Visual Weather App Wins Startup Weekend Oslo

By David Nikel, October 16, 2013

Weather Wear took home the prize at the 7th Startup Weekend in Oslo last weekend. The app will advise parents on the best way to dress their children for the day based on the weather forecast.

The idea of a visual weather report is not entirely new. US-based Swackett is a well-established solution to the question, “is it sweater, jacket or coat weather outside?”, but Weather Wear takes a different approach. It’s aimed squarely at parents of young children, and with features like recommending the required number of layers, seems to be particularly suitable to the Nordic climate. The app will also remind parents of clothes to buy for upcoming seasons and events.

Christine Lillian Portch came up with the idea while at her job as a preschool teacher. She realised that parents would appreciate more information than a basic weather forecast to pack all the right clothing in the morning for the child:

“For a long while now I have been thinking about the idea. I presented it to friends and family and they seemed to believe in it, so I decided to attend Startup Weekend to pitch it. I don`t have any previous experience with startups so I was hoping to network with experienced people.”

She did exactly that, hooking up with serial entrepreneur, investor, and Agile coach Sergey Dmitriev, and experienced web designer Christian Sondell, amongst others.

Of particular interest at this edition of Startup Weekend was the international influence from key startup locations around the globe. Facilitator Frank Denbow is one of the smartest developers from the NYC tech scene, and speaker Daniel Michalczyk heads up Uber’s Berlin office. Five participants even travelled from outside Norway to take part.

Groups worked throughout the weekend at Y3O, but the final presentations were given at the awesome event space at MESH, allowing 50 people in addition to the 80 participants to attend. The impressive judging panel was led by Håkon Wium Lie, CTO of Opera Software.

According to Portch the winning project will continue: “Now we need to clarify the team to find out how much time each of us wants to spend on the project. The goal is to get an MVP out as soon as possible.”

A former IT Project Manager, David Nikel now works as a freelance writer in Norway. He helps Norwegian companies communicate in English and reports on the entrepreneurial scene for ArcticStartup


AppAcademy @ Oslo Innovation Week

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AppAcademy hosts an event tonight (Wednesday 16.oct) with global innovation guru James Haliburton, former Head of Innovation at The Astonishing Tribe (TAT). He is: Exploring new experiences with design & technology. The event is also specifically designed for those who wants to pitch an idea and gain some valuable feedback from representatives from the leading app agencies in Norway, gain more experience in pitching, and get more buzz around the idea.

As the winner of Oslo StartUp Weekend we will be there and pitch our idea once again!

Time: 1700-20.00 (program starts 17:30)
Venue: MECH (Tordenskioldsgate 3)

Read more about the event at and

We won Startup Weekend Oslo


After working over 50 hours saturday and sunday it was time for the final presentation at Mesh! We were all excited and worked up! We had only four minutes to present the pitch and convince the jury.
We were being judged by this panel of experts; Håkon Wium Lie, Arne Tonning, Lars Monrad-Krohn, Morten Larssen, Børge Hansen and Anders Nicolai Krokfoss.
After the pitch the jury had four minutes to question our product. We got positive feedback from the jury on the validation of the product according to the hypothesis testing and interviews that we did during the weekend. They jury said they believed in the potential on the Weather Wear and one of them said he wanted to buy this application for himself. In the end they questioned us on how we are going to keep our future costumers. What we want to do is to cooperate closely with the parents while developing this product, so that the future Weather Wear app matches the different needs.

Thirteen teams participated in the final presentations on sunday. The jury summed up that they were impressed by all the presentations, and so were we! The jury gave personally feedback to all the teams, and in the end they called out the winner.


About Startup Weekend

Startup Weekend – No talk, all action. Launch a startup in 54 hour.

For you that wants to know more about the Startup Weekend you can find more information at but here follows a short summary:

About Startup Weekend: Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs.  Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations.  Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

Start-up Weekend, Oslo- Day 2


Today was the first entire day for working on our project. We were really excited to start exploring the business idea and going through the development’s steps of the app. After a market study via brainstorming, we decided to go on the street with a prepared survey and ask directly people about our project. It was a way of refining our idea and being sure that we had a real value proposition for the customer we targeted (young parents, single fathers). This experience were very insightful, because we succeeded getting valuable opinions and advices for the potential future customers themselves.

After a short break, we built the database in order for our developer to code the application. Meanwhile, the designer began making some drafts about our logo. Then, we were able to develop the business model more precisely and to go on with the creation of the app.

Then we thought about a second interview script for another survey that we will do tomorrow. The point of this second survey will be to confirm that the application we built fits with the customers’ expectations. Indeed we are going to show the app to the potential customers and ask for feedbacks.

We had such a good day developing and going into concrete propositions for the application. We are looking forward for tomorrow to see the real shape of the app.

Sophie and Marion

Startup Weekend, Oslo – Day 1


Yesterday was the introduction day of the Startup Weekend in Oslo. A lot of people pitched their idea and then we had to choose a team where we wanted to take part in. From the first moment I knew which entrepreneur I wanted to help: Christine! She had the wonderful idea to create an app for parents that want to make sure that their kids are dressed correct related to the weather conditions. Here’s the pitch:

The Weather Wear application is a new app that helps mums and dads to pack all the right clothing in the morning so that the child has optimal choice of clothing throughout the whole day. Based on the day’s weather forecast it gives you the advice on how to cloth your child appropriately, including the textiles used, amount of layers, etc. Unlike the basic weather forecast apps this app will remind and suggest the parents which clothes they have to buy for the upcoming season and for upcoming events (Carnival, Christmas, Lucia, etc.).

I am really excited to work together with my team and create the final presentation of our app on Sunday.

Looking forward to tomorrow!