I wrote a post a while back on an interesting evening where people were pitching ideas on the fly in the run up to an event called Idea Transform. So it was was with some interest and enthusiasm that I attended the actual Idea Transform event at the Judge Business School in Cambridge this past weekend where many of the ideas came to life.
Billed as an event to inspire projects that will deliver long-term change across the globe, it was a reaction to a Startup Weekend event that had been run the previous year (by the same people) which had generated interest but had little follow up.
The 70 or so participants started on Friday night and with the help of a wide range of business mentors developed their ideas which ranged from induction loop enabled roads to power electric cars through to fingerprint identification for medical assistance and disaster relief in developing economies.
What was interesting about this event for me was that almost all the ideas were large scale in their vision and all stayed true to the theme of delivering long term change in education, health care or the environment.
And the really good part is that the winning ideas won’t just wither on the vine, they will be given appropriate support and encouragement from a programme of focussed mentoring and advice. Sim-Prints, which was the overall winner, will benefit from three months membership at the ideaSpace Enterprise Accelerator co-working and networking facility, the chance to attend Silicon Milkround Cambridge as well as an opportunity to pitch for funding from Cambridge Angels.