What’s happening this weekend?

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.
Colour Guru

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.
Nomadic Turk

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.
Personalized Medicine

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.


Hayan Imadi

Teaser of what's being built at Startup Weekend uOttawa!

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:

  1. General
  2. Syrian Refugee Crisis
  3. Maker
  4. 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.


Stream: General


6. SplitVille | “Sharing Made Easy”

End your meal on the right note! SplitVille takes the hassle out of splitting your bill


Stream: General


7. Bond | “Networking made easy”

Sharing basic contact information via smart watch.

Stream: General


8. Welbi.co | “wellness at it’s best!”

Convenient comfortable at home Health monitoring for the elderly.

Stream: General


9. Jewellerent | Renting Made City

Welcome to your new closet.



Stream: General


10. Swivet

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


Prix du Startup Weekend Ottawa-Gatineau 2015

*English follows*

Première place

  • Trois mois d’accès à l’incubateur de Startup du CRTL offerts par le CRTL, Export Outaouais et Exportation et développement Canada (EDC) (espace de bureau, salles de réunion, Internet et accompagnement)
  • Une session de consultation d’une heure pour bénéficier du programme IBM Global Entrepreneur
  • Deux adhésions individuelles d’un an au Regroupement des gens d’affaires de la Capitale nationale (RGA)
  • Un abonnement d’un an à la Chambre de commerce de Gatineau
  • Une session de consultation d’une heure offerte par Welch LLP sur le modèle de coûts/revenus
  • Bourse de 250 $ pour un projet d’une valeur minimum de 1500 $ sur la plateforme de socio-financement Ecloid
  • Une rencontre avec le comité de sélection d’Anges Québec

Deuxième place

  • Atelier interactif offert par le CRTL, Export Outaouais et EDC pour raffiner la stratégie d’affaires et évaluer le potentiel à l’international du produit ou service
  • Trois heures de consultation en gestion financière et fiscalité de Raymond Chabot
  • Deux adhésions individuelles d’un an au RGA
  • Un abonnement d’un an à la Chambre de commerce de Gatineau
  • Certificat 20 heures de location de salle ou 10 accès d’une journée pour un bureau chez Créagora
  • Bourse de 250 $ pour un projet d’une valeur minimum de 1500 $ sur la plateforme de socio-financement Ecloid

Troisième place

  • Certificat 20 heures de location de salle ou 10 accès d’une journée pour un bureau chez Créagora
  • Trois heures de consultation en gestion de Samson & Associés CPA/consultation
  • Deux adhésions individuelles d’un an au RGA
  • Un abonnement d’un an à la Chambre de commerce de Gatineau
  • Bourse de 250 $ pour un projet d’une valeur minimum de 1500 $ sur la plateforme de socio-financement Ecloid

Autres prix

  • 15 heures de service de développement Web et mobile offert par Adelphatech
  • Cinq heures de coaching offertes par le Centre de la géomatique du Québec (CGQ) pour le développement d’une application utilisant la  géolocalisation
  • 10 heures de mentorat scientifique offert par le Centre d’accès à la technologie en bio-innovation de La Cité
  • Un mois gratuit d’espace de coworking et 5 heures pour utiliser la salle de conférence du Lab38
  • Cartable, porte-cartes et carnets de notes d’EDC


First Place

  • Three months access to the CRTL Startup incubator offered by the CRTL, Export Outaouais and Export Development Canada (EDC) (office space, meeting rooms, Internet and coaching) (value of $ 2,500)
  • One hour work session offered by IBM Global Entrepreneur program on how to join IBM’s Startup Ecosytem
  • 2 individual memberships for a year offered by RGA
  • 1 individual membership for a year offered by the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce
  • One hour session offered by Welch LPP for revenue/cost modelling
  • $ 250 toward a project worth a least $ 1,500 on the Ecloid crowdfunding platform
  • A meeting with the selection committee of Anges Québec

Second Place

  • An interactive work session offered by the CRTL, Export Outaouais and EDC to help define the business strategy and to assess the export potential of a product or a service
  • 3 hours of consultation in finance management and fiscality offered by Raymond Chabot
  • 2 individual memberships for a year offered by RGA
  • 1 individual membership for a year offered by the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce
  • 20 hours of free access to conference room or 10 one-day passes to the coworking space at Créagora
  • $ 250 toward a campaign worth a least $ 1,500 on the Ecloid crowdfunding platform

