Month: May, 2019

Scavenger Is An Augmented Reality Scavenger Hunt For Adults
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Scavenger Is An Augmented Reality Scavenger Hunt For Adults

It’s been a while since we played a scavenger hunt, but these days augmented reality seems just the thing to make these old-fashioned games fresh again. Plus, on our phones we don’t have to get in trouble deciding if we should follow a clue like “find the oldest bones around” by taking forbidden photos in the dinosaur museum or asking an old guy crossing the street to take a selfie with us…. Closing out our summer series on Michigan-based gaming studios is Scavenger, another student launched out of the University of Michigan OptiMize program that has continued as the co-founders Kyle Zappitell (CEO) and Harry Stephens (CPO) and other team members moved to LA, New York, and Chicago. Co-founder Kyle Zappitell tells us his startup Scavenger is an augmented reality scavenger game app that allows users to combine augmented reality and real-world gaming to win cash prizes. For now, the testing zone for the game is based in Chicago, but other cities are coming soon.

Detroit Art Emporium Invites You To A Multimedia Art Festival Saturday August 17
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Detroit Art Emporium Invites You To A Multimedia Art Festival Saturday August 17

The Tangent Gallery in Detroit this weekend is hosting the Marvelous Detroit Art Emporium for a multimedia music and art show Saturday August 17. Why promote this for a tech blog? Because BrandXR’s augmented reality murals are part of the show. Come check out the multimedia art recently featured on Cronicle created by Moody Mattan and friends. Summer is drawing to a close in a few weeks. Check this out for some end of summer festival fun.

Tech Startup hEARt Brings An Empathetic Ear To Students Everywhere
Software, University of Michigan

Tech Startup hEARt Brings An Empathetic Ear To Students Everywhere

College campuses have been through a number of crises lately, from dealing with increasing academic pressure to a growing number of active shooters to high rates of alcohol abuse among young people. One startup aims to offer students support in a format that works for their lives–in demand, online, and peer to peer. hEARt is a new startup founded at the University of Michigan out of the OptiMize program, which is creating a platform and peer mentoring service to combat the mental health crisis facing many students in college and even in high school.

Office Evolution Experiences Early Co-Working Success in Ann Arbor
Networking, Tech News

Office Evolution Experiences Early Co-Working Success in Ann Arbor

There are a number of successful co-working locations in Ann Arbor, so what makes yet another one special? David Whitinger of Office Evolution Ann Arbor said that he was looking for an opportunity that would reflect the culture of startups in Ann Arbor, and Office Evolution out of Denver really spoke to him because of the layout. Unlike most open-concept co-working spaces that aim to foster collaboration and socialization through single desks packed into an open room, Office Evolution is an office concept that allows teams to close their office door for private conversations, then emerge into the shared office kitchen and lounge for more connection. For teams engaged in proprietary discussions–automotive, legal, security, for instance–it’s an essential difference. And that is who has populated Office Evolution.

Nexient’s Silas Bush on Bringing Cannes Young Lions Best Practices to B2B Tech Marketing
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Nexient’s Silas Bush on Bringing Cannes Young Lions Best Practices to B2B Tech Marketing

How does a young marketer bring best practices from one of the world’s most elite marketing academies and festivals back to a small tech town and apply it to B2B marketing? Silas Bush of Nexient recently was accepted to the Cannes Young Lions Marketing Academy, one of 4 small classes of marketing professionals at the 66th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity in France, and says he learned a lot from hobnobbing with the CMOs of major global brands from tech to retail on how certain marketing practices can be applied to any kind of business. Everyone from Loreal to Google and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg to Redbull to actors Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum were there on the French Riviera, where Bush says the connections with technology taught him an enormous amount about how to apply agency best practices to tech marketing.

