Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Triangle Rocks Startup Weekend

It was quite a weekend! More than 190 people were on hand Friday in Bay 7 for the kickoff.  Up to 110 people were working over the weekend in the American Underground, and 18 teams presented Sunday afternoon in Bay 7.  The event was organized by CED, Triangle Interactive Media Association (Arik Abel), Triangle Business Law (Mital Patel), with help from George Junginger of Group Story and Scott Klein of ReverbNation, in partnership with Startup Weekend, a nonprofit based in Seattle.  Maris McEdward was here from Seattle for the weekend.

The winner was YardSprout, a company matching homeowners with master gardeners to help cultivate part of their lawn to grow food.  The team participants are: Andrew Pearson and Rishi Bansal (evangelists) and Kimberly Herold, Dirk Smith, Nancy Jin, Darwin Campa, Khaled Agrama (hackers), and Nathaniel Talbott (both).  The team won $200 in in-kind services and were presented with Hawaiian leis on stage at Bay 7 at the conclusion of the judging!  The team includes people who work at OnWired, Atlantic BT, Suntech Medical, and Spreedly.

Second place went to DoTheData, a company founded by Jenny Eigenrauch and Wendy Lybrand, counselors in Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. The technology is designed to help counselors manage student records in a more efficient and actionable way. The team also included Catherine Trott, Scott Harris, Donald McMillan, Marina Lee, and R. Phillip Stevenson (evangelists); and Chris Geiss, Joseph Jaber, Pat O’Hara, Mark Baumbach, and Sarah Kahn (hackers). The team includes people who work at IBM, GivingPal, Schmap.com, Write Triangle, Gabriel Investments, SciMed Solutions, Sensis Corp., and Connection Technologies.

This place went to Knackeo, a company dedicated to helping individuals develop the “knack” for certain skills by linking them with the right people and resources.  The team consists of David Arneman, Danny Page, and Malaika Mose (evangelists), Nash Yielding, Steve Hong, and Drew Nelson (hackers), and Drew Brisley, a student at NC State University.  The team includes people who work at Plotwatt, Philomath, Knowit, Inc., Golden Door, IBM, and Fab Labs Carolinas.

The judges – Jason Caplain of Southern Capitol Ventures; Joe Colopy of Bronto; Brian Handly, advisor at RingLeader Digital; Joe Velk of Contender Capital; and Richard White of UserVoice – also acknowledged three teams with Honorable Mentions:

Spotlisted – a technology that lets people write their impressions of travel destinations and share them with friends
The Social Value – a Groupon-style program that splits the discount between the restaurant and a nonprofit organization or social cause
The Breakup Button – a Facebook application that notifies your network connections when you have dumped your significant other; a partner app, the Makeup Button,  also is in development

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