Lighthouse: SWEDUsea 1st prize and public favorite wins Global Startup Battle 2014 Education Track

 Team Lighthouse and judges at SWEDUsea 2014

Team Lighthouse and judges at SWEDUsea 2014

Team Lighthouse won 1st prize and public favorite at Startup Weekend Seattle EDU on November 23rd. The startup went on to be selected as the winner of the Global Startup Battle Education, Empowered Track sponsored by General Assembly.

Lighthouse

Watch the video pitch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eoezOLaJrc0

Lighthouse is a smart solution for special needs students and teachers. It provides confidence students are where they are supposed to be and alerts you when they’re not.

A small device is attached to the student, uniquely identifying them to the teacher. The teacher uses the Lighthouse app to keep track of their students while they are on school grounds, during school hours. If a student wanders off or is with the wrong person, an alert is sent to their teacher. When a teacher requires assistance to bring a student back to class, they can notify all faculty with information about the student.








Fensens wins Kirkland Startup Weekend 2014 with every car owner's dream

Image of Fensens Team from Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition 2014

The organizers of Startup Weekend Kirkland have a pretty clear idea what made our event awesome, and why Fensens won first place, but we thought it would be far more interesting to hear from the winners themselves.

Fensens realized that nearly every driver has a problem, with crowded parking lots, blind driveways, and the tragic stories you hear about parents driving into their children playing on their driveways. They wanted to prevent these accidents, and after conducting research, they pulled up some staggering figures-that 80% of cars don’t have sensors, and there are 15,000 injuries per year due to slow-speed accidents, according to the NHTSA.

Their solution was a first-in-class, smart, wireless solution for vehicles on a universal standard mount, which would provide visual, audible and tactile feedback.

During the 54 hours of Kirkland Startup Weekend Maker’s Edition, members of the Fensens team surveyed 120 people, including 100 at Safeway, Costco, and Bellevue Square as well as other Startup Weekend participants. They also reached out to people on Facebook, LinkedIn and through Survey Monkey. Of those surveyed, 82% don’t have sensors in their vehicles, and the majority were willing to pay $100.00 for the Fensens device. Some were wiling to pay as much as $500 to $1,000!

At the end of the day, everyone thought the idea was not just awesome, but could also save lives, reduce insurance costs, and give car users peace of mind.  Thus, the tagline, “A World Without Fender Benders.”

Congratulations to the Winning Team

Henry Wong (Founder)  |  Ben Foster (Engineering) | Mohammad Juma (Engineering) | Miki Nguyen (Management) | Charlie Yan (Mobile Development) | Phongsakorn Liewsrisuk (Engineering) | Jian Ma (Engineering) | Alex Ching (Mechanical/PCB) | Shanika Weerasundara (Marketing) | Ngoc-Khuyen (Quinn) Tran (Marketing) | Jennifer Commodore (Marketing) | Misaki Yamashita (Marketing).


Henry Wong, Founder, Fensens

How Does it Feel to Win a Lottery?

When asked to describe the experience, Henry Wong, Fensens founder, had this to say:

No, I did not get rich but I am on cloud 9 – and that is priceless!

On November 14-16, 2014, I attended Startup Weekend Maker’s Edition at Kirkland, WA. I’ve had an itch to take some ideas in my brain and make it into a product/business. My reason for participating was to taste the start-up from ground zero, see what does it feel like, and for fun. I had no expectation going into it, and frankly I was not aware it was a competition till the second day. I thought it was just a group of random people working together to build something from scratch – and that experience itself is why I signed up.

About 140 attendees, 45 ideas pitched, and 15 teams formed. The top 3 winners were judged by a group of very successful panels in the technology industry.

No one on my team, including myself, expected we would win, let alone come in first place because there were also other great ideas, and talented people and teams.

To see the expression and smile on my team’s face when they announced “Fensens” as the 1st place winner was a truly unbelievable feeling and experience. I am still speechless, stoked, excited, happy, and smiling (big) this week. I am sure everyone on my team is having the same feeling too.

This past weekend has to be one of the best memorable experience in my life! I want to thank my team in believing in my idea and the product. We focused, executed, and nailed the pitch and demo. I hope to be on cloud 9 as long as I can from this weekend.