Alfa Jango Acts As CTO and Development Team for Startups
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Alfa Jango Acts As CTO and Development Team for Startups

The market for software development teams serving software companies is saturated, at least in Ann Arbor, where Alfa Jango founder Steve Schwartz has started and/or sold several startups himself alongside helping other new companies. That’s why he decided several years ago to focus on helping non-tech startups get the software development and guidance they would need so they could focus on the subject area they were expertise in. The results speak for themselves. Alfa Jango now serves clients that hail from YCombinator to Carnegie Mellon to the University of Michigan, and after selling startup Carcode to Edmunds in 2014 with a co-founder, Schwartz has now started another company called Genomenon on the side, which true to his vision uses his technical expertise on the tech side but focuses primarily on creating a genome interpretation software that empowers genomicists to compile and analyze research on immune disorders and cancer to better serve patients–rather than worrying about the software that allows them to do their work. Genomenon helps companies develop therapies or precision medicine to treat root causes of disease instead of symptoms, or build their knowledge database.

The Believers Are But Brothers Takes Tech & Theater Down a Dark Web Rabbit Hole
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The Believers Are But Brothers Takes Tech & Theater Down a Dark Web Rabbit Hole

We live in a time where old orders are collapsing: from the post-colonial nation states of the Middle East to the EU and the American election. Amid all of this, a generation of young men find themselves burning with resentment, without the money, power, and sex they think they deserve. Written and performed by Javaad Alipoor and co-directed by Kirsty Housley (who also co-directed Complicite’s The Encounter), this multimedia show weaves together stories of three disaffected men and their journeys to radicalization, exploring the smoke and mirrors world of online extremism, anonymity, and hate speech.

Find VC Funding With the Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Map
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Find VC Funding With the Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Map

It’s an improving but still perennial issue for the “flyover states”: finding funding for your business. Different types of tech companies require different types of funding, but it never hurts to know who is out there. With this in mind, the Michigan Venture Capital Association has created the Michigan Entrepreneurial & Investment Landscape Map, which includes not only local and regional VCs and angels but also economic development corporations, university partners, funds of funds, and more.

Planning Your Visit to Tech Trek and a2Tech360 2019
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Planning Your Visit to Tech Trek and a2Tech360 2019

Tech Trek week in Ann Arbor has quickly become a week-long multiple-conference event. This year, there are many events you need to plan ahead for with registration or tickets. Here’s what you need to know to check out the tech scene in Ann Arbor the first week of June. a2Tech360 Schedule and Registration Info June…

The Master List of Game Development Studios of Michigan
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The Master List of Game Development Studios of Michigan

Like a lot of sectors of Ann Arbor tech, gaming software development is very much under the radar for most people. University of Michigan game development lecturer Austin Yarger works and teaches in the gaming development community, even hosts local expos for University of Michigan and Eastern Michigan students after every semester to come play…

Ann Arbor-based Clinc AI Announces $52 million Series B
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Ann Arbor-based Clinc AI Announces $52 million Series B

Ann Arbor-based Clinc, a conversational AI company featured in our recent piece on the Cahoots coworking space, today announced a $52-million Series B round of funding as the tech company works toward an upcoming IPO in 2022. The investments come from partners including Insight Partners, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Drive Capital, and DFJ Growth. Clinc’s…

Mentors of Michigan Tech: Dave Koziol of Arbormoon
Leadership, Software

Mentors of Michigan Tech: Dave Koziol of Arbormoon

If you’ve been around Ann Arbor tech for a while, you’ve probably heard of or met Dave Koziol, founder of Michigan’s premier mobile development group Arbormoon Software. Koziol is a frequent speaker at conferences, the leader of the iOS dev Meetup group CocoaHeads, co-founder of Mobile Mondays with Rob Baxtresser, and many more. Arbormoon has…

realLINGUA Launches Immersive Language Learning Software
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realLINGUA Launches Immersive Language Learning Software

“We build software that teaches you how to learn a foreign language the way it’s spoken by native speakers every day.” Keith Phillips is the CEO of new language learning software realLINGUA, based in Ann Arbor. He says that when people are learning a new language, they usually need practical phrases found in real-world conversations,…

Log Your Travel Adventures with Zonder
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Log Your Travel Adventures with Zonder

There is a growing group out there of competitive travelers, and millennials who like sharing their travels on social media. After coming home from a warm and sunny trip to L.A., Zonderapp founder Harry Yang found his house had been without power in a winter storm for 6 days and was a balmy 35 degrees….

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