01/18/2015

Startup Spotlight: Handprint

Headquarters: Miami

Biz 08 Two PABConcept: Handprint's first product, TravelSmart, is a rental smartphone delivered directly to the visitor’s hotel upon arrival in the United States. With TravelSmart, visitors get unlimited data, calls, texts and international calls to many destinations, at a fraction of the price of roaming with their own phones. Through its marketing analytics platform, Guidelight, Handprint collects aggregate non-identifying data about international travelers from its TravelSmart network and other resources to help local businesses better understand this demographic that spends over $150 billion every year in the U.S.

Story: Handprint’s founders met at an international high school 20 years ago in Spain. As avid travelers, all growing up in different countries, they united to solve a real problem for travelers: connectivity. Offering smart phones with relevant content allows travelers to plug into the local ecosystem and take advantage of all the services, amenities and information that would otherwise mainly be accessible to locals.

“Since we launched the service in 2013, we have put phones into thousands of travelers’ hands,” said Andre do Valle, co-founder and president, pictured here. “These connected travelers are able to make smarter decisions by being able to get better data and information. In turn our advanced data-capture and analytics tools combine to give marketers and visitor bureaus looking to reach these visitors unprecedented insights, guiding their spending decisions and illuminating this previously disconnected demographic. Destinations that better understand their visitors will be able to provide improved services and experiences and offer more attractive discounts and incentives.”

The company works at the shared workspace Pipeline Brickell, where the team has benefited from the interaction with other startups and professionals that have led to new connections and prospective partners and users.

Founded: In 2012.

Management team: Andre do Valle, president; Andrew Cordery, head of product; Jonathan Harlap, chief technology officer.

Number of employees: Six.

Website: www.handprint.me

Financing: $300,000 in seed financing

Recent milestones reached: Signed as pilot partners the shopping complex Aventura Mall, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Visit Florida, national retailer Macy’s, and a major theme park in Orlando. Established a partnership with the top five tour operators in Brazil as distribution partners to reach Brazilian travelers visiting the United States. Launched a “$45 for 15 days" promotion, which includes unlimited local and international calls, unlimited data on the phone, 2GB of Tethering data, and free delivery and return of the phone anywhere in the U.S. Recognized as one of the top three “Hottest Media Startups” for Media Sparks at The Festival of Media LatAm held in October in Miami Beach.

Biggest startup challenge: Since Handprint is the first company to market in this product category, identifying the right partners and investors is a challenge that Handprint is working to overcome by educating and training.

Next step: In the first quarter of 2015, Handprint will launch its first report that will focus on the demographics of Brazilian travelers. “We will share insights from the report with the hospitality, retail and real estate industries in South Florida to promote this piece of research and will also make it available on the Internet at: www.guidelight.io,” do Valle said.

Advisor’s view: Christian Behn, CFO of Siine and board member of Handprint, said, “Having worked with multiple startups, I was attracted to Handprint’s business model that combined a highly scalable solution with a quick time to market. I think the Handprint team has done an exceptional job of identifying the target customer and the best distribution channels to reach them. Without an existing brand presence or distribution network, Handprint has implemented a value sharing model to convince and align with partners to get its product in the hands of travelers. .<TH>.<TH>. I am very excited and pleased to be a part of a company that is really bringing a superior mobile connected experience to tourists and travelers and that through the Handprint solution literally puts a new, digital channel directly in the hands of these visitors to connect them with the best products and services during their trip.”

Nancy Dahlberg

 

01/17/2015

Entrepreneurship Datebook: Events, workshops in South Florida

Tech eggTHE B.I.G. SUMMIT: A conference featuring entrepreneurs and senior executives in virtual reality and wearable technology, Tuesday, Jan. 20, New World Center, Miami Beach. Keynote speakers include Randi Zuckerberg, best-sellling author and founder of Zuckerberg Media as well as an early Facebook executive, and Peter Rubin, Wired Magazine senior editor. More info and tickets: bigsummit.biz

THE FUTURE OF JOURNALISM: The rise of instant information and digital first has left journalism in a state of change. Has self-preservation led to innovation? Social Media Club South Florida and PRSA Miami present an expert panel, 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, The Stage, 170 NE 38th St., Miami. Free. RSVP on Facebook.

