Teams at Startup Weekend Building Physical Stuff!
While Startup Weekend teams have typically focused on web-based endeavors, we saw a big shift in October of 2011 during Mega Startup Weekend. A team called “Live Home Free” utilized motion sensors, Bluetooth technology and a mobile interface to develop a fall-detecting hardware system to be worn by the elderly. If a fall is detected an alert is sent to the victim’s loved-ones remotely. This system is designed to give families of the elderly peace of mind, and to empower the elderly to live more independently. Live Home Free was the clear winner of the Health vertical at Mega Startup Weekend and ended up showing off an initial prototype at the demo conference only a few days later.
The Live Home Free team—now known as Senstore — has been accepted into the Rock Health Incubator program, taking another step toward becoming a real business. This goes to show that physical products can and should be developed at Maker Weekends. We are psyched to have both Antony Evans and Rachel Kalmar come back to Maker Startup Weekend as mentors. Rock on Senstore!