Third Place

  • 20 hours of free access to conference room or 10 one-day passes to the coworking space at Créagora
  • 3 hours of management consulting offered by Samson & Associates CPA/consulting
  • 2 individual memberships for a year offered by RGA
  • 1 year individual membership offered by the Gatineau Chamber of Commerce
  • $ 250 grant for a project worth a minimum of $ 1,500 on the crowdfunding platform Ecloid

Other prizes

  • 15 hours of web and mobile development services offered by Adelphatech
  • 5 hours of coaching offered by the Centre de la géomatique du Québec (CGQ) in the development of a geo-located application
  • 10 hours of scientific mentoring offered by the Technology Access Center in Bio-Innovation of La Cité
  • A free month access to the Lab 38 coworking space and 5 hours of use of their conference room
  • Binder, cardholder, notebook offered by EDC


Sneak peek at what’s being built this weekend


Startup weekend Ottawa-GatineauThe room here at the Maison du citoyen 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-Gatineau.

1. Reverse Calendar
Instead of planning out what you want to do later today, or later this week, Reverse Calendar helps you track what you actually accomplished in the past hour. By the end of the week, you will have graphs and analytics that can help you make better decisions on how to spend your time. With Reverse Calendar, you won’t have to look at the clock and wonder “where did the day go!?” ever again.

2. Iceberg
“Making chilling easier”

The Icebrg platform takes you out of the usual routine with the usual friends. It makes hanging out and trying new things as easy as can be. The core features are providing ideas for activities, finding from your existing network who would be interested, and facilitating the logistics of setting a time and location. Gain a deeper connection with your friends while experiencing new things – it’s all possible through Icebrg.

3. Haggel One

Haggle is place for people to post and find local trades and help.

Team : Abdel, Issam Al-Dalati, Hamza Quresh, Nikhil, Ron Gagnier, Nayaelah Siddiqui, Dines Anandavel,

4. Baby Book

Baby Book is an app that allows parents to create, store and share all these first precious moments of their baby’s life. A baby album that you carry with you all the time to make sure you don’t miss anything.

5. Aggregate APIs

A better way for data scientists to interact with data.

6. Preferencia

Preferencia is an online platform for complementary medicine practitioners to easily refer patients to each other. / Preferencia est une plateforme web de référencement de patient pour les thérapeute de la médecine complémentaire.

7. Tummy
Tummy c’est une application mobile portée par une équipe chevronnée qui permet à un utilisateur d’avoir accès à des recettes selon les ingrédients qu’il à sa disposition.

8. FeelDapper
FeelDapper.co is an online platform that provides styling services for our clients at their doorstep. Our focus is on creating a great customer experience that makes our clients feel dapper.

SWO #7 UOttawa Edition: Sneak peek at what's being built this weekend


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).

1. Deanlist

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.

2. BestYums.com

What do you want to eat today? Find the best version of your favourite dish near you.

3. RecruitMe

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.

6. ClassMagnet.co

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.

7. Cutz

Online portfolio and booking system for barbershops. Connecting talented barbershops with stylish clients. Rate and review the service.

8. Give-Back.co

Fun and simple app that allows you to donate seamlessly to causes that you care about.  


Here are the demo teams and what they are building this weekend at Startup Weekend Thunder Bay January 15th, 2015!

Lean Textbooks

Lean Textbooks is an online textbook exchange. Students upload their textbook list each semester, and they receive alerts when people post their textbooks for sale, as well as its proximity to you.

Textbook prices have increased 812% since 1978. This product disrupts this expensive aspect to university life.

It’s like Tinder for Textbooks.


Superior Thunder

Superior Thunder connects young learners with resources. It is an online community that provides youth a space where they can engage with resources for youth-led initiatives. These can include project sponsors, funders, mentors, organizations, and our elders.

It offers a collective voice in community pride.


Facebook/Superior Thunder


A cloud storage unifier that unites all of your cloud storage accounts under one drive.

Free version lets you integrate two of your cloud storage services, preview documents, and has basic security.

Premium version lets you integrate more cloud storage services, has enhanced security, a mobile app, drive backup, data management services, sharing between services, and connecting multiple accounts.


No More Wires

A cell phone case that charges your cell phone via wireless transmission. Wireless power transmitter and receiver for cell phones.



BeABetterBlank is all about being a better person. Daily reminders are sent to your phone that will remind you to do things to be better at whatever you want to be. If you want to be a better husband, get creative reminders that will surprise your wife. Want to be a better athlete? Get alerts from an online community on how to reach your next goal.



myDeas is an idea organizer that unites all of your notes, audio, videos, and paint tool drawings under one smart phone app. A great tool for the creative professional, or the everyday user. Categorize and organize all of your content under one source via tagging. Share your files with friends or an online community. Free app for basic text recording, or pay 99 cents for all features (without advertising).