MICRO VC CLUB: Two entrepreneurs will pitch their current start-ups and receive feedback from other entrepreneurs, professionals and investors, 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, UM Life Science and Technology Park, 1951 NW 7th Ave. More info: www.meetup.com/microvc/

PIONEERS @ MDC: The Pioneers speaker series presents Daniel Cane, co-founder and CEO of Modernizing Medicine, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, Miami Dade College Idea Center, Building 8, Wolfson campus. Find out more here.

GUERRILLA MARKETING: SCORE Miami-Dade presents a workshop on “How to Reach Your Customers without Breaking the Budget,” 9:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 24, Small Business Administration, 7th Floor, 100 S. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. More info here.

DESIGN THINKING CRASH COURSE: This three-hour workshop is an interactive introduction to the concepts and techniques of Design Thinking, a framework for creatively solving challenges, 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, The LAB Miami, 400 NW 26th Street, Miami. More info: TheLABMiami.com (Click on Events)

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Nancy Dahlberg @ndahlberg

Posted Jan. 17, 2015

01/16/2015

'Shark Tank' casting call draws wide range of pitches from UM alumni, students

  Buttercream

Buttercream:   Kristine Graulich (left, BBA '00) and Jose Cuellar.

Room2care

 Room2Care:   Todd Florin, (left, MD and MBA '12) and Richard Ashenoff (MBA '12)

By Richard Westlund 

Todd Florin, who earned an MD/MBA degree from the University of Miami in 2012, believes America is ready for a new concept in senior residential care.  Jordan Barrocas, who earned his MBA from UM in 2011, wants to expand his fillet mignon beef jerky business, while Justin Lichtenstaedter, a 2010 business school graduate, is ready to roll out Yapper, a location-based mobile chat service.

On Friday,  more than a dozen University of Miami alumni and student teams pitched their entrepreneurial concepts at a casting call for "Shark Tank," the critically acclaimed business-theme TV series airing on ABC and in syndication on CNBC.  

"Our school has an excellent reputation for having alumni who start successful businesses," said Susana Alvarez, director of entrepreneurship programs at the UM School of Business Administration, which hosted the casting call. "The 'Shark Tank' producers took that into consideration when selecting UM as the site of this casting call."   Two teams led by UM School of business graduates, Rodolfo Saccoman and Omar Soliman, were featured on the show in 2009.

Making their pitch on Friday were UM alumni Florin and Richard Ashenoff II, founders of rooms2care.com. "America is aging and there is a serious shortage of affordable senior care," Florin told the three "Shark Tank" evaluators, Mindy Zemrak,  casting manager, Michael Kramer, senior producer, and Shawn Aly, casting associate. "Our goal is to connect people with extra space in their homes with seniors who need some support." The team is seeking $100,000 from the show's five "Sharks" to launch and promote its innovative residential concept.

In his pitch, Lichtenstaedter asked for $200,000 to roll out his location-based messaging app Yapper, recently launched at eight universities. "This allows you to have conversations with everyone in your area in real time," he said. "It's ideal if you're going to a sporting event or a business conference or just watching 'Shark Tank' at home on a Friday night."

When Kramer asked him how Yapper will make money, Lichtenstaedter said the company's revenue model is based on geotargeted advertising, based on users' demonstrated interests, such as sports teams or happy hour lounges.

Three of the teams focused on upscale food products, including Barrocas' "Three Jerks Jerky," a company whose products are now in 75 independent grocery stores. "We are already profitable, but need funding to expand to the national chains," he said.

Alumnus Nekishia Lester hopes her sweet potato products will capture America's taste buds. "We make pies, parfaits and smoothies with this superfood, and we're looking for investment to expand our family business," she said.

For alumnus Kristine Graulich and her husband Jose Cuellar, funding from a "Shark Tank" investor would allow them to expand Buttercream Cupcakes, their seven-year-old business, whose customers include singer Celine Dion and Miami Heat star Chris Bosh. "We sell more than 150,000 cupcakes a year, but we have reached capacity," Graulich said. "We want to open a flagship store, expand our menu and keep growing our market."

After sampling a mini-cupcake, Zemrak had high praise, saying it was "the best frosting" she had ever tasted. Graulich responded with a big smile and a heartfelt plea, "Buttercream has been our baby for the past seven years," she said. "I want to be on 'Shark Tank' more than I want to breathe air."

