Prizes and challenges from EO Climlab at Startup Weekend Timisoara

For this edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara we’ve done a partnership with EO Climab and Aries Transilvania, to bring an exciting challenge, cool prizes and an opportunity to the participants from Timisoara.
As at any Startup Weekend event, you can pitch and work on any idea that you have. This time however, you can make your idea bigger and use the data and the tools provided by the European Space Agency through their EO Climlab project, implemented in Romania by Aries Transilvania.

EO Climlab is a one-stop shop-access to a range of data (including space observation data), free software & data processing tools, to develop new applications. It’s a cloud-based collaborative environment for rapid prototyping of innovative Earth Observation products and services to enhance climate resilience of our society and economy.

EO Climlab

To qualify for the prizes, you can come up with any idea and use the EOCLimlab resources, but here are a few possible applications of this technology:

For agriculture you can create a mobile application that sends farmers forecast info and contact info for advice on planting, fertilizers, irrigation, helps them choose the best crop based on existing data, sends them allerts, compare crop data, or create a small robot or IoT device aiding agriculture, farming.

For the environment protection, build an app that identifies polluted areas and areas that can be used for green spaces, to cope with the pollution or create mobile application that send forest damage detection alert to Local authorities. Corelate deforestation to pollution data in the area. Or, do an app that predicts fire/flood evolution based on precipitation, wind, elevation.

To make Timisoara a Smart City, determine air quality compared to city/country/Europe average levels. Find the best breathable cities in Europe or crowdsource data using a mobile app or social media, to build an interactive imagery set/inventory of urban green areas. You can even localize lines of increased transport activity in the last ten years. Project data for the next five, and define the influence of the transport increase change on the change of the environment, health issues of the citizens.

You can be creative and provide an artistic interpretation of climate change specific data (maps, presentations), that make scientific data more appealing or more impacting for the masses; this challenge should make climate change and its impact easier to understand.

In the health sector, develop an app that uses satellite data (weather, pollution, elevation models, OSM data) to recommend running/tracking tracks – best for your health and condition or develop an app that uses existing data to identify dangerous conditions for people with specific problems to go out (smog, acid rain, high CO levels, low oxygen levels). Another thing you can do is to assess air quality data and correlate with existing pollution factors/companies.

Improve tourism by creating an artistic map of Romania that presents it from 2 perspectives: on one hand tourist attractions (sites, castles, tradition, costumes) on the other hand climate change observed over the last 50 years temperature rise, deforestation, land use, present species, water levels, weather conditions, air quality). Or you can analyze snow levels and temperatures in mountain resorts across Europe; create interactive applications with historical evolution and eventually multimedia content.

If your project will be in any of these area, whether it’s your own idea or one that we have suggested and you can use the technology provided by the EO CLimLab project, you can will additional smart prizes and take advantage of our mentors that will be there on site to assist you.

Awesome mentors for an awesome event

There are only 2 days left until the beginning of the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara and because of that, we would like to present you 5 of our mentors.

Alexandra Bondareva
Alexandra is the greatest IT project manager. She is working at IMB since 2013, before that, she was the owner of Mosaic Media, an online agency helping its clients get the most from their online presence. Currently living in Bratislava, Alexandra is helping her community to develop.

Florian Gheorghe
Florian is the business lawyer wizard and entrepreneur by passion, with experience in USA and CEE. Represented venture capital funds in CEE. He has a vast background in US Government work. Currently working at AXOSUITS which is at the forefront of high-powered and affordable exoskeleton development.
Florian advises startups on business and contractual modeling, funding, and exit. So if you have trouble with the legislation part, Florian is your guy.

Stefan NeaguStefan is one of our amazing partners who makes things happen. He was preparing to be a priest but eventually, ended up working in the banking industry, working for ABN Amro and RBS, taking care of IT Infrastructure. Stefan is the Romanian ambassador of Lisk, a company which enables developers to build applications and deploys their own side-chain linked to the Lisk network, including a custom token. He is an Innovation Enabler for Societe Generale Shared Service Center in Bucharest.

Milan SteskalMilan is Co-founder and CEO at Mentegram, author of Idea To Funding, mental health advocate and a lean startup fan. Part of our prizes is his awesome book which we hope you will enjoy. Mentegram was born from the void created between care providers and people suffering from depression, substance abuse and other mental illnesses, to make sure that those people never have to face their conditions alone. His book, Idea To Funding, helps founders understand how to get the investment for their startup. It is a compilation of his wins, fails and lessons learned.

Judit BoszanovicsIdealist champion and project campaigner. Judit is enthusiastic about working together with creative minds and to redesign services of today & tomorrow by merging traditional values with technology-driven innovations. Recently she has become the Innovation Manager at Sparklab, a non-equity, mentorship-driven and task-based startup incubator brought to life by NN Insurance Hungary. Judit, is the Co-founder of EXQUIS Business and Technology Solutions.

They are just a part of the amazing team of mentors that will help you develop your idea, so, hurry up and buy your tickets to this awesome summer’s event.

Cowork – not a place, a community

For an amazing event to take place, besides creative participants, enthusiastic mentors, coming in handy partners, we also need an awesome venue. Cowork Timisoara will host this year’s edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara.

Yet a young coworking space, Cowork Timisoara was founded by three entrepreneurs committed to the local community, with a vast experience in startups. As the special place for freelancers and startups, Cowork Timisoara is the perfect space where you can grow in a healthy environment.

“Members of our community can now work in a creative space and can connect with other freelancers but also with companies that we’re partnering with. We’ll be organizing a series of workshops and training programs, hackathons for startups focused on digital innovation.” – Andrei Firoiu, co-founder Cowork Timisoara

Working here comes with a lot of cool benefits like a modern space open 24/7, a clean desk, Wi-Fi high-speed internet connection, coffee and tea, access to a small kitchen area and amazing colleagues.

