Start up weekend (Sheffield)

Well, what an intense weekend. I was amazed at the calibre of initial pitches and the final 10 teams outputs.

The winning team had a simple concept of managing doctors appointments to drive down no shows. The solution was an enhanced SMS system which was well researched and integratable into most surgery systems.  The final pitch was good and they deserved to win the weekend. Other ideas were around 3D imaging to cut down on the number of returned clothes from on-line purchases, peer parcel systems and an international sports team contact system.

Our team did not disgrace itself, we built a prototype ticketing system which overcomes most of the problems of modern systems. Put simply it provides all the functionality of Oyster at a fraction of the cost.

Even though there was only  couple of hundred people at the final session, the power of twitter spread it far and wide. Since then I’ve been approached by a number of people who are interested in our ticketing ideas.

I’ll put a longer update later, but if anyone is interested in the solution please contact us.






Sheffield Start-up week


This weekend is Sheffield Start-up,  part of the Start-up Global Challenge. From 74400, we have a great idea around using Beacons to revolutionise the ticketing industry.

We have a core team and expect to grow this after the pitching stage this evening.  We’ve planned our pitch and expect to be one of the successful ideas  that go on to run over the weekend.

It will be an intense weekend, 48 hours of focused activity aiming to reach a minimum viable product by Sunday evening, and trying to fit in a little sleep too.

Follow all the action on by following @74400. Also support the event. Make Sheffield the number one start up city in the world by following and retweeting #swsheffield.

More details here after the weekend.