership at the ImpactHUB Bergen, have access to promotors from Blikkfang Media, get free business development coaching at MediArena, and will have their very own Business Model Canvas workshop given by Terje Christensen.

LORY jewels delivered a convincing story
LORY jewels delivered a convincing story which secured them 2nd place

Second winner was LORY Jewellery, congrats!! Loredana Cobzariu’s pitch told a story that developpped and hence convinced. The judges put particular emphasis on the fact that this team managed to develop a brand identity and set up a functioning web shop during the weekend – these guys are ready to SELL! To help the team advance further, Tenk.IT is sponsering a complete website, they’ll get to attend some of the ImpactHUB’s membership courses and receive business development mentorship by MediArena.

Vinit Pandher - 3rd prize at 15 years old! For sure, this young man's future is bright!
Vinit Pandher – 3rd prize at 15 years old! For sure, this young man’s future is bright!

Give it up for mr. awesomeness himself, 15 year old Vinit Pandher who pitched Moments app!! Ever been on a vacation with friends, a wedding with tons of family or just a fun night out and then wanted to exchange the pics to make sure you’re not missing any of the best moments? Vinny’s app is here to help – it stitches the event pics of its users together to make a movie – no lengthy dropbox upload or email exchange needed. The judges were impressed by a strong MVP – wireframes of the app and a short explainer video as well as the wonderful team work carried out by 3 members of the Pandher family and their family friend. Their dad was there to watch the amazing pitch and I bet he shed a couple of tears – I know I did! They made 3rd prize meaning they get to expand their network and learn new skills at some of the ImpactHUB’s courses usually reserved for members.

These guys know how to execute! Certainly, your car will be in safe hands.
These guys know how to execute! Certainly, your car will be in safe hands.

Aaaand, the prize festival is not stopping here – Ionut Dragomir and Hans Roger Hosøy broke out of their initial team to work on RaskFiks and totally rocked! Our judge Hilde Indresøvde who is running the local startup incubator Nyskapningsparken spontaneously volunteered some hours of her precious time to mentor this team which was deemed having fought the hardest. Their platform will be connecting car owners in search for offers on car repair.

Solar Solution, Party Fixers, and Little Wild Worlds all received custom feedback from the judges – which is tremendously important at this stage. We hope that they’ll enjoy their vouchers for Sumo in Bergen, GateGym, Brun og Blid and Bertoni while continuing their entrepreneurial quest.

We wish all the teams best of luck with their ideas – the judges saw market opportunities for each single project, so forward you go! Thanks to all our partners for sponsoring such awesome prizes!!

We are really proud of this great event and are deeply grateful for the wonderful coaching that all our awesome mentors and judges provided. They certainly are to be credited big time for the stunning progress that all the teams made between Friday and Sunday night. Thanks HUGELY to Kåre Bottolfsen, Richard Godfrey, Hilde Indresøvde, Simerjit Singh Dhammi, Torhild Eide Torgersen, Arne Jenssen, Olga Tolmachova, Ida Nerbø, Frank Wisnes, Tor Askild Aase Johannessen, and Benjamin Southworth. Thanks to Eric Brotto for coming over from the UK to facilitate the weekend. You have all made a big difference for this lovely bunch of people!

See you all on November 14 for the 5th edition of Startup Weekend Bergen!

Thanks to BI Bergen for lending us their amazing venue - we've had such a great time!
Thanks to BI Bergen for lending us their amazing venue – we’ve had such a great time!







Ready, steady… go! Only less than 20 hours till the final pitches of Startup Weekend Bergen's summer edition

Startup Weekend Bergen

June 6th, 2014

6 teams are getting ready to pitch tomorrow at this first ever summer edition of Startup Weekend Bergen.

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Tomorrow from 5 pm you can follow the final presentations of some of Bergen’s most motivated and talented budding entrepreneurs. You have 2 options: Either join us directly at the venue and celebrate the winners with us at BI in Bergen or look for the link to the live stream on our facebook page.

We’ve got something for everyone!

  • Your car needs fixing? We’ve got you covered with a new web service!
  • You want your kids to learn something about nature? Search no more, Ruth’s multimedia solution is here!
  • Handmade jewellery? Delivered right to your door!
  • Changing to environmentally friendly electricity? SolarSolutions has the right product for you!
  • Planning a big event? The PartyFixer web app will find the right caterers!
  • Visualisation of data? Old school! You can do that with sound!







  • Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek are awesome and lend us their 3D printer

    Did you know that the public library – Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek – has their very own 3D printer? At the Startup Circuit on Wednesday, Kemal gave some of you 3D enthusiasts a head start in using this fancy machine. Together they began creating the trophy for the winners of Startup Weekend, a process that will continue tonight at BI.

