Category Archives: Startups

Wellness Accelerator Program 2016

startup-sign-9After two successful editions, the third Wellness Accelerator Program powered by Technogym in collaboration with us of H-FARM, is now starting. The program, starting in April 2016, aims to scout and invest in the 5 best startups operating in the that operates in the wellness and health sectors, in order to jump-start innovative projects that will reinvent and improve the wellness industry.

Some of the key themes of this new call for ideas are Predictive Analytics and Big Data, mobile and web Healthcare solutions, fitness and wellness solutions based on virtual and augmented reality. Every selected team will develop its project in our campus, supported by mentors and experts and will receive a €15K cash investment from Technogym, as well as acceleration services such as mentoring and networking activities, room and board, working spaces, exclusive events, technical and professionals services: a true “all inclusive” acceleration program.

Does your startup is working to improve people’s wellbeing and promote a healthy lifestyle? Apply by March 15!

Apple Opening Europe’s First iOS App Development Center in Italy

Apple® announced the creation of Europe’s first iOS App Development Center in Italy, to give students practical skills and training on developing iOS apps for the world’s most innovative and vibrant app ecosystem.

The iOS App Development Center, to be located at a partner institution in Naples, will support teachers and provide a specialized curriculum preparing thousands of future developers to be part of Apple’s thriving developer community. In addition, Apple will work with partners around Italy who deliver developer training to complement this curriculum and create additional opportunities for students. Apple expects to expand this program to other countries around the world.

“Europe is home to some of the most creative developers in the world and we’re thrilled to be helping the next generation of entrepreneurs in Italy get the skills they need for success,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “The phenomenal success of the App Store is one of the driving forces behind the more than 1.4 million jobs Apple has created in Europe and presents unlimited opportunities for people of all ages and businesses of all sizes across the continent.”

Apple is a powerful engine of growth across Europe and the company’s ecosystem now supports more than 1.4 million jobs, including 1.2 million attributable to the community of app creators, software engineers and entrepreneurs building apps for iOS, as well as non-IT jobs supported directly and indirectly through the app economy.*

The unprecedented growth of the App Store® has helped developers in Europe earn over €10.2 billion from selling their apps around the world.

In Italy, over 75,000 jobs are attributable to the App Store and the developer community is vibrant. IK Multimedia launched its first app in 2009 and since then has had over 25 million downloads. Musement, launched in 2013, is now available in seven languages and 300 cities across 50 countries, making it easy for people to book travel and excursions on the go.

Roberto Macina, CEO and founder of Qurami, said: “Apple’s continued innovation inspires us to create the best mobile experiences and make our customers’ lives just a little bit easier. Apple’s app ecosystem is the anchor for our business, and developing across Apple’s operating systems has enabled us to easily and quickly bring the Qurami experience to iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch users.”

Thousands of companies are expanding because of their work with Apple, which supports hundreds of thousands of jobs in communities large and small across Europe. Milan-based Laboratorio Elettrofisico makes some of the most sophisticated magnetization equipment in the world and their technology enables some of the industry-leading magnetic features found in Apple products. Apple also works with Europe’s leading manufacturers of Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems, which create tiny components that power some of the incredible sensor and audio technologies found in iOS devices.

*Job creation estimate based on research by Dr. Michael Mandel, Progressive Policy Institute. “App Economy Jobs in Europe,” January 21, 2016.

Apple revolutionized personal technology with the introduction of the Macintosh in 1984. Today, Apple leads the world in innovation with iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple Watch and Apple TV. Apple’s four software platforms — iOS, OS X, watchOS and tvOS — provide seamless experiences across all Apple devices and empower people with breakthrough services including the App Store, Apple Music, Apple Pay and iCloud. Apple’s 100,000 employees are dedicated to making the best products on earth, and to leaving the world better than we found it.

Technogym Wellness Accelerator, discover Funky Bots

Selected for the second edition of the Technogym Wellness Accelerator, Funky Bots develops a series of apps to promote physical activity in a fun, engaging way, through gamification systems, dance and martial arts. Discover more on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you think your idea will be the next great disruption in the health and fitness world? Apply for the 2016 edition of the Wellness Accelerator!

1) What is Funky Bots and how does it work?

Funky Bots is next generation body motion gaming, using the latest technology to promote fitness fun through dance and martial arts. Our players don’t just run, skip and jump: they learn to do the Toprock, the Brooklyn Uprock, the shuffle, the 2-step… People can learn tai chi in under 2 hours or move and meditate in just 7 minutes. Our products are created by professional dancers and martial artists who want to turn passive entertainment into active engagement, fun and fitness. People can play 20 minutes a day, three times a week and still reap substantial benefits.

2) How did you meet and how is the team structured?

I, Rosa, founded Funky Bots in 2014 to create apps that would teach people how to “feel the beat, and dance forever”. Funky Bots is the brainchild of Cie 13, a Belgian urban dance group. I’m a professional choreographer and martial artist and have over 15 years of design and animation experience. Teddy Guilbaud (sound artist) is a French beatboxer who has been creating music for my pieces for over 10 years and he’s also a world champion slam artist. Champion Bakomba (business strategist) is a bboy who has danced with me for 12 years. The technical team Matias Jaureguiberry and Maya Milusheva was selected after a 20-Country search for the best game programmers in the world I could find.

3) What is the most innovative aspect of your product and what makes you different from the competitors?

Our games feature unique content and real time motion tracking and gesture recognition for any mobile device. These days people are increasingly sedentary, blaming screen addiction and lack of time and motivation. Yet more than 700 million people play online games, most for more than an hour a day; the average young person racks up over 10000 hours of gaming by the age of 21. If we can successfully gamify fitness, we can start a revolution. To date, three of our apps (Funky Bots, 7 Minute Chi and BoomKLAKers) have been chosen by Apple as Best New App. We also created the first motion sensor apps for street dance and tai chi.


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