I have just set off on a journey that will take me from London on to Paris via Cyber-Duck’s HQ, Luxembourg, an actual castle in Vianden, and Ghent Hasselt before finally arriving in Cologne 4 days later. All in the name of innovation.
This year, Arts Alliance Media (AAM) is sponsoring the UK Start-Up Bus, a travelling hackathon taking 35 hopefuls towards Pirate Summit, an exclusive start-up business conference in Germany. Over the course of the 4 day bus ride there, these software developers and designers will be creating a product from scratch that they’ll pitch to investors at the finish line.
I am thrilled to have been invited to join them as a mentor; with the calibre of applicants they attract I know that any knowledge I can share, I’ll get back tenfold. The atmosphere in the bus right now is one of keen excitement and I can’t help but join in! At the moment, no one knows what ideas will be pitched and which will end up with enough active users to impress the judges. Everyone here understands what an incredible opportunity this event presents to anyone with the ability to turn their vision into a reality. With past finalists like Monzo, a next generation mobile banking app that is gaining traction, and Instacart, groceries to your door in an hour, the teams know what success could mean for them.
We’re currently on the way to our first stop; Cyber-Duck’s headquarters in Elstree, where participants will pitch their initial ideas. Next up, we’ll jump on the ferry to Paris while they get into their planning and early build stages.
For up-to-the-minute updates, follow me on Twitter @patrickcroot and AAM @ArtsAllianceM, and tune into my live-streams on YouTube September 5th-7th! I’ll be answering your questions about coding, coaching, and life on the bus- tag them with #AAMStartUpBus on Twitter and I’ll do my best to answer them.