Meet the businessman, Mihai

The mentor announcements continue with Mihai Mihaiescu, another super mentor at this year’s edition of Startup Weekend Timişoara.

He is a business analyst, project management hero and co-founder at Asgard Systems, a company specialized in high-end computer systems for the enterprise environment. Over time, Mihai has implemented over 100 business analysis and process optimization projects in partnership with companies of all sizes. Mihai is a guru in business development, involved with the local community, often having awesome workshops at @Startup Coffee Timisoara.

He will help you better understand your startup idea, validate it and inspire you when you need to pivot. Apart from being an entrepreneur, he’s an expert in business analysis and consultancy, process optimization and information system architecture.

You can meet him in person at Startup Weekend Timisoara #6. Get your tickets here:

Superhero in casual clothes

Yet, another day doesn’t pass without meeting an awesome mentor who will be present to guide you during the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara.

Adi PIca mentor SWTimisoara

Meet and greet Adi Pica, a superhero ready to save startup ideas. He does that by writing about Startups, tech and business in CEE in, a media outlet. He is also a Product Manager at Telenav, a place where he is changing the way people interact with their cars. Since 2013, Adi is a great global facilitator at Startup Weekend and above all Mentor at Spherik Accelerator which was nominated for one of the best supporters for Startups by Business Review in 2015.

He is an expert in MVP creations, lean startups and customer validation. He is going to come on handy and Adi will be more than pleased to help you with each and every area of your startup idea.

Get amazed by this cool bearded man’s energy at the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara. You can get your early ticket from here:

Awesome facilitator in the hood!

We have prepared an awesome surprize for you: our facilitator at the 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara is  Filippos Protogeridis.

Filippos is from Greece and he is always ready to accept new challenges. Because of his creativity, Filippos is a product designer who works for several companies in creating awesome products. His work was featured on AWWWARDS, Abduzeedo, SiteInspire and Behance. He has plenty of skills in web development and web design. When Filippos was still a student, he co-founded the first Student Entrepreneurial organization in Athens, Greece.

He will be our facilitator for this event and will be the person who will help you understand the objectives, make you work in synergy with your team and materialize your startup idea. As usual, the Startup Weekend organizers have designated a facilitator that will contribute to the event in a very active and engaging way, supporting the local movement. This means he is a superhero always saving the world and ready to boost your energy.

Come and join us on our amazing 6th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara, starting on the 16th of June. You won’t be disappointed.
You can buy your early bird ticket from here.

Let us entertain you!

Today we had some awesome guests who entertained us with their magical technology. Everyone was super excited to try the Oculus Rift provided by The Hub. Below we let them introduce themselves.

The Hub Timisoara

“We are The Hub.
A mobile playground started by a group of friends who plan to build a community based on technology, nature and human connection. Gaming culture is at our core, and we want to bring that to the masses, as we consider Virtual Reality and E-Sports to be the next step in entertainment. We provide entertainment solutions, starting with two mobile stands complete with the Oculus Rift headset, complete with dozens of games, experiences, movies, with great feedback from our customers. On the E-sports side we offer the latest gaming consoles, coupled with 1080p projectors and a plethora of games to play on. Tournaments, contests and friendly matches, all deliverable right at your door.”

We are super glad that they’ve joined us for this edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara and we are hoping that they will entertain us in the future too.

The Hub Timisoara

Startup Weekend Timisoara #5 is on!

Guys and girls, yesterday was an awesome Friday where we met our amazing participants which had a bunch of great and fresh business ideas. There were a total of 16 pitches. Everything was live streamed.

Here is a link where you can rewatch it on our facebook page.

Let’s have a look at the ideas that were chosen to validate, worked on and presented on Sunday evening. You’ll be able to reserve a spot for the final presentations here.

1. Be more functional – is all about improving fitness experience;
2. Thumb work- is a multiplayer video game on iOS;
3. Smart ticket- want to help improve transportation, make it easier for people; 
4. Language Helper – all about new and fun ways you can learn a new language;
5. Money – these guys want to create an app for managing your money. The MONEY BOT lines in your messenger;
6. Smart Assistant – app that helps you to organize your time;
7. Biro – making bureaucracy easier.

Pitches from Startup Weekend Timisoara #5

You can also take a peek on all the teams which participate here.
We are excited to see what the participants are gonna create during this weekend.
We wish them lots of luck!

Startup Weekend Timisoara: Mentor Ciprian Man

As the main event is approaching, we’re proudly announcing another super-mentor for this year’s edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara.

Tatatadam… Here comes Ciprian Man, the man who’ll amaze you next weekend at the 5th edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara.

He’s the Country Manager at UnifiedPost and also a partner of EBIG, a marketing company.

UnifiedPost is a company that simplifies critical business processes by fully exploiting digital technology, giving businesses the freedom to focus on what they do best while also enabling them to expand their business and EBIG is an outstanding marketing company founded in 2005.

When he’s not working, he is volunteering at Save the Children in Timiş, and because of his passion and dedication, he is now a board member and a superhero in the organization.

Because of this awesomeness, we call him, “The Man”!

Welcome to Lucian Daniliuc as Mentor for Startup Weekend Timisoara

Lucian Daniliuc
is another one of our awesome mentors who will share his experience at this edition of Startup Weekend Timisoara. He will be there to answer all your questions regarding your startup.

Lucian was the development team leader for one of the largest real-estate portal in Romania, He also developed which monitors services that check the customers site every minute, from all around the world and instantly notify them when an outage occurs. We also found out that, because of his hobby of photography, he has founded Evive, a calendar of artistic and cultural events that will occur in Timisoara and surroundings.

Welcome, Lucian!