We had classes for 5-6 weeks and from the 4th week we took part workshops, worked in labs and visited successful companies to see how innovations are developed. From the 6th week we have worked in teams on our own projects. Details
Prisz’ diary (part 5)
As you all know, be-novative won the first prize of Singularity University’s Global Impact Competition held in East-Central and South-Eastern Europe. I could come out to Singularity Univ in a month after the competition. The University’s summer program last 2,5 months and future leaders from all over the world come here to learn about future trends of technology. I will write about the impression of the first weeks of the program, what I have learnt and the best practices we could possibly take over from overseas.
Prisz’ Diary (part 4)
Sergio DelRio was just as much among the firsts with whom I had a very deep conversation in the first days, we trusted each other naturally. He teaches 3D modeling at the UAQ state university and works at Mable, the main appliance company in Latin America at the same time. Details
By that time, perhaps from the 5th day, I was already sure that I would love to do a project together with Tiago Mattos. He was there in Palo Alto at the party, too that Jen organized. He amazed me easily: He studied advertising, but became more interested in enhancing creativity, so he shifted focus and established his school of creativity. In 2002, he won a scholarship to the most prestigious Miami Ad School, he was elected to be the Young Creative in 2005 and the Copywriter of the Year in 2006. By 2007, he already launched Perestroika, the creative school. Details
Prisz’ diary (part 2)
Jennifer Turliuk (author of) was the first person I got to know from the Singularity University students in a Women2.0 meetup last October, then it turned out that we always bumped into each other on meetups at Microsoft Startup Weekend or Stanford, even Singularity University. She just came back to the Bay Area from Startup Chile.
We were supposed to meet with the early bird students one day before the official start in a famous noisy pub of Palo Alto, where tech celebrities and Stanford students as well hang out. She wrote a message to all of us: “ You will recognize me easily, because I am wearing red pants!” I had to answer: “You guys will recognize us so easily, we are both wearing red pants!”. Details
I was sitting alone on the plane looking outside the window as the shores of San Francisco appeared in the sunset. In my head there were still the phrases of our conversation with Istvan so freely about where we want to arrive by the end of the summer with be-novative, how we would want to develop the new features, what are the most important steps and how to give new opportunities for a community to evolve. These chats about new features were so igniting always, it cheered me up all the time, and I knew I will be missing my team! We had a team-building dinner just the night before I left with 8 amazing people on board! I am proud of them. Details
„How can we improve the lives of at least 1 million people and the standard of living—health, education, and security— in the next 3 years through the use of any kind of exponentially improving technology in the Central Eastern Europe & Southern Eastern Europe region?” Was the question raised by Singularity University, lead by Rob Nail and jointly founded by Dr. Peter H. Diamandis and Dr. Ray Kurzweil based at the NASA Research Park campus in the heart of Silicon Valley. Priscilla Várnagy represented the be-novative team and won the competition and the scholarship.
Why we applied at all: we need shared goals, they give us the power
First i thought we might not even have a chance. But it proved to be true: we will conquer real-life challenges with creativity, with lots of preparition, support, motivation and being truthful. They say i was a tough woman. I think it isn’t about being tough. It is about persevering, and to never give up. Any woman can do it if she cares about something.
Where would you go if you needed ideas on how to develop your business the fastest and most effective way? When we arrived to the Valley, our calendars were already full with conferences, programs, meetings. We wanted to get into the Hub, get ideas and learn about up-to-date methods in the field of innovation using collaboration and co-creation methods we fancy. Within 3 months we have met more than 150 directors in the field of technology and innovation, investors and potential startup partners. Even though no one told us how to meet the right people with worthy ideas, we figured it wasn’t due to all these startup events and meetups that we managed.
Okay, so you have 2-5 minutes to pitch and 4-5 minutes for Q&A. This is the recipe book for the most common expectations and questions you are about to face if you are presenting in front of a panel of potential investors and mentors or to a wider audience on stage. At least as we found on our fall tour in 3 months around the Bay Area pitch events, meetups, demos and meetings with investors. Most surprisingly you need to be a showman and have a firm base rather then telling it all. So what are the most common questions and expectations you are going to face?