16 Dec 2014

December 2014 community news: launches, prizes, growth and more

By Jessica

If you missed our last newsletter here’s another chance to catch up on the latest news and updates from BGV alumni.

Playlab London: After rigorous clinical testing Flowy beta has launched and is available to the public for free! Flowy is a game that can be used by people to reduce panic and anxiety. The full product will be released in the first quarter of 2015.

Goodgym: In January, GoodGym is starting in Brent and Islington, meaning they’re now running in eight of the London Boroughs and Bristol. On top of this, January is going to be full of sessions for all those people who have always wanted to do GoodGym but don’t know if they can hit the pace. These sessions will ease you into GoodGym, with shorter runs, shorter tasks and specialist support for those at the beginning of their running lives. The runs are listed at www.goodgym.org

What Leads To: Congratulations go out to the What Leads To team for winning the Duke of York & Nominet Trust’s iDEA award, worth £19,000 and an appearance on The One Show.

ChangeAlert: Congratulations also to ChangeAlert for being chosen to represent the UK at the Startup Nations Summit in South Korea last month. They’ve also been accepted onto the next Wayra UnLtd programme, alongside I Can Make.

WriteLatex: WriteLatex now has over 150,000 users in over 180 countries worldwide. They’ve been adding new features, collaborating with Mendeley to allow authors to “cite as they write”. They’ve also been speaking at lots of events lately, and they were chosen as one of 15 startups to represent the “Future of Science” at Le Web in Paris this week. They’re running their next #FuturePub event on the 27th January 2015, with six talks on the future of science and publishing tech – free tickets available now! 

Fairphone: Fairphone now has over 50,000 users across Europe and they’re starting work on developing the next generation Fairphone. They’ve also introduced a new recycling programme which allows anyone (not only Fairphone owners) to send their old phones for reuse or safe recycling.

Commonplace: Commonplace have recently signed their first US client, the City of Boulder Colorado, who will be using Commonplace to crowdsource views about their transport strategy. They’re also part of a winning consortium that will be conducting an autonomous vehicle trial on the Greenwich Peninsula – Commonplace will be used to track the needs and reactions of the public

Fluency: Fluency have just finished the second cohort of their flagship blended learning programme Get Digital. This involved seven weeks, 14 young people, 16 digital skills modules, visits to six amazing digital companies, five industry speakers and 400 pieces of work completed on the platform. Fluency are now on the hunt for paid internships or junior positions for the students so if you need help with your digital marketing then get in touch: Sinead@fluency.io. In other news, Fluency is a finalist in the Women in It Awards 2015 as e-Skills Initiative of the Year. We wish them luck!