Help us improve iDoggy!

This idea was created because we wanted to improve the everyday life of the blind. Actually, one of our uncles are blind and he had a really hard time to find a blind dog. Besides him there are worldwide 537 million blind people and this doesn’t even include the 124 million visually impaired people. To be independent, for most of them, a guidance stick is not enough. Luckily, you would say, there are guide dogs. However, a blind dog costs 20.000 euros excluding all the voluntary work with training and even if it takes up to three years to train a blind dog, 50% of dogs fail the strict requirements in the end. This means that, for example in the US only 2% of all blind and visually impaired people can have a guide dog. But what if we could solve this problem?

Take a look at this video and help us improve iDoggy:

/The iDoggy Team

Cecilia, Karolina, Josefien and Menno

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Last week I tried out the software of the startup “LiveShop”. Based on my personal experience I want to write my impression.

The startup is helping companies bring their products and services to the internet in entirely new ways. Therefore they created a enhanced video chat where customers can interact with agents face-to-face, while products and service plans are displayed dynamically – by a stroke of the agent’s fingertips. On their website there is a possibility to test their solution. You just need to enter your email address and they schedule a live -LiveShop demo just for you. I tested their product and gave them a feedback. The ability to present products and services, fill out forms and sign agreements is really good. The design is functional and inspiring. That is why their solutions looks really professional. The graphical content was displayed through hand gestures such as swipe to flip and pinch to zoom. The agent simply clicked with his fingers to drag and drop products, forms and files on the screen. They showed me all the functions without any problems. What is really good that they create individual designs and functions for their customers to make sure that it meets their individual expectations. I think their solution is great because it can be used for many business areas. I could not find anything to criticize.

Would you also like to see how LiveShop works in action. Just enter your email address at their website and they will schedule a live -LiveShop demo for you (http://www.liveshop.se/)

 

Live Shop

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Short summary:

IoT-EPI is a European Union funded initiative about Internet of Things (IoT) platform development with seven core projects: Inter-IoT, BIG IoT, AGILE, symbIoTe, TagItSmart!, VICINITY and bIoTope. If you are a SME, start-up, university etc. you can apply in a so called Open Call to get funded from 30,000 to EUR150,000.

Long version:

The concept of IoT or Internet of Things is to make it possible to connect every device that has an on/off switch to the internet or to each other. It is estimated that by 2020 there will be more than 10 billion connected devices. Anything with an on/off button such as cellphones, lamps, coffee machines or even components of machines for example the engine of a car will be connected, hence the name Internet of Things. How will this affect the day to day lives of people? Well, on daily basis the picture can look a bit like a sci-fi movie where most of your daily activities are automated. For example, by switching off your alarm clock in the morning, it will notify your coffee machine to start making coffee (Hopefully, it can also sensor if there is a mug ready, so it does not make a mess in the morning). On a broader scale IoT can help make cities smarter by offering endless opportunities like improving the efficiency of transportation networks. The following picture shows a wide view of a “smart world” is made possible by IoT.

However, there are many challenges on the way of IoT and the biggest one of them might be security. With billions of devices connected, how is it possible to make sure that hackers won’t be able to hack into your coffee machine for example and then gain access to all your personal information. Or how to make sure that no unauthorized person gets access to interfere with the transportation networks of a “smart city”.

 

Timm and I attended the IoT Innovation Night Stockholm at Norrsken Foundation, on October 9th, 2017 where a few companies working with the IoT concept presented themselves and you could learn how to get funded by the IoT-European Platforms Initiative. IoT-EPI is a European Union funded initiative about Internet of Things (IoT) platform development with seven core projects: Inter-IoT, BIG IoT, AGILE, symbIoTe, TagItSmart!, VICINITY and bIoTope. If you are a SME, start-up, university etc. you can apply in a so called Open Call to get funded from 30,000 to EUR150,000.Two projects that were represented at the event were TagItSmart! and symbloTe

TagItSmart is a company that wants to help people make smarter choices when it comes to purchasing goods by utilizing the NFC technology and QR code. Their objective is to connect real-life objects with the digital world. By scanning the QR code on the objects the costumer will be able to see information such as product name, manufacturer, date of arrival in store, tracked quality, authenticity, nutritional information, waste type and closest recycling point.

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Another way of using this technology is in life cycle management where a reward system is used to increase the number of consumers who recycle and obtain valuable consumer behavior information. It can also be used for home services by managing the maintenance schedule of customer’s appliances.

