Back in August, as participants in the 2011 Brandery class began three months of intense startup workshops, 2010 Brandery class graduate Venturepax traveled to Utah for Outdoor Retailer — a giant expo for anything and everything outdoor. The trip was successful, gaining Venturepax important new retail partnerships, a larger user base and exposure for its newly released mobile application, which provides a reward system for logging outdoor activity. “No one else is rewarding people for getting outside,” said Danny Stull, founder and CEO of Venturepax. “Retailers at Outdoor Retailer from all over the country acknowledged that we’re doing something unique and showed excitement in what we’re doing. It was nice to get that affirmation after all the hard work we?ve been putting in.” Venturepax received a $250,000 investment this summer from CincyTech and Steve Clark of Rockfish Interactive and continues to grow with new hires, a new office in Milford and now a national presence.
Ryan Walker was the $500 first-prize winner of the first CincyHackathon, held Sept. 9-10.
Ryan used Google’s Prediction API to develop a mechanism that would identify complementary foods based on 7,000 commonly used recipes. Those complementary foods could be used to make recommendations to shoppers. The application was for Brandery company Shopimize, formerly called Meruni, which is developing technology to help consumers improve their purchasing power.
The second prize, a $300 gift card for Heroku plus $100 cash, went to Andrew Fickas. He used the Expedia API to identify hotels on certain routes that people could use for Roadtrippers.com, a Brandery company that will allow people to plot out road trips while pulling in a variety of deal sources.
Third prize of $150 went to Pablo Arellano.
The hackathon was held at Martino’s on Short Vine and was open to any local developer. Participants were asked to work on an API-based project laid out by one of the Brandery companies.
The next hackthon will be Oct. 28-29 at Northern Kentucky University and is open to NKU students only. A third hackathon for University of Cincinnati students is scheduled for later this fall.