After two months of innovation, collaboration, and hard work, winning teams were announced at the TechJam Connected Music City Challenge Judging Showcase on Monday night, as part of Open State.
While event guests gravitated to the Open State Hub to check out what the seven challenge teams had been up to throughout the challenge, a secret team of judges perused the room, testing out each of the teams' prototypes along the way.
The judges, Philip Vafiadis of Innovyz, Robin Potanin of Academy of Interactive Entertainment, James Jackson of IBM, Adele Flego of Chiliad Consulting, Darren Oemcke of Hydra Consulting and Courtney Duka of Yewth, spent an hour deliberating, before Lord Mayor Martin Haese announced their decisions.
Wandering Sound took out the Major Prize, scoring 12 months of access to IBM's Global Entrepreneurial Program valued at more than $30,000, a 12 month hot desk at St Paul's Creative Centre from the Music Development Office, and $2000 cash from Adelaide City Council.
The team presented two distinct but complementary prototypes. 'Dynamic soundtrack' offers an experience that is uniquely linked to a listener's movements in a defined space. 'Adelaide City of Music' enables urban explorers to discover a soundtrack of music culturally linked to the streets of the city.
The rest of the prize pool was split, due to the judges' decision that these teams were all 'just too good!' to not receive anything. Squeakie Shoes, Lean Back and Roshcardo have each taken away prizes including a Cert II Scholarship at Academy of Interactive Entertainment (AIE), a Flinders New Venture Dorm Scholarship, six months of business mentoring from Musitec, and three hours of professional services consulting from EY.
Squeakie Shoes presented a software service that wllows restauranats andcafes tocontrol thier customer flow using advanced music play-listing. The Software chooses songs from Spotify's catalogue of 30 million songs and then narrow-casts them in the restaurant/cafe. Operators input key data about their clients and premium playlists to match their clients are created.
Lean Back is an app that helps people working on producing music to employ Lean production principles and gorup feedback to improve the quality of their work, while taking less time and resources.
Roshcardo has developed a virtual reality rhythm game where music influences the experience of the player.
Guests were given $100,000 'TechJam Investor Dollars' to 'invest' in their favourite teams. At the end of the night, the prototype with the most investment was awarded People's Choice Prize.
Reece Kinnane took out the People's Choice Prize, scoring and additonal Global Entrepreneruial Program thanks to IBM. Reece presented an activation that uses video projectors and speakers to live stream performances from local bars, into secret laneways of Adelaide.
Musitec congratulate each of the teams and espcecially the winners on their success, and are really keen to see what happens next!
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