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