We asked Henry why he thought his team came first

My 17+ years of diverse experience in technology and consumer electronics industry really helped.  I had a well thought-out idea and product in mind and an understanding of the market for this product. Finally, I was lucky enough to have a really good team to execute the idea and the product.

We think he’s right.  Henry tells us that being the founder of the product and the team has been a bit stressful because you have to think about EVERYTHING.  But that hasn’t stopped him. His team is thinking about doing a KickStarter campaign early in 2015.  We think they have a winning product.

If you would like to contact Henry you can!  on Twitter at @tech_henrywong or on LinkedIn.


We also want to congratulate our other winners

In second place the Connected Backpack team designed a “modern backpack for tech gear” that brings the standard backpack into the 21st century.

The Team

Jan Wanot | Dan Echo | Nicky Li | Surya Jakhotia | Nick Franklin | Chris Williams | Andrew Rangel | Andrew Vincent | Shea O’Leary | Philip Roe


Our third place winner, EsperLINQ! developed a wearable device that provides on-the-go support for people in recovery. This team has promised to move forward with their product so that more people can successfully manage their program.

The Team

Daniela Tudor | Jodi Lasky | Ian Lenny | Scott Doerrie | Jacob Kukuk | Jen Mallory | Martin Ishihara | Jimmy Taylor | Andrea Repka | Dan Tebbs | Jason Jastillana









Final Presentations for Startup Weekend Kirkland

Come to Google’s Kirkland campus tonight at 5:00 pm to hear innovative companies from Startup Weekend Kirkland Maker Edition pitch their business ideas! Check out the exciting lineup for tonight with 15 teams that are building products and businesses across consumer, professional, and healthcare industries amongst others.

Here are the companies that are presenting tonight, in no particular order:

  1. Necessity One: Solving the world water problem one pet at a time.

  2. Drone Environmental Water Sampler (D.E.W.S.): Drone water quality measurement and sampling

  3. esperLINQ: On-the-go support for people in recovery (wearable tech)

  4. Remora Toothbrush: Your personal dental assistant

  5. Drone Gesture: Allows the user to command their drone with easy to remember arm gestures.

  6. LightBoard: Interactive lighting for snowboards

  7. Fensens: Low speed fender bender avoidance for vehicles

  8. Buzz Battle: Socially disruptive pub games

  9. 3rdEyeSafety: Security sensor to ID unauthorized user

  10. Concept Libby: A system of smart furniture engineered to increase the impact of your venue while fostering customer interaction

  11. ooDoo: GPS tracking for your car

  12. Gaming Console for Dogs: Rewarding toys for dogs

  13. Smart Patient Assist: Improve the interaction between patients and providers in assisted living centers

  14. Connected Backpack: Modern backpack for tech gear

  15. ibongs.co: Internet of things for the bong








Sam Woodard: math teacher turned startup founder at SWEDUsea 2013

Winner of Startup Weekend Education 2013

It was pretty late on a Friday evening of November 2013. Sam Woodard, a math teacher at the Cleveland High School in Seattle, was watching the Startup Weekend Education pitches from his seat in the University of Washington Paccar Hall Auditorium.  He did not know anyone at all and was initially planning on joining a team and seeing what the event was like for his first Startup Weekend. But as he heard more and more 60 minute pitches he felt that he could present his own idea. A nudge from another teacher seated next to him was enough to get Sam to stand up and wait in line for his time to share his idea: MyWorksheets, an iPad app to capture worksheets and make it possible for students to fill them in digitally.

Sam recruited a multi disciplinary team of developers, designers and business people and they built the app that ended up winning the first prize of Startup Weekend Seattle EDU 2013. Using the prizes that they won, the team ended up pushing the project further with a video for the Global Startup Battle and the winning pitch for the Northwest battle pitch competition in December.

mathchatIn another serendipitous event, Software Engineer Kostub Deshmukh, Sam’s current co-founder and CTO, discovered the MyWorksheets video on the Global Startup Battle website and decided to join forces with him. Based on the feedback they got during customer validation sessions, they decided to pivot and work on MathChat instead. MathChat is an iOS app that makes it easy for students to help each other to solve math problems over chat. Sam and his co-founder are now going through the Imagine K12 incubator in San Francisco and getting more and more users for their app!