    Kemal explaining the 3D magic at Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek
    Kemal explaining the 3D magic at Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek

    Yes that’s right! Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek was really kind to lend us their printer for the weekend!!! So anyone interested in rapid prototyping should pop in, have a look and join the Startup Weekend craziness.

    Stay tuned on the library’s website to learn about their 3D printing courses starting in autumn again. So exciting!!








    Guest blog by Rune Smistad, Chief Communications Officer at Startup Weekend Bergen's sponsor and partner MediArena

    The MediArena Business Cluster is a unique collaboration project between global technology corporations, national broadcasters and small, forward-leaning meditech entrepeneurs – all situated in Bergen, Norway.

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    Mediarena is owned by Media Region Bergen, a membership organisation with 40+ member companies and institutions – and growing. The following companies and institutions are present in the board: TV2, NRK, Bergens Tidende, Bergensavisen, Vizrt, University of Bergen and Sixty AS

    The aim is to let the collaborative spirit in the region become an asset for increased innovation, distribution and commersialization of the ideas of tomorrows media industry

    The project is founded by Norwegian Research Council, SIVA and Innovation Norway, and run as a non-profit company for the benefit of the partnering companies. The aim is to let the collaborative spirit in the region become an asset for increased innovation, distribution and commersialization of the ideas of tomorrows media industry. The project team facilitates conferences, seminars and workshops & currently develops experimental shared digital webservices to increase interoperabilty in the value chain. The project works closely with investors and partners in public sector/science to help startups succeed and within a shorter timespan reach an international customerbase.








    Knowit, DNB and MediArena – loyal supporters of Startup Weekend Bergen

    Our mission is critically dependent on local sponsors helping us to carry out Startup Weekend and build local entrepreneurial ecosystems. This time around, for the first summer edition of Startup Weekend in Bergen we got many of our most loyal supporters onboard.

    Knowit continue to be one of our main supporters, as they’ve sticked with us from the start in Bergen and supported us with funding, locations, speakers, participators, awards, mentors and judges.

    Knowit is one of the leading consultancy firms in the Nordic region with over 1,800 specialists, offering cutting-edge knowledge in IT, Design & Digital and Management.

    We are also fortunate and very proud to be associated with DNB for this first summer edition of Startup Weekend. DNB will support us for the forth time in Bergen. They have supported us with funding, judges, give-aways and awards.

    DNB is Norway’s largest financial services group and one of the largest in the Nordic region in terms of market capitalisation. The Group offers a full range of financial services, including loans, savings, advisory services, insurance and pension products for retail and corporate customers.

    A huge thanks goes to our partner and collaborator MediArena.

    The MediArena Business Cluster is a unique collaboration project between global technology corporations, national broadcasters and small, forward-leaning meditech entrepeneurs – all situated in Bergen, Norway.

    Without the continuous financial assistance, advice and network of our sponsors we wouldn’t be able to create events that build and support the local entrepreneurial ecosystem. We are tremendously grateful for the trust that our local sponsors have in us – THANK YOU.








    Startup Weekend Bergen official FI-WARE partner!! Join the bootcamp in Bergen June 4th

    Startup Weekend Bergen
    June 6th, 2014

     

    Imagine an open buffet for web developers creating the NEXT BIG THING – meet FI-WARE and FI-LAB!

     

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    Brace yourselves for the happening of the year – on June 4th, Startup Weekend Bergen will have the pleasure of hosting one of the first ever bootcamps on FI-WARE, an open cloud-based infrastructure for cost-effective creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services.

     

      FI-WHAT?
      FI-WARE in a nutshell – infographic

      FI-WARE API specifications are public and royalty-free – OPEN APIs FOR OPEN MINDS. Built upon FI-WARE is FI-LAB, an open innovation ecosystem where developers will be able to setup the basic virtual infrastructure needed to run applications that make use of the APIs provided by FI-WARE Generic Enablers.

      “OPEN APIs FOR OPEN MINDS”

      FI-WARE was financed and developed by the European Commission as part of the 2020 Entrepreneurship Action Plan, leveraging partners like Telefónica, IBM, Orange, SAP, Telekom, Siemens – to name but a few.

     

    Benjamin Southworth will be flown in from the UK to get you up to speed on using FI-WARE and FI-LAB. The bootcamp will be free and open to absolutely everyone, so set off your evening on June 4th to learn about this fantastic opportunity for your current and next (!) businesses. Register HERE!

     

    P.S.: Can’t get enough of FI-WARE? Benjamin will stay on for Bergen Startup Weekend 6-8th June and help you generate Future Internet applications in one weekend!