Posted Jan. 16, 2015 

 

iTech, Shenandoah school teams advance in Verizon Innovative App Challenge

 

 

Students from Shenandoah Middle School in Miami and the iTECH Academy at Miami Springs Senior High have moved a little closer to a national award, earning “Best In Region” honors in the Verizon Innovative App Challenge.  The schools have earned $5,000 cash grants to further develop or support STEM programs.

Both schools are now in the running to be one of eight Best in Nation winners where students will win tablets and learn directly from MIT Media Lab on how to code and bring their app to life.  Best in Nation winners will also receive an additional $15,000 grant to advance STEM programs.

In its third year, the national competition developed by Verizon and the Technology Student Association encourages STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) learning, and challenges students to design mobile applications that address a need or problem in their schools or communities.

iTECH Miami Springs students developed “Quick Scholar.”  The app helps students, parents, and advisers create a personalized student profile to quickly sift through scholarships on the Web.  The app then identifies the best scholarships and grants that match that student’s unique metadata.

 The Shenandoah students developed a concept for the “My School Bus Tracker” application.  With Miami’s especially unpredictable weather and traffic, the app will help students and/or parents use their wireless phones track the location of their specific school bus and provide an accurate estimated time of arrival to the bus stop in the mornings and afternoons.

“Best In Nation” winners will earn an additional $15,000 cash grant.  Each winning team member also will receive a wireless tablet from Samsung.  In addition, MIT App Inventor Master Trainers from the Center for Mobile Learning at the MIT Media Lab will train the top teams on coding and app development.  Students also will be invited to present their app ideas in person at the National TSA Conference in Dallas, courtesy of Verizon.

Verizon and MIT also will help the winning students code their app concepts, making them ready for sharing and distribution. Apps developed during the first two years of the competition have been downloaded more than 26,000 times from the Google Play store.

Last week we featured the Shenandoah team’s video – watch it here.

This week, we feature iTech’s team video above. The iTech team is pictured below.

ITECH Students

Posted Jan., 16, 2015

 

Virtual reality conference in Miami Beach to feature Randi Zuckerberg

A conference next week in Miami Beach will explore how virtual reality and wearable technologies have already begun to transform healthcare, education, entertainment and other industries.

Attendees of the B.I.G. Summit will hear about real-world examples of how these technologies are already being deployed, as well as get a peek into what is under development, said Mary Spio, whose South Florida firm Next Galaxy Corp. is hosting the event Tuesday at the New World Center.

RandiZuckerbergRandi Zuckerberg, a best-selling author, founder of Zuckerberg Media and editor of Dot Complicated, will be the keynote speaker. “We've seen technology change the way that the world thinks and communicates over the past couple of decades, and I think that we are getting ready for another major shift with the emergence of virtual and augmented reality,” said Zuckerberg, who is Mark Zuckerberg’s sister and was an early executive at Facebook.

Mary-Spio-3Other speakers include Peter Rubin, senior editor of WIRED; Avi Muchnick, founder of Aviary; Diane Sanchez, executive director of Americas Council for the Creative Economy; and Dr. M. Narendra Kini, CEO of Miami Children’s Hospital. Executives from Ford, Lockheed-Martin and the Golden State Warriors of the NBA are also on the agenda. Grammy-winning record producer, songwriter and musician Teddy Riley will produce a virtual reality experience featuring a medley of Michael Jackson songs. Spio (pictured at left), a former Boeing executive best known for creating technology to digitally distribute motion pictures over satellite, will talk on “Imagining the Future.”

Spio has been running the B.I.G. Summit (Business, Innovation and Growth) since 2009, most recently in Orlando, but moved it to Miami Beach this year, as she is also relocating her company to South Florida. In temporary offices now, she hopes to move into Miami’s Film and Entertainment Complex set to open this fall and is hiring game developers and backend developers.

Spio, who after Boeing went into 2-D video and now is immersed in virtual reality and the Internet of Things, sees Miami’s potential as a tech hub for the creative industries.

“Virtual Reality is such a powerful tool in education and remote learning,” she said. “I see many opportunities here but the talent must be developed to cover the opportunities. In other areas such as the Valley, everyone is fighting for the same talent. Here, we can mold and shape them for everything we need.”

Learn more about the conference at bigsummit.biz.

 

 

With a Magic Leap, South Florida venture capital jumps in Q4, 2014

By Nancy Dahlberg / ndahlberg@miamiherald.com

MoneybagThank a secretive Broward County tech company for vaulting South Florida into the venture capital limelight, at least temporarily.

