Monday, April 9, 2012

New eClub Projects

last Wednesday we have met in eClub to see eight new business projects and proposals. You can review the short annotations in this blog or watch the presentations. We follow up next Wednesday. Lucie Havlickova will review the presenters style, skills and advice them how to better communicate their ideas.

We always organize the dry run presentations for the eClub competition. The purpose is to give a chance to the teams to test and communicate their idea to the audience. This time we have attracted eight new teams. You can read below the short annotations or thanks to Vojta and his Meta TV watch the presentations. Lucie promised to watch them too to help improving and pointing out the major presentation problems. She will join us next Wednesday. Join us too to find out how to give a great presentation.

Plans and awards.

The best news is: new teams are emerging. Overall the quality of presentations is improving. Students are discovering the problems and advantages of trying to convert their ideas for useful products. The final presentations are scheduled for May 9.

Currently, I am busy trying to attract potential local and overseas jury members and mentors. The list of jury members has to be complete and announced well before the final presentations.

Even more challenging is raising money to fund the winners. I am discussing with major Czech companies to make donation to the MediaLab Foundation - our source of funding. Keep the fingers crossed. The more money we will leverage the more teams will be funded during the summer. Even if you have not participate in the dry run, you can still sing up for the final presentations. Try to get the summer scholarship. Summer is the best time to convert your dreams to something useful, our mentors will help you.

Check our web pages, I have managed to update the whole eClub site. All the presentation videos are on line. I have made some small changes in the program. Join us!

New projects

The InfyAD team has opened the session. They have presented a simple system estimating analytics for outdoor, billboard advertisements. They want to help advertisers to choose the best location for their ad and particular customer segment. Good idea!

The CitySmartGo has presented a very interesting idea with an international focus. An auction-based system finding cheaper and smarter transportation, such as taxi, cab or shuttle. It will be a free mobile and web service for travelers and transport providers matching the best quote-price.

The project ServerSense is a new web server logging and load controlling portal. The team is aiming at individuals and small providers. Their market differentiation is integration of many different tools for managing and monitoring web servers.

Techambition is an project focusing on technical disciplines as chemistry, electrical engineering, machinery, civil engineering and science in general. The innovation is graphics and animation presenting the basic principles.

Avoid hangover use the DrinkMachine – no, this is not the point. The DrinkMachine team has very ambitious plan to design and market machines serving drinks in bars around the world. Their product will serve drinks faster and cheaper than the bartender. Sorry to say, I will miss the  bartendress

Bzumo is a very committed team with a very interesting project. They try to improve the ease and speed of accessing information from various Internet services. Effectively, they want to bypass the Google search results and jump directly to the information page of the service provider, such as wikipedia, yahoo, ...

Very useful, very simple! TransportAlarm is a small mobile application. It wakes you up before reaching your travel destination. It provides simple scheduling tools.

MindSpy is a visionary project maybe even a research proposal. It uses biomedical signals, such as EEG etc. With the help of AI algorithms many different information can be derived for users. The presentation suggested many applications specifically for mobile phones. Watch the presentation.

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