Cambridge Startup Weekend unearths new generation of talent


The inaugural Cambridge Startup Weekend was an incredible success. Over 90 delegates attended and 45 ideas were pitched, of which 17 went forward to be worked on over the 54 hours.

Such was the standard that six teams were short-listed and an additional prize (for Social Enterprise was added by the judging panel).

The winners were:
– Overall: Lessonista an online application that allows English literature teachers to share resources with their colleagues across the country simply and easily

– Health (sponsored by Cambridge Healthcare): Rosedene, an online video application that links trained nurses to patients across the world, without them needing to go into hospital

– Mobile / Wireless (sponsored by Business Weekly): CPR Volunteers. A mobile application, it uses ambulance dispatch data to alert registered, trained CPR volunteers when someone near them calls in with a cardiopulmonary emergency through an app on their phone. The app also shows them where the nearest equipment (such as defibrillators) is, and aims to save lives.

– Social Enterprise: A humanitarian app created in response to the Japanese earthquake, it aims to re-unite victims with their cherished possessions. Finders simply photograph and upload items that they find into a searchable database. In Japan handing in lost property is central to life and culture (in one year over $21m in cash is handed into Tokyo lost property offices) and this app (in Japanese and English) aims to help by putting the process online.

– Wildcard prize: Sonnet. A delightful iphone application, it allows you to compose and send love letters that will delight your loved ones. It has been submitted to the iTunes App Store and should be on sale shortly.

UPDATE – Want to find out about all of the 17 teams that presented? Check out this great summary article by our media partner, CaBuMe.

Just to testify the huge success of the event, here is a quote from Neil Davidson:

“Myself and the other judges were incredibly impressed with the strength and range of ideas displayed at the first ever Cambridge Startup Weekend,” said Neil Davidson, co-founder of Red Gate Software and chair of judges, Cambridge Startup Weekend. “Covering everything from healthcare to education, the energy, thought and enthusiasm that had gone into each and every one was stunning – particularly given they were created in such a short time. It demonstrated the real strength of the Cambridge tech cluster and while it is early days the winning ideas stand a great chance of making it as fully fledged companies or products. I look forward to watching their progress and success.”

Thanks to everyone that attended – judges, speakers, mentors, sponsors and (most of all) attendees. Keep in touch and here’s to the next one!

PS – If you couldn’t make it to the awards on Sunday, watch the final awards on the video below. Courtesy of our Video Partner, PepperRafferty.

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