Back in January 2015, the New York City (NYC) chapter of Tech in Motion welcomed Brooklyn startup BioLite to come demo at their “Demos & Drinks: Travel & Adventure” event. Not only did the demo company knock it out of the park, but NYC members are still talking about what an engaging and revolutionary product BioLite presented while in the process of launching.
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Since then, BioLite has grown into a dynamic social enterprise that develops, manufactures, and markets consumer energy products for off-grid communities around the world. While it still utilizes patented thermoelectric technology that makes cooking with wood as clean, safe, and easy as modern fuels, it has rapidly expanded its line of products from three to 15 unique items that simultaneously aid in outdoor activity while charging small electronic devices.
The beauty of BioLite’s line of products lies within their versatility and simplicity of use. Once the initial investment is made into the hardware, materials to put the product to work are nearly ubiquitous and costless. Take, for example, Biolite’s classic CampStove. By using wood to produce a smokeless fire, users can cook over kitchen-grade heat while the energy produced through fire is simultaneously able to power small electronic devices, like phones and USB flashlights.
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Additionally, BioLite is a “purchase with an impact.” At the heart of the company is desire to do good through a sustainable, eco-friendly product. As such, a portion of each sale goes toward bringing clean cooking and energy to in-need communities across India and sub-Saharan Africa.
BioLite recently received $5 million in funding from six investors, and is working on launching a new line of cookware, solar panels, and small lights. For more information or to keep up with BioLite’s growing success, please visit http://www.biolitestove.com/.
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DEMO COMPANY SPOTLIGHT: ThinkFun, Inc.
ThinkFun, Inc., originally known as Binary Arts, is an Alexandria, Virginia-based educational toy company. Founded in 1985 by Bill Ritchie and Andrea Barthello, the company has since been featured in the New York Times, TechCrunch, and Wired, while also winning many awards for their games. The company is on a mission to “Teach Through Play” and neither borders nor language barriers will stop them: their games are sold in over 60 countries and have been translated to over 20 different languages.
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With a catalog of over 70 games throughout its history, ThinkFun, Inc. continues to innovate and remain relevant. 2014 saw the company release the game Robot Turtles (one of the most backed board games in Kickstarter History) followed by 2015’s Code Master, with both games sharing the intent of teaching children the logic and problem-solving mentalities needed to be successful at coding.
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For 2016, the company is making its rounds to toy fairs and gaming conventions alike in promotion of their newest game, Escape the Room, a logic-puzzler that is based on the internet and real life sensation.
If you want to meet ThinkFun, Inc., up close and personal, you can find them on February 25th at Tech in Motion DC’s Demos: EdTech Edition. Otherwise, you can learn more about them on their website.
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With summer in full swing, Tech in Motion DC thought it would be an excellent time to host their popular Demos and Drinks event featuring local startups. On Wednesday, July 30th, techies gathered at The Advisory Board Company to view live demos from FoundationDB, nVisium, and Contactually. It was a packed house as soon as the doors opened!
FoundationDB provides their own data storage technology that allows you to focus onproblems other than building out your data stack.
nVisium is a mobile and web application security software that can be used throughout the development life cycle.
Contactually provides software created to build stronger relationships with the people that matter most to your current profession or career.
As the conversations were flowing, attendees were also able to view Microsoft’s new Ventures program catered towards assisting startups in fundraising, etc. no matter what development stage they are in. It is a free service that provides the proper software, developer tools, and cloud technology in addition to a free space to build your business!
Additionally, Fundrise, demoed their direct investment real estate and crowdfunding platform that eliminates the middle man. They are able to reduce the costs associated with real estate investment and makes the process more efficient.
We’d like to thank our generous sponsors, Microsoft, Fundrise, Workbridge Associates, and Jobspring Partners, for without whom, this event wouldn’t be possible.
Last Tuesday, Tech in Motion LA hosted a Demos & Drinks event featuring three unique companies and their products. Total immersion, cyPOP, and Slim Surveys were the featured companies! The event had a laid back feel, allowing guests to mingle and check out the demos at their leisure. Each company presented their product simultaneously at their designated stations.
Tech in Motion guests were offered a wide variety of beers, and the dessert tray was a sweet success! The event not only gave the companies a chance to show off their applications, but also allowed guests to network and get inspiration for whatever projects they may be working on.
Total Immersion provides the world’s most widely used commercial augmented reality platform. Through its patented D’Fusion® software solution, Total Immersion blurs the line between the virtual world and the real world by integrating real time interactive 3D graphics into a live video stream. They had a popular demo station, seeing as how their product is very interactive. Their app allowed users to virtually “try on” Ray Bans® and project animated images of themselves on a projector screen!
CyPOP is a uniquely designed online destination where meaningful content, engaging conversation, and vibrant images are all centered on like-minded people with similar interests. The co-founder and CEO were on-hand to show guests their site and walk them through how one would utilize it.
Slim Surveys is a micro survey tool that allows users to quickly take a survey in 30 seconds or less. Mobile optimized and perfect for anyone that needs an effective survey tool. They explained how their surveys work, why they work and why their product is a better option than their current competitors. They showed test surveys so guests could experience it firsthand.
The LA Demos & Drinks event was great fun and a huge success! If you missed out, check back soon for our next one. And of course, join to stay up-to-date on all the cool events happening in YOUR city!