Converting notes to action. Domain experts can leverage the time invested in documentation to do more, faster, and in a measurable way. This desktop application mixes properties of programming languages with professional contextual information to allow the document to be read by computers so that they can take action. Users will store their thoughts in notes in an intelligent editor, and link these notes to the users suite of personal management tools, such as your calendar, email, schedule, forms or personal assistants

Startup Weekend, Feb. 6-8: TD keeps an eye out for banking’s next big thing



Written by TD Bank Group

Banks — careful, steady, conservative. Tech startups — frenetic, disruptive, edgy.

Can two such seemingly different cultures get along? TD Bank Financial Group thinks so.

“TD is proud of its strong culture of innovation,” says Jeff Martin, senior vice-president and chief information officer, direct channels technology solutions “We are continually looking for opportunities to improve our products, services and ultimately our customer experience.”

TD knows a thing or two about building businesses and balancing risk and growth. It has worked with entrepreneurs for 160 years, which is why its involvement in Startup Weekend Nov. 14-16 in five Canadian cities — Vancouver, Quebec City, Fredericton, Halifax and St. John’s — is such a great fit.

Held around the world, Startup Weekends bring together entrepreneurs for 54 hours of intense business development that concludes with a pitch to a panel of experienced executives. As part of its sponsorship, TD has a panelist in each of these five cities.

To kick off Startup Weekend, Jeff Martin talks about banking and startup cultures; and why Startup Weekend is such a fantastic opportunity for both.

Why is TD a Startup weekend sponsor?

TD has always encouraged innovation that will benefit banking and our customers. This forum is a great way to connect with the community and hear a lot of different ideas. We’re attracted to the high-energy/ high creativity environment – which is what Startup Weekend offers: a way to tap into that creativity to find ideas we may have not thought of using traditional methods.

What are some of the customer trends in banking that drive the interest in ideas at the startup level? 

The biggest trend is mobilization. Take mobile deposit as an example. We just launched this capability at TD, and have already seen over 115,000 cheques deposited this way in just two weeks.  

Startup Weekends give you a front seat on some really smart ideas from some really smart people. What do you think startup entrepreneurs can learn from TD? 

Historically, startups had to go through a very long on-boarding process. Now we can work with them, to help them understand the needs of a bank while they mature that product more quickly, so we can launch it when customers are ready.

I think the biggest thing the bank can offer is perspective. . . on what we think is important to bring to market, and the attributes of what they’re doing that we think are viable in our industry . . . They will definitely get value from working with a 160-year-old company that has gone through a lot of change, and is very stable and thoughtful about what it does.

What would you tell an entrepreneur about preparing for the Startup Weekend experience? 

They should rest-up, and come with ideas that are well-formed, with an action plan about how to escalate them quickly. Always think about what’s in it for the customer. How does this benefit people? If they are always thinking about the benefit to the end-user, it will help to create viable products. That customer may be the bank; but ultimately, it is the bank serving its customers.

There is so much technology advancement happening today, I wouldn’t put limits around what we want to achieve. People are always inventing new ways to make banking more comfortable. We’re not at the end of it, that’s for sure

Thank you to our volunteers, mentors and judges!

Thank you to all of the volunteers, mentor and judges,Startup Weekend Toronto would not have been possible without you!

A list of mentors and judges is provided below.  If you are on this list, want something edited or deleted, or we have inadvertently missed someone, please let us know and we’ll fix it.  We have tried to include Twitter handles (@name), LinkedIn profiles, and other ways to connect but please do not spam them with unsolicited communications.


All of our participants benefit from your guidance and wise words of advice during the weekend.  Your feedback was incorporated into the final products and pitches.  We hope that you enjoyed mentoring Toronto’s future entrepreneurs.

