Demo Day is only 6 days from now – reviewing the past 3 months

16597372860_0fd9a45479_k 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! 16592826159_136aff9bd6_k 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. 16753083916_8067e18699_k Good luck to the teams and many thanks to our partners, who helped us enable the teams to rise up to their potential: Innovation Labs 2015 is powered by Orange, Carrefour Romania, Romanian-American Foundation and Microsoft YouthSpark, together with our partners Ixia, FotoNation, Adobe, Intel Software, Electronic Arts, Microchip, Cisco, Onyx Beacon, Spherik Accelerator, Employers’ Association of the Software and Services Industry (ANIS), Techsylvania, together with the academic partners University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Babeș-Bolyai University, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, and media partners Ziarul Financiar, Forbes, Electronica Azi, and Today Software Magazine, Romania Insider and City Compass Media.

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