Kochi: A group of six student entrepreneurs from Flip Technologies, a startup at the Startup Village, Kochi will fly to Canada next month to interact with innovation experts, investors and mentors after earning global acclaim for their smartphone app designed to improve the skills of skateboarders.
The team won an all-expenses paid trip to Toronto after their innovative product ‘The Smart Riser’ (Skateboard tracker) was ranked among the top five in the Next Big Idea Contest 2014 organised jointly by the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute; the Government of Ontario, Canada; IBM Global; and Ryerson Futures Inc.
The Smart Riser has also been rated as one of the most interesting products by Intel, which will provide its latest Edison board to the students for prototyping and for development support.
Jibin Jose, Abimanyu Nair, Jishnu Vijayan, Balagovind Girish, Rohith Samuel and Abraham Alexander will attend a two week bespoke programme at Toronto’s Discovery District – a hotbed of innovation responsible for more than USD one billion of R&D annually – where they will meet sector experts, mentors, investors, experts in innovation ecosystem and scout for business development opportunities and networking.
“We are really excited about our visit to Canada, where we will have an opportunity to interact with the top people in the industry. We are focused on developing cutting edge IOT (Internet of things) devices and tracking devices for adventure sports,” said Jibin, Co-founder of Flip.
“Our device The Smart Riser is designed for skateboarders to enhance their ability to perform and analyse tricks whether he is an amateur or professional. The device is connected to the truck of the skateboard and it tracks the dynamics of the board and the data is send to a smart phone app via bluetooth. The app can determine the trick performed and help the skateboarders to improve their skills. It is like a personalized trainer,” added Abimanyu, Co-founder of Flip.
While Jibin and Abimanyu had passed out from the Toc-H Institute of Science and Technology (TIST) recently, the other four students are pursuing different courses at the same college. Jibin was one of the five students who went to Silicon Valley from Startup Village as part of the SV Square programme.
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