Jason Pereira, Partner and Financial Consultant at Bennett March, www.linkedin.com/in/pereirajm

Rob Maurin, VP Brand Engagement at Wave, @robmaurin

Jason Moyse, Lawyer, www.linkedin.com/in/jasonmoyse, @jasonmoyse

Andrés Aquino, Partner at TWG, www.linkedin.com/in/andresaquino1, @eh_eh

Jay Vidyarthi, Senior Interaction Designer at InteraXon, www.jayvidyarthi.com, @jayvidyarthi, http://www.linkedin.com/in/jayvidyarthi”

Inbae Ahn, Managing Partner, CIO at Polyform Labs, ca.linkedin.com/in/inbae

Kristina Libby, @kristinalibby, www.linkedin.com/in/kristinalibby/

Rosy Rumpal       Startup Lawyer at DMZ, Fashion Zone & The Lean Lawyer, ca.linkedin.com/in/rosyrumpal

Daryna Kulya, Manager, Digital Innovation Lab at Deloitte, ca.linkedin.com/in/darynakulya/, @darynakulya

Mat Savulescu, Data Storyteller and Founder at Literally, www.literally.ca, www.linkedin.com/in/msavulescu, @LiterallyAgency

Marco Petkovski, Measurement & Analytics Lead at Teehan+Lax, www.linkedin.com/pub/marco-petkovski/23/abb/ab

Katie Hrycak, UX Designer at Wave, @khrycak

Mark Appleby, UX/Front-End Developer  at TWG, @themarkappleby, ca.linkedin.com/in/themarkappleby/

Mike Lovas, Chief Design Officer and Co-Founder of PUSH, trainwithPUSH.com, @mlovas, ca.linkedin.com/in/mlovas/

Robert Tu, Founder, MeU: Open Source Wearable LED Display, theMeU.net, @the_MeU_LED, ca.linkedin.com/in/robert1tu3

John Grant, Senior Mobile Developer at The Working Group, ca.linkedin.com/pub/john-grant/19/263/146/, @grantjk, www.grantjk.com

Dan Langer, Developer Team Lead at Wave, dan@waveapps.com, @dlanger, www.linkedin.com/in/daniellanger

Zak Homuth, Co-Founder & CEO at Upverter, @zakhomuth, zakhomuth.com, www.linkedin.com/in/zakhomuth

Michael Woodworth, Co-founder at Upverter, @mwoodworth33, ca.linkedin.com/in/michaelwoodworth1

Robleh Jama, Tiny Hearts, www.tinyhearts.com, @robjama, www.linkedin.com/in/robjama

Rajen Sanghvi,    COO @Shoplocket  and The BluePrint,  ca.linkedin.com/in/rajensanghvi, @RajenSanghvi, rajensanghvi.com

Bing Lin Senior, Project Manager at AutoDesk, www.linkedin.com/in/binglin

Nick Kuhne, iOS developer, ca.linkedin.com/pub/nick-kuhne/a9/259/597

Sharon Fan, Operations Lead at GestSure, www.gestsure.com, www.linkedin.com/in/sharonfan, @shfantastic

Anna Romanovska, User Experience Designer at Autodesk, ca.linkedin.com/pub/anna-romanovska/16/185/548

Jeremy Bell, Co-founder & CEO at Wattage, @jeremybell, www.linkedin.com/in/jeremybell, www.wattage.io

Jay Lorencz, Director of Client Services at Beyond Marketing Group, ca.linkedin.com/pub/jay-lorencz/2/883/53b, www.beyondmg.com

Mark Goh, Founder and CEO at ChargeSpot, www.linkedin.com/in/gohmark, @charge_spot

Mauricio Meza, Business Development at Komodo OpenLab , @sqr_m, ca.linkedin.com/in/mezamauricio/

Heather Tay, Interim Executive Director at Imagination Catalyst, OCAD, www.linkedin.com/in/heathertay, @hdatay

Calvin Chu, Founder at Palette, www.palettegear.com, @palettegear, @cchurun, ca.linkedin.com/in/calvinjchu

Shannon Fox, Co-Founder at Canopy.co, @shanndfox, ca.linkedin.com/in/shannondfox

Daniel Kaplan, Co-Founder, Canopy.co,  @okaykap, ca.linkedin.com/pub/daniel-kaplan/3b/38/953, danielkaplan.co


We were honoured to have such an experienced group of Internet of Things builders, entrepreneurs and investors.  Thanks for gracefully choosing the winners, which was really difficult given the talented teams who presented.

Natasha Baker, Founder at SnapEDA, @NatashaABaker, @Snap_EDA, www.snapeda.com, linkedin.com/in/natashaabaker

Matthew Leibowitz, Parter at Plazacorp   , @m_leibowitz, ca.linkedin.com/in/matthewleibowitz/

Karl Martin, CEO at Bionym, @KarlTheMartian, ca.linkedin.com/in/karlmartin0

Ian Collins, Founder and CEO at CrowdCare, @Wyrex95, ca.linkedin.com/in/wyrex

Pitch Perfect: Karaoke App, Okie!, Wins Startup Weekend Ottawa #6!



