3D-Printing to fix drug adherence for kids wins at #SWDub

Like everything that comes to an end, it’s time for the final curtain to fall at #SWDub.

No doubt the judges had their jobs cut out for them, but after all was said and done, here are the winners at Startup Weekend Dublin – Summer 2017 edition.

The runner-up is….Reach Comics

… And the winner of the 2017 Summer edition of Startup Weekend Dublin is:

Super T — using 3-D printing to increase drug adherence for kids.

Congratulations to all the teams and participants this weekend. Many thanks to all who made this happen – volunteers, organisers, mentors, judges, sponsors, facilitator, host and guests.

See you soon!

@NubiKay
Signing Out.








Meet the 11 Startups at the Summer 2017 Edition of #SWDub

We’re almost half-way through the 54 hour weekend. 35 ideas were pitched on Day 1, 12 got the most votes to proceed into the weekend and 11 teams were formed.

We’ve seen pivots on the back of the Lean Business Canvas session presented by Dermot Cassey of the NDRC. We’ve also got amazing mentors come in to help the teams think through areas ranging from branding and customer acquisition to product-market fit and user experience.

Validation is now top of mind for all with the teams hitting the streets and the web via polls to run customer interviews. I can’t wait to see these ideas pitched on the main stage tomorrow but for now, here are the idea and teams at the summer 2017 edition for Startup Weekend Dublin — #SWDub.

 

Reach Comics – a subscription service for indie comics and a focus on fairness for creatives

 

Jukebox Pro – increasing visibility for indie music artists through in-game streaming

 

Passion Fruit – a chatbot that matches job seekers to their dream job by quantifying their passion

 

Host Sitter – building a base of service provider to manage short-term property rentals

 

Super T – fixing drug adherence among kids using 3-D printing

 

AdvenTours – personalised travel guide for the adventurous ones

 

Grewgle – Subscriptions for Hydroponic farming kit

 

Flightswitch – An easy way to sell and buy last minute flight cancellations

 

Meeting Master – Fixing meetings to deliver better tracking and productivity.

 

Codejobs – An IT recruitment platform that does precision matches saving time and money

 

Barchaser – fixing the user experience at Bars while providing better exposure for brands


That’s it for now. We power on into the second half of the 54-hours. And don’t forget…








54 Hours Later, & The Winners Are… #SWDub

Like everything that comes to an end, it’s time for the final curtain to fall at #SWDub.

No doubt the judges had their jobs cut out for them, but after all is said and done, here are the winners at Startup Weekend Dublin – Summer 2016 edition.

An honourable mention was given to PacePal

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… And the winner of the 2016 Summer edition of Startup Weekend Dublin is:

HomeGrow Hero

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The winning team gets to walk away with All-Access VIP tickets to UPRISE Startup Festival taking place in Dublin in October 2016. 

Congratulations to all the teams and participants this weekend. Many thanks to all who made this happen – volunteers, organizers, mentors, judges, sponsors, facilitator, host and guests.

See you soon!

@NubiKay
Signing Out.








Hey #SWDub! Meet Your Final 12 Teams Pitching On The Big Stage

As we get closer to the 54th hour of the Startup Weekend, pulses are raising again and the excitement is through the roof.

Ideas have been shared and validated. Teams have been formed. Mentors have given advise and now it’s up to the judges to select the winning team for the big prize – All-Access to Uprise Startup Festival.

On Friday night, 54 ideas were pitched and 15 were selected to be developed through the weekend. As expected, we had some liquidations (3) as well as pivots (6). In the end, here are the 12 teams that will pitch on the big stage tonight:

  1. PacePal – (formerly Rowing) plans to build Internet of Things hardware solutions for rowers
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  2. CamouFleet – wants to help encrypt your personal data when shopping online
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  3. HeyStack (formely Incumate and then workmate) wants to help conference attendees swap skills
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  4. Koffee (formerly Skillcloud) wants to connect idea generators to implementors
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  5. Giversal (formerly Share The Love) is an app to help you donate and track the activities of charities that you’re interested in
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  6. Lettuce (formerly Spontify) is an app to help you easily determine activities to do spontaneously with friends
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  7. People For Purpose wants to enable charities to accept help from experts
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  8. Fitelligence (formerly Wearables.ai) wants to be largest wearable company without building any devices but focus on converting data to insight
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  9. Allergy Awareness wants to help consumers get allergy information from restaurants and chefs
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  10. Hippostate is looking to disrupt the housing market by making real estate agents obsolete
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  11. Padada (formerly Mindmatch) wants to match users based on “what you like” and not “what you look like”
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  12.  HomeGrow Hero is a compact outdoor smart box to help people grow their own vegetables
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There you have it folks! These 12 teams will be pitching later tonight to win the audience, the judges and the big prize.

