The teams had been working on their products for 54 hours over the weekend with their mentors to develop a product based around the theme of the event: Sustainability and Clean-Tech. The event attracted a mixed bunch of participants from developers, engineers, programmers, business and marketing specialists.
First up was a brilliant presentation lead by Lucy Brown from Future City|Glasgow explaining why Glasgow is in such an ideal position and time to hold an even as momentous as this one.
ScranClan - Aimed at tackling food waste. 4.1million tonnes of waste is produced from the household each year in the UK, they aim to reduce this. REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE. A social network for food waste. Their website is already up and running.
How Green Is - Naming and shaming companies with bad green credentials. Allowing users to post their views, experiences, pictures; linking social media showing positive and negative PR in an attempt to change companies behaviour.
CoMute - Creating an in-life game to award eco-friendly commuting. "rewards to change commuting habits".
Cloudlet - Carbon efficient computer hosting. Data centres are powered by vast amounts of energy and are usually terribly inefficient. They aim to compress the amount of data held on their server systems, allowing companies to use less storage systems and in turn less energy powering and, more importantly, cooling them.
Podstay - Entering the budget accommodation industry with pre-fabricated units (pods). Theory is that they can be set-up almost anywhere. They can utilise unused spaces providing a small footprint. Looking to launch their first prototype using a shipping container. "minimal viable accommodation', "Finishing the revelation the budget airlines started". Similar idea to that already in Japan and Yotel.
Unspike - Aimed at reducing peak demand for energy by utilising management software. "Stopping the use of dirty expensive energy".
Green Bills - Energy comparison website. Their platform pulls various sources of data regarding household energy use and compares it against energy providers costs, allowing users to see how much their neighbours are paying. Website up and running.
EnergySaveAR - Augmented reality app. Shows how your electrical products energy rating. Aimed at educating people about their household electrical items and how efficient they are. "Go green in three easy steps"
PsychEd - Creating a social media platform and educational systems aimed at tackling how mental illness is perceived by the public at large. Removal of social stigma is key as is the fact social sustainability is tackled rather than environmental or economic.
Know Your Food - Connecting local producers with customers through an online market place. Getting fresh produce straight from the farmers. "stopping local farmer being screwed over by supermarkets". The website provides a bio of the farmer, their location, type of produce available and delivery options. "Farmers market in your home" and the idea of being the "Amazon or etsy of veg boxes" to bring sustainability to the table were possible quotes of the night.
Lend Some Sugar - A product sharing platform which allows locals to post up items for others to rent and with space for use as a social contact medium too i.e rent a tent from a mountaineering club and end up joining the club. 2.9 billion items are underused in the UK, they want to tap into that market."Collaborative consumption".
After each of the teams made their presentations to the Judges they left the room to deliberate their choices for this years winners. In the meantime we were joined by Luke Nicholson form CarbonCulture via video chat from London and Sean Lightheard representing CO2 Estates. It was great to see two guys that have successful startups and their ambitions of moving their companies further.
Much in the same vein as many of the judges themselves. A special mention must go to them as many, if not all, put forward some of the prizes that were up for grabs. Those judges were: Stuart Deed (The Launch Point Limited); Pippa Gardner (TSB Future Cities Demenstrator); Jamie Coleman (TechCube); Rohan Gunatillake (21awake); Fiona Godsman (Scottish Institute for Enterprise) and Andrew Mitchell (CleanWeb Factory). A special mention also goes to all of the mentors too, many of whom had made it to the final presentations too.
And the grand prize winners of the Startup Weekend Glasgow 2013 are......... EnergySaveAR!!!