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:

First Place:

Okie! – Revolutionizing the Karaoke night experience in one fun and easy to use app. Search, select, and queue songs without leaving your seat.

Second Place: 

Handshake – No need to bring or receive business cards anymore. Just shake hands and exchange contact information!

Third Place: 

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!



Vello wins Startup Weekend Toronto – Internet of Things Edition

(Reposted from the media release crafted by the talented Holly Knowlman)

A new wave of IoT companies got their start in Toronto this weekend at Startup Weekend Toronto: Internet of Things Edition.

The 54-hour event brought together makers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs to share ideas and launch new businesses. Teams spent the weekend talking to potential customers and building product prototypes before presenting to a panel of judges on Sunday afternoon.

Judge Natasha Baker, Founder of SnapEDA, spoke about the importance of events like Startup Weekend for fuelling innovation in the IoT space.

“By 2020 there will be over 50 billion connected devices as part of the Internet of Things,  and a lot of innovation in the space is coming from smaller companies and startups. Broader connectivity is the next wave of innovation in computing, following on from mobile. That makes events like Startup Weekend, which give entrepreneurs a platform to vet their ideas, so valuable.”

She was joined on the judging panel by Karl Martin, CEO & Co-Founder of Bionym, Matthew Leibowitz of Plaza Ventures and Ian Collins, Founder and CEO of Crowdcare Corporation.  

They selected Vello, creators of a smart vent to control temperature in the home, as the first place team. They impressed judges with their prototype for a simple, beautiful honeycomb vent that could be opened or closed via an iPhone app.

Joey Piro, who originally pitched the idea for Vello, stressed the importance of teamwork when launching new companies.

“This weekend I learned the importance of having faith in those around you to help you execute on your vision. Vello was only possible because of how well our team meshed and worked together as a unit.”

Second place was StoveAlert,  a lightweight smart device that detects stovetop temperatures and alerts you of changes before an accident occurs. myMouse, a custom-built ergonomic computer mouse designed to fit the hand of an individual user, took third place. 

Event sponsor VitaminWater awarded ExploreTO their special “doer” award, given to the team they thought worked the hardest over the weekend. ExploreTO is a curated, pre-paid subscription services for experiences that helps people try something new each month.

Startup Weekend Toronto is just one of 250 Startup Weekend events taking place during Global Entrepreneurship Week. Teams in Toronto will now go on to compete against entrepreneurs from other regions in the Global Startup Battle, the world’s biggest startup competition. Prizes for the champions include tickets and travel to GEC in Milan, LAUNCH in San Francisco and a media tour in New York City.

Toronto startups have an impressive track record in the Global Startup Battle, winning the competition in both 2013 and 2012. Last years winners, Pawly, created a robotic chew toy that gives dog owners a new way to interact with their pet. Pawly is currently preparing for the public launch of their product.

Startup Weekend Toronto Internet of Things Edition was presented by Ontario Centres of Excellence and took place at MakeWorks and The Shop this weekend. There, teams had access to 3D printers, laser cutters and other equipment for building hardware prototypes.

“I’m consistently impressed with the level of talent in the city. Startup Weekend has a great track record of launching amazing companies in Toronto and this event was no exception. Our participants, mentors and sponsors have all demonstrated that Toronto is a hotbed of talented when it comes to Internet of Things innovation.” – Lead organizer, Heather Simmonds

About Startup Weekend Toronto: Startup Weekend Toronto is an intense 54-hour event where local entrepreneurs, developers, designers, marketers, product managers, startup enthusiasts and anyone interested in building a business will come together to share ideas, form teams, and launch a startup. Startup Weekend Toronto Internet of Things Edition is presented by Ontario Centres for Excellence and sponsored by BDC Capital, Autodesk and Shopify.  For more information about Startup Weekend Toronto please visit swto.ca, email toronto@startupweekend.org or search Twitter hashtag #SWTO.

 About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekend™ supports the development and expansion of entrepreneurship through events worldwide that educate aspiring entrepreneurs by immersing them in the process of moving an idea to market. Startup Weekend has built a network of more than 55,000 alumni, thousands of volunteer organizers and 100 trained facilitators spread across more than 300 cities in 100 countries. Google, Coca-Cola, AWS and .Co are sponsors. For more information, visit www.startupweekend.org or follow us on Twitter @startupweekend.