May the best team win.

@NubiKay








[VIDEO] Day 1 Recap Of #SWDub As Captured By @RedEyeProd

Thanks to the amazing @RedEyeProd you can get a recap of the Day 1 of #SWDub in less than 2 minutes.

Yes, that’s me busting out my dance moves at the end of the video.

That’s all folks (for now) as we get back to the hustle. Don’t forget to stay updated with @SWDub / #SWDub.

@NubiKay








15 Startup Ideas At The #SWDub Start Line

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The first day of Startup Weekend Dublin ended up with 15 of 54 ideas getting the most votes to be worked on for the rest of the weekend. Teams of made up of developers, designers, and business heads have now been formed around these ideas.

While we foresee lots of pivoting, rebranding, merger and acqusition, and sadly liquidations as the weekend rolls on, here are the 15 ideas at the starting line of this edition of #SWDub.

  1. Giversal (formerly Share The Love) is an app to help you donate and track the activities of charities that you’re interested in
  2. Workmate (formerly Incumate) wants to create a network of incubator type airbnb spaces for entrepreneurs
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  3. Camoufleet wants to help encrypt your personal data when shopping online
  4. People For Purpose wants to enable charities accept help from experts
  5. Home Grown Hero is a compact outdoor smart box to help people grow their own vegetables
  6. Allergy Awareness wants to help consumers get allergy information from chefs
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  7. Lettuce (formerly Spontify) is an app to help you easily determine activities to do spontaneously with friends
  8. Skillcloud wants to connect idea generator to implementors
  9. Hippostate.com is looking to disrupt the housing market by making real estate agents obsolete
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  10. PacePal (formerly Rowing) plans to build Internet of Intelligence hardware solutions for rowers
  11. Fitelligence (formerly Wearables.ai) wants to be largest wearable company without building any devices but focus on converting data to insight
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  12. Padada (formerly Mindmatch) wants to match users based on “what you like” and not “what you look like”
  13. Screaming spoon wants to design cultery that scream when not returned after use (CLOSED SHOP)IMG_5495
  14. Confident R is an app that allows you build confidence-on-demand (CLOSED SHOP)
  15. Experience is an online content repository where experts can share their knowledge (CLOSED SHOP)

Many of the teams are now hitting the streets to validate their ideas and will be engaging mentors later today. We’d be sure to keep updated on their progress via twitter – @SWDub and #SWDub.

Many thanks to @RedEyeProd for the amazing photos.

#KeepOnMoving
@NubiKay

 

 








6 Years Strong, 54 Hours Long – Time for Another #SWDub

Dublin is set to host another edition of Startup Weekend and it is going to be EPIC!

Having gone from being a participant 3 years ago to organizing and mentoring at Startup Weekend Dublin, I have had no regrets getting involved in the 54-hour long events that see creatives, developers and business heads come together to birth ideas, build products, solve problems, make connections and even make money in just one weekend.

Although I came on the scene only in November of 2013, Startup Weekend Dublin has been going strong for 6 years now, and so I can only imagine the amount of impact it has had on the local ecosystem. While some participants have gone ahead to build great companies, others have stuck around to help build people into entrepreneurs.

And so, the next 54 hours will see more than 80 participants converge to share ideas, form teams, build products, work with mentors, validate markets, pivot a lot, develop partnerships, make sales and of course pitch to rock-star league of judges on the big stage for amazing prizes.

Many thanks to our sponsors including Bank of Ireland, Google, MTT, The T-Shirt Company, Domino’s Pizza, for helping to make this happen.

Do keep up with live updates from our twitter handle – @SWDub and the hashtag #SWDub.

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Let’s do this!
@NubiKay








Top 9 Idea To Be Developed At Startup Weekend Limerick

41 pitches later, participants go their 3 post-its to go vote. I gave one of my vote to 60-minute a delivery service which looks to reduce carbon footprint in logistics, and a second vote to Maternal Care, a one-stop shop and information center for expectant and new mothers.