For the venture capital industry nationwide, 2014 was the year of the megadeal, and Magic Leap, which is creating augmented reality technology in Dania Beach, brought in the third-largest financing round of the year. It’s $542 million venture round last quarter, with investors including Google, Andreessen Horowitz, Kleiner Perkins and others, was only eclipsed by two $1.2 billion rounds by Uber, the ride-sharing company.

Magic Leap was also the youngest of the megadeal getters. The company has been in ultra-stealth mode developing what it calls its “Cinematic Reality” but is believed to be building a large team in its offices in Dania Beach, Silicon Valley and even New Zealand. Magic Leap, which was recently advertising 100 open positions, joins more well-known names like Snapchat, Airbnb and Dropbox in the top 10 deals, all above $320 million.

In Florida, venture capitalists injected $862.5 million into 45 Florida deals in 2014, more than twice the dollar total of 2013 and the strongest year since 2001, according to the MoneyTree Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA).  To be sure, Florida’s take is still a tiny slice of the total venture capital pie in 2014, just 1.8 percent for the country’s third most populous state, up from 1.4 percent in 2013, according to MoneyTree numbers. But the total landed the state as No. 7, behind California, Massachusetts, New York, Texas, Washington and Illinois. For the year, South Florida companies reaped $651.6 million, or  76 percent of the state's total. 

In the fourth quarter, South Florida companies attracted $560.1 million of the state’s $580.2 million, of course because of Magic Leap. For the quarter, Florida ranked No. 4 in venture capital, behind only the big three: California, Massachusetts and New York.

Seven of Florida's top 10 venture capital rounds of 2014 came from South Florida, and nearly all are healthcare companies. In addition to Magic Leap’s $542 million mega round and its earlier round of $50 million, they include: MDLive, the Sunrise-based telemedical software company, $23.6 million; Riviera Beach-based biotech company Sancilio & Co., $20 million; Tyrogenex, a biotech company in West Palm Beach, $15 million, Cantex Pharmaceuticals, a Weston biotech company, $13.5 million,

In the fourth quarter, South Florida companies receiving funding included Applicor, $2.84 million,  Batanga, $2.19 million and Vascular Pathway, $500,000, in addition to Magic Leap and Cantex. Some of the deals announced recently have not shown up in the  MoneyTree report; for instance Boca Raton's Modernizing Medicine recently closed on $15 million in funding, Technisys raised $13 million and Healthcare.com raised a  $7.5 million round.  

“Magic Leap has provided evidence to the rest of the VC community that there are big opportunities in Florida,” said Jonathan Cole, an attorney with Locke Lord LLP and a founder and director of New World Angels based in Boca Raton. “The key question now is whether most of that investment will be deployed to build the company’s operations in Florida, or elsewhere. If the funding stays in Florida, it could have a dramatic impact on the broadening and deepening of the technology talent pool in the state,” said Cole, who is in charge of his firm’s Florida offices.

Nationally, venture capitalists invested $48.3 billion in 4,356 deals in 2014, up 61 percent in dollars and 4 percent in the number of deals over the prior year, according to the MoneyTree based on data from Thomson Reuters. In Q4 2014, $14.8 billion went into 1,109 deals.

Internet-specific companies captured $11.9 billion in 2014, marking the highest level of investments in this sector since 2000. Annual investments into the software industry also reached the highest level since 2000 with $19.8 billion flowing into 1,799 deals in 2014, up 77 percent over 2013.

Dollars going into software companies accounted for 41 percent of total venture capital investments in 2014, the highest percentage since the inception of the MoneyTree Report in 1995. Overall, investments in 2014 in the life sciences sector rose to the highest level since 2008 with $8.6 billion invested into 789 deals, a 29 percent increase in dollars. Both are also strong sectors in South Florida.

With valuations climbing in Silicon Valley, there is already talk of a venture capital bubble. Having been active in the VC investment community for more than 40 years, Cole said he knows there are cycles and believes venture capital is in bubble territory now. Still, “there is every reason to think that 2014 was a break out year for VC activity in Florida. And 2015 should be even better,” he said.

