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14 top tips for hackathon success

14 top tips for hackathon success

By  Kirsty.Cooke 

Taking part in a hack day? As we have recently emerged, triumphant but tired, from a pretty successful hacking event, the FusePump team are pleased to present this handy guide for hackathon victory…

1. Know your client

The FusePump Hackathon was carried out in partnership with an existing client, Chain Reaction Cycles. (We used their data to come up with a new digital marketing…

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The first step in planning a successful hackathon

The first step in planning a successful hackathon

By  Dave Fontenot 

People come to me all the time expressing interest in throwing their own hackathon. It’s nearly always a great idea to throw a hackathon. The hard part is actually doing it right.

The first and most important step in planning a successful hackathon:

The Team, The Team, The Team

You’ll need to do a ton of things to throw a good hackathon: book a venue, drum up interest from…

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WHY EUROPE AND LONDON IS A FORCE IN THE WORLD OF FINTECH STARTUPS

WHY EUROPE AND LONDON IS A FORCE IN THE WORLD OF FINTECH STARTUPS

By  startupxplore

“At their core, financial products are based on information, so it only makes sense that big data should radically transform the way financial products are built and transacted”, says Jan Hammer, partner at Index Ventures, a firm that has invested in more than 10 fintech companies over the past few years.

The transformation explained by Hammer has intensified lately, as more and…

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Hackathon success for WeatherSafe

Hackathon success for WeatherSafe

From hackathon to international business success in twelve months has been the journey of a lifetime for three people who met at a Catapult event.

Francesco Liucci thought it ‘would be interesting’ to spend a couple of days exchanging ideas with software developers at a hackathon in December 2012.

Just over a year later he was waiting to hear about a major order for the software products his…

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BIG TV WILL BE WATCHING YOU

BIG TV WILL BE WATCHING YOU

By  Hubert Gertis 

Somebody knows what you watched last summer. And wants to know what else you did while you were watching. And no, it’s not just the NSA.

You're TV is not watching you - yet.

LG had to admit it: their Smart TVs were getting a bit too clever for their own good. LG collected the viewing habits of LG users and transmitted them to a LG server. After some back and forth, the company updated the software: users can now…

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London’s top 20 Fin-Tech start-ups

London’s top 20 Fin-Tech start-ups

By  Gabriella Griffith

As one of the world’s biggest finance centres, is it any wonder we have a booming start-up ecosystem supporting it and shaking it up?

London’s tech start-up scene is pretty sexy.

It’s clustered around the hippest part of town. It’s populated by throngs of young, good looking, be-spectacled charmsters and many of its CEOs are treated with the reverence of rock stars. Not…

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THE FULLY NETWORKED HOME SDK

THE FULLY NETWORKED HOME SDK

By  Hubert Gertis 

No, your future home isn’t ready yet. But fascinating things are going on.

First, we learn about the power of software. In media, we have to deal with two different kind of intangibles: the non-stuff which keeps your silicon  running. And the equally volatile software called programming.

Intel, master of all silicon, had to learn it the hard way. After years of trying to build…

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10 tips for hackathon success

10 tips for hackathon success

By Nate Aune

1. Set realistic expectations

There’s the temptation to go into a hackathon thinking that you’re going to build a 1.0 version of a product. The reality is that with only 24 hrs, you’ll be lucky to build something that actually works and is demoable. Make sure it’s something you can build in 24 hrs. Otherwise, you’ll spend the majority of the time postulating on all the different…

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Missed Opportunities for Britain’s Dotcoms in Europe!

Missed Opportunities for Britain’s Dotcoms in Europe!

By  Christian Boas | Quorumm Digital Venture Partners

We all know about cultural stereotypes in Europe. which British traits are admired and have the potential to penetrate foreign markets?

If we think of Germany for example, we think of a leading manufacturing nation with household names like Mercedes, Siemens and Volkswagen. France is big in many sectors from nuclear energy to luxury goods, and…

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How To Take On The Samwers!

How To Take On The Samwers!

By  Christian Boas | Quorumm Digital Venture Partners

Many hot US internet brands struggle in international markets against tech firms that specialise in quickly copying their successful business models, but there’s an alternative route to market that’s also a great opportunity for MBAs.

The most famous names in internet cloning are the Samwer brothers, who run Berlin-based Rocket Internet. Their…

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