Sure, there are plenty of piano, guitar and drumming apps out there. However they are all ports of existing musical instruments into your phone. Beatphonic got in touch with us and told us that they created an app that helps to create music on the go, simply by shaking your phone.
The idea is that music is difficult but with the help of the app, you can start creating simple musical patterns by simply making a few choices and then shaking your phone in a specific way to generate the right sounds/patterns. This is rather cool to play around with and it looks even better when pretty girls do it:
The second batch of AppCademy is kicking off in just one week. AppCademy is a version of a seed accelerator that is a part of the AppCampus program, providing teams with education and mentorship in addition to the money and marketing benefits. Unlike the rest of the program, the teams get to visit Finland for four weeks, where they will go through extensive 1-on-1 coaching sessions, lectures and training sessions by Microsoft and Nokia.
The first AppCademy was held in November 2012 and according to Paolo Borella, the director of AppCampus "[it] was a great success, we learned a lot and got positive feedback from the alumni of the first batch. From that feedback we're stepping up efforts and launching 4 camps this year, where we'll invite the most promising AppCampus teams. To these teams we offer some sponsorship in airfare and lodging for the camp."
AppCampus has become a force of its own since opening its doors in May. If you haven't caught our previous coverage, the program is operated by Aalto University in partnership with Nokia and Microsoft, who each gave €9 million with the goal of supporting the development of applications on their platforms. I got the chance to talk with Paolo Borella, one of the leads at AppCampus about what the program has been up to.
So far AppCampus has received about 1400 submissions. Investment decisions have been made in over 60 cases, with €1.7 million distributed as of Monday. Initially AppCampus received a lot of attention from Finnish applicants, but Borella says that now the geographical distribution is becoming more varied. Finland rings in as less than 30 percent of the applicants, while the U.S. is in the second position with 11%, followed by Russia.
Last March, Nokia and Microsoft teamed up to fund up to €18 million in a mobile application development program at Aalto University in Helsinki. After receiving over 800 applications from more than 60 countries, Appcampus has invested its first million into 30 companies. The team tells us that investments made have been in the €20 000 range, although some have gone up to €50-70 000 depending on the scope of the project.
The program works like this: once a project is admitted to the program and successfully completes application design review, applicants receive 30% of the funds. The rest are then granted when the final product is certified and launched on Windows Phone Marketplace. After the app is out for six months on the Windows phone platform, then teams can expand to other marketplaces.
AppCampus, the joint venture between Microsoft, Nokia, and Aalto University with the goal of boosting the Windows and Nokia platforms, has today opened the doors to applications. The program is looking to fund unique, innovative and high impact mobile applications that utilize Windows Phone and Nokia platforms. The program is open to both teams and individuals, and will fund projects anywhere in the world based on their merit. The program will invest in total up to €18 million over the next three years.
Following yesterday's news of Nokia and Microsoft teaming together to to fund millions of euros into an AppCampus program at the University of Aalto, we caught up with Will Cardwell, head of the Aalto University Center for Entrepreneurship. Cardwell has ben understandably busy, but was kind enough to give us more details on how the program will operate, and what the program means means for the local community.
Nokia and Microsoft have teamed up to fund up to €18 million in a mobile application development program at Aalto University in Helsinki. Together the two companies will each invest up to 9 million euros into the program, called AppCampus, over the next three years. The program has been set up to foster the creation of applications for the Windows Phone ecosystem, as well as the Nokia platforms including Symbian and Series 40. The program will begin already in May of 2012.