There is one thing I absolutely love and that is gadgets. The beauty of the whole concept is that they are slowly turning from the geeky nerd fab into something a little more mainstream. With the advent of 3D Printing, hardware prototyping platforms such as arduino/raspberry pi and crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter, we are truly in the age of gadgets.
Back in the day, when I tried to get the first ever MP3 CD-Player for a couple of hundred bucks, people though I was mad. Now, it is normal to chase gadgets and nearly everybody has some. However what is a lot more impressive, and important, is that we can all create gadgets without having to buy-out factories in China and raise millions of EUR’s in funding. In fact with some of the modern tools for prototyping, it should be possible to put something together in a matter of a couple of days.
Every Monday morning, I have about 40-60 tasks that I need to take care of and that is on a good Monday. Since studies show that you should do the most complicated and difficult ones first, the week starts with figuring out exactly which ones those are. This can be and usually is a daunting and difficult task that can take at least an hour. Thankfully, MorningList solves this problem (and many others) for me. The idea is extremely simple. It is hard for your brain to compare 40 things to one another, but it is very easy when they are paired together. So what MorningList does is allows you to compare tasks to one another and thanks to a clever algorithm, you can do this in just a couple of minutes.
Mojang, the Swedish developers of Minecraft, last week put on Mojam 2, a hackathon and charity event that brings together Nordic games and a good cause. What more could you want? Like last year, Mojang and their friends sat down for 78 hours to hack away at some games, all while livestreming their process.
The money was raised and games distributed through the Humble Bundle, which features a pay-what-you-like model. For this charity event, all of the procedes went to The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Block by Block, "a wonderful collaboration between Mojang and UN Habitat to bring youth into the urban planning process for better cities."
I love me some tunes, and I love innovative web stuff (even if they're a little rough around the edges), so I was pleased to see that some of the projects built during Spotify's Music Hack Day last weekend were thrown up on Hacker League to poke around. The event took place last weekend at Spotify's new office in Stockholm, and was Spotify's first external Music Hack Day. I just took a few things that looked interesting to put up here, but browse the full list of submitted (and in progress) projects.
Super Mutroid - As shown in the top image, it's a music/rythym platform game with a Super Metroid theme. Reminds me of Bit Trip Runner. Download is here (if you have Mac OS 10.8). Haven't tried it yet, but will when I get a spare few minutes.
Need cheap tickets and a ride to LeWeb? The Viking StartupBus is looking for hackathon extraordinaires with competencies in development, design, or marketing to apply for their rolling hackathon. People accepted on the bus will get a 75% discount on LeWeb tickets, the chance to meet cool people, and get an opportunity to pitch on stage at LeWeb. And rather staring at the cubicle wall in front of you, you'll see Europe fly by your window before making your way down to Paris. And not only will you hack together with fellow Scandinavians – you will defend the Nordic startup pride against other flourishing startup communities from the UK, Spain, Germany and France.
This post is done in association with Garage48 and is a part of the prize for the best Press Release amongst the teams that participated in Garage48 in Riga 2012.
According to the lean startup methodology, start-ups go through a cycle of having an idea, building it, getting a product, measuring the data, learning and then starting the cycle all over again. This usually takes weeks, months, years. However MorningList that originated at Garage48 in Riga (Which is also coming to Helsinki soon) went through the whole cycle a number of times during the 48 hour period. They had an idea, revised it a few times. Then they chose a target group and named themselves "Make Ordered List", then they focused on task lists and renamed themselves to something I can't quite recall, finally they realized that targeting a niche is a great start and decided that Morning Task List organizers are their targets and renamed accordingly.
If big data is a macro trend the world is paying attention to, then we really should be looking within Finland to develop more interesting companies. Finland is lucky to be home to some of the best data science universities in the world, and startups like Metrify.io and Zen Robotics are signaling that we could be on the verge of something huge. Pairing our data science talent with additional developers and designers, and we've got the winning recipe for many more innovative and exciting companies.
That's the logic behind OOHACK HACKATHON 1, a hackathon we're throwing with Open Ocean Capital with infrastructure supported by Amazon. On October 16th, the day before the doors open to the Arctic15 conference, teams will have 12 hours to dig thorough a rich dataset and develop some ideas for a chance to win €3 000. The three best teams will also be able to present their concepts to the audience at The Arctic15.
Bonnier, the publisher of Olivia, Divaani, and Evita, is supporting a mobile hackathon to promote female entrepreneurship and making mobile development accessible to newcomers. The aim is to create female-friendly lifestyle apps – or at least a proof of concept prototypes that not only work, but look good and are user friendly. Along with the app building there will be presentations on mobile design, trends in mobile media, as well as shorter talks and workshops on development in technology, mobile development for newcomers, and more. The event will be held at the Aalto Venture Garage in Helsinki from the 25th to the 27th this month.
Sweden is the land of entrepreneurship. Though the population is rather small, the rate of innovation makes it to the top of the list in the world. Over the last five years, the entrepreneurship ecosystem has been flourished much more and now there are more monthly events, mingles and conferences for entrepreneurs. This post is my short notes for one of the famous events called 24 hour business camp.
Startup weekend is organising a mobile oriented event this weekend in Copenhagen. It's already been of immense popularity, but we thought we'd show some support to the event in the form of offering free tickets to Arctic15 conference for the winning team. So, if you'd like to have a chance at winning the event, but also winning Arctic15 conference tickets for the whole team - participate now.