Cole cited progress such as the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Public Research getting another appropriation from the Legislature, bringing its Seed Capital Fund to near the $20 million level. The agency has invested in about 30 companies so far, including several healthcare companies spawning from the University of Miami, all of which have attracted matching private funds. The state’s Department of Economic Development doubled to $500 million the allocation to the Florida Growth Fund for investment in later stage opportunities, he said. Cole also cited the growing network of angel investors available to Florida-based companies and the efforts of eMerge Americas, Endeavor, Knight Foundation and many other groups “to vault Miami into the consciousness of the U.S. and Latin investment community as a viable community to start a company or to seek investment opportunities.”

Developing a funding network has long been cited as one of South Florida’s challenges as it works to develop a tech hub. Last year, a handful of new funds launched or opened offices in Miami including Medina Capital, Richmond Global Ventures, Scout Ventures, Krillion Ventures and Thesis Ventures. At the same time, South Florida’s angel networks expanded. Organizations such as the Knight Foundation and the Accelerated Growth Partners angel network are launching investor education programs to try to lure a sliver of South Florida’s significant wealth into tech. Investors will gather Jan. 29 and 30 for the Florida Venture Capital Conference in Hollywood.

Nationally, too, the influx of new investors has been cited as a reason for the bigger deals.

“For the first time in MoneyTree history, we saw two deals exceed one billion dollars and more than 40 megadeals — which are investments exceeding $100 million,” said Mark McCaffrey, global software leader and technology partner at PwC. “In addition, there’s been an influx of private equity investors at a level we’ve not seen previously.”

The MoneyTree Report can be found at www.nvca.org.

Follow Nancy Dahlberg on Twitter @ndahlberg.

Posted Jan. 16, 2015

 

01/15/2015

Innovation Hub at Broward College opens

A new resource: Broward College’s new Innovation Hub.

The 5,400 square-foot facility, which is open to the public, is designed to be a mixed-use business incubator, focused on housing a dynamic community of startups, mentors, advisors and investors, and serving as a one-stop resource for business owners and innovators pursuing their entrepreneurial ambitions. It will offer access to mentors – through Broward College’s collaborative partnerships with Broward SCORE, the Small Business Development Center and the Enterprise Development Corporation – as well as angel investors, including New World Angels. There will be seminars and workshops on various business topics focused on specific skills helpful to startup companies that will also be open to the public.

At an open house on its Cypress Creek location on Thursday, Broward College celebrated its partnership with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, which is  seeking innovative solutions in sports business. Brazilian soccer legend Ronaldo, who is a part-owner of the Strikers, joined Broward College officials, along with Director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity Jesse Panuccio and other local business leaders for a tour of the business incubator and discussion on possible opportunities.

The Innovation Hub offers several private individual offices, a shared co-working space, two small conference or mentoring rooms, as well as a fully equipped audio and video training or seminar room, which converts into two large board rooms with separate A/V capabilities. It also features 100Mps fiber broadband access hardwired Wi-Fi throughout the facility. The business incubator will provide opportunities for close collaborations with Broward College faculty, staff and students. Professors will work with their students and incubated companies on market research, branding, operations, financial planning and other business needs.

A portion of the Innovation Hub will be dedicated to sports-related startups as part of a collaboration with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. These startups will receive mentorship from Strikers staff and have the opportunity to pilot their ideas on the Strikers’ stadium, fans and athletes.

For more information on the Broward College Innovation Hub, visit http://www.broward.edu/innovationhub or contact Angela Nicoletti at 954-201-7939 or anicolet@broward.edu.

WhereBy.Us launches The New Tropic, with Knight funding

Miami-based media company WhereBy.Us launched The New Tropic, a new local journalism and events brand that serves Miami’s “curious locals” — people who are interested in exploring what the growing city has to offer and learning about and engaging on local issues. The launch is supported by $250,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

With the funding, The New Tropic recently began publishing a daily email newsletter curating local news and events, and sharing original stories and journalism work. Knight funding will also go to scaling and testing the WhereBy.Us model for local civic engagement that joins journalism, mobile news delivery and creative events to get people involved in shaping their city. To this end, the company will produce events such as art projects, field trips and community workshops around such areas as health, education, transportation, affordable housing and the environment. Users can sign up for The New Tropic newsletter and events at thenewtropic.com/join.

“Our goal is to help people be better locals and feel more connected in their city,” said Christopher Sopher, WhereBy.Us co-founder and CEO. “Miami is growing and changing in incredible ways. People sense that and want to be a part of it, but it can be hard to plug in. The New Tropic is designed to make that easier and help locals have the most awesome possible experience living here.” 

