Demo Day in review - the winni...

At the end of 3 eventful months, the Innovation Labs jury has elected the winning teams at the end of a very intense Demo Day. Skipping to the part about the winners and the prizes wouldn’t give this event the full credit it deserves, but if you’re really busy and just need to see who won, feel free to scroll at the end. For the rest of you, here’s a review of what our guests thought to be a really good event: Atmosphere 300 tech and innovation aficionados took over the New York Auditorium room at the Pullman hotel this Monday, as Innovation Labs Demo Day was about to start. Andrei Pitiș, a well-established figure on the Romanian and global entrepreneurship stage hosted the event. Before the first pitch, Julien Ducarroz (CCO at Orange Romania) talked about how Orange values innovation as one of its core growth elements, offering their support for the Innovation Labs teams. The jury was a great mix of entrepreneurs, technical experts and innovation managers in renowned companies: Bogdan Iordache (Co-founder How To Web); Julien Ducarroz (CCO Orange Ro), Cristian Pațachia (Development & Innovation Manager, Orange Ro), Ștefan Slavnicu (CTO Orange), Jean-Baptiste Dernoncourt (GM Carrefour Ro), Petru Jucovschi (Technology Business Evangelist, Microsoft), Teodor Ceaușu (Country Manager, Ixia Romania), Adrian Capătă (GM Fotonation), Bogdan Rîpă (Ex-Director of Product Management, Adobe), Vladimir Oane (Product Director, Hootsuite), Dragoș Mănescu (Project Manager, Adobe), Florian Gheorghe (Advisory Board Member, AXOSUITS). Pitching sessions The Internet of Things pitches were sharp, to the […]

Demo Day is only 6 days from n...

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 […]

Swimpal – a disruptive measu...

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 […]