In the early Spring, my military son-in-law started a business. He will be out of the Navy in a year or so, and is preparing for life on the "outside". That means a new source of income. In his free time, he designed an I-pad app for public speaking, called Podium Pro.
He entered a contest for new business start-ups in our area, called Hatch. Hatch gathered the energies of successful business people to coach the most promising new business ideas. My SIL placed second among 73 finalists.
He was awarded office space to work in for the summer, along with several other finalists. He also got housing for his Coder--that's the person who actually writes the program in computer binary language.
breaking news: My SIL got written up today at Techcrunch.com...so proud of him:
click here to read
Below, you can see the work space and one of the teams furiously at work. I love all the writing on the the glass. Lots of brainstorming going on here.
These guys created a phone tracking program. They made a zombie tag game, but the program has a lot of real-life military, police, and social work potential.
The door of this team's office.
Zombies, werewolfs, vampires...I just don't get it. Not quite the right demographic, I guess.
This is my SIL's coder, Paul, who is from Mumbai, India. He's one smart man.
Here is my SIL's back, with his logo t-shirt sporting a microphone. The other guys across from him have developed an app for sharing music-making. It takes the place of a studio.
My SIL very seriously engrossed in preparing his presentation for that night. Podium Pro replaces powerpoint, evernote, and all other methods of note-keeping for public speaking. You can put your whole message on your Ipad, including your slides and videos, and it splits the screen to show what your audience sees, and keeps the speaker's notes coordinated. It also gives a preview of what is coming next in the talk, and timer to stay within the allotted time slot. It also allows you to record yourself speaking, and allows your audience to twitter you as you speak to respond directly to their questions. It's a ground-breaking tool.
Later in the evening, they met with the area business leaders to give their presentation.
The room filled up with an expectant audience of coaches and supporters, who had something to eat before the presentations began.
We were in the audience too. Notice my husband on the chair, and Sean behind him.
The recording crew.
Here they are: the Podium Pro guys. Nice logo.
Here they are with the founder of Hatch, and the Hatch logo on the screen.
Sean's fan club, daughter, wife and FIL.
Okay, that's all the pictures I took. Once the presentations started, I put my camera away. I will say my SIL did a phenomenal job describing his new app. If you are interested in more information, click here: Podium Pro
I am just intrigued by the opportunities that exist for the energetic and disciplined innovator. It's a whole new world, and I am proud of my SIL for finding his place in it.