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In our smart and connected world you can already interact with the environment via applications on your smartphone. SymbloTe is facing the challenge that you mostly must change the applications if your change the environment. For example, take smart lights: You can switch on/off your light at home with one app, in the garden with another and maybe in the office with even another app. SymbIoTe wants to create an interoperable platform where all the applications are bundled: a universal light switch on your smartphone to switch on/off the lights at home, in the office and in public spaces – wherever you can do so.

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QR-Patrol

The presentations ended with a Greek company called QR-Patrol – they bring the Internet of Things technology to security companies, e.g. real-time monitoring for security guards and indoor location. They got funded by the IoT-EPI and shared their experiences – what to hand in, how to prepare and etc.

 

All in all, we think that this was a great event to get to know a possibility to get funded if you are working on a IoT technology. Often you don’t even know which opportunities are out there. It was nice to hear from both sides: the fund giver and taker.

Thank you for reading,

Shiva and Timm

 

 

 

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Two weeks ago, Timo and I (yes, Timo and Timo again…) went to the largest monthly start-up event in Europe.

The STHLMTECH Meetup should give entrepreneurs the chance to pitch their ideas or product in front of large community and some invited investment companies. In our case it was Draper Esprit and Wellstreet. Since I was especially excited about the pitches I won’t supply any information about the investors hear.

The first Pitch was from “Live Shop”. Their idea is a special application for shops or banks where you can talk to your customer on a video chat in an interactive way. In my opinion I think this idea is not innovative enough to create a real value for the customer additionally there are several companies which try to achieve the same goal. I think another problem is that they couldn’t identify their final costumer yet also they are working on this project for five years now.

The second pitch from “Valossa” was far more interesting. Their idea is video artificial intelligence which basically tries to understand videos in a way human do. They want to provide their service to media companies. On that companies can improve the placement of advertisement or make proposals for customers what they would like. The presentation was very good and they seem to know their customers.

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During that event I learned a lot about new ideas but also about the way of presenting your idea in a way the investors like it.

I can only recommend to go there! The event takes place every first Monday of each month in the Hiltion Hotel in Slussen. The only thing you must do is signing up only upfront. But don’t worry it’s free and totally worth going there.

 

Timo

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On October 10th “jayway” was hosting their yearly event at their Stockholm office: “Tech Frenzy Sthlm – Machine Learning, Digital Assistants, AR/VR and more”. There, Timo and I (yes, Timo and Timo….) got the chance to learn all about future technology and try out the gadgets that will radically transform the way we think.

The event in Stockholm is part their yearly tour about future technology in Stockholm, Malmö, San Francisco and Copenhagen.

The office is big and nice. The open floors give the whole scene a real start up spirit. With snacks and beer, we got the chance to talk to some of the employees about their jobs at “jayway”.

The event started with general pres20171010_181000[1]entation about AI and future Technology and included two more keynotes about the topics home assistance and smart home. Since I am really into those stuff I always feel like we are very close to a bright future.

After the presentation, we had enough time to try out all the different gadgets “jayway” is offering. We tried everything from virtual reality, artificial reality, smart home gadgets and personal AI assistants. Here we the chance to get to know the current state of technology and we used the chance to speak to the developers and give them feedback.

Since “jayway” is cooperating with a lot of high-tech firms they were not allowed to talk about their current projects. On the one I could understand that they are not allowed to talk about such topics. On the other hand, I would love to know what they are doing now and I am curious about the process they are making right now.

If you get the chance and you are into AI and future technology I can only recommend going there next year!

 

Timo

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On October 10th I went to my second event at “jayways” Stockholm office where I got the chance to learn all about future technology and also to try out the gadgets that will radically transform the way we think. First I want to give a brief description about jayway and then write a reflection with regard to new technologies.

Jayway helps their clients anticipate the future, evolve their business and play a meaningful role in their customer lives. Their local studios combine creativity and technology to transform ideas into realities on mobile, web and in the cloud. Every year they are hosting a event in Stockholm, Malmö, San Francisco, Copenhagen to talk about future technologies and how that the world is changing in many ways. They also discussed how to use them to improve businesses.

