20 Feb 2015

February 2015 Community News: Robots, fairer fashion, launches and Las Vegas

By Jessica

In our latest roundup of community news we’ve got exciting updates from: Wevolver – TreePress – Andiamo – Overleaf – Birdsong – Fluency – I Can Make – Sentimoto – Club Soda – Imin.

WEVOLVER has launched the Robots for Good project (pictured) in collaboration with the Great Ormond Street Hospital and London Zoo. They’re setting out to build a human size 3D robot, combined with a segway and virtual reality headset, that will allow kids to explore the zoo from their hospital bed.

TREEPRESS has successfully closed their first round of funding and are accepting invitations to their beta at www.treepress.org – check out their cool animation in the run up to their launch mid-April.

ANDIAMO won IBM Smart Camp in the UK and now they’re off to Las Vegas to pitch in the global final in front of a 12,000 seat arena and the judges of the popular US show Shark Tank. They’ll also be using the opportunity to launch their new crowdfunding campaign live on stage. You can sign up to the Andiamo newsletter for more info – we hear there are some cool 3D printable art works by renown artists on offer for backers.

OVERLEAF are up to 170,000 users, and this will be boosted by the recent announcement of their partnership with Stanford University Libraries, which will enable all staff and students to write and publish their reports and research papers using Overleaf.

BIRDSONG are hosting a Fashion for the Future party today at Somerset House, on the first day of London Fashion Week. They’ll be showing off their collection of fashion that’s fairer for women – “guilt-free fashion which won’t make you look like you’ve come straight from Middle Earth”.

FLUENCY was selected for the UK final of Chivas The Venture social startups competition. Sinead pitched this week for a trip to Silicon Valley and a share of the $1M prize fund. Fluency also has two new batches of graduates trained in SEO, Content Marketing and Social Media Marketing. Contact sinead@fluency.io to chat about your recruitment needs.

I CAN MAKE launched their new set of teaching resources at the BETT education show last month. The set of resources and courses are designed to give teachers the confidence to introduce their pupils to 3D printing, and to provide practical ways for them to make the subject fun and engaging in the classroom.

SENTIMOTO has successfully completed their first trial in a care home in partnership with Oomph. They’re now in the process of planning further trials, to test the longer term impact that their wearable technology has on older people and their carers.

CLUB SODA had a cracking start to the year, hitting 1,000 members after some great media coverage in the Daily Mail, the Guardian, BBC TV and Women’s Hour on BBC Radio 4. Their socials have gone nationwide, with events in Edinburgh, Cambridge, Liverpool, Manchester, Bath, Chelmsford and Birmingham. They’re also running a one-off workshop called ‘How to create and fall in love with a more sober life’ in London on February 26th. All event details are on the website.

IMIN won the KPMG HealthTech blog competition – they’ll be publishing their blog on how digital technology is redefining health later this month.