Why should you go to Startup Weekend EDU? In Sam’s own words “You don’t know what’s going to happen but this may be the event that sparks an idea that ends up being your startup!”

It’s your turn. Sign up for Startup Weekend Education Seattle.

Not in Seattle? Find a Startup Weekend Education near you!








What Do I Bring to Startup Weekend

After attending Bootcamp you are probably wondering what to bring with you. You’ll need more than a laptop to make physical objects, so here’s a list of things we will have on site. Anything else you need for your project, that’s not included on the list below, you will have to bring with. We will refund you up to $100.oo PER TEAM so make sure you keep your receipts.

Before reading the list, we recommend you pre-install any software you may need (Arduino, CAD, etc.) for the event since WiFi can be unreliable at events.

AVAILABLE EQUIPMENT

LASER CUTTERS

Two (2) on site at LWIT, Saturday (all day), and Sunday (up to 3 PM).

  1. Maximum material size is 32” x 18”
  2. Materials: Wood (birch is best) or SandE from Home Depot
  3. 0.25″ acrylic at TAP plastics
  4. DO NOT get wood or acrylic that contains chlorine or glue meant for external surfaces.

SOLDERING

Teams who need to solder components onto PCBs.

  1. Use either lead free .032 or smaller gauge or 60/40 rosin core smaller than .032
  2. Use Adobe Illustrator, AutoCAD or various free software with plugins that export to DXF (Draftsight, Inkscape, etc.).

3D PRINTERS

We’ll have a few 3d printers (various brands) and filaments on site that you can use on Saturday and Sunday. Liz Havlin will be around to help you print anything you need.

  1. FreeCad
  2. Get your files as .obj, .stl, .gcode
    1. STL is great since it can be sent directly to the printer
    2. Slic3r to generate gcode files
  3. Matter Control to find out how long it will take to print and how much filament

Instead of the 3d printer and the laser cutter, you can use cardboard cut-outs for initial prototypes to speed up development.

ELECTRONICS

Each team will be provided with one of these kits (more if we have supplies):

  1. Arduino Uno R3
  2. Intel Edison board
  3. BlueTooth shield if needed.

For consumables and other materials (plastic, acrylic, screws, wires, etc.) we recommend these local stores:

Vetco: 12718 Northup Way #100, Bellevue, WA 98005 – map

TAP Plastics: 12021 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005 – map

Lowes: 11959 Northup Way, Bellevue, WA 98005 – map

Home Depot, Bothell: 18333 120th Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011 – map

Fry’s: 800 Garden Ave N, Renton, WA 98057 – map

Radio Shack: 12543 Totem Lake Blvd NE, Kirkland, WA 98034 – map

Robot Mesh: 11251 120th Ave NE Ste 217, Kirkland, WA 98033

Tacoma Screw: 11200 120th Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033map

Ace Hardware: 6613 132nd Ave NE, Kirkland, WA 98033 – map

BOOTCAMP MATERIALS

Here are some of the materials that were presented at Bootcamp today for your reference:

Arduino

KiCad, Soldering, etc

Intel Edison – Rex St. John – Up & Running with Seeed Studio Grove Starter Kit Plus & Intel Edison

Intel Edison – Rex St. John – Getting WiFi with Intel Edison On Yosemite / OSX

Intel Edison – Rex St. John – Setting up Intel Edition with Intel XDK

 

OK. I’ve got it! Now take me back to the Kirkland Startup Weekend Makers Edition website.

 








Starting From Scratch

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Next IT is only 13 years old – and startup days, with their nerves, sweat and satisfaction, are a not-too-distant memory.

The nearness of the experience is a big part of why Next IT is 100% on-board with Startup Weekend Spokane. We know firsthand what it feels like to venture out into an unfamiliar landscape, unsure of what the road ahead holds.

For anyone making a bet that their big idea is worth building a business on, the opportunity to present ideas in front of a roomful of highly experienced entrepreneurs and investors – and not only get a reality check on the viability of a startup idea, but also an intense burst of assistance to help get it off the ground – is invaluable.