The last vote was meant to go to Hello Granny, a smart-house app that allows the elderly connect to their children an grand-children through audio messages placed strategically like ‘Good morning Granny‘ for wake-up alarm and ‘Welcome home Granny’ on returning from the market. Sadly I couldn’t find the idea owner and so my vote went to Color Me Happy which went on to make the final list.

Here are the 9 ideas to be developed during the Startup Weekend in Limerick:

1. Color Me Happy is tinder for hairstyles where you can see what looks good on you and then get connected to a hairstylist.

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2. May Borrow allows users find and borrow tools like can-openers, lawn mower, etc. from neighbors.

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3. Love Guru makes you a match maker in a tinder-type environment, letting you win points and gain credibility for successful matches.

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4. Big Red Button wants to disrupt pension by allowing customers save money via premium SMS, coupons and vouchers.

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5. Beer Friends is a social network connect for people with similar interests to arrange meetups and themed events.

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6. WeTravel wants to enable people travel in groups to drive down prices.

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Cute Ideas

For the first time ever, Startup Weekend Limerick had 3 kids under the age of 10 pitch ideas and then went ahead to use all of their cuteness and creativity to hustle votes to make it into top 9. They include:

7. The Sit Hair Chair is a machine that allows you wash you hair while riding a motor chair.

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8. Stick-Shirts wants to fix return in fashion retail with smart stickers.

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9. The Listening Watch allows kids record moods via emojis on smartwatch with an option to share with teachers and parents.

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No doubt the last 3 ideas show how creative and entrepreneurial kids can be and it is even more impressive to see older folks rally around them to work with them over the next 54 hours to bring those ideas as well as the remaining six ideas to life.








5 stakeholders to consider when building an EdTech startup

Dublin’s first ever EdTech edition of Startup Weekend kicks offs on Friday. I thought it’d be cool to list out a few stakeholders to consider when identifying problems and building solutions over the 54 hour period.

Pupils and Student – This is usually the focus when looking at problems and solution in Education and that is not a bad thing as these are the most important stakeholders. So get to know more about pain points in the learning process. Get talking to students to find out more.

Teachers – These are also important stakeholders as they play an essential role in the education process. They do face problems in administering knowledge especially in a world where books just don’t cut it any more. You do want to talk to them too and see how to best build solutions to their problems.

Parents – Education and learning is not restricted to the four walls of the classroom. Parents are quite important when it comes to educating the child. They also determine the amount of resource that goes into a child’s education – tuition, books, games, apps, etc. So it’s important to have them on board when developing solutions as they are your most important customers.

Researchers – These stakeholders are often involved in determining the new trends, and technologies to be adapted when it comes to education. They also study current trends such as student performance, and do have plenty of data that can help in coming up with solutions. There are many publications online from researchers you don’t want to miss out on.

Government – This the last but not least stakeholder you want to get involved when developing an EdTech idea, solution, or startups. They provide funding and also make policies, so it is important to get them on board. The government also have pain points from an administrative point of view, and these are worth exploring for solutions.


 

Look forward to seeing you on Friday at the Bank of Ireland, Grand Canal Square. Last few tickets are still available here.








Young bloods win big at #SWDub

54 hours later and it’s all over.

We’ve had ideas pitched, teams formed, brain dumped, customers developed, validations made, leads generated, sales made, revenue raised, mentorship recieved, and food consumed.

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No doubt the judges had their jobs cut out for them but after all said and done here are the winners at Startup Weekend Dublin – July 2015 edition.

There was special mention to team FitMyBits for their solution to helping women get the right fit for bras. There were the only team to have made sales over the weekend to the tune of Euro 125.00 from 5 customers.

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In 3rd place – Comrade, an app to help find friends in a new city

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Runner up, PhotoCAD – a simple app helps you convert images taken with your smartphone camera into CAD files

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And the winners of the July 2015 edition of Startup Weekend Dublin is….Book-E, a digital platform that enables users to bet on e-sports.

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Perhaps more impressive is that the team was made up of really young members – 16 & 17 year old with the pitch presented by the former. The team won a trip to Berlin for a large hackathon courtesy of @WelcomeStartup – DCU Ryan Academy.

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Congratulations to all the teams and it was really a close one and many thanks to all who made this happen – volunteers, organizer, mentors, judges, sponsors, facilitator, host, and guests.

Till next time.

@NubiKay
Signing Out.