 

AGP to launch angel investor education series in Coral Gables

The angel network Accelerated Growth Partners (AGP), Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation and the Kellogg School of Management are teaming up to offer a series of angel investor education workshops.

Agp_logo_rgb_blancoThe Knight-supported AGP relaunched last summer and has been meeting regularly and inviting selected startups to present at their meetings. Under a new managing director, Nico Berardi, the group has grown in a few short months to 57 members and another 30 or so prospects. Some members have already invested in South Florida startups.

But along with presenting investors with many opportunities to invest in local startups, a key mission of AGP is investor education. It wants to grow the angel investor community in South Florida, and is one of a number of efforts underway in South Florida.

BERARDI PhotoAGP's new Angel Education Series will consist of six workshops aimed at training the Miami investment community in the intricacies of angel investing. "The curricula is very specific to educating investors in making angel investments," said Berardi (pictured at left). These workshops will cover a range of topics such as Valuations, Portfolio Strategy, Post-investment Relationship, Legalities of Angel Investing and Picking Winners.

“The premise behind the Series is that while Miami startups are booming, the investment community today doesn't have enough tools to invest in early-stage tech ventures,” added Berardi. “With an all-star team of sponsors and speakers, we're attracting potential investors to come out and learn how to include angel investments as a part of their broader portfolio.”

The inaugural workshop on Jan. 28, 'An Overview', will be taught by the Angel Research Institute and take place at the Kellogg School of Management in Coral Gables.

 The Series will:

• Teach early stage investing principles providing basic tools and resources.

• Provide a clear picture of the intricacies of South Florida i.e. opportunities and constraints

• Showcase local investment platforms, current angel investors and key members of the entrepreneurial local ecosystem.

The sessions are free for SEC-accredited investors. Registration is required, space is very limited and accredited investors will get preference.

For more information and to register for the  first session: https://agpeducation.eventbrite.com

Posted Jan. 15, 2015; Photo of Nico Berardi by Catarina Ayubi

 

Miami Bitcoin Hackathon: And the winners were...

Doug Carrillo, Andrew Barnard, Peter Nova and the other organizers behind the  first Miami Bitcoin Hackathon said they didn't know quite what kind of turnout to expect  last weekend at The LAB Miami. But the turnout --  100 programmers and another 70  observers -- showed there is a lot of pent-up curiosity for the emerging digital currency.

"It's a great enabler that anyone can build on," Carrillo said of the bitcoin technology. "We haven't seen the mainstream use cases for the bitcoin yet, we're seeing the early adapters, but it's still early.... We need to stop thinking of it as a get-rich quick scheme. In Latin America particularly, it offers a great opportunity ... an alternative."  

The hackers were challenged with coming up with solutions --  in just 28 hours -- that could help propel acceptance of the bitcoin. After short pitches either live or via video on Saturday morning, about 20 teams formed. Some of the hacks produced last weekend included bitcoin marketplaces, music-related platforms, solutions for smart contracts, gaming, even one for making sure your bitcoin lives on according to your wishes after you die.

The top three winners received $10,000, $3,500 and $1,000, respectively, in bitcoin of course, as well as other sponsor prizes. Read more about the hackathon here: www.miamibitcoinhackathon.com

And the winners were ...

 (winners list provided by Peter Nova)

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First Place
Team "Party People"
Project: OPIDoki

By Chris DeRose & Arian Amador

OPIDoki is an "oracle programming interface" that can be used to broadcast the results of something (such as who won a football game) and feed it into the Bitcoin blockchain for use in resolving bets and contracts.
 
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Second place flat
 
Second Place
Team "Frostwire"
Project: Seller.Trade
 
By Angel Leon & Alden
 
Seller.Trade is a consumer friendly, decentralized shopping marketplace.
 
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Third place flat
 
Third Place
Team "AudioBits"
Project: BitJuke
 
By Xavier Banegas, Alina Lebron, Nelson Milian, Willie Avendano & Derek Miller
 
"BitJuke" is a bitcoin-enabled jukebox through which people can find songs, purchase them through their preferred Bitcoin wallet and donate to a charity which the business can selects nightly.
 
Congratulations to all the winners!
 
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Hackathon enthusiasts meet this weekend for the North American Bitcoin Conference on Miami Beach. More information here: btcmiami.com
 
Posted Jan. 15, 2014