Next IT is now an industry-leading creator of intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) that solve problems for some of the world’s leading organizations. But in 2002, we were a startup with a vision that few people at the time could understand.

Our founder and CEO Fred Brown gained many of the principles he applied during Next IT’s startup phase while he was riding on the rodeo circuit. They were the subject of a recent article in Entrepreneur.com, and it’s worth reading in the context of Next IT’s growth as a company.

So best of luck to everyone pitching their ideas at Startup Weekend Spokane. If it wasn’t for people having the courage to move forward with their ideas – rising to challenges as they come along – we’d be living in a much different world today.

– Jared Brown, Project Manager, Next IT








Starting From Scratch

start-up-weekend-image-10 30 14

Next IT is only 13 years old – and startup days, with their nerves, sweat and satisfaction, are a not-too-distant memory.

The nearness of the experience is a big part of why Next IT is 100% on-board with Startup Weekend Spokane. We know firsthand what it feels like to venture out into an unfamiliar landscape, unsure of what the road ahead holds.

For anyone making a bet that their big idea is worth building a business on, the opportunity to present ideas in front of a roomful of highly experienced entrepreneurs and investors – and not only get a reality check on the viability of a startup idea, but also an intense burst of assistance to help get it off the ground – is invaluable.

Next IT is now an industry-leading creator of intelligent virtual assistants (IVAs) that solve problems for some of the world’s leading organizations. But in 2002, we were a startup with a vision that few people at the time could understand.

Our founder and CEO Fred Brown gained many of the principles he applied during Next IT’s startup phase while he was riding on the rodeo circuit. They were the subject of a recent article in Entrepreneur.com, and it’s worth reading in the context of Next IT’s growth as a company.

So best of luck to everyone pitching their ideas at Startup Weekend Spokane. If it wasn’t for people having the courage to move forward with their ideas – rising to challenges as they come along – we’d be living in a much different world today.

–  Jared Brown, Project Manager, Next IT








Thank You Judges and Team Participants

The Startup Weekend Bellevue Team is grateful for the support of local Community Leaders, Event Judges and Team Participants.

 

What will You Develop?
What will You Develop?

Event Judges:

Haresh Ved
Founder & Chair, TiE Angels Group Seattle (TAGS), Board Member, TiE Seattle

Jon Croy
Founder & VP Operations at Point Inside/Synchronoss/TeleCommunication Systems/Marco Polo Wireless

Ian Morris
Proven Technology Chief Executive, Board Member, Advisor, and Mentor of the Board of Directors/Porch

Hoi Vo
GM Windows Azure/Microsoft – Server and Cloud Division/Microsoft/Computer Software

Cat Kennedy
Regional Director People & Organisational Development at HEINEKEN

Mark Mader
President & CEO, Smartsheet.com

Damon Danieli
Founder/CEO of Appuri


Local Community Leaders: Organizing Team:

Renatta
Emerson
Shanika
Weerasundara
Chanda
Gogna
Greg
Moreno
Derrick
Kuan
Israel
George
Sid
Wambach
Jay
Kaycee
Alex
Artemenko

 

 

 








Thank You Sponsors & Partners

The Startup Weekend Bellevue Team is grateful for the support of local community Sponsors and Partners.

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Event Sponsors and Partners:

Signature Sponsor; Concur

Platinum Sponsors; City of Bellevue Washington, Bellevue College, Startup Bellevue, Point Inside, Smartsheet, Coding Dojo, 425 Business, and Cloud Genius.

Gold Sponsors; Silicon Valley Bank, Saturn Barter Company, Bizzabo, Vala, GoDaddy.com, ImpactHub, The Wide Format Company, Agitar Technologies, GearLive, AEES, In Media Networks, NanHai, Northwest Tech Alliance, Seattle Angel Conference, BSquare, Seattle Technical Forum, 9MileLabs, Sched, BrandBuddee, ExtraHop, StartupNext, Microsoft, Vectorform, and Colliers International.

Silver Sponsors; Redapt, Downtown Bellevue Network, Washington Technology Industry Association (WTIA), Arch, Millies Savory Teas, Zino Society, ServedBytheNet, and Experience Everett.








