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Demo Day is only 6 days from n...
19.05.2015

They came in with amazing ideas. Thanks to our dedicated mentors, the teams’ ideas are now shaping up into MVPs – real, usable products that address existing needs in an innovative way. Over 71 ideas signed up for the Hackathon events in Bucharest and Cluj. 24 teams from Bucharest and 6 from Cluj were selected to enter the 3 months of intensive mentoring and product development. From wearables designed to aid patients with chronic, life-threatening conditions to gadgets made to enhance sports results or apps trying to redefine the way we interact with the places around us, every single product that came into the program was carefully crafted to best serve the interests of the user group it was designed for. This was possible due to the dedication of our mentors which offered their expertise and insights to support the teams – so thanks to each and every one of those who spent late nights with us, helping build real products from ambitious ideas! What are we expecting to see at Demo Day? Mature pitches, realistically planned products and market strategies, but most importantly, regardless of how the products perform (let’s remember that for most of the participants this is the first attempt at launching a start-up), a selection of the finest minds and sky-high enthusiasm available today. It’s safe to say that everyone’s expectations are high – as they should be. Good luck to the teams and many thanks to our partners, who helped us enable the teams to […]

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Swimpal – a disruptive measu...
15.05.2015

Gamification is gaining ground. But not in the water, at least not until now. We live in a society where people set goals and track milestones and compare results on social networks, and this is making them more driven. Technology helps in this scheme by coming up with all sorts of measurement enhancements, but somehow the picture is missing something. Running is the cool kid gaining lots of attention and means of measuring, Now it’s time for swimming to join the pool and this is where Swimpal is going to disrupt: Swimpal is about bringing the same level of engagement to swimming through the personalized solution that gives swimmers the chance to measure, compare and share their progress. Swimpal is perfect for amateur swimmers of all ages. Swimpal wants to do one thing and one thing good: to give real time feedback during swims. The solution is a ready to use device (No callibration; Small package; Easy to attach; High autonomy) and a mobile app that will have a user-centered design and in-app gamification. The device will work based on vibrations and will help swimmers track their progress to their goal. Compared to available solutions that are usually wristbands, Swimpal is truly ergonomic as it attaches to one’s goggles so there’s no need to go into the pool with an extra accessory. The team held group interviews to understand customer needs in order to deliver a simple solution for swimming lovers. They already have a tested prototype and they are […]

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Fingerdrum Master – play mus...
14.05.2015

The gaming industry is booming, but it’s safe to say that for the vast majority of games, the sole purpose is light entertainment. The music industry is also booming, but instruments are kind of hard to learn. See the connection? What if games could teach us how to play musical instruments, or at least get us closer to learning a new instrument? Here’s Fingerdrum Master, an app that promises to deliver the Guitar Hero experience on mobile devices, with reduced costs and the same level of fun. Because learning to play a new musical instrument requires major time and money investments, and there’s also a lot of stiffness in the classical music teaching methods, it was about time the software industry came up with a solution that’s logistically easier and it can offer a great educational value. And yes, it’s also fun. How does it work Their tagline is Play music fo’ real. And that’s what you do. All you need to do is install the app, select one of the three levels (you get to choose between beginner / intermediate / expert) and start following the buttons that light up. The app gives you feedback and points according to your performance. Why will it work It’s easy – mobile has a very fast growth rate, apps are booming, and this is the next level in entertainment, beacuse it transforms consumers into creators of their own content, it’s what everyone is raving about…and, well, the EDM music is growing too. […]

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