An idea that provides UQ students a centralized platform to discover events through keywords and location has taken out the Best Business Award at the UQ Weekend of Startups.
The Vibelabs team received an exclusive opportunity to work with the UQ Union, special invitation into iLab Accelerator’s bootcamp, one-on-one consultation with Hoffman Kelly and other cash prizes.
More than 100 developers, designers, hackers and hustlers attended the second UQ Weekend of Startups, a 54-hour tech-themed bootcamp event hosted by UQ Idea Hub and UQ Innovation and Entrepreneurship Society held on the 1st-3rd of September 2017.
The challenge focused on crafting innovative solutions to improve student life on campus. Over the weekend, twelve teams formed and pitched their ideas, amongst which included an ‘Air BNB’ style campus bed rental service, Artificial Intelligence study recommendations and live-stream tutor services.
The ideas were judged by a panel of judges which included industry heavy-weights Mark Sowerby, the former Chief Entrepreneur of QLD, Lisa Jenkinson, Head of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, KPMG and Serial Entrepreneur Alborz Fallah, Founder of Car Advice.
Glenn Porter, the Managing Director of UQ Union hailed the event a roaring success. Mr Porter applauded the quality of ideas and exceptional level of creativity demonstrated by the participants.
“One of the most important things about coming to university is the networks that you make through events such as the UQ Weekend of Startups. It’s not just about what you learn in lecture theatres, it’s about friendships, it’s about the soft skills you develop. It’s about engaging with other students through joining clubs and going for events,” he said.
The winners of the Best Business Award, Vibelabs aims to tackle the lack of student engagement on campus by encouraging students to discover their passions through attending events specific to their interests. The solution, UQU Vibe is an app developed specifically for students and alumni of UQ, allowing them to find interesting, engaging and fun events easily.
“Networks, friendships and student engagements are critical. It’s the invaluable networks students make at university that will help open doors in their future careers.”
“We’re really excited to work with Vibelabs. We think UQU Vibe is an exciting product that will help students build strong, bonded communities and drive a high level of engagement on campus.” he added.
Mr Porter said that UQU Vibe aligned with the Union’s focus of encouraging students to participate in extra-curricular activities and foster a vibrant campus culture. UQ Union has partnered with Vibelabs and will be launching the UQU Vibe app at O Week in February 2018.
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The Vibelabs team comprises of Stuart Earl (CEO), Shalutha Kudaudage (CTO) and David Fong (CMO). For more information, visit www.UQUVibe.com.au
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