Things kicked off just like any other Startup Weekend: 110 attendees descended on to the wonderful Google premises on Barrow St armed only with their ideas. After munching down on some tasty burritos from Burritos & Blues and MongoDB, Google’s Garage Cafe witnessed an unprecedented 50 x 1 minute pitches. The teams were later whittled down to 17 by midnight.
After a fuel injected Saturday and Sunday, the teams got to work, capitalising on some welcome advice from an army of tech-savvy mentors! With some well deserved nutrients from Buyersclub and Slattery’s along the way, the teams were then ready to take the stage on Sunday evening!
After some fantastic pitches and some very entertaining presentations the participants had the hard part out of the way! The rest was now in the hands of the judges…
The judges pulled no punches and after some careful some consideration the winners and runner’s up were announced:
- 1. MedXnote – In first place was Niall Rafferty’s passionate team Medxnote, with their cloud based medical app for critical alerts for health care professionals.
The team deservedly won a considerably generous Startup Pack from Google and some tickets for the Dublin Web Summit in October to set them on their way. Not to mention some Kindles and Startup Books to get them ready for their future endeavours!
- 2. Car Sensing – In second place was Enda Cahill, Ricky Jacob and their team’s solution for empowering car owners through automotive data. Car Sensing is an online platform for collecting and analysing data generated from vehicle telematics. The data will be used to reduce costs for drivers and car owners and provide insights to vendors in the automotive and retail industry.
- 3 – LogIt – In third place was LogIt, Michelle Clarke and her team’s product for enabling adventure sports enthusiasts to digitally record their sports qualifications & activities!
- Best Pitch – Office Rage Apocalypse (aka Weekend Game) – And finally no Startup Weekend would be complete without some entertaining pitches, and the crowd favourite went to a group who built Office Rage Apocalypse. The game – in their own words: “Meet Doug Mikeless – intern at up and coming tech startup Oogle. Over worked, Under paid. Stress levels – rising rapidly. Help him keep his cool while he has to deal with everything from malfunctioning office equipment to an ever filling inbox. Not to mention colleagues, bosses and investors. Feeling a little stressed? Grab the nearest object and smash something!” You can read more about the team’s adventures during Startup Weekend in this great blog post and you can even play their game here! Not bad for a weekend!
- And the Rest:
There were also 13 other teams who really impressed everyone across the weekend and on the Sunday. By Sunday night, the top of Google’s Docks building was brimming with ideas, probably inspired by the panoramic views of Dublin city! Over all the standard of the presentations on Sunday night was very strong, and undoubtedly the following teams (below) will strive on with their ideas!
- Journ.ie – a service that makes your social journey easily accessible.
- Flat Checkr – a service that provides potential renters with information on rental properties & areas/neighbourhoods by past tenants.
- Fly Now – An online and mobile platform that enables you to explore new places for affordable prices.
- Pavlova – a service for linking interns to tech companies.
- Soundtravel – sky scanner for gigs! Travel discovery for music lovers. Wouldn’t it be cool to discover music events in new cities based on what you already listen to on Spotify, iTunes & Last.fm?
- Dining Dangerously – A new experience-based dining marketplace. This online service matches consumers who are looking for specialised dining experiences with hosts who are offering novel dining services.
- SoundParty – A musical gesture recognition application.
- Legal Dash – a service that connects Lawyers with their Clients. Legal Dash is an online portal that lets a lawyers client see what’s going on with their file in real time.
- Irish Startup Exchange – A matching site for startups and investors at early stage.
- Coursify (aka Floriana) – An online e-portfolio with course recommendations for the next course a user can take. This allows for companies to search for job candidates with specific achievements.
- Kula – A Bitcoin transaction escrow service.
- Warp.Fm – Music. Rediscovered.
- Social Energy – A service that provides a platform for charities to tap into the vast resources and knowledge base currently employed within for-profit companies while allowing individuals and companies to showcase their skills and charitable acts.
If you want to get a taste of the action, be sure to check out Startup Weekend Dublin’s Facebook page. Here you’ll find over 200 photos from the event from the photographers Isa Aparicio (@IsaQueDaRisa) and Damien Rayuela (@dmnryl). There’s also a fantastic video in the making along with some of the pitches courtesy of Marta, Monica, Aurora and Aodhan. So keep an eye out on Twitter and Facebook in the coming weeks! And a big thanks to all the volunteers who took part over the weekend!
So big thanks to all the participants, judges, mentors, sponsors, volunteers and everyone for coming along, we hope to see you at the next event! And remember a Startup Weekend is only as good as the efforts of the organising team – in this case (Stu, Keith, Floriana, Brian, Russell and Deborah) – but we do want to see more Startup Weekend events across Ireland – so feel free to get in touch and apply online ! The next one is only an application!
See you again!
Stu & The Dublin Startup Weekend Team