For me, it is still amazing to see what possibly will happen in the future. Expected changes due toIMG-20171011-WA0005 machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality, digital assistants and wearables can completely change our life. As you see an avalanche of new technology coming our way.  Some of them makes sense but the world faces great challenges. It is considered that many jobs are at risk, critical data will result in a fierce battle for customers and market shares and finally the danger of producing an artificial intelligence. The responsible use of these new technologies are more important than ever. But they also offer a variety of possibilities. They showed how cities can change by autonomous driving. It can improve the flow of traffic as well as road safety. Moreover parking spaces, which are no longer needed, can be used to make the cities brighter and greener.

Other subjects covered at the meeting were digital assistants and home automation. In the session “digital assistants” they talked about the history of digital assistants, discussed if they really are useful and took a peek into the future with digital assistants. With regard to home automation they gave an overview of the options that are available today and then showed how we can write your own code to connect anything to our smart home.

At the end of the event I played with several gadgets and technologies. The event showed me the range of opportunities are broad to build a start-up. We are living and working in very exciting times, in which innovations are implemented from ideas into reality at increasingly faster speeds. That offers wide-ranging possibilities for entrepreneurs!!!

 

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In the following I would like to write about my impressions / my personal conclusion about the course Entrepreneurship (ME2603) and also suggestions for improvements.

As Serdar Temiz said in the first lecture, this won’t be a usual academic course. That means there a lot of different tasks and challenges. We were forced out of our comfort zones and had to present several things which, unfortunately, happens all too rarely in university. But during my internship at Volkswagen in the product management I realized how important it is. We also had to work with different groups, discuss things and cooperate with each other.

One point you are confronted with is self-organization. Serdar wanted to show us how real life works. For example, if the projector does not work, you have to be able to present without your slides. Furthermore, it must be taken into consideration that you are prepared with back up material to answer question after your presentation. I have had the same experiences during my internship.

Another point I want to mention are the guest lectures. During my time in university I heard a lot of really boring guest lectures. What I really like about the course was the diversity of people, Serdar invited. To be honest also in this course were significant differences related to the quality of the presentations. But some were really inspiring and had an encouraging and motivating effect.

Something that could be improved is the venture simulation game. I really liked to play the game and my group was also really successful. On account of the fact that 45% of our grade depends on the results of the venture simulation game, I would have liked to discuss the results and also decisions during the game. It would be interesting for me to re-evaluate important decisions, hear strategic intention of the competitors and also answer the question what conclusions can we draw with regard to the final results.

It was my first course at the KTH and also an interesting experience. For me it was welcoming change compared to other courses I had in Germany. Moreover I got an inside view in the start-up scene here in Stockholm. Of course not everything ran to perfection, but all in all I am satisfied with my choice to have selected the course Entrepreneurship.

Best regards

Timo Reckfort

 

 

 

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Entrepreneurial events are just expanding in size and quantity. This make me at least to search for unique events which have something new to offer. This search means that I have to try most of the events at least one time and connect with people to learn about more events which are happening.
In this process I met a student from Uppsala who was so passionate about China and what he had in mind was to connect China and Sweden when it comes to entrepreneurship and startups. He started from Uppsala but it didn’t take him long to understand that Uppsala is too small and unknown for such international project.
At the moment he has launched his Forum, Sweden China startup Forum, in Stockholm and Beijing and I had the honor to be invited for the launch event in Stockholm. I believe that the idea is amazing considering how big the market in China is and the entrepreneurial potential in Sweden. In the event investors, lawyers and startupers were having speeches about how the market is and mentioning the potentials and challenges. It was great environment with a fantastic diversity.
Their next event will be in spring and I would strongly recommend it to all of you who are interested in new opportunities!
Check their website out: www.swedenchinaforum.org

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anders wallOne thing I really like about the Entrepreneurship course is having external lecturers sharing their journeys. Every year I try to visit the Anders Wall Lecture, Scandinavia’s largest lecture within entrepreneurship. The lecture is once a year in Uppsala and will this year be hosted in Uppsala Universitetsaula the 22nd November. During the lecture several high profile entrepreneurs share their journey in becoming successful entrepreneurs. Previous years the lecture has hosted entrepreneurs like Filip Tysander (Daniel Wellington) and Petter Stordalen (Nordic Choice Hotels) and will this year host Alan Mamedi (Truecaller), Fredrika Gullfot (Simris Alg) and Stina Ehrensvärd (Youbico) among others. The lecture also usually involves an opera performance.

If you’re able to go to Uppsala on 22nd November I strongly suggest you visit the Anders Wall Lecture, I always enjoy it and also it’s free of charge!

More info can be found at the Facebook event:

www.facebook.com/events/497344373963667/

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