Thank You Mentors & Coaches

The Startup Weekend Bellevue Team is grateful for the support of local community Mentors and Coaches.

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Mentors & Coaches:

Sujal Patel:
Keynote Speaker/Technology Executive

Diane Najm:
Founder at PhotoPad/ The Founder Institute/Olive Crest

Lynne Robinson:
City of Bellevue Council Member/Physical Therapist Educator

Jody Laflen:
Dean of the Institute for Business and Information Technology at Bellevue College

Richard Wang:
CEO at Coding Dojo/Leader, Innovator, Investor, Speaker, Mentor

Nilesh Londhe:
Founder, Creator, Investor at Cloud Genius

Brayden Olson:
Entrepreneur and CEO at Wilhelm Enterprises/Recurrence Inc/CEO of Novel Inc./Computer Software

Sanjay Puri:
Co-Founder, Partner at 9MileLabs/VP, Product Marketing/Hewlett-Packard/Microsoft Corporation

Matt Dyor:
Co-Founder and CEO at Payboard/Microsoft Accelerator powered by Techstars/Microsoft/Azazoo Inc.

Janis Machala:
Managing Partner at Paladin Partners/Senior Business Executive/Corporate Director/Entrepreneur and Executive Coach

Colin Christianson:
Founder & CEO at Tenacious Ventures/Team Up for Nonprofits/Young Entrepreneur Social/Tenacious Ventures

Brandon Bazemore:
CEO at Persephone/Fairplay Inc/Sound Mortgage Inc/ New Outlook Financial Group Inc.

Marek Brejl:
Founder of Coding with Kids/Leaping Llama Labs/Microsoft/Vital Images

Josh Breeds:
Founder at Served By the Net/JET Aeronautics/SubTerra Inc./Blue Frog

Joe Wallin:
Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP/DLA Piper US LLP/Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich/Seattle University School of Law

Ram Dutt:
CEO & Co-Founder at Meylah/Jobs for America’s Graduates/Electric Blue Motors/BGlobal Norcal LLC/OMRC Inc.

Alvin Loh:
Founder at Jobvention/Business Development/Kirkland Software Company/Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America/Tech Development

Rashmi Joshi:
CEO & Founder of Evalise/Nurego/Marketing Specialist/Vega Performance Marketing/Vega Consulting LLC

Madhu Singh:
Chief Legal Officer at Foundry Law Group/MK Singh Law Office/Seattle University/Albers School of Business/Peterson Law Clinic

Ajoy Krishnamoorthy:
Director, OEM Segment Marketing at Microsoft/Loyalty/Microsoft Independant Consultant/Technical Industry Director

Dave Parker:
VP Product, UP Global, Tech CEO, Founder, Mentor & Board Member

Keil Larsen:
Attorney at Law, Business Development Professional/Equinox Business Law Group PLLC/Keil Larsen, Attorney at Law/PSC Healthcare Services/VWR International LLC

Sue Grinius-Hill:
Technology Strategic Planning/Product Design & Development/Product Release & Support/Pelindaba Global LLC/ApprenNet LLC/ARI/Microsoft – Business Productivity

Seijen Takamura:
Regional Manager, UP Global

Bryan Trussel:
CEO of Glympse Inc./Computer Software/Director/Microsoft

Mukund Mohan:
Microsoft Ventures/Executive and Management Roles/Internet & Enterprise Software/Marketing/Founder of BuzzGain

Robert Lee:
Career Entrepreneur/Crowdfunding/Startups/Philanthropic Projects

Dinesh Haridas:
Founder of TripTips/Storage Technologies/Cloud Computing/Microsoft

Shannon Hulbert:
CEO and founder at Redbridge, Inc./ Founder of the Inter-Tribal Energy & Tech

Eric Hulbert:
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Opus Interactive

Sam Menaker:
Vice President of Customer Engineering/Chief Software Architect VoiceBox Technologies Corporation

Leslie Feinzaig:
Vice President of Product Management at Julep

Kyle Barber:
Business Strategy Leader

Cyrus Habib:
Representative of Washington’s 48th District/Washington State Legislature

Rajeev Singh:
President and Chief Operating Officer, Concur/Concur Technologies