HugeThing is over. We woke up in a new reality, without daily newsletters describing the meetings we attended and without agendas for the next day, which included daily talks with mentors, other participants and the SpeedUp team. Without cookies, apples, tea, or free pizza from Microsoft ;).
It means it’s time to sum up.
It was an incredibly valuable experience for us. We already had some experience related to startup-like events and workshops, however, what we’ve been offered by SpeedUp was incomparable to anything else. 15 days packed with knowledge. The majority of sessions have provided us with pointers we can now implement in our current project, whilst volumes of valuable notes were growing in size. The evolution of our pitch – its initial and final form, on the Demo Day – is its own proof. We have a product which isn’t easy to describe. It had been difficult to explain in the least, until we met Bianca Praetorius from Berlin. She guided us on how to present it (storytelling) in a way that’d be comprehensible to everyone. We suddenly got enlightened on how, in a simple manner, to convey to everyone the gist of the whole mechanism – thanks Bianca!
Aside from the workshops, we were able to gather a lot of information and advice from the conversations we had with the mentors. We found that meeting Maks Salamonowicz from ACR Systems, who works in hardware in our current target market, was particularly valuable.
It was a one-of-a-kind opportunity for networking. In a friendly and laid-back atmosphere, at times over beer, we could expand our network. Within this group of organizers, workshop conductors and other participants, are people who are able to help your startup, quite often unconsciously or with zero effort. Try to pitch your product as often as possible – that’s how I gained contacts to potential customers in Malta, India, Croatia, and South Africa. How cool is that? ;).
We’re aware it was the kind of event whose benefits haven’t completely materialized yet, since they’re still ahead of us waiting to unfold. We’re unable to thank each and every one personally for these three weeks. It was a pleasure working with you. We’re proud we could be a part of HugeThing.
How did we end up at HugeThing? We’re a startup located in Łódź, which designs and builds robotic camera operators. It makes recording high-quality video cheaper and simpler. Its beneficiaries are video-bloggers, whose goal would be achieving great effects without the need for hiring a professional operator, as well as people who make a living from making movies, interviewing, or music-video production on a daily basis.
A basic tool designed for this purpose is the so-called camera slider. It produces smooth dynamic shots, as you can see here: https://youtu.be/Scxs7L0vhZ4?t=35s. Udrive is a manufacturer of devices performing a camera-operator’s job for you; namely, camera slider drivers. Within 30 seconds setup, you’re able to film a wonder like from the link above. Sounds good? I only want to add that it’s the world’s first driver capable of being mounted on any camera slider, which had been impossible until now. So far, production studios, videographers, or filming equipment rental businesses were using numerous sliders, thus they were forced to generate multiple costs by purchasing many drivers. Thanks to Udrive, one driver is all it takes, and your money stays in your pocket :).
On top of everything, a beautiful wireless pad with the largest (3,2”) display available; featuring a mobile application, presets allowing you to store and reuse programmed shot-settings, very quiet operating along with feature-and-mode rich variety. Please visit us at www.udrive.pl and check how else we may help you to record something amazing.
Aleksander Grzelka, Udrive