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This weekend was more startup-insane than any other. Tech eastern European entrepreneurs were pitching, coding and partying throughout the region. In Serbia, Latvia, Belarus and Poland startup ideas were presented, developed, and turned into companies, while I took my kids to the swimming pool through a foggy Northern German countryside.
First of all, a few words about moustaches. The facial hair growing appears to be “in”, as a project with an idiosynchratic name MustacheNinja won in a 48-hour-long race to transform an idea into a working product: a Pac-Man-type game in real life. The project is described as “A real life exploration game where the goal is to get all the dots on the very street you are moving”. The player walks along the real street to collect virtual dots, while running away from virtual ninjas.
You can find more information about the Garage48 projects here.
Startup Weekend in Warsaw, Poland was probably the most active event on Twitter I have followed so far. In fact, the tweeting team headed by Zuzanna Stanska, was in a #hashtagbattle with other Startup Weekends which were taking place around the world over the past Saturday and Sunday. It came close second to the Startup Weekend Strassburg with almost 1000 tweets. I must say Polish startup community is very big on sharing and spreading tech news (including my blog posts). In the eastern European region only Baltic Rim community matches this social media activity.
The problem with such a large number of tweets is to dig through to get to the point of who actually won the battle. I did find the answer in the Twitosphere in the end. It is EduKoala, a mobile app for Android that allows you to learn new word every time you unlock your smart phone. Neat and useful. Here are some photos from Warsaw.
Somewhere else in eastern Europe, sexy startup Spotie won Serbian Startup Standup competition, organized by SEE ICT and Vukašin Stojkov. The event app from Croatia, which launched at Disrupt Beijing earlier this month, let people comment and learn about events in a real time. It even enables boys meet girls by chatting up benevolent strangers through the app. This promotional video of the company is nicely done, check it out here.
The event featured more established (but still startup) companies from eastern Europe Kliks.hr, a Croatian SaaS ecommerce platform, Newscurve, Serbian tool for publishers to maximize value of its content inventory, Slidemotion, a Slovenian simple web-based video creation tool, and JoSzaki, an impressive Hungarian online service to find reliable professionals. More information can be found here.
And finally, Invest Weekend took place in Minsk, Belarus. Belarusians are a bit slow in taking up twittering, so they comment on the event’s Facebook page instead (in Russian). One of the winners of the event is a prototype of a glass plate within an integrated TV screen, which aims to motivate kids to finish off the dinner, or surprise diners at a restaurants.
And one last thing. I didn’t have a chance to cover Startup Awards SK in Slovakia, which took place last Thursday, but Zuzanna Fedorkova followed the live stream and summed up her impressions here. The winner was Nicereply, which allows customers rate every email the receive from their suppliers, thereby creating a customer support rating service.
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