Guest blog post from CENSIS
Our two-day IoTUK Boost workshop (February 17th and 18th) in Glasgow saw 18 of Scotland’s most innovative SMEs go head-to-head in front of a panel of judges to win one month of incubation support and mentoring aimed at helping the companies bring their commercial ideas to market.
The event was organised by CENSIS, in collaboration with The Data Lab and Informatics Ventures for IoTUK and there was a great atmosphere over the two days. We’ve had excellent feedback from our delegate companies who enjoyed the opportunity to network with us, with each other and with invited guests during the workshop and over dinner.
At the end of the two days, five companies were selected for a month’s worth of support from IoTUK, CENSIS, The Data Lab and Informatics Ventures. The winners are listed below, and you can also catch up on photos from the day on Flickr. As well as a month of intensive support, all of the winners will attend the Cambridge IoT Forum in March.
The IoTUK Boost WINNERS are:
Also awarded ‘One to Watch’ award by IoTUK. Congratulations to Jack Ng and Charlie Patterson!
Sansible develops wearable technology products that provide the ability to “feel” and connect this personal experience of the force to your smart phones and tablets. Athletes, sport coaches and physiotherapists can use this data to tailor the training or rehabilitation schedules for the individuals. Our first markets are rugby and American football, where force is the most dominant factor of the game play and customers can benefit from the high details of the biomechanics data Sansible’s products provide.Sansible Wearables also won the ‘One to Watch’ award and have the opportunity to pitch at the Cambridge IoT Forum in March.
Congratulations to John Ashley and Graeme Turner!
FUELlink Systems are an online fuel management company based in Bellshill. We manufacture, supply and service equipment for vehicle refuelling throughout the UK and Ireland. Our project is for a vehicle based telemetry system with roadside data collection points that will obtain vehicle data and provide operators and users with relevant information. This is to ensure smooth and efficient running within optimal parameters for users and operators.
Congratulations to Gatis Gaumigs and Rafal Ciesielczuk!
OBrand Communications is a high tech start-up founded on innovative wireless connectivity within the advertising industry. The company aims to distinguish itself as a brand for lifestyle activities and as providers for an information rich mobile environment. Our target business audience can be described as social venues such as coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Since our services are being founded on location aware technology, we would provide benefits to both the clients and end users.
Rapport Network CIC
Congratulations to Gary Cornelius and Alasdair Thin!
Rapport Network CIC can make a massive improvement in the way that people with early stage dementia can continue to live confidently and securely in their own home by providing assistive living technology. This technology also connects people with their own family, friends and carers in a secure and reliable way. We help people capture, self-assess and share their needs, we help match people with assistive technology and use it to reduce upsetting and/or dangerous events.
Congratulations to Andy Maginnis!
thewindop.com was born from the experiences of three kitesurfers in Scotland who wanted to know in real time the actual conditions from the end of their local beach. The data available at the time was either very late in being displayed, very poor resolution or inaccurate due to the weather stations being located some distance away from the beach. So they set out to build a autonomous solar powered system that could be placed virtually anywhere with cell reception and send data back near real time.
Here is a selection of feedback from delegates:
“Genuinely the last two days were the most useful I have had in the last six months.”
“Congratulations on a a fabulous IOTBoost event. It was intense…..as they say. A job well done – please pass on my thanks to the rest of your team.”
“Really enjoyed the networking, the sessions and yes, even the pitching. It certainly generated a great ‘community’ and supportive atmosphere and from my side, it was great to catch up with some familiar faces, meet new ones and make some really useful connections.“
“I wanted to say that this particular format is by far the best, in my opinion. I think the areas the speakers covered, and the Innovation centers being present, it adds good value to starting SMEs. Thanks for giving as the opportunity to be part of it.”